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best bets Ruby Walsh and Mick Fitzgerald give their tips for the final day at Cheltenham

Paddy Power pundits give their verdicts on the big races


Ruby Walsh. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ruby Walsh. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ruby Walsh. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The Cheltenham Festival is finally here and Paddy Power are throwing everything at their coverage of the biggest racing event of the year.

Racing greats Mick Fitzgerald and Ruby Walsh have made their selections for the final day and here is their verdict on the big races.

Mick Fitzgerald:

1.20: The clock-watchers purring about the performance of ZANAHIYR at Fairyhouse and so was I.

1.55: YOU RAISED ME UP will appreciate the drying ground may take a lot of this field out of their comfort zone.

2.30: STREETS OF DOYEN looks a good each-way play as he once beat Flooring Porter over this trip at Gowran Park.

3.05: There’s a much stronger pace angle in this year’s race and that will help AL BOUM PHOTO secure a third Gold Cup win to enter the history books.

3.40: Red Indian can run a big race at a price but IT CAME TO PASS should be more suited by the drying ground.

4.15: It could be a Willie Mullins’ benefit race and ELIMAY gets the nod after some pretty smart runs.

4.50: FIRE ATTACK looks unexposed and has some smart graded form to his name and his 138 rating looks competitive in the finale.

Ruby Walsh:

1.20: I’ve been ZANAHIY’S biggest fan since the Fairyhouse Winter Festival. His performance that day was incredible.

1.55: Willie Mullins’ GANAPATHI and CIEL DE NEIGE are my two selections against the field in a hugely competitive County Hurdle.

2.30: I’ve tipped about six horses at this stage in previews and FAKIERA still looks the one who will appreciate this 3m stamina test the most.

3.05: We are delighted with AL BOUM PHOTO. A Plus Tard look a bigger danger to him than Champ given the form Henry De Bromhead’s runners are in.

3.40: BILLAWAY is in great order and is a better horse now than he was last year. Bob And Co looks the obvious danger.

4.15: Willie Mullins saddles four runners and ELIMAY looks the best of them particularly on the drying ground.

4.50: GALOPIN DEs CHAMP should be suited by the step up in trip and his run last time behind Appreciate It stands out. I favour him over stablemate Gentleman de Mee

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