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Friday tips: our regional experts with their best bets for Cheltenham

Clan Des Obeaux: can land the Gold Cup for Paul Nicholls
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Newmarket: David Milnes

Distant Mirage(4.20 Lingfield, nap)

James Tate has his all-weather team in good form and this daughter of Toronadois expected to follow up her first win at this trip at Kempton last time. Up 5lb for that, the three-year-old has since worked well on the Cambridge Road Polytrack.

Others to follow
Lingfield: 3.00 Maqaadeer, 3.40 Unforgiving Minute, 5.00 Fearsome, 5.40 Cirque Royal.
Chelmsford: 4.40 Caribbean Spring, 5.20 Gottardo, 6.30 Shamshon, 7.00 Lestrade, 7.30 Pride's Gold, 8.00 Irish Times, 8.30 Sea Shack.

North: Richard Young

Mount Mews(5.30 Cheltenham, nap)

Disappointing over fences after a lengthy break on first run for yard but expected to come on a fair bit for that run. On a decent mark for return to hurdles and fancied to give a good account under capable rider.

Others to follow
Chelmsford: 4.40 Vallarta, 6.30 Primo's Comet, 7.00 Middlescence.
Cheltenham: 3.30 Definitly Red, 4.10 Road To Rome, 4.50 Forest Bihan.
Lingfield: 3.00 Dame Freya Stark, 4.20 Warning Fire, 5.00 Fire Fighting, 5.40 Message.

Lambourn: James Burn

Pym(5.30 Cheltenham, nap)

A mark of 138 must give this promising novice claims of giving champion trainer Nicky Henderson another festival winner. Testing ground might be a worry, but the trip is fine and the booking of Richard Patrick looks an interesting move.

Others to follow
Chelmsford: 4.40 Dotted Swiss, 5.20 National Glory, 6.00 Zipedeedodah, 7.00 Assimilation, 7.30 Florencio.
Cheltenham: 1.30 Pentland Hills, 2.10 We Have A Dream, 2.50 Alsa Mix, 3.30 Might Bite, 4.10 Southfield Theatre, 4.50 Whatswrongwithyou.
Lingfield: 2.20 Cheerfilly, 4.20 Swiss Pride, 5.00 Reverend Jacobs, 5.40 Alpasu.

West Country:Andrew King

Caid Du Berlais(4.10 Cheltenham, nap)

Not beaten far in this race 12 months ago and can make his presence felt again after a nice warm-up success in a point-to-point earlier this month.

Others to follow
Cheltenham: 1.30 Pic D'Orhy, 2.10 Capitaine, 2.50 Rockpoint, 3.30 Thistlecrack, 4.50 Magic Saint, 5.30 Champagne Court.

Topspeed: Dave Edwards

Clan Des Obeaux(3.30 Cheltenham)

Much improved and a convincing winner of the King George at Kempton. Routed his rivals at Ascot last month and a hat-trick beckons.

Longshot:Olly Eden

Anibale Fly(3.30 Cheltenham)

Posted a career-best performance when a staying-onthird in this contest last year, and shaped encouragingly last time out over an inadequate trip. Could ideally do with further rain but has stamina in abundance and could reward each-way support at a massive price.

Ireland: Tony O'Hehir

Eclair De Beaufeu(2.10 Cheltenham)

A dual winner over hurdles, the five-year-old rates a big chancehere following an eye-catching effort on his handicap debut at Leopardstown last month when he finished well for fourth in the valubale Ladbrokes Hurdle. Jack Kennedy's mount makes plenty of appealfor the Elliott team.


The Raceform Interactive nugget

Presenting Percyis 2-2 at Cheltenham and 2-3 going left-handed, compared to 8-15 going the other way. He can keep that unbeaten track record in the Gold Cup.


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