Cheltenham Festival: Thursday tips

Despite the 14 runners in the 3.15 Ladbrokes World Hurdle, it is likely to be a four horse race between Black Jack Ketchum, Inglis Drever, Mighty Man and Blazing Bailey.

Black Jack Ketchum would probably have been one of the sure-fire bets of the festival before a heavy defeat in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham back in January to one of his rivals in this race, Blazing Bailey. Black Jack Ketchum faded considerably in that race so questions still remain over his stamina.

However, the heavy conditions that day were not suited to Black Jack Ketchum and with the ground drying out at Cheltenham, he is slight favourite at 7/4 with Tote Sport.

Blazing Bailey, who also beat Inglis Drever as well as Black Jack Ketchum in that race in January, is out at a reasonable 7/1. However, as a bit of a ‘slogger’, the race may prove too swift for him.

Inglis Drever has form in this race having won here in 2005 and has shown he can perform in most conditions. As joint second favourite with Mighty Man at 9/2 he could be a solid selection if you doubt Black Jack Ketchum’s credentials.

Mighty Man is also likely to be in contention. Good stamina coupled with an ability to shift up the gears if needs be sees him also installed at 9/2. Conditions look like they are favouring Henry Daly’s seven-year-old as well, so it looks all set to be a tight race.

If you fancy a long-shot on an each way bet, look no further than Fire Dragon. He finished fourth in this race last year and has beaten Mighty Man before. He is suited to a faster track and at 66/1 could well be worth a few pennies.

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Editor, - 2007-03-15 11:33:10

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