Cheltenham 1.35 tips – Victoire set to triumph

Cheltenham 1.35 tips - Victoire set to triumph

Garde La Victoire

Garde La Victoire

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Betting Tip: @ 11/10 with bet365

A cracking trial for the big one in March and it will take some winning. Calipto looks the pick of the Paul Nicholls-trained pair after his bloodless win at Fontwell on his chase debut over 2m3f. He has plenty of pace so the drop back in trip is no real worry, and the stable has won this five times in the last seven years.

However, GARDE LA VICTOIRE was the best over hurdles, with his victory in last season’s Greatwood Hurdle the highlight, and he promises to be an even better chaser. He was a little sticky early on when making his debut at Uttoxeter, but he soon warmed to the task and came clear of useful yardstick Bristol De Mai to win by seven lengths. His trainer Philip Hobbs has won this contest twice since 2006 and he rates this fellow very highly, so he gets my vote.

Of the rest, Neil Mulholland’s Fox Norton is very much respected in his hat-trick bid, though he shapes as if he wants further and might be an ideal type for the JLT (2m5f). Northern raider The Grey Taylor could also outrun his odds.

Betting Tip: @ 11/10 with bet365

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