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Race 1 – 1.30 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)
The one to side with in the opener is BATTLEOVERDOYEN.
Gordon Elliott's progressive six-year-old was an impressive winner of a Grade 1 at Naas on his latest outing in January.
He looked to have plenty in hand that day and he is progressing at a rate of knots.
The form of Champ's win in the Challow Hurdle has taken a few knocks. But he undoubtedly has ability and should be in the mix.
I'm a big fan of City Island and it is hard to know how good he is. A lack of Graded form is a bit off-putting, but he is an exciting prospect who should go well.
Brewin'upastorm would have beaten Birchdale but for a last flight fall here on his latest outing.
He commands respect, as does Dan Skelton's Beakstown who bolted up at Warwick in January.
VERDICT – 1. Battleoverdoyen 2. Champ 3. City Island
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Race 2 – 2.10 RSA Insurance Novices' Chase (Grade 1)
I am all over DELTA WORK.
Gordon Elliott's star novice is unbeaten over fences and has won twice at Grade 1 level, beating the top-class Le Richebourg two starts ago before an emphatic win at Leopardstown.
He has winning Festival form having landed the Pertemps 12 months ago and he goes on any ground.
Topofthegame isn't the easiest ride but he has bags of talent, as he has shown when second in both Coral Cup and the Kauto Star Novices' Chase.
He is feared most ahead of Santini, whose preparation has been interrupted by a foot problem.
On The Blind Side has yet to fully convince over bigger obstacles but he could run well at a price.
Now McGinty is a lively outsider for Festival-winning trainer Stuart Edmunds.
VERDICT – 1. Delta Work 2. Topofthegame 3. Santini
Race 3 – 2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
A typically red-hot renewal of this race in which plenty have chances.
The favourite Uradel is surely well-handicapped and looks a big player for Willie Mullins, though he is skinny enough at the head of the market.
So preference is for DIAMOND CAUCHOIS, who has plenty of Graded form to his name, goes well fresh and relishes soft ground.
Brio Conti was a determined winner at Ascot last time and should run a huge race for Paul Nicholls.
Vision Des Flos arrives in good heart and can run well despite a big weight.
Cracking Smart and former Festival winner Tully East are others for the not-so-shortlist.
VERDICT – 1. Diamond Cauchois 2. Uradel 3. Cracking Smart
Race 4 – 3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
This looks at the mercy of the brilliant ALTIOR.
Nicky Henderson's superstar has swept all before him over fences over the past couple of seasons.
He was dominant in this contest 12 months ago and will surely secure a fourth Festival success if staying on his feet.
The classy Min must be sick of the sight of Altior's back side. He was second in this last term and he can land the silver medal once again.
Politologue will likely be ridden to pick up the pieces and can nab third place. But this is all about one horse.
VERDICT – 1. Altior 2. Min 3. Politologue
Race 5 – 4.10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
Grand National hero TIGER ROLL has been a superb servant to Gordon Elliott over the years.
This bonny nine-year-old was an easy winner of the Boyne Hurdle last time out and will take all the beating here.
Enda Bolger has a terrific record in this race and his Auvergnat will be ready to pounce should Tiger Roll run below expectations.
French raider Urgent Gregaine has a cracking record around this track and can hit the frame again.
VERDICT – 1. Tiger Roll 2. Auvergnat 3. Urgent Gregaine
Race 6 – 4.50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered As The Fred Winter) (Grade 3)
At a big price, PRAECEPS can go well for the Alan King team.
The four-year-old caught the eye travelling sweetly behind the exciting Fusil Raffles at Kempton last time.
He eventually finished third but he lines up here off a very tempting mark.
Band Of Outlaws was impressive last time out and is the obvious danger for Joseph O'Brien.
Fine Brunello is another O'Brien horse to consider closely, while Got Trumped and Fanfan Du Seuil are at the top of my each-way list.
VERDICT – 1. Praeceps 2. Band Of Outlaws 3. Fine Brunello
Race 7 – 5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1)
Willie Mullins doesn't often run a four-year-old in this contest, so that is a hint itself that BLUE SARI is held in the highest regard.
The gelding could hardly have been more impressive when winning on his debut and he can take full advantage of his weight allowance.
Gordon Elliott holds a strong hand here, with Envoi Allen the pick of his squad.
Abracadabras crashed through the rails in the closing stages at Leopardstown but wouldn't be out of contention if he charts a straighter course.
Master Debonair is a nice prospect with course form, so he could fair best of the home team.
VERDICT – 1. Blue Sari 2. Envoi Allen 3. Master Debonair
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