• Thu 29 Jun, 2017
  • 10:19 BST
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Chelteham double on Saturday

Paul Ferguson has two selections from Cheltenham for us on Saturday; Calipto in the 15:10 and Le Bec at 15:45. Compare odds and bet.

With conditions in his favour for this seasonal reappearance Le Bec (3:45) is taken to defy top-weight in the Showcase Trophy at Cheltenham this afternoon.

Emma Lavelle’s six-year-old remains lightly raced and has scored first time out in each of the past two seasons.  A winner at Uttoxeter on his chase debut last October, he followed up over today’s course-and-distance at the Open meeting and he was still going well when coming down in the RSA Chase when last sighted.

The son of Smadoun appreciates decent ground and looks capable of landing a nice prize this season, off his current mark of 149.  Hopefully he will open up at an each-way price, in what looks a typically competitive Cheltenham handicap chase.

Earlier on the card Calipto (3:10) is fancied to reverse Triumph Hurdle form with Tiger Roll in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle.

Beaten just under 9 lengths at the festival, Paul Nicholls’ charge looked a shell of a horse last year and is the type to have made considerable physical improvement over the summer.  A son of Califet, he receives 8lbs from Gordon Elliott’s runner this afternoon and, though some of Nicholls’ runners looked in need of the outing last weekend (whereas Elliott is in a rich vein of form), his exciting four-year-old is taken to strike in the tongue-tie.

Saturday’s selections:
3:10 Cheltenham; Calipto
3:45 Cheltenham; Le Bec

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