All roads lead to Cheltenham for the start of the Open meeting. Nick Shiambouros has two fancies to get the ball rolling...
"He is an exciting prospect and I expect him to go very close on his hurdles debut"
13:40 Cheltenham - Might Bite
I like the look of Might Bite in this fascinating contest.
This gelding ended last season with a victory over Souriyan over this course in April. Despite showing signs of inexperience, he put his head down and repelled the challenge of the runner-up to score in fine style.
His trainer should have this lightly raced individual ready to do himself justice on his chasing debut. I think he has a bright future and should go close.
His current price of 6.05/1 on the exchange is more than fair and I have backed him at this price.
2014 World Hurdle winner More Of That is an interesting runner. He was last seen when disappointing behind Medinas in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury last November.
There is no doubting his potential over fences, but has had his issues and is best watched in my opinion.
This is a very hot race and most of these will go on to much better things.
14:15 Cheltenham - Champers On Ice
A small but select field contest this competitive event.
Champers On Ice makes plenty of appeal.
This gelding won a bumper at Punchestown in the spring. He fought like a lion in the closing stages and stuck his neck out near the line to win narrowly. The third placed horse finished a mile back which is a good sign.
He is an exciting prospect, and I expect him to go very close on his hurdles debut. He is trading at 3.55 on the exchange which is just about right.
The favourite Penglai Pavilion is the obvious danger. He is unbeaten over hurdles and was impressive when beating Laurium over this course last month.
He was a high class performer on the flat and finished fifth in the Arc behind Treve a couple of years ago. There is no doubting his ability in this sphere, but has to give weight to some promising types and may be vulnerable.
Friday's Recommended Bets
Back Might Bite at 6.05/1 in the 13:40 at Cheltenham
Back Champers On Ice at 3.55 in the 14:15 at Cheltenham
Weekly P/L +2.55