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.
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.
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.