Cheltenham tips: Paddy Power trader Frank Hickey takes you through the card on day one at Cheltenham

Frank was speaking on the latest episode of our From the Horse's Mouth podcast.

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SUPREME NOVICES HURDLE 13:30 – CHANTRY HOUSE

I do think Asterion Forlonge is the one to beat. I think he’ll be very difficult to get the better of. But if was having a few quid each/way I’d probably pick Chantry House.

There’s a bit of buzz about him. I don’t think there’s much between him and Shishkin. I think Chantry House will be difficult to keep out of the frame.

ARKLE 14.10 – BREWIN’UPASTORM

Brewin’upastorm is my best bet of the day and I think he’ll win this one despite some decent competition.

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ULTIMA HANDICAP CHASE 14.50 – DISCORAMA and COMMENT

The two I like the claims of are Discorama and No Comment.

Discorama has been to the Festival before. He’s had a wind op since his last run and runs off 147 here. He looks well handicapped.

The other one I like is Philip Hobbs’ No Comment. He ran a cracker at Cheltenham last year, finishing fifth in the Kim Muir.

He’s had a strange preparation, running over two miles and getting an eye-catching fifth and then he fell in the Paddy Power at the Dublin Racing Festival when he was going well enough. I think Richard Johnson will be the key to him. He’s ridden him four times as he’s run really well every time.

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MARE’S HURDLE 16.10 – BENIE DES DIEUX

I’m very keen on Benie Des Dieux. Probably the way to look at this is the ‘without’ markets. There’s a couple of interesting ones.

Honeysuckle could drift out and in the without market that could be interesting if people fancy her.

NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE 16.50 – BEAKSTOWN

If it’s not proper soft on the course, I think Beakstown has a cracking each/way chance.

He was very impressive when winning at Warwick back in January last year. He did disappoint in the Ballymore at Cheltenham in 2019, being pulled-up that day. But proper soft ground is probably not what he wants. After a few decent showings I’d say he’s been aimed to peak at the Festival.

I could see him running a massive race at a double-figure price.

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NATIONAL HUNT CHASE 17.30 – CAREFULLY SELECTED

With Champagne Classic injured and Copperhead moving to another race, I think if Carefully Selected puts in a fluid round of jumping I just can’t see what will beat him.

He’s such a class above the field here and it’s just a matter of whether Patrick Mullins can get him in the rhythm.

And if he does I can’t see him beaten.

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