Racing tips: Monalee could claim Cheltenham Chase honours

Samcro (centre) is set for action at Cheltenham
Samcro (centre) is set for action at Cheltenham
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Monalee should have what it takes to claim a renewal of the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained looked a top-notch animal at the Dublin Racing Festival last month.

Samcro comes to the Cotswolds with a reputation as high as Cleeve Hill and he should get the job done in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott can also strike with Cause Of Causes in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase.

A last-minute scare has thrown a spanner in the works but, with a little bit of luck, Altior can still confirm he is the dominant force over two miles in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

The first half of the season did not go to plan and trainer Nicky Henderson was left mortified on Monday when it emerged his superstar was lame.

Nube Negra may have found Apple’s Shakira too good on this course in December before scoring at Doncaster but he looks the answer to the Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Max Dynamite has what it takes to strike for Willie Mullins in the Coral Cup, while Blackbow can give him a double in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Venetia Williams’ Call Carlo looks up to the task in the 188Bet Up To £75 Cash Bonus Handicap Chase at Huntingdon, while Volatile can win at Southwell in the sunbets.co.uk Handicap.

Seasearch can follow up victory at Southwell in the32Red On The App Store Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Selections:

Cheltenham: 1.30 Samcro, 2.10 MONALEE (NAP), 2.50 Max Dynamite, 3.30 Altior, 4.10 Cause Of Causes, 4.50 Nube Negra, 5.30 Blackbow.

Huntingdon: 1.45 Sgroppino, 2.25 Ulis De Vassy, 3.05 Beyeh, 3.45 Derrynane, 4.25 Call Carlo, 5.05 As I See It, 5.40 Before Midnight.

Southwell: 1.20 Warrior’s Valley, 1.55 Medici Moon, 2.35 The Jungle Vip, 3.15 Volatile, 3.55 Captain Lars, 4.35 Cousin Khee, 5.15 Teardrop Island.

Wolverhampton: 5.45 Dream Farr, 6.15 King Kevin, 6.45 Seasearch, 7.15 Bowditch, 7.45 Jonnysimpson, 8.15 Spring Romance, 8.45 Surrey Blaze.