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Friday's racing tips - Jon Vine's 7/2 NAP of the day at the Cheltenham Festival

Jonathan Vine 14 Mar 2019

Jon Vine looks through Friday's racecard at the Cheltenham and he picks out his NAP of the day in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.



The history of the Martin Pipe tells us that classy horse towards the top of the weights, running out of top stables, are the ones to side with in this conditional jockey’s handicap. Salsaretta ran in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on her first start for Willie Mullins last season and handed Felix Desjy a sound thrashing earlier in the season. While she holds each-way appeal, I’ve been sweet on DALLAS DES PICTONS (7/2, William Hill) for some time and fancy he will get the job done.

After being well-beaten on his jumping debut, Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old looked much more composed at Leopardstown over Christmas, responding well to pressure to finish a staying-on second behind Ballymore hope, City Island in a decent two-mile maiden. Dallas Des Pictons continued his progression with a maiden victory at Fairyhouse in January, before holding on to win another handicap over three miles at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Gordon Elliott has prioritised this race – named in honour of his former mentor – in recently, saddling back-to-back winners over the past two seasons with Champagne Classic and Blow By Blow. Dallas Des Pictons is a horse moving in the right direction, he’s still well-treated at the weights and dropping back in trip could aid his, and Gordon Elliott’s, hat-trick bid.


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Friday's racing tips - Jon Vine's 7/2 NAP of the day at the Cheltenham Festival

Jon Vine looks through Friday's racecard at the Cheltenham and he picks out his NAP of the day in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

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