Hello and welcome to arseonlinetips. A 100% independent racing website with NO affiliate links & brought to you by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles. Charlie hails from Glasgow, while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, miles apart but united by the sport of kings….

It was an interesting first day at Prestbury Park, with some favourites winning, some being turned over and a couple of cracking finishes. Expect more of the same today, with thrills, spills and belly ache pills into the mix…. There are 2 graded races on the card today as well as some very competitive handicap races, so let’s get cracking …..

Charlie has his selections and Rich will have the Final Word…

Charlie – 

Cheltenham 12.10 – Fret D’estreval – Won twice over in France and is now in the care of Alan King and should be capable of winning at this level. Although there are a few dangers in this race in the shape of Nelson River, Fanfan Du Seuil and katpoli. However i think that Alan Kings charge will show the way in this wide open race.

Win Advised

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Cheltenham 12.45 – Jenkins -Doesn’t need any introduction as he has been around for what seems like forever. Trained by Nicky Henderson, Jenkins won a Class 4 Chase at Stratford over 2m 3f in October. Was then sent here to contest a Class 2 Novice Chase over 2m and 4f in November. If fully recovered from that 4th here in November, could have too much class for this field but will need a bit of luck in running and a clearer round of jumping to take this race.

Win Advised

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Cheltenham 2.30 – Doux Pretender -Is another exciting youngster who is trained by Nicky Henderson, this lightly raced novice has won last two starts taking his tally to two wins from 4 starts over hurdles. Those two wins came at Towcester over 2m 3f back in May before being rested until November when he made a winning return at Ascot over 2m 6f beating Stoney Mountain by a head. If repeating form shown in last two races could have too much for this field and give Nicky Henderson another welcome winner at the home of jumps races.

Win Advised

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Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pocket. I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.

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Final Word with Rich –

Thanks Charlie, yesterday was an ok day for this column, with Elixir De Nutz winning & Jarveys runner up in the opener, sadly Lil Rockerfeller unseated his rider and that was just one of them things. Rock the Kasbah ran below par and I think the extra distance did for Theatre Territory when finishing 4th, while Josies Orders ran on for 3rd and will definitely be spot on for the Festival in March… That was yesterday, today I have 4 for you with both Graded races covered…..

Cheltenham…. Good to Soft

12.10 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial… Juvenile Hurdle… Class 2… 3YO Only… 2m 170yds…

Katpoli… Was a 6 length winner on UK debut having come over from France, that win was at Huntingdon in a C4 Juvenile Hurdle over 2m before stepping up in the JCB Triumph hurdle, Grade 2 over C/D when finishing a 4 length 4th to Quel Destin on November 17th….

12.45 Novice Chase…. Class 2… 2m 4f 127yds…

Le Breuil… Beaten a neck in a C2 Novice Chase at this course on November 16th, that was just his second start over bigger fences having won a match race on Chase debut by 18 lengths on November 4th at Huntingdon. The C2 Chase here has yielded 2 winners, with Mr Whipped(Class 2) and Jerrysback(Class4) winning next time out. Le Breuil contested a Grade 2 Newbury Chase on December 1st, finishing a 7 & 3/4 lengths 3rd to Santini over 2m 7f and now drops in class & trip…

1.55 Gold Cup Handicap Chase… Grade 3 Class 1… 2m 4f 127yds…

Baron Alco… Has 12Lb on Frodon today and finished 2 lengths in front in the BV Gold Cup at the November meeting(17th) over 2m 4f 44yds and while there is a little extra yardage, Baron was well on top at the finish and it is unlikely that it will make any difference today…

That said the DANGER could come from Rather Be, who was in contention in the BV Gold Cup, when he was brought down 4 from the finish and has some unfinished business as that was his first run of the season….

3.05 International Hurdle… Grade 2 Class 1… 2m 179yds..

We Have A Dream… Was unbeaten last season, winning all 4 runs, that run was ended by Veranda Blue, when dropping back from 2m to 1m 7f in the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on season return on November 10th. That was followed by a step up in trip to 2m 3f in the Grade 2 Ascot Hurdle, finishing 4th to If The Cap Fits. Now is back to his trip of 2m, with 2 wins from 2 runs over this distance last season, this trip could revitalise him and see the best of We Have a Dream….

That is everything for you today folks, thank you all for your support we really appreciate it…

All the Best – Charlie & Rich

 

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