Horse Racing tips: Matt Chapman’s 7 nifty plays for Saturday’s ITV Races

Matt fancies Guard Your Dreams to cause an upset in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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13:50 Cheltenham – Dostal Phil

ITV Saturday gets under way here with a big betting heat in a handicap chase over extended 2m 4f. DOSTAL PHIL was a staying on fourth in the fabulous Paddy Power Gold Cup and is worth backing each-way to go three places better. Trained by the master Philip Hobbs and ridden by Aidan Coleman, Dostal Phil is a lightly raced eight-year-old who has not been tried over this trip many times.

However, that last effort suggested he gets the distance well and he would have been closer if not hampered at the 10th fence. He’s now got two good runs at Aintree and Cheltenham to his name in big fields, and surely must go well off 1lb higher mark.

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14:05 Doncaster – Takeit Easy

ITV are also at Doncaster Saturday starting with this handicap hurdle over an extended 2m. Most of these are high in the handicap, but I will go with the in-form TAKEIT EASY for Paul O’Brien and Pam Sly. He has run well at Ludlow, Stratford, Wetherby and Huntingdon this term, and the efforts suggest the current mark is still workable. He should give us a good run for our money.

14:25 Cheltenham – Gelino Bello

A Grade 2 here in a novices’ hurdle over nearly 3m and I’ll take a chance with GELINO BELLO for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden. I say take a chance not because of a huge price, but because my selection looked short on stamina last time against the re-opposing Blazing Khal and has to go further today. However, Nicholls is clearly confident in the distance not being the issue and perhaps Gelino Bello simply wasn’t at his best when last seen.

14:40 Doncaster – Porticello

A Grade 2 juvenile hurdle here over an extended 2m. PORTICELLO looked decent on British debut for Jamie and Gary Moore and I’ll stick with him to carry on the good work. There is a line with Knight Salute as Porticello beat Magistrato in France and that runner was behind Knight Salute at Cheltenham. My hope has to do more – but could well do.

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15:00 Cheltenham – Guard Your Dreams

Another Grade 2 in the International Hurdle over 2m 1f. This is not a vintage renewal, so I’ll take a chance on an upset by GUARD YOUR DREAMS for the Twiston-Davies team of jockey Sam and trainer Nigel.

The improving five-year-old was a fair third behind Buzz at Ascot looking as though he would enjoy this slight drop in trip. Prior to that he came home strongly over slightly further than this at this track. He’s something to find on paper, but this is winnable.

15:15 Doncaster – Fidux

Here’s a handicap chase over 3m. A hard race. FIDUX has nothing in hand on handicap rating,  but he’s going well for Alan King and should give Tom Bellamy a good ride. His effort at Haydock last time was decent and he stays well. He’s also young.

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15:35 Cheltenham – Indefatigable

This is a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m 4f. Trapista could be anything, but I’ll stick with the class top weight INDEFATIGABLE for Paul Webber and Daryl Jacob. The former Martin Pipe winner started off this season in great style when scoring at Wetherby. She then ran no race behind Thomas Darby at Newbury, but is clearly much better than that. Hopefully, she can outclass this field.

So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?

Matt Chapman tips summary:

13:50 Cheltenham – Dostal Phil
14:05 Doncaster – Takeit Easy
14:25 Cheltenham – Gelino Bello
14:40 Doncaster – Porticello
15:00 Cheltenham – Guard Your Dreams
15:15 Doncaster – Fidux
15:35 Cheltenham – Indefatigable

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