Saturday’s racing tips – 5/1 NAP to triumph on First chasing Assignment at Cheltenham

Our expert takes a look through the full card on day two of Cheltenham’s Showcase Meeting and picks out a first-time chaser as his NAP of the day with 888Sport. Sign up with 888Sport today and place your first £10 bet on any sportsbook market (Odds of 1/2 or better). You’ll then receive £30 in free bets and a free £10 horse racing bet!

4:55pm Cheltenham (Old) Matchbook Best Value Betting Exchange Novices’ Chase (Class 2) 2m4f

Secret Investor rounded off last season with a Grade Two triumph over fences at Ayr and, because that came after the first of April, he can remain in novice company until November. Paul Nicholls, who’s horses have seemed in need of a run on day one at Cheltenham, won’t be happy by the amount of rain that fell at Cheltenham over night and the favourite will have to shoulder an eight-pound penalty for winning that weak Grade Two.

Slate House failed to win in four starts over the larger obstacles last season, but his experience could come in handy today. However, I would prefer to take the favourite on with Ian William’s FIRST ASSIGNMENT (NAP).

First Assignment endeared himself to me last season with some tenacious performances in staying handicap hurdles. Ian Williams’ charge won twice at Cheltenham during the early stages of the season, before a couple of third-placed finishes in high-profile handicaps, including a narrow defeat to Paisley Park in the Grade Three Betfair Exchange Handicap at Haydock in November.

Resulted tailed off during the second-half of the season, but that can be forgiven considering his exploits earlier in the campaign. This former pointer looked like he had the size and scope to thrive over fences and I’ll be interested to see how far he progresses during the upcoming season. Although all his runs last season came on good ground, he has won well on soft in the past and I’m excited to see what he can produce on his first look at the larger obstacles.