Free horse racing selections for Saturday December 15

Ashley Iveson previews the action on Saturday
Ashley Iveson previews the action on Saturday

Ashley Iveson makes Guitar Pete his best Saturday bet and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

NAP GUITAR PETE (1.55 Cheltenham)

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910-0OR: 137CD
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Next best: Summerville Boy (3.05 Cheltenham)

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711-3OR: 156CD
9/2
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Guitar Pete can become only the second dual winner of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

The only previous horse to achieve the feat was the Paul Nicholls-trained Poquelin, who landed successive renewals of a race that has had several different names with victory in 2009 and 2010.

Guitar Pete, trained by Nicky Richards, ploughed through testing conditions to triumph 12 months ago and returns only 3lb higher and with a light weight on his back once again.

Last season the grey warmed up for this event by finishing a moderate ninth in the BetVictor Gold Cup the previous month, whereas this year he ran much better to pick up minor honours in third in that similarly competitive handicap.

That performance can be marked up as he fared best of those that were ridden with restraint and there is every chance he can at least close the gap on the two that finished ahead of him - Baron Alco and Frodon.

Guitar Pete is clearly in good heart and double-figure odds are too tempting to pass up.

The withdrawal of Laurina takes a good deal of gloss off the Unibet International Hurdle, but at least it makes for an open renewal.

The vote goes to Summerville Boy, who beat the top-class Kalashnikov twice last season, including in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle here in March.

The fact he managed to overcome a terrible blunder two flights from home to win the traditional Festival curtain-raiser is testament to his ability and it is no surprise connections have decided to head down the Champion Hurdle route this season.

His claims for the two-mile hurdling crown suffered an early knock as he disappointed behind dual champion Buveur D'Air in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle a fortnight ago.

However, he was beaten at Stratford on his seasonal debut last season and deserves another chance on a track which clearly suits.

Nicky Henderson's Ok Corral has the potential to go to the top over fences and makes his chasing debut in the Ryman Novices' Chase.

He finished a fine second to Kilbricken Storm in the Albert Bartlett in March, in front of his vaunted stable mate Santini.

While his stable companion turned the tables at Aintree, Ok Corral was probably not suited by the sharper track there and it will take a smart novice to concede weight to him.

Paul Nicholls has won the bet365 December Novices' Chase at Doncaster three times in the last five years and could well strike again with the hat-trick-seeking Coup De Pinceau.

The useful hurdler was an easy scorer on his chasing debut at Exeter and he ultimately had little trouble following up at Ludlow - albeit two of his three rivals failed to complete the course.

He has more on his plate stepping up to Grade Two level, but he is a sound jumper and should go well.

Stargazer will not be winning out of turn if he can land the Betway Stayers Conditions Stakes at Newcastle.

The five-year-old looked to have landed a valuable prize here in the spring, only to lose the race in the stewards' room.

He has kept good company on turf since, running in the Chester Cup, the Cesarewitch and the November Handicap, before returning to the all-weather to finish second here little over three weeks ago.

Newcastle clearly suits Phil Kirby's charge and another bold bid looks certain.

Sporting Life tips:

CHELTENHAM: 12.10 Fret D'Estruval, 12.45 Ok Corral, 1.20 Top Gamble, 1.55 GUITAR PETE (NAP), 2.30 Doux Pretender, 3.05 Summerville Boy, 3.40 Definitelyanoscar.

DONCASTER: 11.50 Golden Jeffrey, 12.25 Newtown Boy, 1.00 Amour De Nuit, 1.35 Cliffs Of Dover, 2.10 Coup De Pinceau, 2.45 Quel Destin, 3.20 Go Conquer.

FAIRYHOUSE: 12.05 Roaring Bull, 12.40 Dinnie's Vinnie, 1.15 Farid, 1.50 Swordsman, 2.25 Ilikedwayurthinkin, 3.00 Alpha Indi, 3.35 Fasola Tido.

HEREFORD: 12.00 Sonoftheking, 12.35 Some Operator, 1.10 Miss Yeats, 1.45 Jurby, 2.20 Lamanver Odyssey, 2.55 Steel Bob, 3.30 Logan Rocks.

NEWCASTLE: 12.20 Highway Robber, 12.55 Stargazer, 1.30 Tomorrow's Angel, 2.05 Pammi, 2.40 Para Mio, 3.15 Enchanting Man, 3.50 Firmament, 4.20 Star Cracker.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.15 Nutopia, 5.45 Storm Lightning, 6.15 El Hombre, 6.45 Coolspin, 7.15 Well Suited, 7.45 Juanito Chico, 8.15 Stand N Deliver, 8.45 Rock Bottom.

DOUBLE: Guitar Pete and Summerville Boy.

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