Horse racing tips: Saturday’s pick of the punts at Cheltenham

We're down to one folks, with Newbury being cancelled! But it can still do the business!



Sorry folks, Newbury cancelled but we still have one at Cheltenham!

Kinross – 14:50 Newbury

Kinross (6/5) produced a performance on debut that made people sit up and take note, and he is fancied to follow up that stunning success by taking this Group 3 for the in-form Ralph Beckett yard.  The Kingman colt travelled powerfully at Newmarket before quickening impressively, putting the race to bed in a matter of strides to win by eight lengths.

He was well supported on debut, which shows he is clearly held in high regard, and he looked something out of the ordinary.

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Smokey Bear – 13:40 Newbury

Smokey Bear built on a good win over this C&D when defying a penalty at Kempton, where he showed a nice turn of foot to win with plenty in hand.

He has improved with each start so far and remains open to further progress, but he might not have to build on what he has shown as his opening handicap mark looks to underestimate his ability. He should prove difficult to beat on these terms.

Nigel Twiston-Davies , trainer of leading Grand National contender Blaklion (left) and 2002 Grand National winner Bindaree at Grange Hill Farm Stables
Naunton 3.4.18 Pic: Edward Whitaker


Topofthecotswolds – 16:55 Cheltenham

Topofthecotswolds ran poorly when finishing third at Perth last time but shouldn’t be written off on the back of that as he lost ground at a vital stage and was unable to recover.

He had previously rattled up a hat-trick at Stratford, impressing with how well he jumped, and he has achieved a level of form that should make him competitive in a race such as this.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has his string in excellent form and Topofthecotswolds, who has more experience than many of his rivals, can put up a bold show.

*All odds correct at time of posting

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