Ultimate Cheltenham Festival Treble

Tipsters Review - 26-Feb-2019

Ultimate Cheltenham Festival Treble


"Winners’ enclosure" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Carine06


With one of horse racing’s greatest spectacles nearly upon us, it’s time to start taking a serious look at the contenders for this year’s key races at the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. Whether you are a once-a-year pin-sticker or a regular punter, you’ll want to make the right selections in 2019.

The festival features 14 Grade 1 races including the Champions Hurdle, Queen Mothers Chase, Stayers Hurdle and of course, the Blue Riband of jump-racing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

We have trawled through the race cards to pick out three horses that could make a mark in this year’s racing extravaganza. Rather than plumping for the obvious favourites, we have tried to find some value picks to add to your coupon.

Klassical Dream - Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, March 12, 13:30pm

The start of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is accompanied by the famous Cheltenham roar, but who will prevail in the 2m 87 yard opener?

It is always worth looking at Willie Mullins’ entries for this race. He trained the winner three years in a row between 2013 and 2015 to take his overall total to five. Of all his entries, Klassical Dream catches the eye at a price of 12/1 in the latest horse racing betting.

After more than a year out and a changed of stable, he bounced back with two wins in Leopardstown including the Grade 1 Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle. With that win, he demonstrated the kind of progress needed to win on the big stage.

Bacardys - Stayers’ Hurdle, March 14, 15:30pm

Okay, it’s a Willie Mullins pick again, this time in the form of eight-year-old Bacardys. A quick glance at his Cheltenham record doesn’t make great reading, but he did come third in the Champions Bumper back at the 2016 festival.

He pulled up following a bad mistake in the Ballymore Novice’s hurdle on his return in 2017, and erred again in this race last year, falling at the last when at top-three finish looked inevitable. With better positioning, he could have won that race and is back this year to make amends.

Another fall at Leopardstown last time out raised further question marks, but given a decent ride, he is certainly in with a chance of a place and looks well-priced at 25/1. Each-way punters might take note.


Willie Mullins (left) with another winner by Robert Watter via Wikimedia

Sir Erec - Triumph Hurdle, March 15, 13:30pm

Available at 7/1 just a few weeks ago, a stonking six-length win in the Grade 1 Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle has brought Sir Erec’s price crashing down to 6/4. While the value may have diminished, there is no ignoring this horse. Trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien - who was heavily involved in bringing 2016 winner Ivanovich Gorbatov home - Sir Erec won over hurdles at his first attempt and showed good form on the flat prior to that, coming home a credible third to Stradivarius in the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

So there you have it, a Cheltenham treble to whet your wagering taste buds ahead of the festival in March. Back one or two, stick them in a treble or make your own picks - it’s up to you!


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