Olly Murphy has two runners on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, and while both have tough tasks the Betfair Ambassador isn't completely without hope...
He has ability but needs to improve here
14:30 - The Wolf
The Wolf has been disappointing since winning on chase debut at Chepstow, but he's a horse with plenty of ability. Hopefully, a big-fielded handicap will suit him well and he'll be ridden patiently, but he will have to improve a lot on what we have seen so far.
He's in good form but this is tough ask up 16lbs
16:15 - Tinnahalla
Tinnahalla won well at Catterick on his last start and was raised 16lbs in the process. That will make life very difficult as he's a very head strong front-runner, and I'm not sure that will suit him in a race like this. But he goes for the race in good form, and hopefully he can run respectably.
Course winner has had good start to life over hurdles
Sedgefield 13:45 - Graces Order
Graces Order has won at this track before and the softer the ground, the better her chances. She's had two good starts over hurdles so far and looks to have a good each-way chance here, with David England back in the plate having won on her previously.