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Boyne Hurdle with Betfair – "Grow Your Roar" with Navan’s Big Race on Tuesday

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The Boyne Hurdle has been rescheduled for Tuesday. It ensures a midweek treat for all racing fans and with Betfair’s new customer offer of £20 Back As Cash on the Exchanges, it is a fantastic time to bet. Plus, check out Betfair’s Cheltenham "Grow Your Roar" campaign, with £30 in Free Bets available for the start of the Festival.


GYR Betfair have recently begun their superb new “Grow Your Roar” campaign. For the three weeks before the Cheltenham Festival, new and existing customers with Betfair can get up to £30 in Free Bets to use come the start of the Cheltenham Festival.

It is an offer that will make the famous Cheltenham Roar feel even louder and more spine-tingling as the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle begins.

All punters have to do is bet £20 on racing each week on the Sportsbook or Exchange. This can be done as multiple bets throughout the week, or as a big one-off gamble. Either way, win or lose, once the £20 has been placed that week, you will receive a £10 Free Bet ready for the start of Cheltenham.

There really is no better time of year to be armed with Free Bets and with Navan’s card having been rearranged from Sunday for Tuesday, GG have previewed the race to advise new and existing Betfair customers on where they could potentially spend their £20 for this week.


ASHDALE BOB

Grade 2 level bought out the beat in Ashdale Bob last season, but chasing certainly did not go to plan for Jessica Harrington’s charge. He ran decent races behind Bob Olinger and Farouk D’alene before being tailed off behind Fury Road. They might look to keep his novice status for next season and he was a decent third behind Royal Kahala in the Galmoy Hurdle last month. This step back slightly in trip on soft ground should be right up his street and he is respected.


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DARASSO

He may have only run at the weekend, but don’t rule Darasso out from running again, as he has already raced six times this season, including two victories. This would probably be too quick a turnaround even for him and would also be in a race that could overly stretch his stamina.


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DREAL DEAL

A huge improver last season in the handicap ranks, Dreal Deal won five successive handicaps on the flat and over hurdles in the autumn of 2020. His propensity to act on the heaviest conditions also paid dividends when he was a shock winner of the last season’s Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle and sounder surfaces have almost certainly been against him the last twice. These conditions could well suit him ideally and Paul Townend is an eyecatching jockey booking.


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GRAND ROI

He may have only won once since joining Gordon Elliott, but he has run in exclusively Graded races, including in his only handicap at the previous Cheltenham Festival. This season, Grand Roi’s efforts have been decent and he has a 5lb swing with Darasso for when Joseph O’Brien’s horse beat him earlier this term. This trip, coupled with the ground, may be his ideal although he has a bit to prove before he can be backed with confidence to win.


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THEDEVILSCOACHMAN

A three-time winner last season in novice company, Thedevilscoachman is another who comes back to the smaller obstacles after debuting over fences this term. He has faced some very tough opposition in that sphere in the shapes of Ferny Hollow and Saint Sam. In neither start was he disgraced and it will be interesting to see how he fares up in trip. Certainly has the ability to play a role here.


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COMMANDER OF FLEET

Can’t be ruled out on the best of his form this season, but that is rapidly looking like an isolated incident. Commander Of Fleet won a 3m handicap at this track in December and it’s possible these surroundings bring out the best in him. However, the trip could be a bit sharp and he has never been at his best on softer than good.


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CONRON

Conron has not run since September 2020 when trained by Jessica Harrington. He was pulled up off a mark of 132 then and surely has no chance of being involved.


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DARVER STAR

Two runs back over hurdles have seen a rejuvenated Darver Star. A victory at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve was achieved in splendid isolation and was easily his best performance since finishing third to Epatante in the 2020 Champion Hurdle. He was, however, a bit disappointing behind Brewin’upastorm when sent over to Lingfield, especially in receipt of 6lb from that rival. His credentials here are obvious and he probably stays this trip now, but he’s an uncertain favourite aged ten.


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EARLY DOORS

Made his return after 17 months off the track on New Year’s Eve when a distant fifth to Darver Star at Punchestown. Early Doors was ridden very quietly that day and though his best form, when winning the 2019 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, could see him involved, it’s very difficult to believe he’ll demonstrate it.


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GENTLEMANSGAME

Two Grade 1 runner-up finishes last season have not been built upon this season by Gentlemansgame. Mouse Morris’ grey was well beaten in handicap company at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival and then could not cope stepping back into Graded company last time out. That was despite conditions seeming close to ideal for him and there are question marks about his recent form.


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LONGHOUSE POET

Longhouse Poet looks more set to be a contender for staying chases, particularly handicaps. If anything, Martin Brassil may be thinking along the Tiger Roll route for the eight-year-old, who is among the ante-post favourites for the Grand National. The Tiger obviously won this on his route to a second National success, though Longhouse Poet’s ability over hurdles is more of an unknown. He was third in a Dublin Racing Festival Grade 1 as a novice hurdle, but the trip may now be on the short side for him.


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RONALD PUMP

Twice Ronald Pump has admirably chased Honeysuckle home in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle in late November. It’s an unenviable task trying to beat Henry De Bromhead’s mare, but the nine-year-old nearly managed it in the 2020 renewal. That said, his last two runs have been well below par and it’s not surprising that blinkers return after being taken off last time. He was probably too keen in the Long Walk Hurdle prior to that and this trip, coupled with suitable ground conditions, could see him right back in the thick of things.


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TITAN JACK

14-year-old Titan Jack has never made any impression under rules or in point-to-points. Completely hopeless cause here.


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NO MEMORY

No Memory has contested Listed races with some credit this season. She was second, conceding 4lb, to last season’s Pertemps Final winner Mrs Milner in such a race at Limerick in October. However, this is an entirely different level and she probably was not at her very best at Punchestown last time.


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Big Race Verdict

It is delightful to see such a field size in a Graded race and it is an open running. Perhaps DREAL DEAL is the one to side with, as heavy ground brought out the best in him and he could still be progressive on such a surface, as well as over hurdles. He is first choice ahead of Ronald Pump, who has been far below his best the last twice, but blinkers return and these conditions should suit much better. Thedevilscoachman, Ashdale Bob and Darver Star are preferred in that order thereafter.


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