Tote Specials – Forecast, Tricast & Placepot Bets for Friday’s Cheltenham Card

Forecast, Tricast & Placepot tips for Friday’s Cheltenham card

Cheltenham returns on Friday, with the home of Jumps racing playing host to the first of their two-day Showcase Meeting. With this in mind, here at Racing Tips, we have produced Forecast, Tricast and Placepot tips for the card.

Forecast

The advised Forecast bet comes in the 2:30, a 2m novice chase. ANY NEWS was a highly-rated novice hurdler last season, finishing a close second at this track in December. He looked like a chaser to follow when going down on his sword at Warwick last month and is entitled to come on for that initial experience. Fidelio Vallis could get the run of the race out in front, but he has to concede a fair chunk of weight to the Neil Mulholland runner, and therefore may have to settle for second-best.

  1. ANY NEWS
  2. Fidelio Vallis

Tricast

The Tricast bet comes in the 4:15, a 2m4f handicap hurdle. GUARD YOUR DREAMS had some top form to his name in the likes of the Betfair Hurdle and Coral Cup last season and this rates as a clear drop-in class on his return to action. He can get the better of Paul Nicholls’s Saint Sonnet, who is surely well handicapped off a mark of 139 if back to some of his best chase form. Art Approval made hard work of justifying prohibitive odds last time out, but he should benefit from stepping up to this distance on seasonal return and is backed to run into a place.

  1. GUARD YOUR DREAMS
  2. Saint Sonnet
  3. Art Approval

Placepot

Race 1 (1:55pm) – 1

Race 2 (2:30pm) – 3

Race 3 (3:05pm) – 17

Race 4 (3:40pm) – 12

Race 5 (4:15pm) – 1

Race 6 (4:50pm) – 914

8 Lines

Camprond is tough to oppose in the opening 2m4f novice hurdle. The tactical nature of this contest may not be ideal for Philip Hobbs’ charge, but his recent Persian War victory is head and shoulders above that achieved by his three rivals.

For many of the reasons listed above in the advised Forecast, Any News looks like a solid selection in the 2m novice chase. He made a promising chase debut last month and has solid course form to his name.

It is advised to go double-handed in the 3m novice hurdle with both Bardenstown Lad and Grace A Vous Enki. The former has solid Irish form to his name, with a latest third at Navan suggesting that stepping back up to 3m would suit. Grace A Vous Enki has a smart staying pedigree, being related to the useful Yala Enki, and is entitled to come on for his recent stable/seasonal debut at Worcester.

Both Faivoir and Back On The Lash rate the two to side with in the 2m4f novice handicap chase. Dan Skelton’s charge looks progressive and ran well off just 1lb lower when last seen in handicap company. Martin Keighley is enjoying a fine season up to now and his Back On The Lash looks worth adding to the Placepot having won three of his last four starts.

Guard Your Dreams was contesting stronger races than this last season and rates a banker pick in the 2m4f handicap hurdle.

The last leg of Friday’s Placepot looks worth going in with both Debden Bank and Defuture Is Bright. Both horses sit towards the foot of the weights here and have top amateur riders booked.