Cheltenham 3.45 tips – this Clock set to go forward

Cheltenham 3.45 tips - this Clock set to go forward

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Betting Tip: @ Theclockisticking @ 11/2 with bet365

This is competitive but its hard to get away from the forecast favourite, THECLOCKISTICKING, and I’m not going to miss an 11/2 winner for the sake of trying to find a value alternative elsewhere. The bookmakers have clearly cottoned on to the fact he is potentially a big improver now stepped up to 3m for the first time, having given the impression he was crying out for a stamina test. That he has been running so well over shorter, including over 2m4f here in the spring when second behind the promising Diese Des Bieffes, shows he has bags of talent and he also has a fitness advantage after a couple of runs this autumn. He was finishing better than anything when fifth in the 2m3f Silver Trophy at Chepstow two weekends ago and his shrewd trainer Stuart Edmunds, who is operating at a strike rate of 24 per cent (7-29) this season, may have had this contest in mind for a while.

Of the opposition, I’ve got respect for Dan Skelton’s Notwhatiam, who gave the impression he wasn’t doing a tap in front when winning by a head on his Uttoxeter reappearance, suggesting he could pull out more if needed off today’s 6lb higher mark. Paul Nicholls’ The Eaglehaslanded is on a workable mark if he retains his old ability having seen racecourse action just once (pulled up) since finishing sixth in a handicap hurdle here in December 2016. He is likely to get the good ground he needs.

Betting Tip: @ Theclockisticking @ 11/2 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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