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"Thistlecrack is beatable - I like Native River a lot"

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Cheltenham Festival preview night
Ascot, February 18


The panel's picks

Barry Orr 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 Messire Des Obeaux (Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle, best price 12-1)


Key quotes

Barry Geraghty 11-10 on Betfair to ride Buveur D'Air; Ed Chamberlin: "Are you serious?"

"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

It's not the strongest division, there are good each-way options
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