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Thursday’s racing tips – 9/4 NAP to kick off Cheltenham card in style

Jonathan Vine 17 Apr 2019
Posh Trish (right) leaping to Listed glory earlier in the season.

Our expert takes a look through all of Thursday’s cards and selects one of his favourite horses running in the opener at Cheltenham as his NAP of the day with William Hill.

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2:05pm Cheltenham Glide Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed Race) 2m4½f



The Cull Bank is one of the talking horses heading into Mares’ Day at Cheltenham April Meeting. Having joined Alan King’s yard from Brian Jordan’s pointing yard at the start of the year, this daughter of Yeats has secured two hugely impressive victories in two-and-a-half-miles maidens, sauntering to an easy victory under a penalty on her second start under rules.

Wayne Hutchinson’s mount has already reached a mark of 136 and should be competitive once again. That being said, I’m not prepared to desert POSH TRISH, who has been one of my most profitable tracker horses this term and Paul Nicholls’ mare should be well-suited by the step up in trip.

Following a comfortably victory over 20 furlongs at Newbury on her first start of the season, Posh Trish was dropped back to two miles. Three victories from four starts followed, including two in Listed company, before Nicholls and his team set their sights on the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Posh Trish was well-backed on the day and travelled through the race well, before fading as the cavalry charged around her and a mistake at the last did nothing to help her cause.

That underwhelming eight-place finish aside, Posh Trish has enjoyed a hugely fruitful novice hurdling campaign. Nicholls has favoured soft ground for this five-year-old over two miles, as she will relish the test of stamina. Now, over this longer trip, ground is not essential and Posh Trish has winning form on good going from back in the autumn. Posh Trish is the best horse in the race and I hope she will return to winning ways before enjoying a well-earned summer holiday.
 


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Thursday’s racing tips – 9/4 NAP to kick off Cheltenham card in style

Our expert takes a look through all of Thursday’s cards and selects one of his favourite horses running in the opener at Cheltenham as his NAP of the day with William Hill on Thursday 18th April.

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