Cheltenham Pageant won’t be the identical this yr, however let’s be grateful that the most well liked racing occasion on the earth remains to be going forward throughout these troublesome instances.
It wouldn’t be the Pageant with out a few surefire, iron-clad bankers and this yr there seems to be an abundance of short-priced favourites to select from.
Shishkin, Envoi Allen, Monkfish and Chacun Pour Soi are all odds-on costs, and bookmakers shall be working for canopy ought to these 4 oblige.
We’ve picked out 5 who might make or break racegoers’ hearts, as the best present on turf attracts ever nearer.
*Odds right at time of publication however could fluctuate. BeGambleAware.org
Honeysuckle – 9/4
(Champion Hurdle – Tuesday, 3.05pm)
On the flip of the yr, this appeared a dour affair with Epatante extremely more likely to reclaim her crown.
Quick ahead to a disappointing run from the JP McManus horse and an unlikely resurgence from Goshen and the entire outlook of the race has modified.
The unbeaten Honeysuckle has ten wins from ten and was mightily spectacular at Cheltenham final yr.
At 9/4, the Henry de Bromhead-trained mare is tickling our fancy and her yard admitted they’re ‘fairly assured’ forward of her mouthwatering showdown with Epatante and Goshen.
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Monkfish – 4/7
(Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – Wednesday, 1.55pm)
Probably the banker of the pageant… Monkfish at 4/7 is brief however he appears a surefire factor.
The seven-year-old put up arguably essentially the most spectacular efficiency of his profession to this point within the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown final month.
His solely fear is Subsequent Vacation spot, who appears in positive nick for Paul Nicholls, however can hit flat spots as seen in his previous few races.
Monkfish has been touted as future Gold Cup winner and is unquestionably one of the thrilling novice chasers on the Pageant.
Kilcruit – 2/1
(Champion Bumper – Wednesday , 4.50pm)
Vastly spectacular at Leopardstown in February, this six-year-old gained a really aggressive Grade Two at a canter.
He has been likened to the legendary Golden Cygnet by former coach Tony Mullins, who was raving about this horse earlier than he had even run a race.
Kilcruit is now within the fingers of Mullins’ older brother, Willie, who has an unimaginable file within the Champion Bumper.
Willie Mullins has gained this race ten instances and Kilcruit appears properly poised to make it 11.
Quilixios – 9/2
(JCB Triumph Hurdle – Friday, 1.20pm)
Cheveley Park all the time come to the Pageant with a powerful secure and so they might have the winner of the Triumph this yr.
The French import is unbeaten in three begins – finishing his hat-trick with a Grade One success within the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown final month.
Tritronic, who put himself entrance and centre within the Triumph Hurdle image when he made it two from two over hurdles within the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton, at present heads up the market and appears set to supply Quilixios along with his greatest problem.
Who Betfred’s Matt Hulmes is tipping…
“There shall be no crimson mild for Roksana and it’ll be all programs go for her within the Mares’ Hurdle (3.40 on Tuesday).
“She could have been lucky to win the race two years in the past however has improved a lot and he or she wouldn’t be misplaced within the Stayers’ Hurdle.
“I feel this contest is hers for the taking and the three/1 at present out there (non-runner no wager) appears enormous.”
Colreevy – 7/2
(Mares Chase – Friday, 4.15pm)
New race this yr and it appears set to be a cracker.
There are some thrilling mares in there in what’s a extremely aggressive discipline however Willie Mullins’ second string fancy is our decide of the group.
Colreevy has caught the attention on a couple of events this yr, beating the likes of Pencilfulloflead and Mount Ida.
A Grade One-winning novice chaser when taking over the geldings at Limerick over Christmas, she additionally prevailed on the highest degree within the Punchestown Champion Bumper, making her a particularly invaluable a future member of the broodmare band.
Unbeaten over fences and has taken to the bigger obstacles with ease. 7/2 appears like good worth and we hope that hill will swimsuit her way more than Elimay, the present 7/Four shot.
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