Geraghty Pilots Buveau D'Air To Cheltenham Feature Repeat

Jockeys and horses had been out early Tuesday morning on the gallops at the famous venue

Jockeys and horses had been out early Tuesday morning on the gallops at the famous venue

Samcro hasn't put a foot wrong.

Racing fans from the Emerald Isle are also playing for much higher stakes than their United Kingdom counterparts.

Buveur D'Air has only ever been beaten once in 10 hurdle starts, when third to stablemate Altior in the 2016 Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He's a great-looking horse and I'd love to cheer Bryony Frost home.

He's probably too inexperienced and potentially a long-term prospect.

Min will also do duty for Mullins, as the pair throw down the gauntlet to Nicky Henderson's flying machine, Altior.

Elliott won it with Fayonagh a year yet the eye is invariably drawn to Mullins in this race like few others.

Selection: Scarpeta each way @ 33/1, or 16/1 each way without the favourite.

"I think he proved there that he is a better horse than a year ago". Worldpay's data revealed that the average deposit on Irish cards was €112.36 (£98.90) on Gold Cup day- more than double that of United Kingdom punters (£38.72). While the Cheltenham Gold Cup gets plenty of betting action from all over the world, bookmakers saw a massive 126% increase in the volume of online bets placed by Irish cardholders, compared to the previous week.

Out of all these, Presenting Percy is a worthy favourite and indeed my NAP. After his last race at Sandown, we were talking about him not having any really hard races this year, but today was one.

The Cheltenham Festival may provide the highlight of British National Hunt racing season, but a major part of the thrill involved has traditionally been the rivalry between the home team and raiders from across the Irish Sea.

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"I missed one down the back, which I didn't expect". The best horse was going to win, and thankfully I was on the best horse. Again with the places on offer he could be a massive price.

Racing needs superstars, ITV needs the sport to have superstars, and there is relief all round that we will see racing's current A-lister, Altior, in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. He was a taking victor in Ireland last time and can avenge his defeat by Altior at the meeting in 2016.

Charbel took Altior on two out and looked like he was going to run a big race before falling at the second last. It was following on from Mall Dini the year before and I never thought lightning would strike twice, but it was fantastic. His slight setback after Kempton might end up being a blessing in disguise as I was concerned that he had already had a busy season. Gordon Elliot has been bullish about this horse and targeted the Glenfarclas Chase. He has also won twice at The Festival before so will be primed for the day.

Act of Valour seemed a smart bet in the run-up when one takes into account Paul Nicholls' fantastic record in this race.

"He'll be better next year". A first back-to-back victor of this race since Hardy Eustace.

It's 20 years since Mullins was saddling a similarly hyped novice, Florida Pearl, to win the RSA Chase.

His son, Patrick, is widely presumed to have the pick and he's opted to Blackbow who beat Rhinestone at Leopardstown a month ago. Al Boum Photo looks sure to improve for the greater stamina test and looks the value Irish option.

Barry Geraghty has chosen to ride him over Didtheyleaveuoutto which represents a major plus.

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