Alan Thomson's sole bet Volcano won at 9-2 yesterday and he has a brace of pre-Cheltenham wagers at Stratford.
SHUT THE BOX (1.00) deserves some reward for a series of consistent efforts in defeat this winter and can rectify matters in the two-mile novices' handicap chase at Stratford.
The seven-year-old could never quite get to grips with slick-jumping Editeur Du Gite at Newbury ten days ago and has been nudged up 2lb for his efforts. Kap Auteuil won handsomely last time but Shut The Box is fancied to have the edge over the favourite.
STEPNEY CAUSEWAY (12.30) has more than 30 lengths to make up on Casa Loupi on their Ascot running behind Tritonic, but Dan Skelton's juvenile learned a lot from that initial experience on the evidence of his victory romp at Catterick 13 days ago.
It is a big ask turning round the form with Casa Loupi, especially conceding 6lb, but it's a chance worth taking in what looks a straight match.
Cheltenham Day 1 Tips
The countdown to the Festival has well and truly began and we couldn't back the Voice of Value any longer. He's kicked off our extensive coverage with.
- 1.20 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
- 1.55 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy
- 2.30 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
- 3.05 Unibet Champion Hurdle
- 3.40 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
- 4.15 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
- 4.50 National Hunt Novices’ Chase
He's also spent some time with racing expert Jim Delahunt to record a special Cheltenham Festival Preview Podcast. It's well worth a listen if you're looking for a few pointers for the Festival.