Bets of the Day: Champ can get off to a Flyer in the opener at Cheltenham

Hurlde action at Cheltenham
Gordon Elliot's Make My Heart Fly looks a smart novice

Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair for the next seven days and he is starting his week with two selections from Cheltenham and Kempton...

"After winning four in a row over hurdles she ran a very respectable second in Listed company at Gowran Park last time out."

Back Make My Heart Fly @ 4/1 in the 14:00 at Cheltenham

Make My Heart Fly can make the journey from Ireland worthwhile

Cheltenham 14:00

This looks a competitive novice hurdle to get the Cheltenham card off and running but I really like the look of Gordon Elliot's charge, Make My Heart Fly. The six-year-old mare ran fourth last time out but that was over fences at Fairyhouse. Prior to that though after winning four in a row over hurdles she ran a very respectable second in Listed company at Gowran Park. She also has the services of top jockey Richard Johnson in the plate, who has ridden her to victory on three occasions, providing she shows no issues on her return to hurdles she has to be the one to beat.

The market principle is another Irish raider Canardier, ridden by Barry Geraghty and while she looked good winning at Down Royal in May, after being off the course for 132 days, he is yet to add to that success and this is a tough task. With just seven starts to date there is potentially more improvement to come from the six-year-old but at twice the price I would rather be with Make My Heart Fly today.

Clearance can put some distance between him and the field

Kempton 21:15

The final race of the day isn't one that will live long in the memory, but it may be time for Clearance to finally get his head in front. The four-year-old 14-runner maiden who was previously trained by Tim Vaghaun, has recently moved to the Gary Moore yard and I am expecting him to go well tonight after being stepped up another furlong. He was doing his best work at the end of the race last time out, staying on well to finish a decent third over 10 furlongs. He gets a 2lb rise in the weights for that career best effort and he wouldn't have to improve that much to win this, in fact just a repeat of that last performance off this mark would probably see him come home in front.

The best of the rest and the one that could possibly chase the selection home is Arlecchino's Arc. Mark Usher's three-year-old gelding is dropping down in trip tonight and despite also going up 2lbs for a very good second at this course last time out, he has to be respected. That second may have been a decent effort as the third home that day (Cristal Spirit) has since come out and won over course and distance on Tuesday off a mark of 63.

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