Cheltenham Preview Overview

By Evie

Last night we held our very first Cheltenham Preview night. Niamh did amazingly manning the account for the two and a bit hours that we were posting for.

We all think it went absolutely amazingly and we received nice responses about what we were doing. We also got just under 20 more followers, so overall we think it couldn’t have gone better, and we’d like to thank every single person who responded to the posts with their tips, everyone who followed the account, and to everyone who helped spread word about the preview.

But now to the racing. We are going to amass what the most common opinions were for the races we covered. Beginning with the Supreme Novices’

Supreme Novices’: Getabird was pointed out as the one to beat in this race, but the responses seem to show different. Most people seemed to like the look of Kalashnikov, including @Glen_Colt, who said-

Kalashnikov for me. Has more experience and is more battle hardened.”

@jumpsracingalex thought Getabird was not as strong as the prices imply, stating that First Flow and Paloma Blue could both mount challenges, with First Flow likely to enjoying the tough conditions.

Next we moved onto Arkle.

Arkle: Niamh pointed out that Footpad was the favourite, but had been on the drift in recent weeks. Many felt that the race would end up Footpad vs Petit Mouchoir, but Petit Mouchoir’s jumping was shown to be a real weakness with people reluctant to back him. Some pointed out that Brain Power and Saint Calvados could also mount challenges in the race, including special guest @Mattyingle_ who said-

“… the only danger is Saint Calvados but I think Footpad will just be too good.”

We then moved on to the Ballymore which was quite open and shut for most.

Ballymore: Samcro is clearly the one to beat, and most people agreed too. One of our guests for the night @KeejayOV2 said-

“He’s a different class. He wins wherever he goes.”

However @jumpsracingalex thought the Ballymore isn’t to be as simple as Samcro turning up and winning. He said-

“Duc Des Geniveres could be a smart one too… Step up in trip/ground will suit.”

We then looked towards the RSA, which seems to be a very strong renewal.

RSA: Reactions to this were mixed, with some, like guest @HildersleyS, saying Presenting Percy would be the one to beat, yet others went for Monalee, Black Corton or Al Boum Photo. It seemed that there wasn’t one horse that people seemed confident to win in the RSA.

The JLT looks to be a weak race this year, with a lot of the strong contenders likely to go to the RSA instead.

JLT: With Willoughby Court out through injury, there didn’t seem a strong horse to back. Some, like @lowy121, think Terrefort could be the standout horse in this race. Others thought Finian’s Oscar was quite long for the quality he had, and could have a chance.

One of the strongest races at this years festival looks to be the Triumph, with Apple’s Shakira, Redicean and We Have A Dream all staking a claim.

Triumph Hurdle: Apple’s Shakira seems to be the one to beat, and that was a thought shared by most people. She seems to have a lot of fans, including @HildersleyS. @lowy121 gave a good eachway shout for Solo Saxophone should he run. She said-

“If he runs, I would like to see Solo Saxophone not be disgraced at 50s for Frankel.”

@Mccann7Brian made a bold claim saying-

“Redicean is good… like… Istabraq good… and I don’t say that lightly.”

A very bold claim, but with Apple’s Shakira get a 7lb bonus for being a filly, its safe to say that she’s the one to beat.

Moving on to the Albert Bartlett, a very wide open race.

Albert Bartlett: Santini won well last time and looks to go off favourite. However, people were divided over who would win, clearly showing how wide open this race is to be.

@lowy121 tipped Poetic Rhythm at 14s, which prompted the Fergal O’Brien twitter team to bless us all with a picture of one of their strongest Cheltenham hopefuls.

Chef Des Obeaux was tipped up by both @HildersleyS and @jumpsracingalex, with his high stamina likely to prove a factor over the soft/heavy ground.

Glenfarcas Cross Country: The old timer Cause Of Causes was obviously tipped up by many because of his close history with this race. Auvengnat was tipped by @Mattyingle_ and @sam_angelina22.

Mare’s Hurdle: Apple’s Jade was called the certainty, but for an each way many like the look of La Bague Au Roi. Apple’s Jade seems the certainty of the festival, especially after beating Supasundae who went on to beat Faugheen.

Ryanair: Un De Sceaux is the one to beat, and almost everyone agreed, with Cue Card to come in close second.

Champion Hurdle: Buveur D’Air is the one to beat, but some aren’t so confident that it will be that easy for him. Many, including @P_JWally, thinking Elgin could be a strong contender in this race.

Champion Chase: Altior vs Douvan, what many see to be the race of the festival. Most people have backed Altior, but @KimberellaGirl thinks Douvan will be back to top form for the race.

World Hurdle: Supasundae and Sam Spinner seem to be the popular ones in this race, with most wanting to see a fairytale for Sam Spinner’s connections.

Gold Cup: Finally we reach the biggest race of the festival. With previous favourites now out of the race some see it as a weak renewal. @HildersleyS said it would be a tough call this year, and with Our Duke out its clear to see why. Edwulf and Native River were two standouts, as well as Road To Respect for an each way chance.

And that concluded our Cheltenham Preview Night! Thank you for all the help you have given, and helped it to run as smoothly as it did. Best of luck with all your bets next week, and let’s hope all horses come back safe and sound.

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