Who’ll be first over the line at Cheltenham Festival 2020

Tipsters Review - 28-Nov-2019

Who’ll be first over the line at Cheltenham Festival 2020

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Named as one of the British Horseracing Authority’s major upcoming events in the equestrian calendar, the Cheltenham Festival is one not to miss. Taking place from 10th until the 13th March 2020, this hugely popular horse racing event promises to live up to expectations. Hailed as a ‘bucket list’ event for racing fanatics by the Jockey Club, this is a highly regarded race festival, which will pay out over four million pounds in prize money. Needless to say, the Cheltenham Festival attracts the best of the best in horse racing and remains one of the most prestigious events annually.

Key races to look out for during this eagerly awaited festival include the Champion Hurdle on day one; the Queen Mother Chase and Cross Country Chase on day two; The Stayer’ Hurdle on day three; and to cap it all off, the illustrious Cheltenham Gold Cup on day four.

So who will win the festival races and who could cause an upset? Here, we take a look at the latest movers and shakers in this advanced competition.

Cheltenham Champion Hurdle

Up until a recent race-off, Klassical Dream was the favourite to pip Saldier to the post in the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle race 2020. However, in a shock recent win, Saldier proved that the long rest since his last run, which ended in a fall, has paid off. Ridden by Jockey D E Mullins, Saldier crossed the line first, beating his stablemate Klassical Dream, who came in at third place at the Punchestown racecourse. Saldier’s odds have shortened since this win and looks set to put in a decent challenge against the normally successful Klassical Dream in March 2020.

Cross Country Chase

Not since the 1970s has a horse won back to back Grand Nationals. That was the household name of Red Rum. Recently, however, Tiger Roll equalled that achievement by winning the illustrious steeplechase in 2018 and 2019. After Tiger Roll’s recent success, this horse is favourite to beat competitively ranked Yanworth and Rathvinden to the finishing line in the Cross Country Chase. This fairly recent addition to Cheltenham races, the Cross Country Chase was first hosted here in 2005. Jockeys and horses must navigate a three-mile, seven-furlong course, which includes 32 obstacles along the way. This year the event takes place on Wednesday 11th March 2020. Will 10-year-old Tiger Roll be able to tear apart the competition? Only time will tell.

Queen Mother Champion Chase

This regal race is a Grade 1 chase run and is just under two miles long. For the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday, the race, going since 1959, was given a royal addition to its name. The 2019 Cheltenham Festival saw Altior from Ireland take the honours by finishing in front of Politologue and Sceau Royal of France. This year it seems Altior is favourite to take the win again, even though Cyrname jumped ahead of Nicky Henderson on Altior in the recent Christy 195 Chase. The seven-year-old, ridden by Paul Nicholls, finished this latest race in pole-position and shortened his odds dramatically for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Stayer’ Hurdle

This hurdle race made its debut at Cheltenham in 1912. It was previously known as the World Hurdle competition, and consists of a three-mile run and 12 hurdles. This race has had many multiple winners, such as Big Buck’s with four wins from 2009-2012, and Inglis Drever with three wins between 2005 and 2008. The favourite for Cheltenham 2020 is a young horse who has found the last two years a walk in the park, as Paisley Park won all of his starts. Bought by trainer Emma Lavelle in 2015, owner Andrew Gemmell can only be grateful. The slightly nervous owner told the Guardian “You’re excited to have a horse in a big race but when you’ve got the favourite, it puts extra pressure on you. I’m really optimistic but I’m also bracing myself for disappointment.”


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Cheltenham Gold Cup

Seen by many as the pinnacle of horse racing, and certainly the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival, the Gold Cup race takes place on the ultimate day. The top favourites for this race include Lostintranslation, Kemboy and Al Boum Photo. Bookies' favourite to win, Lostintranslation, overtook defending champion Bristol De Mai in the recent Betfair Chase at Haydock racecourse. Previous winner in the last two seasons, Bristol De Mai lost out to Lostintranslation as he just nudged ahead in the final straight. Trainer Colin Tizzard has set his aims high this year with a £1 million bonus up for grabs if he wins the King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"Whether we need to run him between the King George and Cheltenham, we don't know yet - we want to go for the Gold Cup.” the trainer, Tizzard said.

Cheltenham is located in the picturesque region of the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England. The town itself offers fascinating Regency architecture, museums, theatres, and even Michelin-starred dining. As well as the four-day horse racing festival, the town hosts over 25 festivals a year, with themes such as literature, music and jazz. During the Cheltenham Festival, you may consider seeing Mock the Week star Milton Jones, who’ll be the laughing stock at Imperial Square on 12th March or the Thriller Live musical at Cheltenham theatre. Or you could treat yourself to an afternoon tea at No.131 restaurant. Why not make the most of your trip to the races? St. Patrick’s Day also falls on the 17th March, and so you’ll be able to experience the Irish celebrations too during that week.


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