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Paul Nicholls at Cheltenham: The views on my Tuesday runners at the Festival

Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls saddles four runners on day one of the Festival
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With Movewiththetimes out of the Supreme through lameness and Romain De Senam missing the cut by one in the finale, Paul Nicholls has just four runners on the opening day of the Festival, and here are his thoughts on all their chances...


Cheltenham 16:50 - Arpege D'Alene

"I've had this race in mind all season for Arpege D'Alene who has always shaped like a horse who would be suited by marathon trips."

Cheltenham 14:50 - Ibis Du Rheu

Has taken well to fences, finishing in the frame on all three starts this season since winning the Martin Pipe Conditional Hurdle at the Festival a year ago. He is progressive, has been crying out for the better ground he gets now and looks to have a decent each-way chance in an open race.


Cheltenham 14:50 - Caid Du Berlais

Bounced back from a year out to win decisively over hurdles at Aintree in November after a year off and has dropped to a dangerous looking mark over fences. A past winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup at this track he is a sound jumper and will definitely appreciate the drier conditions underfoot.

I've chosen this race for Caid Du Berlais in preference to another entry later in the week and Stan Sheppard, who won on him at Aintree, takes a handy 5lbs off his back.


Cheltenham 16:10 - Lifeboat Mona

I've been thrilled with the way Lifeboat Mona has improved this season but while she is unbeaten in both starts this is by far her toughest task to date with the Irish holding a particularly strong hand here.

Although she is a good mare with a touch of class I'd say she probably needs to step up again to make the frame.


Cheltenham 16:50 - Arpege D'Alene

I've had this race in mind all season for Arpege D'Alene who has always shaped like a horse who would be suited by marathon trips. He has run well at the track several times, finishing a close second in the Pertemps Final a year ago.

Arpege D'Alene is better racing left handed and is suited by coming off the pace in a big field of runners.

While he can be a little bit quirky he jumps, stays and gallops and is a big player in this ridden by the Point-to-Point champion Will Biddick.


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