Here are the Cheltenham tips for Tuesday 10 March 2020 from @cheltenhamtips on twitter. Tips by Karl Hedley, Racing Post Search For A Tipster champ. Since then he has written for The Irish Field, The Irish Post and writes regular blogs for a number of websites.
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1.30 JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE
Fiddlerontheroof EW 6/1 has won his last two races in impressive fashion, most notably when upped in class to land the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown back at the beginning of January. Always travelling well throughout the race, he took over from Jeremy’s Flame at the second last and soon put distance between himself and the runner-up. There was a further fifteen-length gap back to Son Of Camas indicating that the form could well be worth following.
Robbie Power has partnered him in four career starts so far this season, so he will know exactly what he has underneath him as the race progresses. The Tizzards will be itching to get a first winner on the board and this highly progressive six-year-old could well get them off to a flyer. With the extra rain that is due today and tomorrow morning, it will suit him more than most and he looks destined to play a part in the closing stages.
The Deloitte Novices’ Hurdle, The Royal Bond at Fairyhouse and the Tolworth Hurdle have produced seven of the last nineteen winners of this race. Asterion Forlonge and Fiddlerontheroof are the two I keep coming back to. Given the poor record of favourites in the race, I am swayed against the former and suggest that at almost twice the price, Fiddlerontheroof is the value selection.
2.10 ARKLE CHASE
Fakir D’oudairies WIN 4/1 is the choice here, particularly if the conditions stay on the soft side. The ground turned against him in his last race at Leopardstown, whereas it suited Notebook down to the ground. Henry De Bromhead’s charge was able to take full advantage on Boxing Day, but he has had to endure another hard race as a result, and that may well have just taken the shine off him.
Joseph O’Brien’s five-year-old is undefeated in his last two starts on genuine soft going, so should the rain continue to pour (and it is forecast), the better are his chances of success. Fakir D’oudairies is a previous course winner around here and is proven at this trip. It is worth remembering that he was a fair fourth in last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, so he has previous festival experience to call upon.
Rivals such as Brewinupastorm have been to Cheltenham twice in the past without success and despite sustained support, may struggle to make an impact once again. Cash Back and Maire Banrigh have no previous experience of the track and that experience is often so vital. Put The Kettle On is no mug and showed she was no back number when winning the Grade Two Arkle trial back here in November. She receives weight from her male counterparts and it would be of little surprise to see her run her usual game race.
Fakir D’oudairies comes here fresh and will relish this testing ground. Joseph O’Brien has trained winners all over the world at such an early stage in his career and it wouldn’t be the biggest of shocks if he had another one here.
2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase
Mister Malarky EW 12/1 was considered good enough to contest last season’s RSA Chase which featured the likes of this year’s leading Gold Cup contenders including Santini and Delta Work. He bounced back to form at Kempton last month when getting the better of Black Corton and Sametegal in a Grade Three handicap chase over an extended three miles.
That win came following a two-month hiatus and it is possible that Colin Tizzard has unlocked whatever issue was preventing the seven-year-old from performing to his true ability. Whilst just falling short of being top-class over this kind of trip, he has shown that he is more than capable of taking a hand in competitive handicaps of this nature.
He is set to receive eight pounds from Vinndication and four pounds from the Venetia Williams trained Cepage. Every ounce will count on the stamina sapping ground and he has to be considered a threat to all particularly if repeating his most recent run. In what is a very open race, he looks decent each way value and with one of the most promising young jockeys on board in the shape of Jonjo O’Neill Junior, the pair can go close.
3.30 Champion Hurdle – Pentland Hills
Pentland Hills WIN 15/2 can play a leading role in what is a wide-open renewal of the Champion Hurdle this year. He was a winner of the Triumph Hurdle at over the course and distance last season, so we know that he certainly has the ability to handle the track. He is one of three previous course winners in the line up and he can utilise that experience to the best of his ability .
He definitely needed the opening run of the campaign where he chased home stablemate, Call Me Lord in the International Hurdle. He then went on to Haydock for the official Champion Hurdle trial and was all set for to victory coming to the last, however, Sam Twiston-Davies gave Ballyandy a power packed peach of a ride and mugged Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old right on the line.
Having undergone a recent breathing operation, it is likely that there will be more to come from Pentland Hills. A stronger pace will suit him well and he looks sure to be involved come the business end. Whilst he is the clear stable second string according to the market, he is at least proven at the track compared to stablemate Epatante. Yard reports have suggested that the market leader had coughed in the build-up to this meeting and that has to be a concern.
With Honeysuckle defecting to the Mares Hurdle and with questions surrounding the true ability of Cilaos Emery, Nicky Henderson is likely to have his charge fully wound up for this. Nico De Boinville takes the ride and the pair command huge respect.
4.10 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
Honeysuckle WIN 11/4 has been confirmed to contest this race as an alternative to the Champion Hurdle despite having won the Irish version at Leopardstown just a few weeks ago. She rallied back in game fashion against Darver Star and would not be denied her seventh straight win. With the presence of market leader Benie Des Dieux, this looks a straightforward match race between the pair.
Honeysuckle has never tasted defeat and will serve up a stern challenge to the former winner who is seeking to regain her crown. It is worth bearing in mind that Benie Des Dieux fell at the last hurdle in this same race last season, handing victory on a plate to Roksana. Despite winning the Galmoy Hurdle by nearly two dozen lengths, memories may still linger around here and she may be vulnerable.
Honeysuckle is still open to any amount of improvement and being three years her market rival’s junior may work in her favour. She only has four pounds to find on official ratings and that is not impossible. Henry De Bromhead has his string in rude health and Rachael Blackmore is likely to try and shadow everything that the Mullins mare does. Having proven herself on multiple surfaces, Honeysuckle has nothing to fear and everything to gain here.