Jockeys, trainers, and owners are very excited about the Cheltenham Festival 2019 to start next week. The whole National Hunt season revolves around celebrating a winner at the meeting which they are hoping to do. In over four days, punters will cost around £300 million.
Following the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a royal family member will present the trophy to winning connections, as announced on Thursday that this will be the case same as in previous years.
One of the best odds for a Gloucestershire winner is the favorite for that feature contest on Ladies Day.
Five to note for the fixture (March 12-15)
- Tuesday, Al Dancer – Sky Bet Supreme Novice’s Hurdle
In four starts over hurdles, Al Dancer is unbeaten. His last victory was on February 16 in the ultra-competitive Betfair Hurdle. Throughout his entire run, he overcame several types of ground.
- Wednesday, Altior – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
Altior was chased by Min, the second placed horse in the betting for the day two feature last year. This year, Altior seems to have improved and could beat Min this time around. Therefore, Altior is a good bet this season.
- Thursday, Paisley Park – Sun Racing Stayer’s Hurdle
Paisley Park will be determined to further his rise up the ranks in the staying division with his jockey Aidan Coleman. His owner, Andrew Gemmell, will be happy to hear him win five times on the bounce on Thursday.
- Friday, Shantou Flyer – St. James’ Place Foxhunter Challenger Cup Open Hunter’s Chase
He was not able to get his head in front due to his late charge. However, he has developed a winning spirit in recent weeks and his course form will be a big advantage. He is now owned by David Maxwell.
- Friday, Clan Des Obeaux – Cheltenham Gold Cup
He won the Denman Chase and King George VI Chase this season. Critics said he has never been victorious at Cheltenham in four tries, and his best chances are on flatter tracks.