CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL fanatic Graeme Johnston (GraemeJ_83) offers his thought's on Friday's opener.
1:30 Cheltenham | Kim Muir Challenge Cup | ITV4
I am fairly confident about APPLES SHAKIRA for Nicky Henderson in this one although the Irish duo of Mullins and Elliot just seem to be unstoppable the year so we really do need to be conscious of their runners including Stormy Ireland, Farclas and MR ADJUDICATOR, the latter of whom has strong form and I think will go well for a confident Paul Townsend.
I think the sensible thing to do here is back Apples Shakira to win and Mr Adjudicator each way without going mad on either of them. These juvenile races are tough to predict as we saw on Wednesday with a 33/1 winner in the Fred Winter.
1:30 Cheltenham | Triumph Hurdle – Mr Adjudicator (7/1 each-way BetBright)
1:30 Cheltenham | Triumph Hurdle – Apples Shakira (11/8 BetBright)