Our great offer means you’re covered if your horse loses this race, and there’s two in the field that stand out to me.

The one who I think has a great chance is VISION D'HONNEUR .

The highlight of his career was in the Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown in January, when he impressively beat a field of 21.

He has, however, been beaten twice by Klassical Dream at Leopardstown, so that's a slight concern.

I'm hoping he'll go better on soft ground, though, and could get Jack Kennedy and Gordon Elliot off the mark for the week.

If you want some more value with our offer insurance then I’d go for THOMAS DARBY  , who is a huge price.

Olly Murphy’s six-year-old actually beat late absentee Elixir De Nutz in October but his jumping since has been a little suspect, particularly in Boxing Day’s defeat to Mister Fisher.

Although his outing at Taunton last time out wasn’t competitive, his jumping was much improved and he will have Richard Johnson searching for a first win in this race since Menorah in 2010.


This is one of the most open Arkles in recent years and, much like everyone at Betway, I’m fully on board with team LALOR  .

The seven-year-old had some decent success over hurdles last season, including the Grade 1 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle, but always looked destined to go chasing.

He was magnificent here when he won the Grade 2 Arkle Trial, romping up the hill seven lengths ahead of Dynamite Dollars.

He disappointed in the Henry VIII at Sandown but simply didn’t settle at all that day on heavy ground.

Despite not being seen since, Kayley Woollacott’s preparations seem to have been perfect and I’m confident he can replicate the form he showed here in November.

But keep your eye on HARDLINE  , who I think is the main danger.

A Grade 1 triumph over Getabird at Limerick stands out on an impressive CV, as does a respectable third behind La Bague Au Roi in the Flogas Novice Chase.

Proven over this distance and having only finished outside the top three once in his last 16 outings, he should be right up there.


The first of the handicaps this week and the one that looks a great each-way bet is Nick Alexander’s LAKE VIEW LAD  .

He's a nine-year-old who comes into the race in terrific form since 2018 (212-311) and came good for me when I tipped him on Boxing Day, defeating Captain Chaos once again.

His jumping is brilliant and he has bags of stamina having proved himself over 3m, so he should have no issues with the distance.

He absolutely relishes soft ground so conditions should suit but he will have to defy top weight of 11-12. Nevertheless, his price means he is definitely worth an each-way bet.


As I mentioned in my best ante-post bets of the week, I think one of the mares will end Buveur D’Air’s two-year-reign as champion, with LAURINA the most likely to do so.

She was magnificent here last year in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle with one of the most impressive performances of the week and also had lovely preparation after easing to victory in the Quevega Hurdle.

She may not have beaten anyone significant yet but her six victories have been by a combined distance of 106 lengths without being off the bridle, so I think she could be really special.

Apple’s Jade has been sensational this season but is one out of three at Cheltenham, which is why I've punted with LAURINA.


I’ll keep this short as BENIE DES DIEUX  looks an absolute certainty here.

She annihilated Apple’s Jade in this race and at Punchestown last season, despite the majority of her campaign being over fences.

Although we haven’t seen her since last April, I cannot see anyone getting close.

If you want to try and get some value from this race, then I’d go for ROKSANA  in a straight-forecast.

Three wins from seven and a very strong runner-up to Santini at Aintree last year means she’s definitely looks the best of the rest.


I think Jack Kennedy could have another potential winner here with ROARING BULL .

The six-year-old is fairly consistent and has won three from his last six, with a particularly impressive win at Naas last month.

Kennedy has a good record on board (2141) and is nicely handicapped at 11-4, so I’m hoping he’ll provide at least some each-way profit. 


In the final race of the day, Nicky Henderson’s OK CORRAL looks very tough to beat.

The nine-year-old has always been held in high regard but has had a career dampened by injuries.

He was a really impressive second in the Albert Bartlett last year, finishing ahead of Santini.

He has looked poised for this race since Derek O’Connor won comfortably at Warwick in January and I think he’ll claim a sixth win from a possible 10 here.

But remember we have you covered ifyou horse loses this race, and if there is to be a surprise, then it could come from IMPULSIVE STAR .

He was disappointing in this race last year but wasn’t too far behind Nicky Henderson’s favourite at Plumpton in December.

A big Grade 3 triumph last time out, beating the likes of Cogry and Calett Mad, finally achieved that elusive win. Sam Waley-Cohen knows how to get the best out of him so hopefully he can provide an each-way chance.




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