Here are the Cheltenham tips for Friday 17 March 2023 from @cheltenhamtips on twitter.
Odds correct at 6pm 16 March 2023 and subject to change. 18 years and older, please gamble responsibly.
Race One – 13:30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle – 2m 179yds – Grade One
Blood Destiny 2/1 Win – 1:30 Cheltenham
I was really taken with BLOOD DESTINY when he won at Cork. Paul Townend has opted to ride Lossiemouth after an unlucky run at Leopardstown but it must have been a tough choice. The softer it gets the bigger chance that gives BLOOD DESTINY. It’ll definitely suit if the going is heavy.
Race Two – 14:10 – McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle – 2m 179yds – Grade Three
Pembroke 8/1 Win – 2:10 Cheltenham
PEMBROKE looks a promising type for the Skelton team and this is his first try in handicap company. A slight drop in trip after his last run is no issue and he’s a player each-way. Just the 26 runners but I fancy Dan Skelton to continue his brilliant record in this race courtesy of PEMBROKE. He could be well handicapped.
Race Three – 14:50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – 2m 7F 213yds – Grade One
Favori De Champdou 11/1 Win – 2:50 Cheltenham
FAVORI DE CHAMPDOU looks a very strong stayer and might not be a crazy each-way chance here at big odds for Gordon Elliott and Jordan Gainford.
Race Four – 15:30 – Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup – 3m 2F 70yds – Grade One
A Plus Tard 9/2 Win – 3:30 Cheltenham
I’m willing to trust that trainer Henry De Bromhead will have A PLUS TARD ready to go after a disappointing season. Last year’s Gold Cup winner could be the forgotten horse in the race.
Race Five – 16:10 – St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase – 3m 2F 70yds
Chris’s Dream 9/1 Win – 4:10 Cheltenham
Henry de Bromhead’s runner CHRIS’S DREAM has won a couple of points-to-points and that will set him up nicely for this Hunters’ Chase.
Race Six – 16:50 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase – 2m 4F 127yds – Grade Two
Impervious 9/4 Win – 4:50 Cheltenham
Allegoire de Vassy jumps very badly right which will not suit at this track. IMPERVIOUS is the one I like as she is a rock-solid jumper and has put up some good performances this season. She’ll handle the ground too.
Race Seven – 17:30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – 2m 4F 56yds
Iroko 17/2 Win – 5:30 Cheltenham
IROKO, who is 2-2 in handicaps, won last time by 14 lengths at Wetherby. The 10lb rise for that win could underestimate him, as last year he was thought good enough to context Graded races as a juvenile, he could be better than a handicapper and his stable have and excellent strike rate this season.