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Award-winning presenter and journalist Lydia Hislop has been an integral part of the Racing TV team since 2004. Lydia’s Road To Cheltenham series has become essential reading for all jump fans. Her Twitter biography highlights that she is prone to obsessions with staying horses plus an annual quest to identify the Melrose winner.

Cheltenham Friday
R1 15h30 SA Time

5 Il Etait Temps (FR)
D. E. Mullins | W. P. Mullins, Ireland


He was making his hurdling debut when third in the Spring, coming from further back in a race that favoured a more forward pitch and finishing off his race strongly. He is still a reasonable each-way price.

Cheltenham Friday
R2 16h10 SA Time

16 Colonel Mustard (FR)
Conor Orr | Mrs Lorna Fowler, Ireland


He finished 35 lengths ahead of My Mate Mozzie at the Dublin Racing Festival – although I don’t believe that form – but is still receiving weight from him here. A second-season novice hurdler, he has high-class form not far behind Echoes In Rain and Jonbon.

Cheltenham Friday
R2 16h10 SA Time

2 My Mate Mozzie (IRE)
Kieren Buckley | Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland


He was clearly being prepared for this target with a change of tactics behind Sir Gerhard at left-handed Leopardstown last time. This novice is smart – he would have won the Grade One Royal Bond but for making a hash of the last flight.

Cheltenham Friday
R4 17h30 SA Time

6 Galvin (IRE)
Davy Russell | Gordon Elliott, Ireland


He was my ante-post selection but I wouldn’t swap my position on him now. He is improving at the right time, boasts plenty of track experience, stays stoutly and has shouldered his way into Gold Cup consideration by dint of his results.

Cheltenham Friday
R6 16h50 SA Time

5 Mount Ida (IRE)
Davy Russell | Gordon Elliott, Ireland


Without the collision that she caused by jumping right two out at Fairyhouse, I doubt Elimay would have managed to cope with Mount Ida. So, on balance and encouraged by news of her back treatment, I prefer Davy Russell’s mount here.

Picture: Galvin (James Crombie/Inpho/Shutterstock)