Colin Tizzard is backed to win the big novice chase again as Oli Bell provides his Yankee selection for today's meeting at Cheltenham.
Oli Bell: Friday Yankee
1.50 Cheltenham - Movie Legend
2.25 Cheltenham - White Moon
3.00 Cheltenham - Josie's Orders
3.35 Cheltenham - Coolanly
A fantastic day's action in prospect at the home of National Hunt racing and I'm happy to wait until the third for the first Yankee selection with Movie Legend looking decidedly over-priced.
Things went awry for him at the end of last season but this is his time of the year and he won really well over hurdles on his comeback. That first outing since wind surgery should tee him up nicely for a return to fences and it doesn't look the strongest edition of this particular two-mile handicap.
White Moon gets the nod in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase. He's always looked a chaser and showed more than a bit of promise in his novice hurdle campaign. He's got a lengthy layoff to overcome but that doesn't bother me from the Tizzard yard which is absolutely flying again now.
Josies Orders is preferred to Tiger Roll in the cross country as he's had a run under the belt and should be ready to rumble now, while the Grade Two novice hurdle can go the way of Fergal O'Brien's Coolanly who is held in high regard and could outstay Nicky Henderson's market leader Pym.