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Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

It’s one of the biggest days in the racing calendar today with the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is still very windy, and this morning the rain is falling down again so the going may change again as the day progresses. The rain is not heavy at the moment and is expected to last to about 3 o ‘clock. The official line however is that the ground had dried up, and the ground is good to soft.

It’s all about the one race today, but there is a full seven race card to contend with. Let us guide you through our picks.

13:30 Triumph Hurdle

This looks to be quite a clear case for Sir Erec at 10/11, on the face of it. Although it has not had a perfect preparation for the event, it will most likely run out a winner. If you are not into that sort of odds, we like the looks of Gardens of Babylon with Barry Geraghty onboard at 11/1 for an each way bet.

14:10 County Handicap Hurdle

This looks like a tough one to call. The favourites are the Ruby Walsh/Mullins combo with Whiskey Sour at 9/2. We quite like the look of two horses further down the field in Chtibello (9/1) and Monsieur Lecoq, the second favourite at 15/2 with Lizzy Kelly onboard. The former may not have shown his true worth at all times, bit as an outsider an each way bet may be interesting. A very outside bet would be Leoncavallo at 25/1. The horse has been out a long time, but has shown plenty of potential to be able to spring a surprise.

14:50 Albert Bartlett

More wide open as a race, the favourite is Birchdale, ridden by Barry Geraghty at 5/1. The horse is in form, and so is the jockey so you can’t ignore that. We also like the look of Lisnagar Oscar at 15/2 as the horse has hit good form coming into this event and Derrinross, the Irish horse at 11/1 for an each way punt.

15:30 Gold Cup

Will Native River be the second horse, since Best Mate in 2002, to win back-to-back Gold Cups? The horse is not coming into the race with the best results under its belt this season and as a result it os not the favourite. Odds of 6/1 are the best at the time of writing. The favourite is Presenting Percy, ridden by Davy Russel at 4/1. Last year’s winner of the RSA at this event, he must be a top Gold Cup Contender. But what about Clan des Obeaux (9/2), the winner at Kempton on Boxing Day? Whatever it is, this will be an exciting race.

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Cheltenham Day 3

It is raining this morning in Cheltenham, which will make the ground even softer today, but the rain is expected to stop before the action begins. It was better day for us punters yesterday, so let’s hope that continues today.

Here are our tips of the day.

13:30 Novices’ Chase

This race has two horses that are leading the betting at the moment, having taken most of the money so far. These are the old rivals Defi De Seuil (10/3) and Lostintranslation (4/1), expected to battle it out between them and leaving the filed behind. Of the two we would go for Defi De Seuil as he beat his opponent when last out at Sandown, and he hlso has a few winners on his belt at this course. A little further down the pecking order we quite like Kildisart at 9/1 for an each way punt

14:10 Final Handicap Hurdle

This handicap race is always a bugger to call, and it is no different this time. The filed is led by Sire du Berlais (11/2), who qualified very well to be in this race. But perhaps it is better to look a bit further down the field for a punt and arrive at Walk To Freedom at 20/1 for an outside each way bet.

14:50 Ryanair Chase

This looks on paper to be a three-horse race. Road to Respect (4/1), Footpad (9/2) and Monalee (9/2) form the top of the list here, and there is nothing much between them. Footpad, who won the Arkle here last year, has been struggling this season with injuries. It’s a toss up between the other two for us, and we go with Road To Respect on this one, but Each way to hedge our bets.

15:30 Stayer’s Hurdle

This looks like it is going to be a cracking race. Amongst the punters opinions are divided about which horse is going to come out on top between, for the most part, Faugheen (5/1) and Paisley Park (7/4). The latter has shown tremendous form all through the season including, crucially, on this course this year. He will have to be in any punters mind, but we will put a smaller bet on Faugheen, just in case it is not all going to plan.

16:10 Stable Plate

Another race with a strong favourite in the form of Janika at 9/2, but the question is if that is worth taking a punt on. Our eyes have fallen on Spiritofthegames at 8/1 for an each way bet. This horse has had some ups and downs this season but has finished winning and is worth a thought.

17:30 Challenge Cup

We back the favourite on the one, Measureofmydreams at 9/2. A great run earlier this year has made him a justifiable favourite.

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Cheltenham Day 2

There was some talk that the day could be cancelled (and moved to Saturday) as high winds were expected, but an early assessment was made that racing could continue as normal. There was no further rain after it cleared up during the afternoon racing yesterday, so conditions are pretty much the same as we saw yesterday.

