Who to follow at Cheltenham on Saturday

Horse To Follow - Thyme Hill

Saturday's card has managed to beat the rain and in the first race of the day which is the Grade Two Ballymore Novices Hurdle we fancy last time out winner Thyme Hill.

This Phillip Hobbs trained five year old was smart in bumpers last season with a win on his debut and then two placed efforts which included a third in the Grade One Champion Bumper at the festival.

He made his debut last month at Chepstow in a decent Grade Two event and got off the mark in good style beating some smart horses and it looks as if the extra few furlongs will suit today.

The strength of the Champion Bumper form is superb and he will be looking to extend that on Saturday.

Trainer To Follow - Dan Skelton

Dan Skelton has been in superb form this season and has two big fancies from us on Saturday at Cheltenham with his brother Harry Skelton on board them all.

The first runner comes in the second race of the day and this three year old absolutely hosed up on his debut run over hurdles at Warwick beating a field of four runners by 37 lengths.

The gelding was a smart performer on the flat and has flourished even more since joining the Skelton yard and could be a serious contender at the festival in March.

The final runner is Hear No Evil and this seven year old gelding finished fourth of five at the back end of October in his first run in nearly two years having been off the track for some time.

He will come on for that run and the further he has gone in the past the better he has been meaning this step up in trip should be the making of him.

Jockey To Follow - Robbie Power

Robbie Power has been riding well in both Britain and Ireland so far this season picking up some nice rides for some new owners and he has some nice fancies on Saturday.

We like the look of two of his rides with the first being the Colin Tizzard trained Rockpoint who is entered at the bottom of the weights and was a decent hurdler winning over course and distance.

The six year old is a half brother to Santini and is predicted to be better as a chaser and should come on for his fourth at this track on his fence debut.

The final runner comes in the biggest race of the day the BetVictor Gold Cup and Slate House looks to have a huge chance.

The seven year old back in 2017 landed back to back hurdle contests at Cheltenham taking to the track superbly but since then had lost his way.

However, on his seasonal bow he bounced back to form with an 11 length win over course and distance also on heavy ground although up in the weights represents a big chance.

MPU

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