The first race of 2018 at Cheltenham yesterday went to Neil Mulholland’s Tikkanbar who landed the listed Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle but if that gelding is to follow up at the Festival in March it is surely going to be in the 3m Albert Bartlett for which he was introduced into the betting at

Today’s jumps card at Ffos Las was abandoned due to waterlogging yesterday and Ayr must pass a precautionary 8am inspection with the ground described, at the time of writing, as heavy.


Ayr appear confident they will be able to race and in the 3m Handicap Chase I expect a much better run from Acdc who is fitted with a tongue-tie for the first time since finishing tailed off at Newcastle last time. The gelding had previously won well over today’s C&D from a 3lbs lower mark and would have been the selection had it not been for the fact that the Chris Grant yard continue to struggle.

Finaghy Ayr (2.10) stays further than today’s 3m trip and will be staying on when others have cried enough. Trainer Ian Duncan saddles two in the race with Lochnell also holding every chance but Grand National winning jockey Derek Fox got a nice tune out of the selection at Carlisle last time and, if he is within a couple of lengths coming to the last, he can finish fast and late and take the prize.

The unbeaten Niceandeasy (1.00) has won a Bumper and both hurdles and steps up to three miles for the first time for Keith Dalgleish this afternoon. The five-year-old will need to improve again for the step up in distance if he is to maintain his 100

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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