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Thursday NAP: Follow Gordon Elliott

Winners have been hard to come by at the Cheltenham Festival for most of us this year.

But it’s a marathon not a sprint and Thursday brings forward plenty of betting opportunities to salvage some of the lost stakes earlier this week.

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There are plenty of horses that have strong win chances on Thursday and deciding a NAP was difficult. Disko looks to have plenty going for him in the JLT against Yorkhill but Top Notch is a huge danger.

Southfield Royale ticks all the boxes in the Kim Muir while Unowhatimeanharry surely can’t be beat in the Stayers Hurdle.

However, on value grounds, the nap selection is going to EMPIRE OF DIRT in the Ryanair.

The market revolves around the chances of Un De Sceaux and I completely can’t have him in this race. The Ryanair suits a horse stepping back in trip rather than up like Willie Mullins’ charge is doing.

This trip is a step into the unknown for Un De Sceaux and I don’t think he’ll relish it as much as the selection, who is a proven stayer that probably should be running in the Gold Cup.

Trainer Gordon Elliott is having a sensational week and it might be about to get better.

He’ll have this lad absolutely flying for this race. Empire Of Dirt should have enough staying power to repel Un De Sceaux, who has lots of doubts lingering regarding his performance.

The ground will be too quick for him and does he stay this trip?

You can guarantee those two angles will suit Empire Of Dirt as clearly on the back of his last run in the Irish Gold Cup he’s a classy operator at the top level.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go off favourite here.

Take the price now.

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