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GG Writers’ Tips – Stayers’ Hurdle

St Patrick’s Thursday sees the Staying division take centre strage at Cheltenham. We’ve gathered the opinions of all the writers, editors and tipsters here at GG to get their pick for the opener.

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Daryl Carter (GG Top Tipster and Writer)

BLAZING KHAL is the younger, fresher horse coming into this contest, and he has advertised his claims well in his only start in open company by winning the Boyne Hurdle. He is ground versatile and is an improver in the field. It’s hard to suggest that any other horse is improving – on time figures and on the bare form. He has a bigger performance in him, and he is taken to land this contest back at Cheltenham, where he is 2-2.

SIRE DU BERLAIS is remarkably still overpriced. I wrote the following about him last month, and I stand by it. “He is not the force of old, but outside of Blazing Khal, this is not vintage renewal either. 

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Andrew Mount (GG Top Tipster and Writer)

Progeny of the sire Fame And Glory tend to improve with time and had we bet all those aged eight or older, over jumps only, we’d have won 33 of our 268 bets and made a profit of £52.08. Eight-year-old HOME BY THE LEE wasn’t beaten far when a 33-1 sixth in this race last year and has taken off this winter, scoring over an inadequate 2m4f trip when 28-1 for a Grade 2 at Navan in November before his Grade 1 Jack De Bromhead Christmas Hurdle win at Leopardstown. The ground has come right for him, and he looks rock-solid. I’ll also be playing him in the forecast/Exacta with Ashdale Bob, who usually runs a big race when given a left-handed track and slow ground.

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Kate Tracey (GG Weekend Watch Presenter)

 I’m siding with HOME BY THE LEE here, and I’m surprised he isn’t shorter in the betting. He has the strongest form in this race this season and he seems to be improving with each run. He’s already beaten the reigning champ Flooring Porter twice this season, and although he only finished sixth in this last year, he’s clearly a much better horse this season.

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Dave Young (GG Cheltenham Expert)

FLOORING PORTER has been in no form this season but he’s had an excuse for performing below his best and because of that he’s missed some work and preparation for this race. His trainer has been bullish in recent days though so I think he’s a fair price

KLASSICAL DREAM has always been a horse who runs best fresh so I’m pleased we haven’t seen him for over 100 days. Willie Mullins won this race with Penhill who overcame almost a year off the track so the fact Klassical Dream lines up tells me Willie must be happy with him and that’ll do for me.

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Rob Plumbridge (GG Editor and Content Lead)

This isn’t a great renewal and there’s plenty of old heads in the line-up like Paisley Park, Klassical Dream and two-time winner Flooring Porter who will be popular. I think BLAZING KHAL, on what we have seen this season, will take all the beating. Unbeaten over obstacles he looks to be getting better and better – which is more than you can say for many of these. He’s unbeaten over obstacles, and has two course wins to his name. That’s a lot of positives for him and he should be the clear favourite in the market really.

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Tom Aldridge (GG Editor)

 This is one of the toughest Stayers’ Hurdles to predict in recent years, but the one I’ve come down on is TEAHUPOO. He relished the step up in trip last time out, running out an easy 15-length winner of the Boyne Hurdle, and could have won by further if he wanted. The soft ground will be in his favour and I think he’s in with a big chance of giving Gordon Elliott his first winner in the race.

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Dan Corbally (GG Writer and Social Media)

A tricky puzzle to sort and Blazing Khal makes plenty of sense with a progressive profile,  but he hasn’t had an ideal prep for this race. Flooring Porter was another whose participation was doubtful, but he makes it and saves his best for around here, for all he’s unlikely to get away with the tactics adopted last year. I landed on another Irish trained horse for this with TEAHUPOO. He’s improved for the step up in trip this season and took the scalp of Klassical Dream & Honeysuckle in the Hatton’s Grace before dotting up last time out, he should still have more to come.

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