Hot trio for Cheltenham

Cash-in on 11/2 Chicago

Chicago Grey has run all his best races at Cheltenham and makes plenty of appeal at 11/2 in the 1.55.

Gordon Elliott’s grey is classy sort on his day, as he showed when winning the National Hunt Chase at the Festival back in March off a mark of 157.

Before that he had chased home the classy Time For Rupert here over 3m 1f and finished a close up fifth to subsequent RSA winner Boston’s Angel at Leopardstown.

The gelding looked sure to go close on his seasonal reappearance here back in October when crashing out at the second last in a race won by Balthazar King and then ran better than his finishing position suggests when third to Weird Al in the Grade 2 Charlie hall at Wetherby.

He will find this race far easier, and looks sure to get the strong pace he needs for his come-from-behind tactics to be seen at their best.

i think that he is certainly up to winning races of this nature from his current mark of 150, and if his jumping holds-up then he must go close.

At 11/2 on offer he looks and each-way steal.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Chicago Grey (11/2 ladbrokes, Victor Chandler – BOG)


Dorset Square appeal at 9s

Dorset Square has slipped back down to an attractive handicap mark and makes plenty of appeal at 9/1 in the 3.10 at Cheltenham today.

Willie Mullins’ charge was a progressive sort in 2009/10 when he won three races including an ultra competitive handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival off a mark of 119.

He travelled well at the rear of the field that day before making smooth headway and showing a good turn of foot to beat Deutschland by two lengths.

The gelding then spent just over a year on the sidelines, but he showed that he retained his ability when an eye-catching 7th of 24 to Truckers delight on his comeback at Punchestown back in May.

Since then he has been kept busy on the flat, and ran a blinder last month at Navan when fourth to Aidan O’Brien’s Harrison’s Cave.

That run will have put him spot on for this, and off a mark of 126 he is just 7lb higher than when registering his biggest success.

With Danny Mullins taking off another 3lb there is little doubt that he is weighted to take all the beating, and he looks a solid each-way play at 9/1

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Dorset Square (9/1 bet365, Betfred, Paddy Power – BOG)


9/1 Shallow Bay can strike for Pipe

David Pipe’s Shallow Bay gets the blinkers on for the first time in the 3.40 at Cheltenham today and is of serious interest at 9/1.

The gelding was a useful sort on the flat for Walter Swinburn, and has shown plenty of promise in finishing runner-up on his three starts over hurdles.

He was beaten by Numen on his first two starts and again filled runner-up spot when chasing home Dormouse on his handicap debut at Warwick off a mark of 108.

The four-year-old looked the likely winner that day when pulling clear two out but seemed to lose concentration and made a mistake when headed at the last.

However he did stay on well again to be beaten 4 1/2 lengths, and the fitting of blinkers looks a shrewd move.

If they can get him focused then he could be potentially well-in off a mark of 110, and the Pipe team have proved time and time again that they are lethal at getting one lined up to land a gamble in these type of events at this meeting.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Shallow bay (9/1 Hills – BOG)

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