It's thirsty Thursday, and our crack team of tipsters are head over heels about this Cheltenham double

It’s St Patrick’s Day so our four top tipsters have donned their best leprechaun outfits and gone through the card for Thursday at Cheltenham.

Unfortunately only half of that sentence is true, but our crack foursome of pundits are aiming to deliver the goods on World Hurdle day at the Festival. Top jockeys Ruby Walsh and Noel Fehily are no strangers to riding big race winners, while Matt Chapman has more years in the industry than he’d like to admit, and our very own PP trader has the inside line on all the horses and where the value lies.

It’s not a bad group of men to take a few tips from.

All four of our tipsters are plumping for Vautour in the Ryanair Chase and Thistlecrack in the World Hurdle. The double pays close to 9/5 at the time of writing. Vautour could provide Ruby Walsh with yet another Cheltenham Festival winner, and was originally going to be aimed at Friday’s Gold Cup. This is a significantly weaker race, and so it’s no surprise to see him well supported. Thistlecrack is a short priced favourite to win the feature race on Thursday and has beaten everything easily this season, and looked mightily impressive in doing so.

Elsewhere it’s anyone’s guess in a few of the other races, with Garde La Victoire getting a couple of nods in the opening contest.

Here’s hoping the double will kick-start a night of Guinness, jigs and loss of dignity.