ITV Racing Tips: Rock The Kasbah to score in tasty Cheltenham clash?

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A busy weekend of action at Cheltenham gets under way on Friday with the first day of the International Meeting.

There’s also action from Banger-on-Dee, and we’re on hand to guide you in the right direction ahead of it all with our ITV Racing Tips.

NAP – Rock The Kasbah – 2;30 Cheltenham

One of the most open betting heats of the day sees a whole host of top stayers battle it out over 3m 2f in this Grade 3 contest. Rock The Kasbah is the one tipped to come out on top.

Phillip Hobbs’ charge was mightily impressive when winning over a furlong longer at Cheltenham last month in a career-best effort. He’ll have to defy a further 6lb rise to take this one.

That shouldn’t be too much of a problem, especially given his last two runs over the 3m+ distance have produced a win and a frame finish. He’s a proven stayer and can take another step forward here.

NB – Midnight Target – 1:55 Cheltenham

Midnight Target is one we really like the look of – and not just because she’s a consistent frame finisher. John Groucott’s star keeps going up the weights but crucially keeps producing the results.

After landing a Listed contest ahead of The Bay Birch at Cheltenham last April, the mare returned to action with a decent second to the classy looking Marienstar in November.

The hope is that our pick will have come on a bit more from that run at Kempton to confirm the form with The Bay Birch, who reopposes here.

Lively Longshot – Sizing Granite – 3:40 Cheltenham

A chance is taken on Sizing Granite for the in-form Colin Tizzard. The Dorset-based trainer had the winner in the Ladbrokes Trophy a fortnight ago and followed that up with a third in the Becher Chase last week.

Sizing Granite doesn’t quite have the capabilities of Sizing Tennessee or Ultragold. But he’s a game type stepping down in class from his usual level of opposition.

That spells opportunity. And at a double-figure price, we reckon the 10-year-old has what it takes to creep into the places off what appears to be a very kind mark.

ITV Racing tips:

1:55 Cheltenham – Midnight Target

2:10 Bangor-on-Dee – Kansas City Chief

2:30 Cheltenham – Rock The Kasbah

3:05 Cheltenham – Amazing Comedy (each-way)

3:40 Cheltenham – Sizing Granite

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