4.50 Cheltenham, Wednesday, March 16

In the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (4.50) at Cheltenham on Wednesday, Voix Du Reve appears to have been allotted quite a stiff opening handicap mark, based on his ½-length defeat by the 123-rated Newberry New at Fairyhouse last month on his debut for Willie Mullins, so it’s interesting that the Irish maestro lets him take his chance. The Voix Du Nord gelding won a couple of races over hurdles, on very soft going, in the French provinces as a 3-year-old last autumn, but raced very freely in the early stages at Fairyhouse and is fitted with a first-time hood. Underfoot conditions are a little faster than any he’s encountered so far, but he’s entitled to improve for his first run since November and, granted his powerful connections, looks worth chancing at 16/1 (from 20/1) in the very early price lists.

Selection: Cheltenham 4.50 Voix Du Reve (16/1 with Bet365) to win

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