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WHO DARES WINS (Cheltenham 12.40) can land the JCB Triumph Hurdle to kick off a wonderful card at Cheltenham. Trainer Alan King has won this race four times in the last 10 years and has sent out this son on Jeremy to win a Ludlow and Doncaster over hurdles. Rated 85 on the Flat for Richard Hannon, he handled the heavy ground last time and while he made a slight jumping error, he will be straighter for this 2m½f test. This is a tough assignment against some promising hurdlers but King knows what it takes to win a race of this stature.
O’FAOLAINS BOY (Cheltenham 1.50) is up against a likely odds-on-shot in the Willie Mullins-trained Djakadam in the Grade 2 Trial Chase, which looks a cracking renewal. Rebecca Curtis-s nine-year-old won the Grade 1 RSA Chase at the Festival last year, beating Smad Place (who reposes) by a neck. He lost a shoe and twisted another in the race, so could be marked up for that accordingly. Something was amiss on his season return at Ascot but he was almost back to his best last time when winning a Graduation Chase at Newbury, travelling as well as ever and jumping soundly. He may prefer quicker ground but he stays all day and will likely have an entry in the Grand National as well as the Gold Cup. He is a value pick.
UN BEAU ROMAN (Cheltenham 2.25) is likely to be a decent price in the Grade 3 handicap chase, despite being in receipt of plenty of weight from is rivals. The Paul Henderson-trained eight-year-old, who was formerly with Willie Mullins, picked up the remnants of a furious pace in a small-field 2m2f handicap chase at Kempton, despite never ravelling well. Though the race was run to suit on ground generously described as soft (it was bordering on desperate), he stayed on nicely on his return to the bigger obstacles. This is the best horse in Henderson’s yard and he should still have improvement in him.
THISTLECRACK (Cheltenham 3.35) should take all the beating in what looks an average renewal of the Cleeve Hurdle. Colin Tizard’s exciting eight-year-old won the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Haydock in November and followed up by winning the Grade 1 JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot, slamming Reve De Sivola by eight lengths. Currently 3.50 (5/2) favourite on your myclubbetting.co.uk sites for the World Hurdle, he would appear to hold a favourite’s chance of completing a hat-trick.
SELECTIONS FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016
CHELTENHAM: 12.40 Who Dares Wins, 1.15 Un Temps Pour Tout, 1.50 O’Faolains Boy, 2.25 Un Beau Roman, 3.00 Shantou Village, 3.35 Thistlecrack, 4.10 Clean Sheet
DONCASTER: 12.30 Deputy Commander, 1.00 Shaneshill, 1.30 Red Spinner, 2.05 Morning Run, 2.40 Minella Charmer, 3.15 Buywise, 3.50 Atlanta Ablaze, 4.25 Little Acorn
FAIRYHOUSE: 12.50 Crafty Power, 1.20 Delegate, 1.55 Morning Assembly, 2.30 Adams Wood, 3.05 Limini, 3.40 Micras, 4.15 Avellino
LINGFIELD: 1.40 Rocket Rob, 2.15 Gabrial The Duke, 2.50 Evidence, 3.25 Si Senor, 4.00 Bear Faced, 4.30 Louis Vee
UTTOXETER: 1.45 Danvinnie, 2.20 Kapricorne, 2.55 Argot, 3.30 Bobbie Boru, 4.05 Jaunty Inflight, 4.35 Old Magic
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