The Punt Daily: Tom Collins looks for four winning days in a row at Cheltenham
Klassical Dream (6-1), Topofthegame (4-1) and Sire Du Berlais (4-1) were tipped in The Punt over the first three days of the Cheltenham Festival.
Dallas Des Pictons(5.30 Cheltenham)
Gordon Elliott has farmed the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle in recent seasons and he looks to have the clear standout this year in the shape of Dallas Des Pictons. The Gigginstown-owned six-year-old is proven on all types of ground, won well despite stamina fading late on at his first attempt at 3m when last seen in February and will appreciate the drop in trip. He looks a well-handicapped horse off a mark of 140 and could be contesting Graded races in the near future.
Dinons is probably a better horse on good ground but it wasn't riding too soft out there on Thursday and a recent break will have him 100 per cent perfect coming into this race. He impressed with hurdling victories earlier in the season, including at this track, and although his technique over obstacles isn't the best, I'm sure Gordon Elliott will have schooled him plenty in the last few months. He is a big price and I wouldn't write off Allaho either, but Dinons looks the value.
Paul Nicholls has done well at the festival so far and his Capitaine looks a real player in the County Hurdle on just his second start since a wind operation. A sharp juvenile hurdler back in 2017, Capitaine found life tougher earlier this season, but his breathing was clearly holding him back and he became pretty well handicapped off a mark of 131. Unsurprisingly he capitalised on that when bolting up at Taunton last month and he is only 6lb higher today.
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