Friday’s racing tips – 10/3 NAP to Master hurdles on jumping debut at Cheltenham

Our expert takes a look through the card on day one of Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting and highlights a strong challenger in a novice’s hurdle as his NAP of the day with BetVictor. Sign up with BetVictor today, place your first bet of £5 on our NAP of the day and you’ll receive £30 in free bets.

4:20pm Cheltenham (Old) Foundation Developments Ltd Maiden Hurdle (Class 3) 2m½f

At the top of the betting we find two former French horses making their first starts for powerful stables. Both Fred and Cap Du Mathan both placed on their two starts over jumps at home in France. Although they didn’t run to an eye-catchingly high level on either of their starts, both are sure to improve now they’re situated with Champion Trainers and both have to be respected.

That being said, Cheltenham is a hard place to make your jumping debut and both would prefer a little extra juice in the ground. With that in mind, I’m perfectly happy taking the newcomers on with Colin Tizzard’s MASTER DEBONAIR (NAP).

Tizzard’s five-year-old went into the card-closing bumper on day two of last year’s Showcase Meeting having won easily on his stable debut in another flat race back in May. Master Debonair was beaten into second that day, but returned to Prestbury Park in November to win the Listed flat race, beating Thyne Hill – who won the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle on his first start over obstacles earlier this month – by a neck.

Master Debonair then came up short in the major bumpers at Cheltenham and Aintree, finishing well off the pace as Envoi Allen and McFabulous secured Graded prizes. The ground at both meetings may have been a little on the soft side and the fact he had a wind-op soon after points towards a breathing problem which may have hampered his Festival performances.

Whenever I watch Master Debonair last season, I was itching to see him jump a hurdle, as he looks the type who will improve significantly over obstacles. He’s already a Listed winner on the old course here at Cheltenham and the form of that bumper looks exceptionally strong. I’m really excited to see how Robbie Power’s mount copes with this challenge on Friday.