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Matt Chapman exclusive: These five weekend tips can hit Paddy where it hurts …. again

Barney Curley had his go and now Matt thinks he can hit Paddy in the pocket on a top-class weekend of Cheltenham Festival trials in Britain and Ireland.

by Matt Chapman | January 24, 2014

Barney Curley took Paddy for a few quid this week. What a shame! Bad luck Paddy! The problem is there is more to come, because now I’m out to get you with yet another terrific weekend of racing ahead. You hear me Paddy?

Let’s start at Doncaster with the Great Yorkshire Chase (3.15pm). The one to be on here is GULLINBURSTI who has been dropped 4lb to a mark of 144 despite running a cracker at Newbury in December.

He’s won off a rating of 134 at Market Rasen earlier this season and was on a perch of 148 when only 3 1/2 lenghts behind Hadrian’s Approach at Newbury. On his only previous visit to Doncaster he was a fine second to this season’s Hennessy second Rocky Creek in a hurdle race.

Speaking of which, ROCKY CREEK heads for the Argento Chase at Cheltenham (2.25pm) and should take all the beating there. He’s well in at the weights.


All eyes will be in Big Buck’s (above) in the Cleeve Hurdle (3.35) and we know if he’s back to his best after injury and more than a year off he will win. With At Fishers Cross on a retrieval mission, it’s a watch and enjoy rather than bet event.

I’m going to give CEDRE BLEU (1.50) another chance in the Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham over 2m5f. He’s an each-way bet as we know he’s iffy in a finish – but this might just be his race with Double Ross now on a career-high mark.

Top-class action 

There’s some top-class action in Ireland this weekend at Leopardstown.  I’ll be looking to CAIRDIN (2.50pm) to finish in the frame. He’ been second so many times it’s not funny – but he’s in form and a slight step up in trip might help him get his head in front.

Finally, Charles Byrnes’ SEA LIGHT still looks on a good enough mark in the 24-runner handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (3.25pm). He’s a fraction out of the handicap but he’s on a four-timer in a race where Paddy’s paying 1/4 the odds the first five home.

So let’s take a lesson from Barney’s book and take Paddy’s cash on a fabulous weekend of racing. Yeeehaaa!

PS: Don’t forget about the Irish Champion Hurdle  on Sunday, in which HURRICANE FLY (1.55pm) is out again to show us once again what a star he is.


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