Ray Flanagan with Cheltenham Friday selections
The jumping action swings back into gear at Cheltenham this Friday and while there is a lot of guesswork involved at this point, there is no harm in having a few bets for a small interest.
Cheltenham -3.00- Weather Front
Comes into the race fit as a fiddle following decent recent efforts on both the flat and over hurdles. Stayed on nicely when second at Kelso and could relish uphill finish if close enough at the last.
Cheltenham 3.35-On The Slopes
Finished last season on a high with two Kempton victories following a good third behind Simply The Bets on trials day here in January. Distance appeared to catch him that day and likely to be better suited by minimum distance on his return to jumping HQ.
Cheltenham 5.15- Skorched Earth
Tricky concluding race. A stab in the dark with Scorched Earth who posted a nice effort at Southwell on his penultimate outing and for whom hopefully a wind operation will yield further improvement having slightly disappointed on his next start.
0.75 pts ew- Weather Front-3.00 Cheltenham-14-1 P Power
2 pts ew-On The Slopes-3.35 Cheltenham-5-1 SkyBet-5 places
0.5 pts ew- Skorched Earth-5.15 Cheltenham-20-1 General