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Tuesday’s ITV Racing tips – Turn £10 into £210 at Cheltenham and Musselburgh

Happy Diva (left), seen here winning at Ascot in the spring, looks a solid bet at Cheltenham on New Years' Day.

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Bet 1 – First £10 Bet

I’m not usually one to back juveniles in handicaps, but Keith Dalgleish’s filly isn’t your usual four-year-old. Chica Buena has been on the go for four months, winning all three of her starts since moving to Dalgleish’s yard from Ireland at the end of October.

On her second start for the yard, Chica Buena held off subsequent two-time winner, Golden Jeffery on her handicap debut here at Musselburgh. Brian Hughes then guided his young mount to a tremendous triumph in a Listed Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree, where the 4/1 shot powered clear of some capable rivals and secured a 23 length victory without over-extending herself.

A 13-pound rise in the weights followed and she will have to prove herself once again. Yet, Chica Buena is surely the best-handicapped horse in the race, she will like the good ground and has winning form over course-and-distance. 

Bet 2 – £10 Free Bet 1

If Defi Du Seuil has turned a corner, as his victory over Topofthegame and Black Op suggested, then he could he might be worth keeping onside. However, I’m struggling to get away from the terrible jumping display he registered here in November and a three-pound penalty isn’t exactly ideal.

Black Op is entitled to come on from his reappearance and ran a couple of blinding races over course-and-distance last year. Lostintranslation has plenty of good hurdling form in and around Black Op and has to be respected, yet I find myself favouring ON THE BLIND SIDE to get the win at Cheltenham.

Superb victories in the Hyde and the Winter Novices’ Hurdle – when shouldering a penalty – pushed On The Blind Side up to second, behind Samcro, in the Ballymore betting last season. Sadly, injury ruled Nicky Henderson’s charge out of Cheltenham and On The Blind Side looked very rusty when finishing sixth behind Black Op in the Mersey on his return.

Chasing has always been the game for this scopey seven-year-old. Nicky Henderson must be impressed with his schooling to throw him straight into Grade Two company and the Champion Chaser is sure to have On The Blind Side as fit as he can possibly be. I’d love to see him get the win.

Nico de Boinville riding On The Blind Side clear the last to win The Ballymore Novice's Hurdle Race at Sandown Park.

Bet 3 - £10 Free Bet

Aso was mightly impressive when winning at Newbury on his return to action and you wouldn’t put it past Venetia William’s classy nine-year-old repeating that trick here at Cheltenham. However, I’m always inclined to take on the top-weight should a better handicapped rival pop up and HAPPY DIVA makes a very appealing case.

Kerry Lee’s mare progressed brilliantly last term, showing staying power, tenacity and ability in winning three of her four starts during the first half of the year. After defeating Adrian Du Pont on her final start in mixed company, Happy Diva picked up where she left off on her reappearance, running the impressive Mister Whitaker close in a hot Listed race at Carlisle.

Lee rewarded her charge with a run in the BetVictor Gold Cup following that runner-up display. The 25/1 shot was travelling sweetly coming down the hill, only to be brought down by a faller four fences form home. Happy Diva was clearly enjoying her first run around Cheltenham before that race-ending mishap and Richard Patrick’s claimer means she’ll carry just 10-5 on her back. Another competitive display is expected.

Bet 4 – £10 Free Bet

Vive Le Roi’s triumph at Newbury looks a key piece of form for this handicap, with four of the beaten horses travelling to Cheltenham for another crack at the winner. Aux Ptit Soins was fifth that day, but shaped well after 600 days off the track and it’s no surprise to see the former Coral Cup winner at the head of the betting.

Rockpoint, runner-up to Vive Le Roi, may have boosted the form of that race when winning the Albert Bartlett Trial during the International Meeting, but I’m not totally convinced that either of the market leaders will be able to produce the goods, so I’m going to take the joint-favourites on with JERSEY BEAN.

Oliver Sherwood’s hurdler has barely put a foot wrong this year, winning three of his five starts either side of a summer break. Jersey Bean produced a career-best display when beating Bobo Mac on his first start over three-miles back in November and almost built on that at Market Rasen, only to be beaten to the post by Aaron Lad.

Like Rockpoint, Aaron Lad gave Jersey Bean’s form a boost when beating Keeper Hill in a hot-handicap hurdle during the International Meeting. Jersey Bean has tasted success on similar track to Cheltenham and Richard Johnson looks the ideal jockey booking for this progressive, confident jumper.

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Tuesday’s ITV Racing tips – Turn £10 into £210 at Cheltenham and Musselburgh

Our expert picks out four horses running in today's ITV races at Cheltenham and Musselburgh and shows you how you could make £200 from a simple £10 deposit backing them with William Hill on Tuesday 1st January.

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