Racing tips: Names to look out for at Cheltenham

The 2020 Cheltenham Festivalgets under way on Tuesday the 10th of March and we’ve got the names that need to be on your radar ahead of the four-day horse racing extravaganza.

Day 1

The opening day of Cheltenham is lovingly billed as Champion’s Day (although that is an unofficial name). The highlight race on this day is the Unibet Champion Hurdle which has been won by some legends of the sport over the years. This includes Dawn Run in 1984, trained by Paddy Mullins, that year she became the only second mare to win the Unibet Champion Hurdle and went on to win the Gold Cup and remains the only horse to have completed the Champion Hurdle-Gold Cup double.  

Names trending for this races:

Epatante – Trainer – Nicky Henderson

Verdana Blue – Trainer – Nicky Henderson

Pentland Hills Trainer – Nicky Henderson

Call Me Lord Trainer – Nicky Henderson

Nicky Henderson’s trainees are featuring heavily on the hot list. With seven wins, Henderson is the most successful handler in Unibet Champion Hurdle history.

Silver Streak – Trainer – Evan Williams

Finished third in the 2019 Unibet Champion Hurdle and has good form this season.

Day 2

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 is Ladies Day! Female racegoers are encouraged to get dolled up and the day even features fashion awards. Of course the men try their best to live up to Ladies day too in their finest attire. The feature race on Ladies’ Day is Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase which is so fitting to appear on Ladies day, after all the Queen Mother was such a huge patron of the sport.

Names trending for this races:

Chacun Pour Soi – Trainer – W P Mullins

Listed as early favourite. He became an overnight sensation off the back of winning the Ryanair Novices Chase over two miles, beating a talented field by more than four lengths.

Min Trainer – W P Mullins

The eight-year-old has won nine times and placed on another five occasions in his first 16 starts.

Altior Trainer – Nicky Henderson

A fan favourite and is always popular amongst horse racing bettors. He has run 22 times over jumps to date, winning 20 races go those races and finishing third once. His form is incredible.

Day 3

Day 3 is loving known as St. Patricks Day (Yes of course this isn’t the correct date) This is due to droves of traveling racing fans from Ireland journeying to the event. The Day 3 feature race is The Stayers’ Hurdle, the oldest of the four Championship race at Cheltenham.

Names trending for this races:

Paisley Park – Trainer – Emma Lavelle
Odds-on favourite for a second Stayers Hurdle success after winning on Trials Day here

Santini – Trainer – Nicky Henderson
Beat Bristol De Mai in the Cotswold Chase.

If The Cap Fits – Trainer – Harry Fry

Second favourite for this race has an excellent strike rate (successful on eight of his 12 starts under Rules), is a Grade 1 winner, stays three miles and produced his best effort on his most recent outing.

Day 4

Day 4 is Gold Cup day and marks the most highly anticipated day in the National Hunt racing calendar. The feature race of this day is considered to be the most prestigious and coveted race in jump racing – The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Names trending for this races:

Al Boum Photo – Trainer – W P Mullins

Makes his bid to become the first horse since Best Mate to win back-to-back Cheltenham Gold Cup’s. Made a winning reappearance at Tramore on New Year’s Day. 

Kemboy – Trainer – W P Mullins

Despite landing awkwardly and unseating his jockey at the first fence in the Gold Cup last year, Kemboy is coming in as second favourite.

Delta Work – Trainer –

Get himself on the shortlist even though there is room for improvement in his jumping. He looks an ideal type for the Gold Cup.

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