Saturday’s racing is going to be a treat, with seven races on ITV4 for us to enjoy. Cheltenham is the feature meeting, with a pair of Grade 2 races setting the standard. The International Hurdle is the race of the day, but Doncaster also hosts a fascinating card, with the Grade 2 Summit being their biggest draw.
We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, including a NAP of the Day and accumulator tips. After a 66-1 place last Saturday, I’m hoping to build on that seven days on. I’ve found three horses at bigger prices and you can find all my analysis below, best of luck on your Saturday punting all!
1.50 Cheltenham – Racing Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase
Having his last six runs at Cheltenham, it’s fair to assume that Siruh Du Lac (16-1) loves this place. Previously trained by Nick Williams, he recorded back to back wins over this course and distance in early 2019, including a gutsy success in the Festival Plate off a two-pound lower rating.
Although four subsequent starts haven’t matched that standard, his most recent start, his second since joining David Pipe, was an eye-catching run. Pitched in over hurdles at a three-mile trip that didn’t suit, he travelled up well for a long way before weakening on the home turn.
He’s now back over fences, with race fitness under his belt, over his favourite Cheltenham distance. He sits on a dangerous rating and with conditions certainly suiting him, he’s a strong each-way candidate under Tom Scudamore.
3.35 Cheltenham – Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle
It hasn’t been plain sailing for her in recent starts, but Lust For Glory (25-1) is dangerously treated and is surely the forgotten horse in this race. Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old will be having her first hurdling run since January 2020, where she went close at Cheltenham off a mark of 134.
She races off 127 today, which shows you just how well-treated she is at present. This lowly mark is warranted, however, as there have been far more negatives than positives in recent starts. She refused two back, but her latest run at Ascot was more like it, going well for a long way before emptying off the turn.
Few got into that race, however, so I wouldn’t mark that run too harshly. She’s now back over hurdles and the cheekpieces are discarded, which is another big positive. She’ll have her ideal softer ground and being back against her own sex should make things easier too. With all that in mind, I’m more than happy to take a chance on the rank outsider.
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