Saturday’s racing is something to savour, with Cheltenham being the jewel in the crown of an electric day. The feature race is the Paddy Power Gold Cup, a hugely competitive Grade 3 handicap that is usually won by a classy sort. We also have ITV Racing from Lingfield, which hosts a pair of Listed races, latterly the Churchill Stakes.
We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, including my 25-1 tip for the Paddy Power Gold Cup. Away from the feature, two other outsiders at Cheltenham have caught my eye. They look to have strong claims at bigger odds and you can find all my analysis below.
1.05 Cheltenham – Jewson Tool Hire Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase
Head To The Stars
Henry Daly’s horses are in rampant form at present and I’m willing to give a chance to Head To The Stars (22-1) as a result. He’s a very inconsistent performer, as evidenced by the fact he pulled up on four occasions last season. On his one completion, however, he won at Ludlow in a similar race to this and he’s just three pounds higher.
He’ll be ridden by Alice Stevens, who claims seven pounds and partnered Henry Daly’s Lily Glitters to victory earlier this month. He has form at galloping tracks, which helps matters, and he also has gone well on better surfaces. Three of his four victories have come under claiming riders and if on a going day, this rating will not be a barrier to success.
3.25 Cheltenham – Paddy Power Feel Like A Favourite Intermediate Handicap Hurdle
Vis A Vis
We haven’t seen him over hurdles since 2019, but Vis A Vis (20-1) is on a very appealing mark for his handicap debut in this sphere. Those two runs in 2019 were full of promise, bumping into Hill Sixteen and Storm Arising in the spring of that year. With those horses rated 130 and 139 respectively, it’s not hard to see why i’m excited by an opening mark of 119 for Neil Mulholland’s charge.
Granted, I’m slightly concerned by the lack of a recent run in this sphere, but his recent flat form has suggested he retains plenty of ability. He ran well in handicaps on the flat off ratings in the high 70s and that backs up the theory that a mark of 119 is more than fair. The in-form Jamie Moore gets the leg up and with conditions perfect, he looks primed for a big run.
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