Here are our tips of the day.

13:30 Novices Hurdle

The first race of the day at Cheltenham is always one to savour. Champ (7/2) is leading the betting at the moment, but at that price, he is hard to back, so we are looking at some value a bit further down the field where we find Sams Profile at 11/1 for a decent EW bet. He is expected to like the race conditions. One alternative would be to put money on the without favourite market where Sam Profile is priced at 15/2.

14:10 RSA Chase

This is shaping up like the big battle between Delta Work and Santini, both priced at 3/1 at the bookies as of the time of writing. The odds on Santini have been drifting a bit, but the conditions could suit it slightly better than its opponent, ridden by Davy Russell. Our feeling is however that Delta Works has the edge here..

14:50 Coral Cup

We have a favourite in this race who stands out from the crowd a bit in the form of Uradel (7/1). Brio Conti (11/1), the second favourite, is a Paul Nicholls trained horse that has the form after a good winner at Ascot last month. He should have a look in but for those looking at value further down the list to arrive at Vision de Flos at 16/1. This horse is on an upward track in terms of improvement and it could have a crack at it. We will go for an EW side bet here..

15:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase

It is extremely hard to look beyond Altior (4/9) for this race. The best horse over jumps, and 3 times winner at Cheltenham should go all the way, barring any mishaps of course. His best rival is Min (4/1), so perhaps the bet is for the Forecast, or Min in the market without the favourite.

16:10 Cross Country Chase

This never a straightforward race to call, but it has a favourite here who would be a big crowd pleaser if he came in victorious. Last year’s Grand National winner and also the winner of this fixture in 2018 Tiger Roll is a massive favourite at 6/4, and is likely to get the business done in these conditions. Perhaps a bit of value can be found with French horse Urgent de Cregaine at 10/1. This horse was a clear second to Tiger Roll last year, and an each way bet at 10/1 looks like decent value.

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Cheltenham Day 1

It seems like it is ‘hold on to your hats’ weather today at Cheltenham as Storm Gareth approaches. Heavy rain and wind is expected to persist for most of the day at the course. The morning is seeing some heavy rainfall which will soften the ground considerably, impacting the races, and of course, the betting.

Nevertheless it is unlikely to dampen the spirits, or the traditional roar at the start of the first race.

Here are the ones who take our fancy today.

13:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle

We really like the look of Mister Fisher who is on a good streak of form. The ground will also not be as much of a problem for him as some other horses. We pick him for an EW bet at 14/1. Favourite is Al Dancer, trained and ridden by the local Twiston-Davies family clan at 9/2. Outside bet: EW on The Big Bite, ridden by Noel Fehily at 28/1.

14:10 Arkle Chase

Looks to be a fairly open race without any clear favourites emerging so far. A cluster of 3 horses are quite close to each other but the favourite from most previews, and leader of the pack, is Glen Forsa at 9/2, closely followed by Hardline at 5/1. We go with the Irish Hardline on this one.

14:50 Handicap Chase

Traditionally this is a wide-open race, and it appears that way again now with several contenders bunched around the 8/1 mark at the time of writing. Mister Whitaker (8/1) seems to win over most of the pundits, but we opt for Up For Review at the same price.

15:30 Champion Hurdle

This race has three strong contenders leading the betting by quite some way from the rest of the field. The favourite is a horse who is likely to relish the conditions the most in Apple’s Jade (2/1). She is expected to set a strong pace, which may play into the hands of Buveur D’Air (11/4) and Laurina (16/5). Irish fans will liely back the latter, ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willy Mullins. Our choice is however Buveur d’Air. Outside bet: young horse Espoir d’Allen may be underrated by the market at 18/1. Not bad for an Each Way bet.

16:10 Mares’ Hurdle

This has a strong favourite with the Walsh /Mullins combo and Benie des Dieux at 11/10. It is hard to bet against them making good on their promise, so for value here we are looking a bit further down the field. Many value Roksana to be the winner here, but we are going further and pick Lady Buttons at 14/1 who arrives here on a great run of form. Perhaps better known for fences, she has also won over hurdles and at this price is a great side bet.

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Cheltenham Festival 2019 Weather and Going

Cheltenham is braced but far from alarmed as yet at the prospect of gales hitting the course mid-Festival this week.

