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Cheltenham April Meeting Day 2

April 17th, 2014

The mares take centre stage at Cheltenham today with listed races over hurdles and fences for novices, a listed handicap hurdle and a valuable bumper.

The ground is going to be pretty lively and that should suit Lily Waugh in the handicap hurdle. She is only a novice, but ran well in the big mares’ final at Newbury recently and she has good course form courtesy of her second in a decent bumper here in November. Crucially, she looks likely to improve on this going and yet can race off of a mark a few pounds lower than at the Berkshire track.

Koolala is respected and could be anything after hacking up in a much less competitive heat at Wincanton last time out, but the other one to side with is the returning to form Lunique who has form at the highest level against the boys and the girls.

We strongly fancied Ackertac for the big three mile handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival recently and he almost ran into a place for us at a big price. Compensation could await him here, but his price is much, much shorter today so we hope the drying ground will bring out the best in the veteran Gauvain, who has run many of his best races here in the past.

The handicap hurdle at 4.25 is the today’s most competitive heat and with Upswing a non-runner we are going to suggest backing the top and bottom weights. 

Clerk’s Choice has run in a Champion Hurdle in his time and he needs this ground to be at his best. All his finest efforts last season also came in the spring, whilst Kingsmere is very well handicapped based on his top form over fences.

Finally, in the concluding bumper, take a chance on Cara Carlotta who, being out of Presenting, may improve markedly for this better ground. Hopefully, she can overturn recent Taunton form with Miss Estela.

Lunique (ew)
3.15 Cheltenham 17/2 888sport
Lily Waugh (ew) 3.15 Cheltenham 13/2
Gauvain (ew)
3.50 Cheltenham 20/1 888sport
Clerk’s Choice (ew)
4.25 Cheltenham 16/1 888sport & William Hill
Kingsmere (ew)
4.25 Cheltenham 9/1 888sport
Cara Carlotta (ew)
5.30 Cheltenham 15/2 888sport & Bet365

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