Paul Ferguson has three selections from Cheltenham for us on Friday; Peace And Co , Quick Jack and Value At Risk .
Unbeaten in three starts over hurdles Peace And Co (1:30) is fancied to get Gold Cup day off to the perfect start for Nicky Henderson and Barry Gergahty.
The son of Falco was deeply impressive on his British debut at Doncaster in December and, while he may not have been visually as impressive at Cheltenham on trials day, he still gave the smart Karezak 3lbs and a 3 length beating.
If the ground continues to dry, stable-mate Hargam could be a big danger, while Adonis winner Beltor also looks full of pace.
The ground is of slight concern for Value At Risk (2:40) but he did finish third in the Punchestown Champion Bumper on a decent surface and he is expected to improve for the step up to 3m in the Albert Bartlett.
Dan Skelton’s six-year-old finished only midfield in the bumper here last year, but proved he handles the track when runner-up on trials day. A 22-length winner at Newbury just before Christmas, the son of Kayf Tara looks a future star staying chaser and he can really announce himself here.
The handicapper I want to be with on the final day is Quick Jack (2:05) who is having his first run since the Cesarewitch in October and his first start over hurdles since last January.
The winner of a warm novices’ handicap hurdle at Cheltenham the previous November, Tony Martin’s six-year-old remains capable of landing a big prize over timber.
1:30 Cheltenham Festival: Peace And Co; 11/4 Betway
2:05 Cheltenham Festival: Quick Jack; 10/1 Winner.com
2:40 Cheltenham Festival: Value At Risk; 10/1 Betvictor
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