1:30 Cheltenham, Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase
It was another Paul Nicholls winner last season with Timmy Murphy steering home Chapturgeon to win off a mark of 10st 11. Nicholls saddles the top weight here in Take The Breeze who looks to have an excellent chance with Harry Skelton taking the ride. The winner of this race has been a 7 year old in four of the last five runnings and all of the last five winners were in the top two last time out.
This is a very competitive race and I am going to go against the trend somewhat here with a modest bet on the Paul Nicholls trained Rivaliste with Ruby Walsh in the plate. Last time out at Sandown the five year-old did nothing wrong when second to Doctor Pat, going down by a nose. Rivaliste carries some rather famous colours, those of Best Mate so it would be a nice winner, but lets face it any winner we have backed will be nice. a modest bet here folks on Rivaliste.