Checkley's Stewart Williams will be gunning for glory with Evan Williams-trained King Massini in Baylis and Harding Festival Handicap Chase at Cheltenham Festival today

The action gets under way at the Cheltenham Festival today.

The action gets under way at the Cheltenham Festival today.

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CHECKLEY’S Stewart Williams will be gunning for glory at the Cheltenham Festival this afternoon (Tuesday).

Williams is a part owner of King Massini, a 20-1 shot, who is racing in the Baylis and Harding Festival Handicap Chase at 2.40pm.

King Massini is trained by Evan Williams and owned by Border Pointers.

Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson’s Bobs Worth will win this year’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, according to a panel of racing experts in Hereford.

Eight-time champion jump jockey Peter Scudamore, Herefordshire trainers Michael Scudamore and Thomas Symonds, The Times’ Alan Lee and Sam Turner, who is also known as The Daily Mail Racemail’s Robin Goodfellow, have all backed last year’s champion to triumph again.

The five pundits revealed their tips for Friday’s big race at the popular annual pre-Cheltenham Festival preview, ‘From the horse’s mouth’.

Wye Valley Brewery sponsored the night with their Butty Bach and the evening raised £200 for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

The Cheltenham Festival starts today and runs through to Friday; see below for comments from the panel on some of today’s races:


Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Alan Lee: Top tip: Irving; Thomas Symonds: Top tip: Irving; Peter Scudamore: “It’s the horse that turns up on the day”.

Racing Post Arkle Chase: Michael Scudamore: Top tip: Champagne Fever; Thomas Symonds: Top tip: Dodging Bullets; Peter Scudamore: “I think Champagne Fever is a false favourite”; Sam Turner: “Trifolium was electric in his last race and I think he should be favourite”; Alan Lee: “Trifolium is my favourite with Dodging Bullets as number two”. Terry Court said Ted Veale, which had been sold by Brightwells, is expected to run in the race.

Baylis and Harding Festival Handicap Chase: Peter Scudamore said Lucinda Russell’s Green Flag was worth an each-way chance.

Stan James Champion Hurdle: Alan Lee: “Hurricane Fly needs to improve and The New One is the best horse in the race”; Sam Turner: “My Tent or Yours will win this”; Thomas Symonds: “No-one has mentioned Our Conor but I like The New One”; Michael Scudamore: “I am tipping The New One – he is the class horse in the field”.

OLBG Mares’ Hurdle: Peter Scudamore: “Quevenga for me”.

Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Hurdle: Symonds: “I do like Present View at 12-1”.


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