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HANDICAP HUNTERS | Three value picks for the handicap races at the Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham.co.uk team has scoured through the handicap entries in hope of finding some antepost value at the Festival

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With less than a fortnight to go until the Cheltenham Festival, the excitement and anticipation for the four-day meeting are continuing to build.

The Cheltenham.co.uk team has taken a look at the handicap entries across the Festival, in hope of picking out some value ahead of the next cut-off stage.

Here are three value selections to consider from the scheduled handicap races at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

LORD DU MESNIL – ULTIMA HANDICAP CHASE (33/1 – Various)

Under the guidance of Richard Hobson, Lord Du Mesnil has proven to be a tough nut to break over the further distances in recent years.

The gelding has been slightly uninspiring at times this season, apart from a soul run in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby where he stayed on to claim second at odds of 33/1.

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Lord Du Mesnil could aim for Cheltenham glory in the Ultima Handicap Chase

The nine-year-old is 3lbs below that effort on Boxing Day now and if the going is declared as soft, he could well be in his element at Prestbury Park.

Lord Du Mesnil did claim place honours on his last Cheltenham Festival start, staying on in the National Hunt Chase to take second back in 2020.

His handicap mark is tempting in this contest and he could well be one to note if connections opt to head to Gloucestershire in a few weeks’ time.

MISTER COFFEY – KIM MUIR HANDICAP CHASE (16/1 – Various)

A smart recruit of Nicky Henderson that is becoming quite consistent over fences, Mister Coffey could well be one to watch in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the Festival.

The seven-year-old has finished in the top three in his three starts this season, including a solid second in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown.

The gelding’s mark in this contest looks workable and while the quality of amateur rider booked in could be the make or break here, he looks an interesting contender over an unexposed trip here.

FIRST STREET – COUNTY HURDLE (16/1 – Various)

Another runner hailing from Nicky Henderson’s yard, First Street could be one to note in the County Hurdle on the Friday.

The gelding has been promising on his first five starts over hurdles, winning on three occasions and placing in Graded company at Newbury last time out.

His jumping let him down on occasions in the Betfair Hurdle, but he clearly has ability and he could well improve for the two-mile contest at Cheltenham.

The five-year-old has jumped up 10lbs in the ratings since his last success but he could well be able to deal with that hike, with his price of 16/1 currently hinting at each-way value in this contest.

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.