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Saturday Racing Cheat Sheet: Tips and insight for Cheltenham and Doncaster

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
Horse racing at Cheltenham
It's Festival Trials day at Cheltenham on Saturday

Get the best bets from our tipsters for a busy Saturday at Cheltenham and Doncaster plus Paul Nicholls' and Rachael Blackmore exclusive insight on their chances...


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The last meeting at Cheltenham before the Festival itself (12-15 March) sees an intriguing card of trials races.

To help you make sense of the action we have got the best experts in the business on hand.

Read on for tips from Tony Calvin and Daryl Carter as well as exclusive insight from Betfair ambassador Paul Nicholls who knows what it takes to win at Cheltenham.

11:50 Doncaster - Daryl Carter: Funambule can thrive

"He gets a confident vote to return to winning ways under optimal conditions, and 3/1 or bigger is acceptable. However, he has always had a better BSP price than his industry SP, and it's been a long time since he was shorter than the 3/1 odds I made him, so I expect the SP around 9/2 at best."

Back Funambule Sivola @ BSP

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12:05 Cheltenham - Daryl Carter: Superstar Sir Gino to shine

"I hope we are about to see a star in the making. Sir Gino will have a race position on him throughout, and I expect the Nicky Henderson horse to prove impossible to catch

I understand that I am in the minority, but I really think Sir Gino could be a top, top-class horse, and if I fancy him in March, I have to fancy him strongly today. I'd certainly have the pair closer together in the market. Any 11/10 or bigger seems fair."

Back Sir Gino @ 11/8

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13:15 Cheltenham - Paul Nicholls: Il Ridoto has strong chance

"He seems to reserve his best for Cheltenham and won this race a year ago off a mark of 138. He is now 10lbs higher after a career best when he was just in the last stride by Fugitif in the December Gild Cup after looking like the winner landing over the last fence with a clear lead. Il Ridoto has been working beautifully at home, looks great and must have a strong chance."

Il Ridoto 13:15 Cheltenham

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13:50 Cheltenham - Kevin Blake: Rely on Whacker

"I made the case for him in this space prior to the King George V Chase at Kempton at what was a big price, but it went wrong from an early stage. Having been expected to be at least prominent, he ended up jumping off in last and never went with much verve, for all that he was only beaten 10 lengths at the line.

"The post-race comments of his connections suggest that it wasn't at all part of the plan for him to be ridden so far back, but that he missed the start.

"If they return to more positive tactics he might well be able to secure the lead. The return to this track will suit him and while his trainer hasn't been having a great time of it this season, The Real Whacker might be the one to pull him back up the table."

Back The Real Whacker to Win 13:50 Cheltenham @ 4/1

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14:15 Fairyhouse - Rachael Blackmore: Look To The West needs another good run

"Look To The West runs in the Solerina mares novice hurdle. She was a really good winner of a point to point in Dromahane and won well then in Navan after a long enough absence. We were really happy with her run that day. She was very straightforward, jumped great and galloped well to the line. Hopefully she can put up another good performance here in what looks very competitive race."

Look To The West 14:15 Fairyhouse

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15:00 Cheltenham - Tony Calvin: Dreams of a 33/1 winner

"Guard Your Dreams is the only unpenalised horse in the race and he would be very dangerous on his 2021/22 form, and he won first time out in 2020 and 2021, including a 2m4f handicap here by two lengths off 140 here in October 2021.

"He is still only eight and it is encouraging that he was put in the Champion Hurdle on January 9 at the first entry stage. Win or lose, that 33s looks far too big to me."

Back Guard Your Dreams @ 33/1

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15:35 Doncaster - Tony Calvin: Invictus is teed up to go well

"He a good ground horse who has dropped to a very enticing chase mark of 137 very quickly, and a hurdles run on his reappearance at Plumpton earlier in the month will have hopefully teed him up nicely.

"He was eased a very generous 7lb for creditable efforts in the Kim Muir and the bet365 Gold Cup, both over trips that would have stretched his stamina, and I think he is very well handicapped off the current mark on the best of his chase efforts."

Back Annual Invictus @ 21.0 or bigger on the Exchange

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