There is some doubt surrounding Wednesday's card - an inspection due for 8am in the morning with high winds forecast.
If racing is cancelled, Wednesday's card will go ahead on Saturday.
1.30 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
City Island is an interesting runner here, bidding to provide Martin Brassil with his first Festival winner. Brassil’s Grand National victory at Aintree with Numbersixvalverde showed what he can do and City Island has reasonable each-way claims.
Representing the race sponsor, Roscommon native Sean Mulryan, he scored in novice company in bloodless fashion last time at 1-5. He is perhaps a slicker jumper than Battleoverdoyen, who probably will be the best of these long-term.
Battleoverdoyen had merely a bumper and maiden hurdle win to his name this season but he was still pitched into Grade 1 company at Naas, winning easily. That form is not good enough to win this in all likelihood, but he has lots of class.
Champ has done little or nothing wrong and should run a big race, but he is taking on some classy raiders now.
Selection: City Island 8-1
2.10 RSA Novices’ Chase
Delta Work is a Festival winner, narrowly scoring in the Pertemps last season when perhaps a bit fortunate, but he has taken his performances to a new level as a chaser. Whether he is quite as good as people say is another matter – his Drinmore win over Le Richebourg is probably a bit flattering given the latter is surely better at two miles – but it is hard to pick a hole in what he has done this season.
Preference, however, is for Santini. Whilst the late scare (lost a shoe and did not entirely satisfy Nicky Henderson in the build-up) is not ideal, Henderson is hardly risking a horse of his quality without being confident he is fine. He could not quite live with his rivals at Kempton and he can jump better but he stays all day and looks perfect for this race.
Topofthegame has an edge over Santini on Kempton running and he warrants the utmost respect.
Selection: Santini 7-2
2.50 Coral Cup
While he hardly wants any more rain, Uradel’s chance is solid and basic to explain. He flourished on the level last year, winning at Galway and beaten a neck in the English Cesarewitch off 94, bringing him to a rating (102) that renders his mark over hurdles anomalous.
He was not quite quick enough to win what looked a muddling two-mile Leopardstown handicap at the Dublin Racing Festival, but looks to be certain to progress now stepped up in trip.
Farclas is attempting to emulate Carlito Brigante, also a five-year-old when winning this for the same connections in 2011. He reportedly worked very well at Navan last week, though his form is uninspiring this term.
Brio Conti is interesting. He is up just 5lb for winning at Ascot when he looked to have a bit in hand and he has done little racing over hurdles.
Selection: Uradel 6-1
3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
What drama we have had in the drumroll last year, with Nicky Henderson declaring Altior to have had a setback two days beforehand and leaving most to believe he was going to miss out; then Henderson tweeted on the Tuesday that he was ready to run!
The race itself was pretty exceptional, Douvan falling and Altior destroying Min, and there seems little reason to think he will surrender his unbeaten record. He did jump left at Ascot last time, which is a small concern as that was not something he had done to any appreciable degree in the past, but it should not matter at Cheltenham.
Min has a massive chance of finishing second. He has been pretty hard to fault this season and destroyed everything else 12 months ago. The rain will suit.
The most intriguing each-way bet is Castlegrace Paddy, who would not have been in love with the nice ground he faced at Leopardstown the last twice. He has proven capable of exceptional form on deep ground and the vibes are encouraging.
Selection: Altior 2-5, Castlegrace Paddy 33-1
4.10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
Tiger Roll is a truly extraordinary performer. The hot favourite to win this race again, he warmed up for it when surely nowhere near fully ready but victorious in a two-mile Grade Two at Navan, an astonishing performance at this stage of his life.
A winner in the Triumph Hurdle in 2014, the National Hunt Chase in 2017 and this race last year (when the ground was soft), the only issue one can have is his price given the nature of this test.
Alan Fleming has a lively runner here in Hurricane Darwin and he might be worth chancing. The yard struck with a big-priced double on Sunday, peaking very much at the right time, and Hurricane Darwin is clearly of some interest. He has finished second to Josies Orders on two occasions in the past year at Punchestown and has plenty of class.
Selection: Hurricane Darwin 33-1
4.50 Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Band Of Outlaws hardly looked a ready-made hurdler initially, given his three Flat wins were recorded over a mile or less, but the fact he has that natural pace and stamina too means he could be really classy over hurdles.
He has shown an ability to quicken that sets him apart in juvenile hurdles, bolting up at Naas last time, and his mark looks very attractive based on both his improvement and his Flat rating. Indeed, Joseph O'Brien's prowess with his juveniles this season is another big positive.
Lethal Steps is an intriguing participant in first-occasion cheekpieces, Davy Russell apt to hold him up and give him cover, though the rain may not be entirely in his favour.
Ciel De Neige is clearly a dark horse, having his first start for Willie Mullins, with Ruby Walsh taking the steer.
Selection: Band Of Outlaws 11-2
5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Paul Nicholls should have a decent Festival and Ask For Glory looks the part here under the excellent Harry Cobden. Not perhaps a race the stable targets, it would have been hard to skip it given Ask For Glory's victory at Chepstow over Christmas. He scored by 13 lengths after travelling like a proper horse, though the form has not worked out. He won his only point by ten lengths and could be anything.
Gordon Elliott's Envoi Allen has long been favourite since the same connections' Malone Road was ruled out. He was bought for £400,000 after his point win and already has three bumpers tackled with his unbeaten record intact, passing his toughest test at odds-on in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown.
He was not all that impressive then but the softer ground looks certain to suit and he has a big chance.
Patrick Mullins cannot do the weight on Blue Sari, with Barry Geraghty taking the steer on the four-year-old, who gets a weight allowance of 8lb. He created a very good impression at Gowran but has an awful lot more to do here.
Selection: Ask For Glory 11-1
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