Cheltenham 3.05 tips – Virgilio can make most of weight concession

Cheltenham 3.05 tips - Virgilio can make most of weight concession

Dan Skelton

Virgilio

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Betting Tip: Virgilio @ 11/2 with bet365

A top-class renewal with World Hurdle winner Cole Harden and Whisper, who finished fifth in the Cheltenham race before winning the Grade 1 staying hurdle at Aintree, attempting to give weight away all round. Of the pair, Whisper is possibly better over this shorter trip but neither ran up to their best when reappearing in the Newbury race won by Thistlecrack and we may not see the best of them until the spring festivals. Whisper’s stablemate Top Notch, who is in receipt of 6lb, has been put in as favourite and backers at 5/2 are banking on him lasting home on his first try over this trip.

At such short odds I’d rather not take the risk and will be having a few quid instead on the Dan Skelton-trained VIRGILIO, who is seeking a four-timer after three straight wins in handicap company. This is a big step up of course but he was hugely impressive at Aintree last month on his first run since May, and his in-form trainer was quick to nominate this race as his next target. The weight he receives from the principles could just give him the edge.

Betting Tip: Virgilio @ 11/2 with bet365

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