Winds reaching a peak of over 40mph are forecast for Wednesday - an uncomfortable late reminder of similar conditions which struck on the same day 11 years ago and caused the cancellation of racing. The Queen Mother Champion Chase and other high-profile races were instead run later in the week, added to the Thursday and Friday cards. Clerk of the course Simon Claisse, in position then and now, is reassured at this stage that the expected wind direction and geography of the course mean history should not repeat itself. In 2008, gusts began to blow in from the east - but this time they are not likely to do so.

"I am one of the few (employees) who was here in 2008 as well," said Claisse, who is also heartened that so far wind speeds on site have fallen short of those predicted. He added: "Over the last three or four days we have been forecast strong winds. "But most of the site is protected when the wind comes in as it's forecast from the west or south-west - so it's all systems go, because we are not exposed to the same vulnerability as in 2008.

A band of heavy rain is still scheduled to cross the course early on Tuesday, and Claisse anticipates resulting soft ground for the start of the four-day meeting will remain that way throughout. The going is currently described as good to soft, soft in places. Claisse said: "The indications are still strong of up to 11 or 12 millimetres - half-an-inch - some time through the early hours of Tuesday, clearing by mid-day. "That would take us towards soft ground.

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Cheltenham Festival 2019 2 weeks to go!!!

With 2 weeks to go before the years first big horse racing event we list below details of each days racing.

CHELTENHAM DAY 1 - TUESDAY MARCH 12

Officially billed as Champion Day, the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is packed with top quality and starts with a bang as the best young hurdlers clash in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

The Racing Post Arkle crowns the champion two-mile novice chaser and the headline race on day one is the Unibet Champion Hurdle, won for the past two years by the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D'Air, who returns to defend his crown this year.

  • 1.30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle
  • 2.10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase
  • 2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase
  • 3.30 UniBet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
  • 4.10 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
  • 4.50 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase)
  • 5.30 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase

CHELTENHAM DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY MARCH 13

Ladies Day consists of a perfect blend of speed and stamina, with the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase one of the most exhilarating races of the entire week as the fastest two-milers wing around Prestbury Park's demanding chase course.

The RSA Chase is a severe examination for burgeoning staying talent and the Cross Country Chase gets better by the year, with last year's winner - Tiger Roll - famously going on to claim Grand National glory at Aintree.

  • 1.30 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
  • 2.10 RSA Chase
  • 2.50 Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
  • 3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 4.10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
  • 4.50 Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  • 5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)

CHELTENHAM DAY 3 - THURSDAY MARCH 14

The St Patrick's Thursday crowd has every reason to celebrate with a couple of cracking Grade One contests in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase.

The JLT Novices' Chase also carries top-class status while the Pertemps Network Final provides a fantastic puzzle for punters to solve as a huge field scrap for hurdling honours over three miles.

  • 1.30 JLT Novices’ Chase
  • 2.10 Pertemps Network Final
  • 2.50 Ryanair Chase
  • 3.30 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle
  • 4.10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
  • 4.50 Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle
  • 5.30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

CHELTENHAM DAY 4 - FRIDAY MARCH 15

Gold Cup Day barely needs introduction.

One of the most sought-after titles in racing is decided on the final day of the Festival and always promises to provide the greatest spectacle.

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is a race associated with the elite of the sport and nothing can rival the Cheltenham roar as the horses charge up the famous hill - last year's battle between Native River and Might Bite will live long in the memory and connections of the 2019 contenders will be dreaming of something similar.

The JCB Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett also crown top-class talents, while the 28th and final race sees quality two-mile handicappers vie for glory in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase.

  • 1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 2.10 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
  • 2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
  • 3.30 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
  • 4.10 St. James’s Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
  • 4.50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase
  • 5.30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

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For four days in the middle of March, the eyes of the sporting world will be fixed on Prestbury Park as it plays host to the Cheltenham Festival

25 fantastic races build up perfectly to the showpiece contest of the meeting, the Gold Cup – the most historic, most lucrative and most coveted prize in all of National Hunt racing.

All of the sports greatest chasers have enhanced their legends with victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The great Golden Miller won the Gold Cup for five consecutive seasons in the mid-1930s and he’s since been joined on the honours board at Prestbury Park by greats like of Kauto Star, Best Mate, L’Escargot and, arguably the best racehorse of all time, Arkle.

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