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Friday’s Cheltenham Tip: Wonderful Charm to dispose of Oscar Whisky



Lewis Jones is sticking to what he knows today and is putting full faith (5pts) in a horse that landed him a nice pot a few weeks back…..

Only one place to start today in regards to a cracking card at Cheltenham and that’s the Ryman Stationary Novices Chase, where former top-class hurdler Oscar Whisky takes on a real favourite of ours in the form of Wonderful Charm. Unsurprisingly, after the Paul Nicholls runner landed us a bit of a touch on his last start, we’re siding with him again today, where he can be backed at odds-against.

Wonderful Charm has always been thought of as a potential top class chaser by the team at Ditcheat and it’s hard to argue with that view when you consider the performance level he has shown in his three chase wins this season.

On every occasion he has jumped with enthusiasm and finished off his races with great attitude. Of the three wins, the level of performance he put on at Wincanton makes him hard to beat if showing that same form up against a very overrated Oscar Whisky, who hasn’t been the same horse as he was when winning two Grade One Aintree

Although you have to respect Oscar Whisky, purely on the basis of his hurdle form, he’s never struck us as an ideal sort to make-up into a chaser. To us, he looks a bit fragile and doesn’t have the scope of a top-class chaser. His chasing debut was hardly inspiring either. Nicky Henderson’s inmate jumped very loosely for the majority in a very slow run race at Cheltenham.

Yet, a slow run race would have suited him more than his rival Taquin Du Seuil, who is thought of of a horse who is more stamina ladened than one that will out speed his rivals.

Yet, Jonjo O’Neill’s runner got the better of Oscar Whisky in what turned into a three furlong sprint. That was pretty surprising as Oscar Whisky was very speedy as a hurdler but ran very timidly in his final two starts. There has be a chance that perhaps is just isn’t quite as good as he used to be.

Wonderful Charm had proved his worth three times already this season and at the prices, he’s the one that must be backed. Maximum stakes too (5pts Win) at 11/10.

Profit and Loss

Staked: 70pts
Returned: 75.22pts
P/L: +5.22pts

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