Friday 9 December 2016

Cheltenham: Race by race guide

Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00

1.30: The famous Irish roar will surely raise the roof if Dunguib powers up the hill. Get Me Out Of Here and Menorah can chase him home and are taken each-way with the special money-back offer.

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2.05

Surely Captain Cee Bee would have beaten Sizing Europe had he not crumpled at the last at Leopardstown? I'm convinced he would and the nine-year-old will carry my money today. The presence of Somersby could make this one tricky however.

2.40

If we exclude his fall at Haydock, Alan King's Bensalem has never finished outside the first two places. He's treated fairly in the weights and is a solid each-way option.

3.20

A very competitive renewal and punters are best advised to keep their money in their pocket. Just four pounds separate the top seven horses and it's impossible to cross certain names from the list.

4.00

If the horse doesn't have Enda Bolger's name next to it on the racecard, forget it.

4.40

I've a horse in training with Colm Murphy so I wish him all the best with Voler La Vedette, a mare the yard rate very highly.

However, I just feel that Quevega has that extra bit of class and despite a lengthy absence, the Willie Mullins six-year-old can claim her second festival win.

Irish Independent

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