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International Hurdle Betting Tips: Ch'Tibello can put it up to Mullins raider; Betfair's Adam Baylis gives his verdict on the International Hurdle as well as the other televised action at Cheltenham.

Byline: Dave Masters

Paul Nicholls has three in theCaspian Caviar Gold Cupat 13:55 and the Ditcheat handler knows all too well what it takes to win this contest given he's emerged victorious on four occasions in the last ten years.

His Clan Des Obeaux heads the market at 7/2 but you'll have to go back a long way to find a five-year-old that's claimed this prize.

And for all that he was impressive last time at Haydock he'll have to step up again to carry top weight in this field. Of his other two runners, Le Prezien and Romain DeSenam, the former is likely to hold stronger claims on the forecast ground but neither make a huge amount of appeal at the prices.

The one I do like -- who has been well supported in the betting this week -- is Evan Williams' King's Odyssey. He fell in this race last year and struggled to regain form after but his comeback run wasn't

without promise. He's now just 1lb higher than when winning over course and distance in 2016 and if his jumping holds up he should go very well at 13/2. Remember that Betfair are offering afree bet to the same stake(max [pounds sterling]25) for winning bets of 3/1 or higher on all the ITV races on Saturday.

Ben Pauling's unbeaten Equus Secretus 6/4 takes on Nigel Twiston-Davies' Count Meribel 15/8, who is seeking his fourth victory on the bounce, in theAlbert Bartlett Novices' Hurdleat 14:30

Of the pair -- the remaining four runners in the field make little appeal -- I prefer the claims of the Twiston-Davies charge.

While he's yet to have raced over three miles, this step up in trip shouldn't hold too many fears and importantly, he's shown strong form on deep ground, something the favourite is yet to do. He took a decent prize at Ascot last time out and in this case I'd rather side with form over potential.

The New One is 2/1 to win back-to- back renewals of theInternational Hurdleat 15:05 and while it would be fantastic to see him do so, he'll likely find one or two too good in this. Willie Mullins sends over Supreme Novices' runner-up Melon and he heads the betting at 7/4.

He wasn't overly fluent in his jumping on his comeback at Down Royal but he asserted well on the run-in to win by a distance. There's every chance he could come on hugely for that run -- as most of Mullins' tend to do -- but it might just be worth taking him on in these conditions with Dan Skelton's Ch'Tibello.

He gets 6lb from the market leader and has shown in the past that he can run well fresh so the lay-off isn't too much of a concern. He progressed well last season, finishing third behind Yanworth and The New One in the Christmas Hurdle and split Yanworth and Sceau Royal in the Kingwell. Soft or Heavy ground hold no concerns for him and I expect him to go close at 7/1.

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 16, 2017
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