Saturday's Cheltenham tips: Dans Le Vent to breeze home

Watch Planet Sport tipster Pete Farries give his three hot tips to start the year at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 1.

It's the first day of 2022, why not start it in style with a few winners at jumps HQ in Cheltenham.

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Here's a quick snapshot of Friday's selection. Click on a horse to have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.

Coole Cody (14.00 Cheltenham)

Tamar Bridge (14.35 Cheltenham)

Dans Le Vent (15.10 Cheltenham)

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15.10 Cheltenham - Dans Le Vent

My Star Pick of New Year's Day is going to be an each-way play on the outsider of the field in the 15.10 at Cheltenham, the Relkeel Hurdle, Dans Le Vent.

I was impressed with his victory at Haydock Park last time and in fact I've been impressed with this runner for quite a while.

He did superbly back at Ascot in April. He certainly isn't the best in the world and he's not the out and out best horse in this race, but he's well over 20-1 at the time of writing and he looks like an each-way play at the price.

Indefatigable is of course a class performer and Fabulous returns in this for Paul Nicholls after a lengthy absence, but I think Dans Le Vent who is comfortable over this trip is good each-way value.

14.00 Cheltenham - Coole Cody

The Paddy Power New Year's Day Handicap Chase (14.00) at Cheltenham is going to feature my next best tip. This one is Coole Cody, who is a bit chunky in the market considering his performance last time when he won at 12-1 at this track that he clearly loves.

I backed Fusil Raffles that day and was embarrassed as Coole Cody earned a fantastic victory. Prior to that Coole Cody had been an also ran in a race he had previously won and was a bit of a disappointment but I'm sticking with him now to maintain his recent form.

14.35 Cheltenham - Tamar Bridge

And for those who fancy a treble or perhaps just another single selection we're going to go for the Olly Murphy-trained Tamar Bridge who also goes at Cheltenham in the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle (14.35).

He was fantastic at Aintree last time around, completing a hat-trick. He's won four from five now. Yes, the likes of Pillion in this race could turn out to be very tough competitors but I think Tamar Bridge is just in too good form for them at present.

One query over him is that he hasn't won over this 2m7f trip, with recent wins being at around 2m3f-2m4f. He is the form horse coming into this and I'm not going to desert him.

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