Its the Open Meeting at Cheltenham with the latest live stream news and tips from Prestbury Park today.
The Open meeting at Cheltenham kicks off today as the jump season really starts to kick into gear. Trainers, owners, jockeys and punters have just four months to get their house in order before the Cheltenham Festival and this weekend is the perfect starting point to most horses for their season.
The magical three day meeting kicks off with Countryside Day, where the organisers at jump racing’s HQ have put together a perfect mix of racing to delight both punters and trainers alike.
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As always this meeting will be jammed packed with racegoers and the betting markets will be very lively. So where should your money be going this Friday?
The Paddy Power Handicap Chase run at 1:50 is always a fantastic spectacle and has a habit of producing short priced winners that have landed a bit of a gamble for all involved.
Nicky Henderson is seemingly the man responsible for most of these successful results, having won three of the last five renewals with relatively short price horses for a handicap of this nature.
Although his price won’t be as short as when he won it in 2011, Tanks For That is a horse that looks back in love with racing again and may outrun his odds for the Seven Barrows yard this year.
This return to form co-insides with the handicapper easing his mark substantially over the last year or so and now off 139 (he won this race in 2011 off a mark of 140), he has to be competitive in a race of this nature.
The gallant 11-year-old was last seen in Ireland when finishing a solid third in a hot handicap at Punchestown, where he jumped brilliantly but just didn’t have the gears to go with the winner Mallowney, who looks a nice type for Irish trainer Timothy Doyle.
That performance showed that Henderson’s charge still has the ability to mix it at this level and a return to Cheltenham won’t do him any harm either considering he’s finished in the money here three times during his career.
Harry Fry’s Karringa Dancer at the top of the weights could be a bit classy and may make up into a Graded performer, so he’s a big danger, but from a handicapping point of view it’s hard to find a horse with better claims on this Friday than Tanks For That.
Get on his chances to make Friday a fabulous one.