Value range: Steve Jones’s best bets for the first day of Cheltenham Festival 2022

Our tipster has picked out four Irish horses to help you cash in on Tuesday’s Cheltenham Festival

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ALL on board the HMS SEAHORSE (4.50) in the Minors Handicap Boodles match.

The imported French Gaelic fighter has been all the rage in the bets but it is conjecture that fully favors him at such a short price the first time he plays for Willie Mullins.

His odds make the market more attractive to some other people. Hms Seahorse tops that list for me.

He finished third behind Triumph Hurdle favorites Pied Piper and Vauban on his hurdles debut before sending home The Tide Turns in a Punchestown maiden hurdle.

That gives him a basis to make up for, but he wasn’t in a good position when the race got serious and he’s better at weights now.

HMS Seahorse performed at Cheltenham today



Paul Nolan’s minor in terms of form scored well at Fairyhouse last month and this test will suit him. There is 1pt each way at 10-1 with lots of bookies paying out in six positions.

The other big handicap of the day was Ultima Chase and I preferred another Irish racer in NOBLE YEATS (2.50)

He beat Gabynako and Magic Daze – both running in today’s Arkle Trophy – in his debut in October and things have not gone his way since.

Emmett Mullins’ hopes rested on a promising prep race having finished second behind top prospect Ahoy Senor at Wetherby last month and he remained completely unexposed above 3m. There are 2 points each way at 16-1 some bookies pay seven places.

There was a rare British-trained favorite in Arkle in the form of Edwardstone. He could easily be good enough but it could be worth more than COEUR SUBLIME (2.10).

He finished twice behind the star lined up next to Ferny Hollow before easily landing the pursuit of beginners Gowran. I feel like running 2m is what he wants. There is 1pt each way at 14-1 with four increases with most bookies.

Honeysuckle has a good chance of defending her Unibet Champion Hurdle crown but TEAHUPOO (3.30) could easily become the main threat to the undefeated Irish mare.

The 2m hurdles division hasn’t been particularly strong for a while so it’s ripe for some fresh health.

Gordon Elliott’s ace has looked good on three wins this season. I was impressed with the space he put between himself and his opponents from the final second hurdle at Gowran last month.

The 10-1 offer is too big so get 1pt each way. Value range: Steve Jones's best bets for the first day of Cheltenham Festival 2022

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