The second day of The International at Cheltenham gets underway tomorrow, with some real quality horses set to prove their worth.
StanJames.com International Hurdle (Grade 2)
The New One takes to the track for his second appearance this season and will face the very useful Zarkander over this shorter distance than last time the pair met. That was in the Aintree Hurdle back in April and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ 5-year-old beat previous Champion Hurdle winner Rock on Ruby since.
The New One disputes favouritism for next year’s renewal of the Champion Hurdle with the likes of My Tent Or Yours and Hurricane Fly and should make it two from two this term on Saturday.
Bet Victor offer the best price of 1/2 for The New One, whilst last year’s winner Zarkander, who ran a decent second to Annie Power last time can be backed at 5/2 in most places.
Court Minstrel looks next best and is 16/1 with Bet365, however he has been well below par in his first two appearances this season.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Bristol Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2)
KINGS PALACE is another who looks a hugely exciting prospect and he is the 5/4 market leader in the 1.50. David Pipe’s 5-year-old won by 18 lengths here last time and the horse that finished second went on to win next time it was out.
Form is no issue for the hot favourite who steps up in grade. He will have to fend off what is sure to be a decent challenge from Saint Roque. Nicholls’ second favourite could only manage third at Kempton last time, however won well over 3m before that so the increase in distance may suit.
Champion jockey A P McCoy will be aboard Milan Bound. He has won two out of two for the yard; however this is sure to be a much tougher test. William Hill go 11/2 which could be decent each-way value for a horse bang in form.
Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle (Grade
The third and final Grade 2 on the card four top horses battle it out for the £22,780 prize. The 5/2 favourite Gemix has ran well in France, however all of his form has came on soft and heavy ground. This good ground may not suit him; therefore Glens Melody looks more appealing.
Mullins’ mare has won four of her last five starts and although she will need to improve again for this, there is no reason why Ruby Walsh cannott bag a fifth victory. At 7/2 with Coral, she represents decent value and certainly warrants respect here.
McCoy is aboard More Of That who has won three from three and is a very exciting prospect. This further trip is likely to suit and the punters are in for a real challenge with this fantastic race.
Johns Spirit leads the betting for the 2:25, Grade 3 contest, with Colour Squadron, Grandioso and Attaglance all sure to run well. Geraghty is aboard Kentucky Hyden in the first. He is sure to run well and can be backed at 6/4 with Ladbrokes. Shutthefrontdoor and Le Bec lock horns in the 12:40, before Tanks For That and Eastlake both race in the Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase.
BET OF THE DAY:
Cheltenham – 1.50 KINGS PALACE to win
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