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Cheltenham Festival day one tips: 3 bets for Tuesday

11 Mar | BY Adrian Mills | MIN READ TIME |
Cheltenham Festival day one tips: 3 bets for Tuesday

Adrian Mills is taking on one of the shortest favourites of the entire meeting with his three best bets for the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Tuesday Cheltenham selections

Firefox / (13:30)

Weveallbeencaught / (14:50)

Ashroe Diamond / (16:10)

Firefox can claim the curtain-raiser 

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the first race of the meeting as usual and we’re all excited to hear that familiar roar when the tapes go up.

Willie Mullins’ Ballyburn holds the key to the top novice form and his absence has left a hole which needs to be filled. While Mullins still trains the first two in the market, it could be Gordon Elliott who gets off to the perfect start with FIREFOX / .

A bit of a forgotten candidate, he’s the only horse to date that has managed to lower the colours of Ballyburn and the fact that he was capable of even getting near him says a lot. 

Beating him by two-and-a-half lengths over two miles at Fairyhouse in December, that is arguably the best piece of form on offer in this race. Clearly Ballyburn needed the run which is an important factor but no one can deny it was an impressive feat.

His flat effort over 2m4f at Naas last time can be forgiven and the return to two miles is definitely in his favour. Elliott’s six-year-old is an excellent jumper and the two horses ahead of him in the market have work to do in that department.

He has to be the play here and this rock-solid candidate should run a massive race.

Weveallbeencaught can give rivals the slip

The Ultima Handicap Chase is a bit of an odd race to work out as you can either be looking for an improver or a runner who is entirely exposed. It’s probably easier to take the hit if an exposed one wins out of nowhere, so an unexposed type could be the answer.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ WEVEALLBEENCAUGHT / has only had three starts over fences to date and the best is almost definitely still to come.

He was a winner here as a novice hurdler and his first couple of chase starts here were also good efforts, finishing third behind Flooring Porter and second to stablemate Broadway Boy.

It was a strangely below-par effort on handicap debut last time out, but you can put a line through that effort, as it wasn’t an accurate reflection of his ability.

He has a lovely mark here and, if he can reproduce his best form, a big run could well be on the cards.

Ashroe Diamond can shine in Mares’ Hurdle

Willie Mullins’ Lossiemouth is one of the shortest favourites of the entire meeting and her top-class course form does explain why.

It’s often a tricky and transitional season for the previous year’s juveniles, as it can be tough against the older horses who tend to be a bit stronger.

This is enough of an angle to take her on and it’s her stablemate ASHROE DIAMOND / who appeals as a result. She won a Grade 1 for mares at Fairyhouse as a novice last year and has been rock-solid in two starts this year. 

Clearly needing the run behind Teahupoo at Fairyhouse, she was a smooth winner at Doncaster next time out.

Further improvement is expected and she’ll be raring to go here. Patrick Mullins will ride her and he’s been talking up her chances for months and it is easy to see why.

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