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Kirkistown winner Ballyoptic can shine again for Twiston-Davies at Cheltenham

By Ron McKnight

Presenting Percy may be a worthy favourite for the RSA Chase, but the former locally-owned and trained Ballyoptic - a Kirkistown point-to-point winner who has won six times and almost £200,000 for Nigel Twiston-Davies - provides each way value at 20/1.

The feature on day two is the Queen Mother Champion Chase and with both Faugheen and Yorkhill having flopped big time yesterday, Douvan - after a year off - tries to claim the big race for Rich Ricci, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Min is the pick of the Mullins duo but, at 66/1, Ordinary World could land a place if the big guns fail.

Samcro has long been a banker for Irish punters in the opening Ballymore Novices Hurdle, but Black Op - a winner on his Templepatrick debut for Cullybackey-based Rodney Arthur - can be each way value. He now represents trainer Tom George.

Mullins runs a quintet in the lottery that is the Coral Cup with Max Dynamite the pick of Walsh.

Mischievous Max, a winner at Downpatrick and Down Royal for Joseph O'Brien, could belie his 33/1 odds.

JP McManus runs a quartet in the Cross Country contest, where The Last Samuri could have a say in the finish.

Gordon Elliott won the Fred Winter Hurdle in 2013 with Flaxen Flare for local owner Joe Sloan and launches a twin assault with Mitchouka appearing the pick.

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