Today’s Cheltenham tip
Enjoy some Stones, then make some dinero at the 2.05pm race
Hopefully you followed our advice for the festival’s opening race and backed Go Native at a massive 12/1. Wednesday’s Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle could be the most open race so far, and third-favourite Diamond Harry is generously available at 9/2 with Paddy Power.
Diamond Harry, who is unbeaten in six races, has all the key attributes that past winners of this race have possessed. He is in the first six of the betting at under 12/1, he finished first or second on his last outing and is aged five or six.
The two other frontrunners also meet these specifications but there are reasons to write both off. Only one jockey has retained since 1988 and last year’s winner Ruby Walsh rides favourite Mikael D’Haguenet while Karabak’s jockey Tony McCoy hasn’t won this race in twelve attempts.
Did we mention how brilliant Paddy Power are? They’re paying e/w on an extra place in the 4pm and 5.15pm races