2018 Cheltenham Festival Tips – Thursday & Friday

Cue Card would be a wildly popular winner of the RSA, but it’s hard to look beyond the brilliant Un De Sceaux. Seymour Biz provides Cheltenham Festival Lucky 15 tips, for both Thursday and Friday.

Thursday at Cheltenham used to be known as World Hurdle Day, now it is called the Stayers Hurdle, but that name change has certainly not reduced the quality of the race and this year is no exception. Alan King has rerouted Yanworth from the JLT claiming he is chasing the money, but I think it’s more to do with his dodgy jumping. He has every chance of lifting this pot if he puts in a clear round, however I think that’s unlikely as he does tend to hit one or two hurdles in his races and he can’t afford that in this company. Supersundae will hate the ground and his staying is suspect whereas Sam Spinner will love it. He won at Haydock in Somme-like conditions and has franked that form at Ascot but he hasn’t done it at Cheltenham and that’s the difference. Uknowhatimeanharry ran third in this race last year when odds on favourite, I think he can redeem himself this year and take the contest giving him five from six at this course. At 1.30 we have the JLT Novices Chase and Willie Mullins has messed about with Invitation Only with him entered in several races during the meeting. I think he has the right one with this race, he ran third to Monalee last time after two victories. At 2.10 we have The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle with a full field of 28 runners, my original choice is a non runner, so l will plump for my second choice Louis’ Vac Pouch, a horse Richard Johnson states has been kept for this race. He won well at Aintree in November and has not been seen on a racecourse since. Of the Irish challengers Sort It Out looks the best. The Ryanair Chase is at 2.50 and this looks a gimme for Un De Sceaux, last years winner, he has won pretty easily in his two races this season while being aimed at this race, that said what about a shout for Cue Card, a more popular winner cannot be found in the whole meeting, it would be some sight to see him entering the winners enclosure!

Thursday Lucky 15 Tips
1.30 – Invitation Only
2.10 – Louis’ Vac Pouch
2.50 – Un De Sceaux
3.30 – Unowhatimeanharry

And so we come to the highlight of the week the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, and this year it looks a really strong contest. That said I will side with the King George hero Might Bite, Nicky Henderson claims to be worried about the ground but I think that a bit of flannel, this horse goes on any ground and he’s been kept for this race since Christmas. The best of the Irish challengers looks to be Total Recall who has been diverted here from the Ultima. He was originally aiming for the Grand National but connections think he has a chance of taking this contest. As a massive outsider I will mention Double Shuffle, who was second in the King George, Tom George’s charge is reported very fit and will appreciate the going. The first race on the card the JCB Triumph Hurdle looks a tricky contest, but I prefer Nicky Henderson’s We Have A Dream against his Apples Shakira. Alan King reports Redicean is super fit and up to the challenge. At 2.10 the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle is always a hard race to win but Nicky Henderson seems to have the answer with Jenkins although he is near the top of the handicap he is a class animal. Nick Williams’ Flying Tiger won the Fred Winter twelve months ago and could go close here. The Albert Bartlett Hurdle at 2.50 will be a stiff test in the conditions but Enniscoffey Oscar improved to win at Doncaster last time, this unexposed six year old can improve again and take this for Emma Lavelle. Santini won well at Newbury last time beating Chef Des Obeaux, this pair will be involved in the finish.

Friday Lucky 15 Tips
1.30 – We Have A Dream
2.10 – Jenkins
2.50 – Enniscoffey Oscar
3.30 – Might Bite


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