A look at Wednesday’s Cheltenham picks with BetVictor’s racing ambassador Sam Boswell.
Envoi Allen to win 4/6
“Envoi Allen has been a very popular ante post selection with punters and is in our top five for most picked festival bets. Gordon Elliott knows what it takes to claim this race having won it with Samcro back in 2018. The six-year-old looks to hold an untold amount of potential and arrives here unbeaten, and has Cheltenham form in the book having won the Champion Bumper at the Festival last year.”
RSA Chase (14.10)
Minella Indo to win 10/3
“It was a mixed day one of the Cheltenham Festival for BetVictor ambassador Rachael Blackmore but Minella Indo will offer her a brilliant chance of scoring a second winner this week in the RSA Chase. A winner at the Festival last year, the seven-year-old scored a great win over hurdles in the Albert Bartlett. He has since progressed well to make up into a lovely chaser.”
“Safe to say this race looks as tricky as ever with a huge field set to charge round over the two-mile four trip. Trends suggest both Nicky Henderson and Gordon Elliott are the men to follow given recent renewals.
“The first is responsible for the favourite in Dame De Compagnie. The mare was dropped two pounds on appeal and has course form having won a listed novice on good and a handicap back in December. Given a break since then, she sets a fair standard. I am more than happy to have her on my side but at a bigger price I want to chance Willie Mullins’ runner Sayo.”
Champion Chase (15.30)
Defi Du Seuil to win 6/5
“We have been robbed of a classic here with Altior not showing which is a huge shame. The clash between Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soi should still offer us a mouth-watering clash. I have to declare a vested interested in Chacun having backed him prior to him beating Defi Du Seuil at Punchestown last May. This is a close one to call but Defi gets the nod.”
Cross County (16.10)
Tiger Roll to win 4/5
“I could sit and write endless copy about how and why Tiger Roll will win this en route to his Grand National history-making attempt next month but in truth, most of you reading will know why he seems such a good thing in this race.”
The Boodles (16.50)
Palladium to win 15/2
“New name but still a race that looks as hard as ever to work out the winner of. We offer five places and I think an each-way bet is an advisable option. Palladium will be the selection for me. A winner on heavy and also a fair horse on better going from his flat days, he looks a lovely type for Nicky Henderson.”
“The Mullins team have always done well in the race having landed it nine times. Six-year-old Appreciate It has plenty of talent and providing he handles the occasion, he could give favourite-backers another winner here.
“If you wanted to look elsewhere for something at a bigger price, I will also be backing Darling Daughter each way. Gordon Elliot has won this race with a mare previously and this two-time winner could represent some value in a competitive heat.”