BIG BUCK’S is set to make his long-awaited return at Cheltenham on Saturday, as he is entered alongside At Fishers Cross and Reve De Sivola in the Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day.
The unbeaten Annie Power will face four rivals in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at Doncaster, with a straightforward victory the likely outcome.
galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2)
Big Buck’s will be rode by Sam Twiston-Davies for the first time as he bids for a 19th consecutive victory. Reve De Sivola has proved on a numerous occasions that he loves soft and heavy ground, whist At Fishers Cross has not rekindled last season’s form as of yet.
OLBG.com Mares’ Hurdle (Registered As The Doncaster Mares’ Hurdle) (Grade 2)
Annie Power has beat all competition that she has faced so far and Saturday is unlikely to differ from that, with the six-year-old set to go off at around 1/8. Cockney Sparrow is the only danger after finishing second to My Tent Or Yours at Newcastle last time.
That form will almost certainly not be good enough here though, as Willie Mullins’ class-act looks to make it ten straight wins.
JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial (Registered As The Finesse Juvenile Hurdle) (Grade 2)
Vicenzo Mio leads the betting for the first race of the Cheltenham meet, following a mightily convincing win at Kempton in December. Most leading firms are offering 7/4 for the four-year-old, whilst Nick Williams’ Le Rocher is 5/2.
Williams’ entry beat Saturday’s opponent Kentucky Hyden by 2 ½ lengths last month and the positions of those two are unlikely to reverse. Goodwood Mirage also warrants respect with A P McCoy aboard, after winning well at Kempton.
Argento Chase (Registered As The Cotswold Chase) (Grade 2)
Paul Nicholls’ Rocky Creek is favourite for the Argento Chase after a fine run in second behind Triolo D’Alene in the Hennessey at Newbury in November.
William Hill are 6/4 for the eight-year-old, whilst Houblon Des Obeaux is best price 7/2 with most leading firms. The pair met in the Hennessy and Rocky Creek ran better then.
If the favourite is to be beat, The Giant Bolster looks a decent option, at what are long odds of 7/1 for the 2012 Gold Cup runner-up who tries new headgear.
RED SHERLOCK is 15/8 with Coral for the Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle, following five wins out of five in his career so far. A sixth win looks very much on the cards, although there is tough company with the likes of Rathvinden and Madness Light entered.
The Italian Yob looks decent for the 1.15, whilst Double Ross is still a good option at 11/4 despite the slightly unfair 8lb rise for two great wins here. Both Amore Alato and Quick Decisson both warrant respect at 10/3 in the last.
ROCK ON RUBY is a short 6/4 favourite for the Novices’ Chase at Doncaster and is likely to win again, whilst Bellenos looks good for the 1.30 and Unioniste represents good value in the Sky Bet Chase.
Other quality racing is available from Leopardstown and Lingfield to make for a fine day of action, before even more top contests on Sunday.
BETS OF THE DAY:
Cheltenham 3:00 – RED SHERLOCK @ 15/8
Cheltenham 3:35 – BIG BUCK’S @ 10/11
Doncaster 12:55 – ROCK ON RUBY @ 6/4
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