Marsh Novices Chase tips: Our experts debate the winner of the Cheltenham race

Ruby Walsh, Frank Hickey, Lizzie Kelly, Paul Jacobs and Paddy Power were speaking at a live recording of our From the Horse’s Mouth Podcast

Comments

FRANK HICKEY

I think this is a much weaker race than the RSA. Itchy Feet was impressive back at Sandown at the start of February, but I don’t think that was much of a race. I’m very keen on Allaho. He’d be my bet of the week if he runs.

RUBY WALSH

If Faugheen runs he’ll win. He’s the best here.

Faugheen wins at Dublin Racing Festival

PAUL JACOBS

I hope Fakir Doudairies doesn’t go to the Arkle and runs here instead. This is his optimum trip, pure and simple. It’s one I don’t want to go to war on to be honest, I’d rather leave it.

PADDY

I think if Allaho runs here he’ll be very likely to win. The safer bet might be Mister Fisher each/way. I know Ruby likes Faugheen, but I think his run at Leopardstown at the start of February could mean he’s peaked too soon. He ran so well it was like his Gold Cup. He might be over-cooked.

LIZZIE KELLY

Itchy Feet ran really well last time out at Sandown in the Scilly Isles Novice’s Chase. I thought he stayed on really well, which should count him in good stead. I think he’ll suit the hill at Cheltenham and I really like him. He’s a nice horse.

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