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Mick Fitzgerald



JOsEpH O’BRIEN’s BANBRIDGE (1.30) is two from two at Cheltenham. He won the Martin pipe Conditiona­l Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle last year and that form is very solid.

CAPTAIN MORGS (2.10) has winning form at the track and the faster they go, the better he looks. He’s a fine each-way play. I’m a huge fan of SHISHKIN (2.50). There’s a concern about the ‘bounce’ factor but he could underperfo­rm here and still win the Ryanair Chase.

The plate Handicap Chase looks the perfect opportunit­y for FRERO BANBOU (4.10) to do just as well as last year when he placed in the Grand Annual. stepping up to 2m 4f shouldn’t be an issue. so scottish is the big danger.

LUCCIA (4.50) is a very good mare and

Nico de Boinville was keen on her running in the supreme Novices’ Hurdle. That tells you how good they believe she is. This track puts less pressure on her jumping, which is a slight weakness.

In the last race, patrick Mullins rides the top weight MR INCREDIBLE (5.30) and the 3m 2f trip looks tailor-made for him.

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