Three bets for the International Meeting


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Website tipster Harry Allwood took a look at the Cheltenham international meeting and picked three bets for Friday and Saturday.

Bob Olinger holds a Saturday entry in the bearrene.com Novice Pursuit in Cheltenham (Photo: Focusonracing)

The ground changed to good, good to soft in places in Cheltenham on Tuesday afternoon after 8mm of rain, and with new rain forecasts throughout the week it will not be surprising to see near-mild conditions before Friday, or a worse shadow Saturday.

This will hopefully mean that Bob Olinger will run in the 2m4f Novice Extended Pursuit on Saturday and face my druggist, which Dan Skelton has confirmed to be an intentional runner.

Fingers crossed we can see the two extremely exciting novice hunters stick together on a brilliant day of racing at Prestbury Park, with the Racing Post Gold Cup and the Unibet International Hurdle also taking center stage, live on Racing TV.

My colleague Andy Stephens has announced the ante-post winners at 25-1 and 40-1 in recent weeks, so it’s worth checking out his ante-post selections for the Racing Post Gold Cup. Spoiler alert, he put up a decent record for the contenders ranked at 33-1 and 20-1.

Click here to read Andy’s How To Bet £ 20 ante-post on the Racing Post Gold Cup Chase coin.

Below are three horses worth accompanying over the two days, and I’ll put all three selections in a Trixie each way. Good luck and remember to play responsibly.

Attack plan

Race: 3:00 p.m., Friday – Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase

Best odds: 6-1.

Watch how Plan Of Attack fared on the cross country course last time around

Plan Of Attack grabbed attention at Cheltenham’s November reunion where he remained solid in fourth on his first attempt on the cross country course, and a repeat of that effort should see him come close again here.

While the nine-year-old appeared to be struggling to overcome some of the unique obstacles in this occasion, I think he can only improve for the experience and the outing as it was his first start in 105 days. .

It was also his first try on 3m6f and after being beaten on the way home he started to stay after the last and proved he was left with the marathon trip.

Any rain that falls should be an advantage for him as the faster conditions last time around may have been one of the reasons he struggled to keep up with the leaders when the pace picked up and he produced some of his best career efforts with digging in the ground.



Although he hasn’t shown himself to be the most consistent over the past two seasons, he has shown on numerous occasions that he is capable of winning his odds and has some decent form of handicap alongside his name. including when he was fourth in the 2020 Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival (he was also traveling well in this year’s renewal when he lost three).

At the best 6-1 price, it is worth trying your luck for the omnipotent team of Henry de Bromhaed who could also be represented by the vice-champion of the Grand National Balko Des Flos.

Phil dostal

Race: 1:50 p.m., Saturday – Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase Race

Best odds: 7-1.

Dostal Phil stayed in an unpromising position to finish fourth in the Paddy Power Gold Cup in November

Similar to Plan Of Attack, Dostal Phil gained attention at the November meeting in Cheltenham after finishing fourth behind Midnight Shadow in the Paddy Power Gold Cup where he was passed at a crucial stage in the 2m4f competition.

It was his first full start on the trip and good ground was against him on this occasion as he showed his best form with a cut in the ground – he won three times on loose, heavy ground – and all rain. who falls will improve his chances here.

The stiffer track at the New Course at Cheltenham should also suit him better than the Old Course he raced on last month, and he only increased by 1 pound for his efforts there.

Eight-year-old Philip Hobbs gradually improved last season and the form of his effort in a valuable handicap at Aintree – where he finished third behind Editeur Du Gite and Sully D’Oc AA – worked well. He was also starting to gain traction by dethroning his rider five in a race won by Asterion Forlonge at the Punchestown Festival in his last start last season.

He’s also allowed to strip for his run in the Paddy Power and makes a lot of calls at 7-1, despite being a fiercely competitive contest.

Sky Martello

Race: 3:35 p.m., Saturday – Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Best odds: 6-1.

Martello Sky honorably ran against tougher opposition on his last visit

This progressing mare performed well when she won a Listed Course and Distance competition in April, whose form was freed, and she had previously remained in an unpromising position to finish eighth in the Mares ‘Novices’ Hurdle.

Her jump was far from flawless at the Cheltenham Festival, which caused her to lose ground throughout the contest, but she jumped with much more ease when she rose on the trip the next time around, and again in his two starts this season over this distance.



On her last outing at Aintree she performed well against strong opposition and will certainly find that note easier to accomplish and she has won twice on soft ground in the past.

Although she remains on a career high – which is 8 pounds above her last winning mark – she has only had ten starts and is improving, so it will be a bit of a disappointment if she’s already under it. hold of the handicapper.

Tireless will be a danger if she lines up, but disappointed last time around and needs to bounce back.

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