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Matt Chapman: Djaks the way I like it at Cheltenham, and this 12/1 shot can light up the afternoon at Doncaster

Our favourite At The Races presenter (don't tell Jason Weaver!) Matt Chapman is back. He's put down the fake tan and teeth whitening kit long enough to bring us the hottest tips for Saturday's racing from Cheltenham and Doncaster. Yeeehaaa!

by Matt Chapman | January 29, 2016

When the Gold Cup favourite runs you know the Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner. That means we need funds to go punting crazy, so get ready to be hit hard this weekend Paddy. You hear me?

Let’s get straight on with it. The 1.50pm at Cheltenham is the Grade 2 BetBright Chase over an extended 3m1f, and there is no doubt DJAKADAM () is a worthy favourite and likely to win.


If you want an each-way bet don’t ignore Sam Winner () as an each-way bet. He stays all day and this is going to be a slog.

There’s a Grade 3 handicap chase at Cheltenham at 2.25pm, and Im going to have a few quid each-way on ANNACOTTY (), who is proven at the course. The selection was a little disappointing last time, but this smaller field will help the selection to get into a better rhythm.

The 3pm at Cheltenham is the Grade 2 Neptune Hurdle, and I’m all over YANWORTH (), who has looked an absolute machine in three wins this season for Alan King.

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Finally at Cheltenham it’s the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at 3.35pm, and D-Day has arrived for THISTLECRACK (), who has to win if he’s going to land the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. This will be a proper test for Colin Tizzard’s inmate.

Meanwhile, over at Doncaster it’s the Grade 2 Mares’ Hurdle at 2.05pm, and I like MORNING RUN (6/4) for Willie Mullins. Ireland’s champion is extra strong in this division, and despite a poor effort at Leopardstown last time the selection should just be too good.

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I’m confident the exciting BARTERS HILL will land the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster for up-and-coming Ben Pauling in the 2.40pm, but the Listed chase at 3.15pm is much tougher. Take a chance in this event with Arthur Moore’s 9yo PASS THE HAT (12/1). Ideally this gelding would prefer a slightly shorter trip, but this is winnable and I’m hoping for the best.

So best of luck, and once again let’s hope for some Yeeehaaas!

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