Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Cheltenham Festival 2010: Cue Card Doesn’t Fluff His Lines


Wins on defending champions Quevega, in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle, and Big Buck’s, in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, plus Sanctuaire in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, were sufficient for Ruby Walsh to edge out fellow Irishman Barry Geraghty, who also rode three winners, and retain his title as leading jockey.

However, two of Geraghty’s winners, Spirit River in the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle and Soldatino in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, were saddled by Nicky Henderson, who also won his fifth Smurfit Champion Hurdle with Binocular and became leading trainer at the Festival for the first time in a decade.


Binocular and Big Buck’s aside, the other ‘championship’ races of the week, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup went to Big Zeb, Cue Card and Imperial Commander. Hindsight is, of course, a wonderful thing, but the once-raced Cue Card romped clear in the closing stages to win by 8 lengths and the same under Joe Tizzard at odds of 40/1!


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Friday, 26 January 2018

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2018

Select Runner-Up Odds

 

Tipsters have won big money in past Cheltenham events with 33/1, 20/1 and 10/1 odds. Never be put off by bookie odds as horses might reserve the best of their performance for Cheltenham.
 

Follow Expert Handicapper Advice

 

This very complete section on the Cheltenham Racecourse includes some top handicapper picks for each of the major races. 
 

The Willie Mullins Picks

 

Will Mullins is by far one of the very best trainers there are in the present, thus he gets to train the very best horses and he has an eye for it. During Cheltenham in nearly always lands a winner on one of the big races, but instead of looking into the short price favorites focus on his runners. Rule Supreme (25/1), Ebaziyan (40/1), Thousand Stars (20/1), Champagne Fever (16/1), Briar Hill (25/1), Wicklow Brave (25/1). 

Great Bookie Offers

 

The most horserace focused bookies like William Hill offer great promotions during the event. Take advantage of the free bets. 
 

Cheltenham Favorite Horses

 

It is still too early to pick top favorites, but these candidates have a nice chance of being champions in their respective races. 
 

Charli Parcs

 

A progressive young hurdler that is still getting to his finest point but should perform highly during the Cheltenham as the field favors his style of a strong pace.

Yanworth

 

Yanworth was kind of a disappointment at the Kinwell Hurdle at Wincanton one year ago, but this is the type of horse that wins by the bare minimum and remains unbeaten at the two miles. 
 

Douvan

 

This horse has a better record with a clean round of jumping, be sure to have in as one of the final contenders in the stretch. 
 

Ballyoptic

 

Ballyoptic has underperformed during the winter season, but should not be regarded far behind one of the top favorites like Unowhatimeanharry. 
 

Gold Cup Contenders

 

The Gold Cup will be the jewel of the Crown of the Cheltenham Festival, some of the very best contenders will make their show here. 
 

Might Bite

 

Might Bite is the people’s favorite that leads early odds after winning the King George VI, a race long time considered key to identify the winner of the Gold Cup. Trained by Nicky Henderson, Might Bite stands unbeaten in 5 starts throughout the 2017 season.

Bristol Mai

 

Bristol du Mai will be a top contender for the Gold Cup. A progressive stayer that won the Peter Marsh at Haydock with an impressive run. His odds have dropped a bit after coming in second at Newbury behind Native River, but that was a tactical from his rider. 
 

Native River

 

Native River could be Might Bite’s nightmare with its strong stamina and preference for wet grounds. Winner of The Hennessy and Welsh National, Native River stands with 8/1 odds. Handicapper circles keep bringing River’s name to the equation considering the horse might just be at the top of his career: 8 years old, past Gold Cup experience (finished third in 2017) and enhanced stamina.

Sizing John

 

Sizing John is the present Gold Cup winner, very few horses accomplish a double win in a row. Considering the poor performance during the King George in December, Sizing John stands as a contender mostly for his past achievements.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Cheltenham Festival 2009: Magnificent Seven for Walsh


Paul Nicholls became leading trainer at the Festival for the fourth year running, and the sixth time in all, in 2009. In fact, the former jump jockey surpassed his previous efforts by saddling a total of five winners, namely Master Minded in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, Chapoturgeon in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase, Big Buck’s in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, American Trilogy in the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle and Kauto Star in the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. All bar Chapoturgeon were ridden by stable jockey Ruby Walsh, who upstaged his boss by riding a treble, on Quevaga, Mikael D’Haguenet and Cooldine, for Irish champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins, for a record-breaking seven winners over the four days. 

Other notable winners during a memorable week were Punjabi, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty, in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle and the much-touted Dunguib, trained by Philip Fenton in Co. Tipperary and ridden by amateur Brian O’Connell, who quickened clear to win the Weatherbys Champion Bumpre by 10 lengths.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Cheltenham Festival 2008: Business as Usual for Nicholls and Walsh


The Cheltenham Festival in 2008 was unusual insofar as the second day was cancelled due to high winds, forcing the Queen Mother Champion Chase to be run on the Thursday, along with the World Hurdle and eight other races. Friday, too, featured a nine-race card but, results-wise, the Festival wasn’t entirely unpredictable.


Paul Nicholls, leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the previous two seasons, was once again in the box seat in 2008. The Ditcheat handler saddled three winners, Master Minded in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, Celestial Halo in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and Denman in the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, to become leading trainer at the Festival for the third year running. Ruby Walsh rode the first-named pair and was also victorious on Fiveforthree, trained by Willie Mullins, in the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle to retain his title as leading jockey.

Master Minded was particularly impressive, readily drawing clear to beat the winner of the race the previous year, and favourite, Voy Pour Ustedes, by 19 lengths with Fair Along a further 16 lengths back in third.


Other notable winners included Katchit in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, Inglis Drever in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and Cousin Vinny in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Cheltenham Festival 2007: Tastes Like Chocolate


Robert ‘Chocolate’ Thornton proved the jockey to follow at the Festival in 2007. His four winners – My Way De Solzen in the Irish Independent Arkle Chase, Voy Por Ustedes in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Katchit in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and Andreas in the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase – were sufficient to make him leading jockey for the one and only time.

Aside from Andreas, Paul Nicholls saddled Denman in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase, Taranis in the Ryanair Chase and Kauto Star in the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup to become leading trainer for the second year running and the fourth time in all.

Other notable winners included Sublimity in the Champion Hurdle, Cork All Star in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and Inglis Drever in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Drombeag, in the Christies Foxhunter Chase, provided a first Festival winning for leading Irish amateur rider John Thomas ‘J.T.’ McNamara, who was paralysed after a fall at the Festival six years later and died in 2016 at the age of just 41.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Cheltenham Festival 2006: Nicholls and Walsh Dominate

Ruby Walsh topped and tailed the week with a winner, making up fully 7 lengths on the run-in to win the opening Anglo Irish Bank Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Noland, but having to work much less hard on Desert Quest, who drew clear for an impressive 2½-length win in the closing Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle. In between, the Irishman also took the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase on Dun Doire, trained by Tony Martin, and three winners were sufficient to make him leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival for the second time.

Along with Noland and Desert Quest, Paul Nicholls also saddled Star De Mohaison, ridden by Barry Geraghty, to win the Royal & SunAlliance Chase and picked up a second trainers’ title.

Other notable winners during the week were Brave Inca in the Champion Hurdle, Newmill in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Hairy Molly, who sprang a 33/1 surprise in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, My Way De Solzen in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and War Of Attrition in the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. All bar My Way De Solzen, who was trained in Wiltshire by Alan King, were trained in Ireland and contributed to a record-breaking nine wins at the Cheltenham Festival for Irish trainers.