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Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Fanfan the Man in Fred Winter

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Fanfan the Man in Fred Winter

4.50 Cheltenham It probably goes without saying that 22 juveniles aiming for a share of a Grade 3 prize worth £80,000 in total usually leads to a very tight, very ruthless affair round the toughest racecourse in the jumping world and this year’s Fred Winter is certainly no different. A mixture of those in form at just the right time and those having shown huge promise over the winter months running in this means we’ve had to pick our six…

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Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Highest Sun to Light up Cheltenham Sky in Coral Cup

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Highest Sun to Light up Cheltenham Sky in Coral Cup

2.50 Cheltenham A typically large and competitive field has been assembled for the 26th running of the Coral Cup, a £100,000 handicap hurdle which has given us many a headache this time around in terms of attempting to whittle the field down. We have however come up with a strong top six, all of whom have outstanding chances of getting into the money and all but one appear very good value in the betting market too. Ballyandy Rated 148 now,…

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Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase: Lake to Spring to the Front In Close Brothers Chase

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase: Lake to Spring to the Front In Close Brothers Chase

4.50 Cheltenham The only thing harder than trying to decipher the chances of each horse in a 20-runner Cheltenham handicap chase is doing so when they’re all novices and that has been our challenge here. With strong winds and soft ground the likely order of the day, these inexperienced chasers face a tough task and with that in mind we’ve gone for a combination of the best handicapped and toughest horses in the field to form our final six: A…

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Ultima Handicap Chase: Magic to Light up Day One at Cheltenham

Ultima Handicap Chase: Magic to Light up Day One at Cheltenham

2.50 Cheltenham The wait is finally over for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and day one gives us a real puzzle to solve in the shape of the 3m1f Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase. 24 runners line up for what this time could be a brutal stamina test, the clerk of the course stating he believes the ground will be soft while strong winds look sure to batter the course too making every race that little bit harder for the horses….

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Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (Grade 3): Frodon And On And On

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (Grade 3): Frodon And On And On

1.55 Cheltenham The highlight of day two of Cheltenham’s International meeting is the £130,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup or the December Golf Cup in old money, an enthralling two-and-a-half mile handicap chase. Winners in the recent past including Village Vic, Frodon and Gutar Pete have had a propensity to be carrying lower weights so we certainly can’t discount those at the bottom of the handicap, though the field is littered with runners in with a shout so narrowing this down…

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Greatwood Handicap Hurdle: Warning Of Storm Rising At Cheltenham

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle: Warning Of Storm Rising At Cheltenham

3.00 Sunday Cheltenham We have at least one contender in this race whose connections will have designs on getting to the Champion Hurdle March in the shape of Verdana, though once more we have a good value selection among our six against the field for this Grade 3 hurdle. Racecard Contenders Charli Parcs Nicky Henderson’s 5yo has not only started well in each of the last two seasons but has in fact improved a fair amount and as such is…

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BetVictor Gold Cup (Handicap Chase): Baron To Lord It Over BetVictor Field

BetVictor Gold Cup (Handicap Chase): Baron To Lord It Over BetVictor Field

2.25 Saturday Cheltenham This two-and-a-half mile Grade 3 chase is an early season highlight with £90,000 up for grabs to the winner and no shortage of quality competition for the main prize. Nicky Henderson’s Rather Be has been favourite in the run-up to the race but is not short of challengers and we have five against the field on our shortlist, the selection set to go off at a particularly inviting price for backers. Racecard Contenders Baron Alco Having run…

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Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Day: North Hill Harvey To Round Off The Festival In Style

Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Day: North Hill Harvey To Round Off The Festival In Style

Friday is Gold Cup day at Cheltenham but the real interest for the punters is with the three big handicaps and that’s what we are getting stuck into once again here.  We have value selections in the County Hurdle, The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle and the big finale, The Grand Annual. 2.10 Cheltenham (County Hurdle) 2m1f A Hare Breath Not raced since December but goes very well fresh and crucially is still improving over hurdles.  Course, distance and ground…

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Cheltenham Festival St Patrick’s Thursday: Louis To Empty The Bookies’ Pouch On Day Three

Cheltenham Festival St Patrick’s Thursday: Louis To Empty The Bookies’ Pouch On Day Three

The handicaps don’t get any easier at Cheltenham but we three massive ones to get stuck into on day three of the festival.  Here are the main contenders: 2.10 Cheltenham (Pertemps Final) 3m Forza Milan Just behind the selection at Aintree and ran a very similar race last time out at Newbury.  Solid contender, consistent and will undoubtedly be popular for each-way punters. Glenloe Stays really well so shouldn’t struggle in the conditions, not out of the first three this…

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Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day: Time To Show Great Valour In Our Battle With The Bookies

Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day: Time To Show Great Valour In Our Battle With The Bookies

Day two of the festival at Cheltenham sees the new champion chaser crowned but with another potentially short priced winner in the big Grade One affair, we look to the main contenders in the competitive handicaps to give us some value. Coral Cup (2.50 Cheltenham) – 2m5f Burbank Improved plenty to take third at Ascot last time out on soft ground and another step forward is not out of the question here.  Previous best performance was in last year’s festival…

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