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CHELTENHAM | Three Best Bets for Day 1 of the April Meeting

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WPG583 A view of Cheltenham Racecourse and Cheltenham Spa from Cleeve Hill, England Arkle

Racing at Cheltenham is back, with the April Meeting getting underway at the world-famous Prestbury Park course this afternoon.

The action gets underway with the Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle at 1:30, with the Silver Trophy Handicap Chase featuring at 2:05.

The team have taken a look through the card, in hope of finding some value across the seven contests.

Here are their best bets for the opening day of the April Meeting.

NAP: STOLEN SILVER – 2.05 Cheltenham (9/4 – Various)

Hailing from Sam Thomas’ yard, Stolen Silver could well be the one to beat in the Grade 2 Silver Trophy Handicap Chase.

The gelding carries some handy Cheltenham form, after finishing fourth in the Plate four weeks ago and landing place honours on two other occasions.

Coole Cody and Tom O'Brien jump the last to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Stolen Silver finished fourth behind Coole Cody (above) in the Festival Plate last month

The seven-year-old’s market rivals carry significantly more weight and with the ground in his favour, he could put up a big run in this contest.

NB: WBEE – 4:25 Cheltenham (9/1 – Various)

Under the guidance of Gary Hanmer, Wbee could be an interesting contender in the Safran Handicap Hurdle.

The seven-year-old has struck on his last four starts for his connections, with three of those wins coming at Stratford.

The gelding will need to put up a big run following a 233-day absence, but the drier conditions should favour him and he could well shower further progress in this level of company.

EACH-WAY: CHAPMANSHYPE – 1:30 Cheltenham (33/1 – Various)

Currently holding a price of 28/1, Chapmanshype could well hold some value in the Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle.

Jamie Snowden’s recruit hasn’t been in the most consistent form, but he carries a strong strike rate on good ground after winning 42% of his starts (7-17) in those conditions.

Proschema Cheltenham
Proschema (above) won last year's renewal of the Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle

He faces some tough competition in this field and while it’s not a straightforward task, he could well hold some each-way value and sneak into the places at the very least.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.