Cheltenham Festival: Ascot preview pointers


Cheltenham Festival preview night
Ascot, February 18

The panel’s picks

Barry Orr (Betfair): On The Fringe (St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase, best price 6-4)

Aidan Coleman: Defi Du Seuil (JCB Triumph Hurdle, best price 3-1)

Paul Nicholls: Wonderful Charm (St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase, best price 9-2)

Ed Chamberlin (ITV Racing): Messire Des Obeaux (Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle, best price 12-1)

Key quotes

“Are you serious?”
Ed Chamberlin after hearing Barry Geraghty is 11-10 on Betfair to ride Buveur D’Air.

“It’s not the strongest division, there are good each-way options”
Aidan Coleman on the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle

“Thistlecrack is beatable – I like Native River a lot.”
Paul Nicholls

“The Irish Gold Cup was a poor renewal – a fresh Djakadam makes plenty of appeal.”
Barry Orr

“No, no idea. We’ll move on.”
Blank looks all round at the mention of the RSA Chase

Do not miss Steve Dennis in Monday’s Racing Post as he seeks to find out all the key preview night information


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