Paul Nicholls shares his thoughts on his four runners at Cheltenham on Wednesday… as Lallygag prepares to race in the Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle

  • Paul Nicholls is set to have four of his horses running at Cheltenham
  • One of them will be Lallygag in the Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle
  • Robin Goodfellow’s racing tips: Best bets for Wednesday, April 17 

Paul Nicholls has four horses set to run at Cheltenham on Wednesday, including Lallygag in the Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle.

Other horses trained by Nicholls in action will be Il Ridoto, Rare Middleton and Wild Max.

Here, Betfair ambassador Nicholls runs us through his horses before they take to the track on Wednesday. 


14:05 – Lallygag

He isn’t the biggest and should be happier back over hurdles now after struggling a bit over fences. He hated the testing conditions at last time at Taunton and will relish the drying ground at Cheltenham.

Trainer Paul Nicholls (pictured) will have four horses in action at Cheltenham on Wednesday

Trainer Paul Nicholls (pictured) will have four horses in action at Cheltenham on Wednesday

14:40 – Il Ridoto

He’s a standing dish at Cheltenham and usually runs very well in these two and a half mile handicaps. It didn’t quite happen for him last time at the Festival when he was towards the rear in the early stages before staying on at the finish. He has his chance but is probably still on a stiff enough handicap mark.

17:00 – Rare Middleton

He won tidily at Doncaster in December and I was expecting another big run from him in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton over Easter but he rather lost his position at halfway and although keeping on he was unable to quite get back to the leaders. He will relish the ground at Cheltenham, should be suited by the track and has a solid chance.

17:00 – Wild Max

Having missed eighteen months with a leg injury he just needed his first run of the season at Taunton in February and got a bit tired in the closing stages. He’s come on plenty since then, is another of ours who will appreciate the better ground and will be going chasing again soon.

Best chance

Rare Middleton. 17.00. With conditions in his favour he looks to have a solid chance.

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