Talking Horses: Friday’s best bets plus all the latest racing news

There is plenty of racing action going on at Cheltenham with A Hare Breath, Fletchers Flyer, Drumlee Sunset and Knock House all catching the eye

Little is ever certain at Cheltenham, as the backers and connections of countless horses that did everything right but then stopped on the hill can confirm. Even so, it is a little surprising to find that the shortest price of any favourite on the the first day of the International meeting, at 7am at any rate, is the 9-4 against A Hare Breath in what should be, in theory, the most competitive event on the card.

Sixteen runners are due to go to post for the two-mile handicap hurdle at 1.10, but the bookmakers paid out on a gamble from 20-1 to 6-1 when A Hare Breath was successful at the last meeting here in November and they are taking no chances this time around.

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