Cheltenham Festival: Hyperion's TV tips

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CHELTENHAM

2.00: If the rave reviews from Ireland are to be believed, this will be a stroll for Cardinal Hill. A home gallop last week apparently convinced on- lookers this gelding can now realise his huge potential. Joe Mac also enjoys an awesome reputation, but has taken a walk in the betting market over the past few days. But the Irish challenger who attracts at decent odds is COLONEL YEAGER. Richard Dunwoody's mount has had more hurdling experience than either Cardinal Hill or Joe Mac and will be staying on stoutly up the long climb to the winning post.

2.35: Four five-year-olds get what could be a decisive weight pull over their elders. One of them, Makounji, receives an extra 5lb mares' allowance - though she may find others too fast today. The quaintly-named Flagship Uberalles hails from a stable in top form, but GRIS D'ESTRUVAL's bold- jumping win at Newbury 10 days ago was highly impressive. His Song is a solid alternative to the younger brigade.

3.15: City Hall is worthy of consideration by those looking for a long- shot. But ISTABRAQ looks sure to bring the house down.

3.55: Island Chief seemed unsited by Haydock's drop-fences last time out but, if regaining his usual assured jumping technique, is very handily weighted here. Macgeorge has been laid out for this prize. But the progressive STEP ON EYRE, unbeaten this season, can carry the famous Arkle colours to victory here.

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