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Cheltenham: Tuesday

As the festival kicks off with its usual top quality action, including four Grade 1s, we've also got some returning superstars as well as some potential stars in the making. As ever it should be a great 4 days and you can follow it with us here every day

We've got our Race by Race preview for you, the Tote Placepot Picks with a guaranteed £1m daily prize pool plus all the Stats and Trends from our guest for the week @Thorospeed

Plus don't forget to check out our Cheltenham Tipping Competition as we see who can find those winners and scoop the prize pot this year in what we hope will be our biggest competition yet!


And to help you along the way with your selections, or maybe just ones to avoid, our man #Oddsknows gives us his 3 selections for the day.

My Nap of the day is.. Jonbon (2.10pm)

I'm a huge Jonbon fan and this looks in the betting at least a shoot out between him and El Fabiolo for the wily Willie Mullins. I have to stick with the British here tho with team Henderson and my own view is that Jonbon looks a Cheltenham horse and he's looked smooth enough over fences, not putting really having put a foot wrong. Much has been made of Jonbons win at Aintree last year when he got the better of El Fabiolo and whilst both have improved since that day I think Jonbon showed real heart and can call on that again here up the famous Cheltenham Hill.

My Next Best of the day is.. Into Overdrive (2.50pm)

A wide open Ultima with plenty of extra places on offer here but that also means a likely tasty price for the winner. And the one I'm going for out of the 23 going to post is Into Overdrive. Mark Walfords 8YO comes in to this having won 5 of 6 over the bigger obstacles, the only defeat coming to L'Homme Presse when he was far from disgraced. With the softer ground expected and question marks over the stamina of a number of these, I think he could be bang up there

My In With A Chance of the day is.. Samuel Spade (4.50pm)

Another big field here, this time in the Fred Winter with 22 due to go to post so I'm going for a bigger priced shot here in Samuel Spade. Trainer Ben Pauling knows how to train a Cheltenham winner and I think he could potentially have quite a smart novice here. He will have come on for a couple of good runs at Huntingdon as prep for this and this stiff 2m could well bring out the best in him

The Placepot

I'm also going to be joining the daily placepot, which you can find more on here, so here are my selections for the first day.

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