• WHO DARES WINS – Shiskin, Notebook, Pentland Hills, Sharjah, Mister Malarky, Abacadabras, Rogue Vif, Imperial Aura, Hold The Note


The 2020 Cheltenham four day Festival gets underway on March 10 at 1.30pm, with the SkyBet Supreme Novices Hurdle over 2 miles.

Leading fancies include Nicky Henderson trained Shiskin, whom the Seven Barrows ace has flagged up as having a good chance in getting him off to a flying start.

Abacadabras, trained  by Gordon Elliott and Shiskin stablemate Chantry House, are noted from the 16 runners field as Shishkin’s main dangers.

Shishkin (5-2), winner of a Listed race at Huntingdon in February, is priced at 11-4 favourite and tipped to win.  Asterion Forlonge (3-1), Abacadabras (6-1), selected each-way; Fiddlerontheroof (7-1) Chantry House (7-1).

The Arkle Novices Chase (2.10) sees H. De Bromhead saddle Notebook (5-2) set to go to post as favourite, and tipped to win, to correct a poor run in the 2019 Ballymore Hurdle.

Rouge Vif (12-1) trained by H. Whittingham and ridden by G. Sheehan is selected each-way in the 1m 7f race.

Mister Malarky (10-1) trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by Jonjo O’Neill jnr and Who Dares Wins (8-1) trained by Alan King and ridden by Tom Cannon, are both tipped each-way in The Ultima Handicap Chase (2.50) over 3m 1f.

The Champion Hurdle (3.30) over 2m has 17 runners go to post – with Nicky Henderson represented by four. Epatante has been well backed ante post, despite being unplaced in the Mares’ Novice Hurdle in 2019.

Pentland Hills (5-1), ridden by Nico de Boinville, who has had a wind operation, is tipped each-way. Sharjah (10-1) trained by Willie Mullins is also tipped each-way.

The Mares Hurdle (4.10) over 2m 3f sees Philip Kirby Green Oaks Farm, Richmond, North Yorkshire stables star Lady Buttons (20-1) go head to head with leading fancies Benie Des Dieux (8-11) and Honeysuckle (3-1).

Willie Mullins red hot favourite Benie Des Dieux is tipped to win. Lady Buttons and Roksana (8-1) trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by Harry Skelton are worthy of each-way support.

The Novice Handicap Chase (4.50) over 2m 4f sees Imperial Aura (5-1) trained  by Kim Bailey and ridden by David Bass, tipped each-way.

Hold The Note (7-1) trained by Mick Channon and ridden by J.J. Burke, and Precious Cargo (14-1) trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico de Boinville are selected each-way in the 22 runners field.

The National Hunt Chase (5.30) sees Carefully Selected (11-8) trained  by Willie Mullins go to post as favourite,  tipped to win under Mr P. W. Mullins.

Ravenhill (9-2) trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Mr J.J. Codd, and Forza Milan, trained by James Nash and ridden by Derek O’Connor, are worthy of each-way support.