Tuesday's tips: our experts with their best bets for day one of Cheltenham
Open to further improvement, she was very impressive when quickening clear in the Christmas Hurdleand might not need to improve onthat to land the spoils.
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An unexposed sort who fared best of thosewho raced up with the pace last time.
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West Country nap
Has made giant stridesrecently and can pass his most serious examination to date.
Rouge Vif(2.10 Cheltenham)
Passed a similar test to this with flying colours at Warwick last month, showing high-class form. He looks overpriced in an open Arkle.
Merry Vale(5.15 Newcastle)
The daughter of Intello is fancied to oblige in her first handicap for the in-form team of John Gosden and Robert Havlin.
Asterion Forlonge(1.30 Cheltenham)
Has carried all before him posting an improved Topspeed rating each time and can maintain his unbeaten record.
Imperial Aura(4.50 Cheltenham)
A progressive sort who has posted good efforts at this course on his last two starts.
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Benie Des Dieux(4.10 Cheltenham)
But for herfall in therace 12 months ago, this nine-year-old would be bidding for a third win in theMares' Hurdle and sherates one of the festival bankers.
Kept on well for fourth at the festival last year, beating likely favourite Vinndication in the process. He looks feasibly handicapped to put up a big performance.
Must-have stat of the day
Eight of the last nine winners of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle won their previous start. In that time, Willie Mullins has supplied half of those successful plus three seconds.Asterion Forlonge holds solid claimstoenhance that record at 1.30.
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