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We’re just a week away from the Cheltenham Festival, which means it’s the final episode of our antepost tipping podcast series as attention turns to the handicaps.
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The From The Horse’s Mouth team ran the rule over the Coral Cup, with legendary jockey Ruby Walsh, Paddy’s trader Frank Hickey and tipster Rory Delargy giving their early fancies ahead of final declarations.
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“I Am Maximus beat My Drogo in a bumper at Cheltenham last season before being beaten by a length by JPR One at Exeter on hurdles debut. He won by 13l at Newbury on his second hurdles start – the fourth, fifth, eighth and 11th have won since. He was second to Hillcrest off level weights and they pulled 11l clear of the third. If he did happen to sneak into the race, he’s very well handicapped and he’d be a big player.
“If he doesn’t get in, I quite like Indigo Breeze. I don’t think he’s quite shown his hand. He was a point winner, won his bumper debut and was beaten a short head by Keskonrisk on his hurdles debut last year. He had a crack at Gaillard Du Mesnil in a maiden hurdle at Christmas last year but was disappointing and was off for nearly a year. He came back and beat Deploy The Getaway at Gowran Park. He was then beaten by Autumn Evening at Fairyhouse in January but that form looks a lot better now. He’s got a mark of 140 in the UK and that’s workable.”
“I like Saint Felicien. I have been watching since he won at Gowran Park in November, he had a good run at Naas behind Darasso with Whisky Sour, who won at Leopardstown on Sunday, in third.
“I had him in my head as a Martin Pipe horse but he’s rated 149 so he’s too high for that. He’s the one for me!”
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“It’s a really tough race because you have to look a long way down the weights. I Am Maximus is number 84 in the list but has a chance of making the cut off. Good Risk At All probably will sneak in at number 68. He’d definitely be near the head of my shortlist.
“In terms of a bit of value, I think Guard Your Dreams will run a good race. He’s a solid performer. He’s had a couple of goes at two miles this season and won the International Hurdle at Cheltenham, although that was a pretty weak renewal. He needs two-and-a-half miles and a strong pace as he can get a little outpaced in a tactical race. He will really appreciate them going hell for leather in this race. A mark of 145 is not harsh at all for a horse that has been hitting the frame in Grade 2s all season. He’ll find one or two too well handicapped for him but he’ll hit the frame at a price and ticks a lot of boxes.”
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