We’re hoping to hit the bookies for six with this Saturday’s ITV racing tips, with Cheltenham and Lingfield set to be featured on the box.
There is a feast of top-class National Hunt action at Prestbury Park and we’ve got expert picks for punters to consider from PA’s David Clough.
1.50 Cheltenham – POP ROCKSTAR
Looked in fine spirits when staying on strongly to score at Carlisle on his seasonal debut and has past winning form on heavy ground.
2.25 Cheltenham – COUNT MERIBEL (nap)
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is a regular on the roll of honour for this highly-prized handicap, at a meeting he almost always targets successfully from his nearby Cotswolds base.
Count Meribel was a case in point 12 months ago, when he was a most determined winner of a good novice chase over course and distance.
As then, the six-year-old arrives on the back of a fine run at Carlisle, having chased home Gold Cup hopeful Lostintranslation in Cumbria two weeks ago.
That two-and-a-quarter-length defeat behind an eased and impressive winner doubtless flatters Count Meribel a little.
Nonetheless, it entitles him to be the form pick under his regular jockey Mark Grant, in muddy conditions he handles.
He faces any number of major dangers, of course, but should be in his element back at one of his favourite tracks.
2.45 Lingfield – LORD NORTH
John Gosden and Frankie Dettori seek to continue their brilliant year with victory in the Listed class Churchill Stakes.
As with Wissahickon last winter, Gosden sends his Cambridgeshire winner in search of further riches on the Polytrack and it is easy to see Lord North replicating his stablemate’s success.
After finishing an admirable runner-up in Ascot’s Balmoral Handicap, the three-year-old returned to Newmarket to plunder a Listed prize at the start of this month, earning a rating which means he should have all rivals covered on his all-weather debut.
3.00 Cheltenham – THE BUTCHER SAID
Followed up four straight wins by chasing home odds-on scorer Ramses De Teillee on testing ground at Prestbury Park last month and another bold showing is expected.
3.15 Lingfield – CORINTHIA KNIGHT
Nine of his 11 career victories have come on all-weather surfaces, with three of those being at this track, and Archie Watson’s charge returns here following a couple of solid efforts at Dundalk and Kempton.
3.30 Cheltenham – FALCO BLITZ
Made all to prevail for the first time at Fakenham recently and the feeling is that Nicky Henderson’s lightly-raced five-year-old has scope for further improvement.
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