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PREVIEW | The April Meeting: Day One

The April Meeting kicks off at Cheltenham on Wednesday afternoon with seven cracking races on the card

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With the Jumps season heading into its final few weeks, the home of National Hunt racing offers up two more days of racing in the April Meeting.

The Silver Trophy Handicap Chase heads the opening day’s action, with nine runners contesting the Grade 2 contest.

Action kickstarts at 1:30pm and concludes at 5:00pm on both days of the fixture.

Henry Oliver’s The Big Bite sits at the top of the market after producing a strong effort in the Greatwood Gold Cup last month, finishing third behind Umbrigado and Killer Clown.

WATCH: THE BIG BITE BOLTS UP AT HAYDOCK BACK IN DECEMBER 2018 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Coole Cody will be looking to continue his good form at Prestbury Park, while Romain De Senam is aiming to land a maiden success at Cheltenham on his ninth attempt.

Coole Cody and Tom O'Brien jump the last to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Coole Cody bids for April Meeting glory following on from his November success at Cheltenham earlier this season

Richard Rowe’s Up The Straight makes the step back up to Graded company while Benatar will be hoping to build on his third-place finish in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in December.

Manofthemountain plunges into a Graded contest for the first time, while Magic Saint aims to give Paul Nichols his fifth success in the contest.

Pym and Two Taffs complete the field, making a return to Cheltenham after their respective runs at the Festival last month.

WATCH: PYM SEES OFF IMPERIAL AURA AT CHELTENHAM IN DECEMBER 2019 [CREDIT: RACING TV]
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Olly Murphy’s Eaglehill is aiming for a first career hat-trick as the seven-year-old heads a field of eight runners in the Arkells Brewery Nicholson Holman Handicap Chase.

The JP McManus-owned gelding has shown his promise and versatility in his last two outings, but he faces tough competition in Fergal O’Brien’s Oski and Gary Moore’s Benevolentdictator.

A wide-open contest lies in wait in the Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle, with EBF Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final winner Beauport heading the betting for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Nicky Henderson’s Global Society is searching for his first victory since January 2020, while the in-form Captain Tom Cat won a large-field handicap at Prestbury Park in October for Dr Richard Newland.

Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nicky Henderson holds six entries across the card on the first day of the April Meeting

Born Survivor will be hoping to follow his success at Stratford two weeks ago with victory in the Weatherite Handicap Chase.

But Dan Skelton’s 10-year-old faces a tough challenge in veteran chaser Singlefarmpayment, who ended a four and a half year wait for success at Ascot in late March.

Five go to post in the Join Racing TV Now Novices’ Hurdle, with Faivoir returning to the Gloucestershire course after winning a maiden event back in October.

Improving sort Tamar Bridge and Coral Cup contender Witness Protection looks the biggest threat to Dan Skelton’s novice.

Ask Dillion will be hoping to improve further after claiming a promising sixth in the Pertemps Final last month, with Fergal O’Brien’s youngster carrying top weight in the Jockey Club Cheltenham And SW Syndicate Handicap Hurdle.

O’Brien also holds the favourite in the closing race on the card, which sees a welcome return to conditional and amateur jockeys at Prestbury Park.

Fergal O'Brien Smiles
Fergal O’Brien has two favourites on Wednesday’s card at Cheltenham for day one of the April Meeting

Elham Valley ran a cracker at 66/1 in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle last month and is aiming to claim his first Cheltenham success in the Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle.

A superb day of racing lies in wait in Gloucestershire.

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.

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