Which Horses are Hot Favourites for Cheltenham Festival Glory in 2019?

Tipsters Review - 11-Feb-2019

Which Horses are Hot Favourites for Cheltenham Festival Glory in 2019?



"Altior (left) is odds-on for a second Queen Mother Champion Chase" ( CC BY-SA 2.0) by Carine06

The Cheltenham Festival attracts the very best jumps horses from the British Isles for 28 different races across four days every March.

Excitement is building to this year's spectacular National Hunt gala. Who are some of the hot favourites to win there in 2019? Let's take a look.


You'll often hear of horses being bankers for a big race, and reigning champion chaser Altior is all the rage at a best-price 4/7 with Betfair to retain his crown over two miles at the Festival.

This Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old has the opposition running scared from him after easily landing the Tingle Creek, Desert Orchid and Clarence House Chase races.

Altior is unbeaten over both hurdles and fences and, with many of his old rivals expected to swerve him in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and run in other events, he's as solid as predictions for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival get.

Paisley Park

Just when it looked like the Stayers' Hurdle would be going to Ireland for a third consecutive season, a new British contender for the three-mile division emerged.

Paisley Park has made rapid progress in winning all four of his starts this season for the modest yard of Emma Lavelle.

Victory in the Grade 1 JLT Long Walk at Ascot just prior to Christmas, before following up in the official Stayers' trial - the Cleeve Hurdle - over course and distance gives him leading claims of Festival glory.

Betfair again are a standout price on a Cheltenham favourite with Paisley Park a 5/2 chance for the Stayers' Hurdle where he will likely face last year's winner Penhill.

Presenting Percy

"Jockey Davy Russell is set to ride Presenting Percy in these silks" ( CC BY 2.0) by Florian Christoph

While the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting has a wide-open look to it this season with many leading contenders not performing to expectations, Presenting Percy has done nothing wrong.

This Pat Kelly trained Irish raider has already won twice at the Festival, landing the 2017 Pertemps Network Final over hurdles and the RSA Chase last year.

While connections have been waiting for softer ground to race him, he did have a winning spin over hurdles when defending his Galmoy crown at Gowran Park.

The Betfair book is 10/1 bar Presenting Percy (11/4) and last year's winner Native River (11/2). The latter may not get the same soft, tacky ground the race was run on 12 months ago.

Sir Erec

Leading Irish owner JP McManus has had two of the last three Triumph Hurdle winners, and the Joseph O'Brien trained Sir Erec sets the standard in the Emerald Isle this season.

This horse oozes class on pedigree alone as he's by Camelot out of a Galileo mare, but he's also got strong Flat form and is unbeaten in two hurdle starts.

Sir Erec has won back-to-back races at Leopardstown, the latter being the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival.

He thus sets a clear standard in the British Isles that all other four-year-olds must match up to, and it's no wonder Sir Erec is a 15/8 favourite to follow up in the Triumph.


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