New Year's Day Cheltenham Lucky 15

12:15 Cheltenham - I Can't Explain

The first selection from the Cheltenham New Year's Day Each Way Lucky 15 comes in the first race of the day in the Ballymore Novices Listed Hurdle contest and we have selected I Can't Explain.

This potential superstar from the Seven Barrows yard is unbeaten in his short stint as a racehorse and is looking to continue his rich vein of form when stepping up to Listed company.

The six year old gelding won a point to point in Ireland and was then given to Henderson and put in a Class 3 where Nico de Boinville gave him an excellent ride to comfortably win the race. If repeating this on Tuesday he will have a great chance at taking this contest.

13:25 Cheltenham - Defi Du Seuil

The second selection from the Cheltenham New Year's Day Each Way Lucky 15 comes in the third race of the day in the Grade 2 Betbright Dipper Novices Chase contest and we have selected Defi Du Seuil.

We are looking for an early J P McManus double to start us off nicely and this Phillip Hobbs trained six year old seems to has finally found his hurdle form of two season ago and implemented it into his chase form.

He loves it at Cheltenham winning the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle here at the festival in 2017 and is now chasing this season. He ran here on his first chase start and he didn't take to it to well but in his second outing at Exeter in the Class 2 Novices Chase he scored nicely beating some of his opponents today.

14:00 Cheltenham - Aso

The Penultimate selection from the Cheltenham New Year's Day Each Way Lucky 15 comes in the fourth race of the day in the Grade 3 Handicap chase contest and we have selected Aso.

This Venetia Williams trained nine year old since having a small break in October he came back in November and put in a great performance to land a Class 2 at Newbury.

Good to soft ground would be perfect for him but if it does not rain he can handle to the conditions and if it rains he can also handle it softer, he is very versatile and worth a go.

14:35 Cheltenham - Vive Le Roi

The final selection from the Cheltenham New Year's Day Each Way Lucky 15 comes in the fifth race of the day in the Class 2 Handicap Hurdle and we have selected Vive Le Roi.

This Tony Carrol trained eight year old really is Mr consistent having figures of 221121 in his last six races. This is outstanding and the majority of these wins have come around the same distance as this race.

This gelding handles both good and soft ground so the weather forecast should not effect how he should perform. He is in a tougher field and will need to be at his best but he is nice in the weights and has a real chance.

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