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Boitron is big-race tasty dish; speeding ahead Nelson's time pointers.

ALTHOUGH considered a spring horse, De Boitron did little wrong on his return at Kelso last month and tops the ratings for Saturday's feature handicap chase at Cheltenham.

two attempts over birch.

The time of his latest effort looks solid and his experience, plus the fact he's not burdened with a penalty, can see him go well in the opener at Cheltenham on Friday.

With Major Malarkey having a hard race last weekend, it's unlikely he'll head to Prestbury Park which would leave Quartz De Thaix top-rated for the Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase.

The eight-year-old's numbers are on the rise and he's well worth an interest despite rising in class.

The Giant Bolster made a decent return when third in last month's Betfair Chase and the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon looks the right opportunity for him to get back to winning ways.

He failed to stay as well as the winner when second in the Gold Cup and, with his last win coming over 2m5f, the shorter trip on Thursday is of little concern.

Elenika has a couple of options on Thursday and while the grey is top-rated for both races, the contest at Taunton is preferred over a tougher assignment at Ludlow.

At Kempton, Robin Hood Bay is a strong selection, having clocked a belting time on his penultimate start. The race wasn't run to suit next time and granted a fair gallop, he can make amends.

Divine Rule isn't the easiest to win with but with a decent draw I fancy him to outrun his odds and secure a place, at the very least, in the seller at Lingfield on Wednesday.

Later on the same card Roy The Boy can end a run of placed efforts. His speed figures continue to improve.

On Tuesday, Restless Bay is the pick in the claimer at Lingfield. The selection has clocked fair numbers in handicap company the last twice.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2012
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