CHELTENHAM is back – and it returns with a bang as Grand National hero Tiger Roll takes on Easysland.
The French horse routed the two-time Aintree champ when they met in March – but can he now gain revenge?
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What races are on ITV today?
- 13:50 Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (2m)
- 14:25 SSS Novices' Chase (2m 4f)
- 15:00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (3m 6f)
- 15:35 Ballymore Hyde Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 5f)
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ITV ACTION KICKS OFF NEXT
First up we have a red-hot handicap over two miles at 1.50.
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- 1st Castle Robin 13-2
- 2nd Silent Assistant 11-1
- 3rd Steal A March 8-1
- 4th Induno 15-8f
Castle Robin stays on best up the hill to see of Silent Assistant!
A 13-2 winner to kick off proceedings.
TURNING FOR HOME
Castle Robin going well and so is the jolly Induno.
DOWN AND OUT
The Eaglehaslanded falls and brings down Lungarno Palace.
The same two lead us – it looks a steady enough pace, with the field well-bunched.
Presenting Yeats the only one that looks in trouble.
Tel'Art and Hawthorn Cottage both keen enough taking the field along.
Induno fine in midfield…
The first isn't on ITV but is a good little race in its own right and the favourite has been well-punted.
Induno has been pumped into the 13-8 jolly in most books.
Punters clearly feel he's on a mark that can be exploited but you'd be a braver backer than me in a big field of 17 at those odds.
Others at the top of the betting are Castle Robin and the well-backed Magic Dancer.
The Queen has Steal A March run.
WHO SHOULD I BACK?
SunSport tipster Templegate has gone through the cards so you don't have to.
And he fancies Beat The Judge not to be beaten in the 1.50.
Beat The Judge never runs a bad race and was unlucky only to finish third in a hot contest here last time out.
He took the long route and got shuffled back before coming home with plenty left to give. He’s off the same mark and can go close.
Fanion D’Estruval can be forgiven one modest run in a Kempton Grade 2 after an easy Newbury success.
He goes well fresh and can bounce back to the form of his UK debut victory.
Magic Saint looked in need of his sixth at Aintree last time after ten months off.
He drops to his ideal distance here and is eased in grade too. He’s a threat while On The Slopes ran well here latest and won’t be far away off a fair mark.
WHAT'S ON TODAY?
A reminder of the races we will see from Cheltenham…
13:50 Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase (2m)
14:25 SSS Novices’ Chase (2m 4f)
15:00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (3m 6f)
15:35 Ballymore Hyde Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 5f)
THE BIG ONE
Of course, the biggest race of the day comes at 3pm.
There, two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll will take on Easysland.
The french star got the better of the national treasure by 17 lengths when they met in March.
Eight months they renew their rivalry with the young star odds-on against Tiger Roll.
We'll cover every inch of the race live here.
AFTERNOON RACING FANS,
Strap yourselves in. We're set for a big day of racing at Cheltenham.
The ITV coverage starts at 1.30pm ahead of the first race – the Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase over 2m – at 1.50pm.
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