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Milan Bound is on an upward curve

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Betting Tip: Milan Bound @ 7/2 with bet365

But that’s enough of the flat, especially as we have a cracking Cheltenham card to bet on and a chance to savour Tony McCoy around the Prestbury Park circuit for the final time before he retires. The ride he gave MILAN BOUND when scoring on Jonjo O’Neill’s gelding at Doncaster in February was vintage stuff as he never gave up on him having looked a lost cause for much of the race, and the promising seven-year-old could well give the champ a winning ride to go out on. The handicapper has raised him just 6lb for that effort and the application of blinkers may also eke out some more improvement, although that’s not to say he’s ungenuine – more like hard work.

He meets the Doncaster runner-up Western Jo on 1lb worse terms for a one and three-quarter length beating and that horse is also blinkered first time. However, having looked certain to score at Donny at one point, he may not be one to trust and confirmed that impression with a mulish display at Bangor last time, when almost planting himself at the start. He looks to have plenty of ability, but the selection is the braver horse at the finish and will be suited by today’s slightly stiffer stamina test, while he’ll be all the fresher for a 57-day break since his last run. I like him a lot.

Betting Tip: Milan Bound @ 7/2 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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