Ladbrokes' Cheltenham 2010 tips 16:40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase
The booking of Nina Carberry adds credence to the belief that GALANT NUIT is the one to be with here, although BallaBriggs, Shillingstone and Finger Onthe Pulse must be given careful consideration.
Ferdy Murphy is a master at targeting races and looks to have done that here, his runner
having been off the track since scoring here in November. Fitness has therefore to be a slight concern but he'll have done plenty of work and a 7lb rise for that win last time appears fair, whilst conditions are expected to pose no problem. He gets the vote to land a tricky race from top weight BallaBriggs. Donald McCain's charge won very nicely last time, fully justifying the 10lb hike he received from the handicapper, whilst the fact he carries so much weight is less of a concern in light of the fact last year's winner Character Building had to do the same. He likes good ground too, so may well be sent off favourite in a wide open renewal. Shillingstone has progressed well this year and likes good ground too, so whilst the Alner gelding disappointed last time he's probably worth another chance dropped down a pound in the weights having been so impressive earlier in the season. He makes more appeal than Nostringsattached who was readily brushed aside off this mark last time and may have done his winning for the season. Healthcliff needs to put a below par run behind him but a positive can be gleamed from the jockey booking as Ollie Greenall has ridden the horse to victory in the past, so the eight-year-old makes more each way appeal than most. Boychuk has plenty of experience and represents an in-form yard but he hides nothing from the handicapper, Isn't That Lucky has disappointed the last twice but needs a market check along with Kia Kaha as both have become well treated and represent powerful stables.
Kachaturian is a useful northern tool who should run his race, Saphir Des Bois gained a confidence boosting win last time and Faasel is a fascinating contender on his first run for the Pipe yard but we'd need to see strong support before switching allegiance from Galant Nuit.
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