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Tote Ambassador Paddy Flood takes on the Pool School Team in a head-to-head Placepot challenge this week at the Cheltenham Festival. 

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Leg One - Triumph Hurdle  

Paddy’s Pick - Vauban

Very good the last day in Leopardstown, he looked like he improved after his Punchestown run and he could even improve again. If he improves again he's going to be extremely hard to beat. Pied Piper was really good at Cheltenham last time but I think Vauban is the one to beat him. 

Pool School - Vauban & Pied Piper

Hard to split these two top drawer talents, it's wise to take both and hopefully move on to leg two.

Leg Two - County Hurdle

Paddy's Pick - Colonel Mustard

holds Solid form behind Jonbon and Sir Gerhard, has a nice racing weight - has to go close. 

Pool School - Colonel Mustard & Surprise Package

Colonel Mustard looks to have the stand pieces of form in this race and runs off a handy mark to go close.

Surprise Package was better than ever when taking out the Imperial Cup at Sandown last weekend, has strong claims here again.

Leg Three - Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 

Paddy's Picks - Ginto & Hillcrest

Ginto looks a really good stayer, and he jumps well. Definitely worthy of his short price. 

Hillcrest is a beast of a horse, he’ll definitely stay - think he’ll fight out the finish with Ginto.

Pool School - Ginto & Hillcrest

Two standouts in this one. Hillcrest is a beautiful enormous type, looks every bit a chaser for the future, will stay this trip strongly.

Unbeaten thus far over Hurdles, Ginto has shaped like a real stayer. Has the right profile to do well over this course and distance.

Leg Four - Gold Cup

Paddy's Pick - Al Boum Photo

I think he can regain his crown, I hope they ride him handy. he just couldn't reel them in last year, they should make the running with him. The vibes haven't been great with his work but they've had plenty of time to get him right.

Pool School - Galvin & Tornado Flyer

Galvin is strongly fancied for this and rightly so. He showed a willing attitude to win at Leopardstown and is already a Cheltenham festival winner of the past. Has to hit the frame.

A lively outside that just might prove to be top class is Tornado Flyer. A runway winner of the King George VI at Christmas, he steps up the two extra furlongs for this assignment.

Leg Five - Hunters Chase

Paddy's Pick - Billaway & Winged Leader 

Billaway was really good in Naas the last day, that was a good confidence booster prior to coming here.

Winged Leader has got a lot of ones next to his name, he's done nothing wrong.

Pool School - Billaway

Possibly banker material, has a habit of losing in a tight finish but that doesn't matter in the Placepot.

Leg Six - Mares' Chase

Paddy's Pick - Elimay 

Came close in this race last year, getting 3lb off Concertista - that should be enough to beat her. 

Pool School - Elimay

Perhaps vulnerable to the younger improvers but she is a great yardstick in this division. Second in this race last year, she is a reliable selection in the final leg.


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