Here are the Cheltenham tips for Friday 15th March 2019 from @cheltenhamtips on twitter. We had 6/7 winning tips on Wednesday and 3 winners 15/2, 7/1 and 2/1 on Thursday. Please remember to gamble responsibly and over 18 years old. Tips by Karl Hedley, Racing Post Search For A Tipster champ,
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Odds correct at 7am 15 March 2019
1.30 JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE
Sir Erec (WIN) was a class act on the flat last summer, especially when finishing third to Stradivarius at over this two mile trip. That is head and shoulders over what anything else in the line up has done and he looks to take all the beating. Joseph O’Brien has a few good chances throughout the week but has nominated this four year old as his likeliest winner. Paul Nicholls runs two here but stable jockey Harry Cobden chooses Quel Destin. He won an egg and spoon race at Haydock last month but asides from that his form is solid. He has a 146 day absence to overcome but he should make the frame.
2.10 COUNTY HURDLE
Mr Adjudicator (E/W) has always had a little touch of class about him and looks a half decent price given his seasonal reappearance was when finishing runner up to the subsequent Champion Hurdle winner Espoir D’Allen. He is by no means the stable second string and given he has gone well fresh in the past, his 126 day absence is of little concern. Willie Mullins has a phenomenal recent record in this particular handicap having won it four times in the last eight years. This five year old will be one who will appreciate any further rain that falls and the softer the going, the better are his chances. Mohayed took this last year at a massive 33/1. He has an extra stone to carry this time around so may be best avoided today. A bigger threat may come from the stablemate of the selection in Whiskey Sour who was third in this last year off a three pound higher mark. His form this season tempers enthusiasm though but he too should make the places.
2.50 ALBERT BARTLETT
Birchdale (E/W) is unbeaten in two starts over hurdles for Nicky Henderson and JP Mcmanus. One of those wins came at this track last time out when left clear by the unfortunate Brewinupastorm. That rival ran well here earlier in the week giving it a small boost but this step up in trip is expected to suit as he looks to continue his winning run. Dickie Diver cost €210,000 and runs in the same colours as the selection, his talent is obvious and he may well prove the pick of the opposition.
3.30 CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP
Presenting Percy (WIN) may have run only once so far this season but it was a winning effort over hurdles at Gowran Park back in January. People were quick to crab that run but the following week those same people were screaming the house down for Tiger Roll as he won a similar hurdle race enroute to his participation in the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham and then hopefully the Grand National. Presenting Percy is undefeated at Cheltenham in two runs and with wins of up to three and a half miles in his repertoire, he certainly has stamina in abundance. He loves the hill here and that should see him through over some talented rivals.
Clan Des Obeaux has improved in leaps and bounds from his seasonal reappearance in the Betfair Chase. Subsequent wins in the King George and the Denman Chase means he is fully worth his place in the line up. A major concern is he has raced here four times previously and never won. That is a massive negative for anyone thinking of backing him. There are no such concerns over Native River and the former Champion is itching to get his crown back. The more rain that falls the better for this talented mudlark.
4.10 FOXHUNTERS CHASE
Ucello Conti (E/W) has had his fair share of problems in the past but he seems to be rejuvenated this season. Unbeaten in three starts he saw off the attentions of Coastal Tiep and Salsify at Navan last month. He has always been held in high regard and today could well prove to be his Gold Cup. Jamie Codd is an eye-catching jockey booking and the duo have to be high on any shortlist. Paul Nicholls has taken this race for the last couple of years with Pacha Du Polder. His run last time was atrocious but this place brings out the best in him and it wouldn’t be the biggest of surprises if he hit the frame again.
4.50 GRAND ANNUAL
Gino Trail (E/W) is likely to ensure a strong gallop from the outset and has winning form over this course and distance. If allowed a soft lead he could prove difficult to pass. He has been a model of consistency this season and yesterday proved that front runners can win here. Kerry Lee will have him fully fit and this previous course and distance winner has the assistance of Champion jockey, Richard Johnson in the saddle. Not Another Muddle looks highly progressive and has won three of his four starts over fences. This is a massive step up in grade but he is housed at a yard who know exactly what they are doing when it comes to their runners. Jamie Moore knows his mount inside out and he can slice his way through the pack if he can get into his natural rhythm and is held up as has been his want. Magic Saint has hit form at the right time but is still very inexperienced. He is as short as 9/2 in places and that looks very short.
5.30 MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP