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Cheltenham Preview Night

Cheltenham Preview Night : RTE Racing/Boylesports featuring Gordon Elliott, Ted Walsh and more

Date: Wed 9th March 2016

Panel Ted Walsh,Johnny Burke, Gordon Elliott, Liam Nash and Boylesports Leon Blanche

Gordon Elliott hopes to have between 20-25 horses at the Festival, says it’s “all systems go” at home

Supreme Novices
Not much love for the “beatable” Min from our panel, Yorkhill may be the one to watch in the Supreme Novice.
Supasundae in the Supreme Novice is the ride Johnny Burkeis most excited about for the week

Douvan has what makes Usain Bolt so good, according to Ted Walsh: “He can run faster than anyone else”
Johnny Burke, riding Sizing John in the Arkle, says Douvan looks “beautiful” from behind.

8/1 for Willie Mullins to train a Cheltenham winner:

Willie Mullins had eight winners at last year’s Festival and is 1/500 to train a winner this year so the 8/1 boost looks pretty tasty to be fair. Only £5 allowed but its £40 in your pocket!

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Champion Hurdle
Ted Walsh says the Champion Hurdle is wide open for punters but it’s a substandard edition this year compared to recent editions
Johnny Burke says the fact that My Tent or Yours is a keen goer and fresh from his layoff is a worry, but a pacy race will help
“This is Cheltenham, not Lourdes” – Ted Walsh says it will be a serious training feat if My Tent or Yours can win the Champion Hurdle
Predictions: Identity Thief – J Burke + L Blanche, My Tent or Yours – G Elliott, Nichols Canyon – Liam Nash and Annie Power – Ted Walsh


Champion Chase
“Of all the divisions, the 2 mile chase division is really weak”, according to Liam Nash, who fancies Un De Sceaux
Plenty of love for favourite Un De Sceaux in the Champion Chase, more a question of what will finish second

World Hurdle
Thistlecrack is a ‘skimpy’ price for the World Hurdle according to Ted, Alpha Des Obeaux the value according to the panel
Ted Walsh goes slightly off topic to say Vroum Vroum Mag is the bet of the week in the Mares Hurdle
Prince of Scars won’t be featuring in the World Hurdle if there’s good in the ground, according to trainer

Gold Cup
Ted Walsh worried about Djakadams ability to stay on his feet, says he doesn’t know what Ruby will chose but is a big Vautour fan
Djakadam is the horse Gordon Elliott is most worried about in the Gold Cup, will be surprised if Ruby isn’t aboard
All the panel have questions over the ability of Vautour to stay the distance in the Gold Cup
Offered a choice of Gold Cup mounts, Johnny Burke goes with Don Cossack ‘cos Godon Elliott is sitting here’
The inevitable question – Gordon: Don Cossack is flying, better ground suits, may not use cheekpieces
The resurgent Cue Card is the “single most consistent chaser this season” according to Liam Nash
Gold Cup Predictions: Don Cossack for Gordon, Johnny and Leon, Cue Card each way for Liam, Vautour for Ted

Panel pretty much agreed that Douvan and Vroum Vroum Mag will win the Arkle and Mares Hurdle respectively

On The Fringe has nothing to beat in the Foxhunters according to Ted Walsh – “They’re a bunch of goats”
Yanworth appears to be the panels choice for the Neptune Novice Hurdle, although Ted likes Yorkhill, who may run

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