BARRIER PEAKS has looked a different proposition since moving up in trip, winning his last two starts at Exeter and Uttoxeter with plenty in hand, and he remains a horse to keep on the right side. He idled when hitting the front last time, having more in hand at the line than the official margin suggests, so he is fully expected to defy another 10 lb rise and complete a hat-trick. Next on the list is Calidad, who put in a good shift when runner-up back in this sphere at Hereford, while cases can also be made for Escobedo and Lone Star.
HUGOS NEW HORSE is definitely on the right path now, winning his last three starts in the style of a progressive novice, having no problem defying a double penalty under this rider at Exeter on New Year’s Day. There could still be more to come from him, too, particularly now having his stamina stretched further, so he is taken to extend his winning run over hurdles to four. Tightenourbelts, who was beaten only by a useful prospect at Taunton in December, will likely prove the main danger in receipt of 10 lb.
LIPA K was well backed to win a bumper on debut at Killarney on his sole start in Ireland and he has caught the eye on a couple of occasions over hurdles for this yard of late. He was given a very patient ride on his qualifying run at Leicester last time, kept wide and keeping on gradually under tender handling after being left with too much to do. He is very much the type to progress further now handicapping and he can prove this mark of 100 a very lenient one. Take Centre Stage showed he can be very competitive from his mark last time and is feared most ahead of handicap newcomer Lightening Gesture.
WELCOME TO PADDY POWER NEWS!
SHIGHNESS may be a better horse on more testing ground, but she has been found a thin race for the grade, and she has been shaping up well of late. She made a winning reappearance over course and distance in November and she would have likely finished closer at Haydock last time if her jumping was more fluent in the closing stages. The booking of Brian Hughes also catches the eye and may be a sign of intent. Republican posted a respectable fourth in first-time cheekpieces at Taunton last time and is potentially well treated now, so he’s feared most.
AFRICAN DANCE remains very lightly raced for an eight-year-old and clearly hasn’t been the easiest to train, but he looked a chaser to follow when making a winning start in this sphere at Ayr 14 months ago and he is potentially well treated returning from an absence on the same mark. He represents a yard who are adept with readying one after a lay-off and he has won when fresh before so he looks a most intriguing runner. Geryville will be a big threat if backing up his latest effort and he is second choice ahead of Jaytee.
QUEENS GAMBLE looks very promising and can cement her status as one of the most exciting British bumper performers with a third victory in as many starts. She put a good field to bed with ease in a listed contest at Cheltenham in November and should be far too good again kept to mares company. Dysart Enos looked classy at Ludlow and should improve, while Mellificent and Alfie’s Princess can also play a part in a useful event.
STUDY THE FORM IN STYLE & GET ALL THE RESULTS YOU NEED FIRST
- CHECK OUT OUR SNAZZY RACECARDS FOR EVERY RACE, EVERY DAY
- WE HAVE ALL THE HORSE RACING FAST RESULTS YOU’LL EVER WANT
BEAT THE EDGE remains a maiden but he has been shaping well over fences of late, hitting the frame for a fourth start in a row when third at Sedgefield last time. He had split a pair of next-time-out winner on his previous start at Catterick, too, so he figures on a handy mark and should appreciate this
step back up in trip. The return to three miles should also suit Ribeye, who is feared most ahead of Nigel Hawke’s chase newcomer Sindabella.
EMORELLE was very well backed at Ffos Las just before Christmas and she also caught the eye, coming from much further back than those who finished in front of her and she also finished with some running left in the tank at the line. She returns to two and a half miles now making her chase debut (was placed in points), has a professional jockey on board for the first time, and she can prove herself well handicapped with a clear round. Imperial Pride and Toughasoldboots are also both of interest now going chasing.
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
CHELTENHAM RACING TIPS
- Cheltenham Festival: How leading runners for big races have fared this season
- Cheltenham Festival: Full day-to-day schedule and race times
- Cheltenham Tips: Rory Delargy’s ante-post Mares Hurdle picks including a 33/1 shout
- Cheltenham Tips: Ruby Walsh’s 6/1 ante-post fancy for the Mares’ Hurdle
- Cheltenham Tips: Rory Delargy’s 14/1 ante-post Turners Novices’ Chase pick