Cheltenham festival tips and best bets on tuesday getabird and apple’s jade to storm through – bristol post calories in small green apple

It’s straight into the action as tuesday provides an immediate punters vs bookmakers battle with several hot favourites set to dominate the betting.

However, testing ground are on their side – gloucestershire live’s racing correspondent melissa jones has the horses to back on day one at the cheltenham festival. The treble

Apple’s jade ticks all the boxes in the OLBG mares’ hurdle and the star mare is very difficult to oppose in her quest for back-to-back victories.

The six-year-old has looked better than ever this term and has been training especially well at gordon elliott’s yard, he reported a few weeks ago.

Classy duo vroum vroum mag (recently retired) and limini were her victims last year and this time connections pit benie des dieux against the favourite, but she does have 11lb to find on the ratings.

The favourite’s yard has a fine record in this race and concerns about him going left-handed can be readily dismissed with the meeting’s top rider ruby walsh guiding him home.Irish raider


The well-fancied footpad seems at his best in the autumn and faces a real test here, with petit mouchoir entitled to get closer after their last encounter and the the harry whittington horse still improving at a rate of knots.

How this plays out tactically will be fascinating as all three have successfully made all over fences and it may be that aidan coleman lets the irish raider get on with it.

The efficiency of the tip’s warwick win was eye-catching as he showed blistering pace to leave rivals trailing and the third, north hill harvey had won at cheltenham earlier in the season, even if he wasn’t at his best.

The race revolves around last year’s winner buveur D’air but take him out and there are lots of horses at each-way prices with untapped potential.

At the meeting in december on soft going, he was travelling best approaching the final flight but eventual winner my tent or yours and the new one skipped over it quicker.Last year

The pair have also had plenty of battles in their noteworthy careers- yet it was the mullins horse’s fifth run over hurdles and his cause was not helped by the new one lugging left up the run-in.

On a line through that rival, buveur D’air has his measure but the irish raider is young enough to improve in a truly run race and find a bit extra on the ratings. He also seems to get up the hill which will be ultra-important in the mud

The four miles of the sixth race on the card will take an enormous amount of stamina in the conditions, which seems likely to take its toll on the number of runners with enough reserves to finish the race.

Duel at dawn isn’t the classiest or quickest galloper in the line-up but he appeals as the type to keep ploughing on when others have cried enough.

Ever so consistent to for the alex hales team, he was only beaten five lengths by ms parfois around warwick which would have been right enough for this son of presenting.Irish raider

This race has been the value selection’s target for some time and he ticks the boxes on the trends for age, number of runs this season and having a win over three miles on his CV. Read more

He pipped willie mullins to the post last year thanks to triumphs for a couple of his lesser-fancied horses, but time he has several odds on aces in the pack.

Samcro and apple’s jade headline the team but he also has leading chances in the handicaps (pertemps final and the close brothers novices’ handicap chase to name a few) as well.

Nicky henderson is on the verge of ruling one of his bankers out of the meeting, as altior met with a setback- and as a rule many of his horses seem to operate better on a sound surface. He has had most runners on ‘good’ ground in the past 12 months, but of the limited squad he does run on heavy, he often hits the mark (44 per cent).

Elliott leads mullins in the irish trainers’ championship and the latter’s festival squad does not seem quite the force of previous years, although ruby walsh‘s return from a long absence shouldn’t affect matters.Irish raider