There are less than eight weeks until the Cheltenham Festival. The four days where jump racing comes together at Prestbury Park are the pinnacle of the season, where all owners dream to be. Rich Ricci first tasted success in 2009 when Mikael D’Haguenet won what is now known as the Ballymore.
That win tally now stands at eighteen with five in 2016 the best tally and three last season, including a couple who bid for further glory in 2021. We will have free horse racing tips for all days of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival with a wide array of free bets for the biggest four days of the calendar.
Wednesday 17th March – Monkfish – RSA Chase
The winner of the Albert Bartlett at the 2020 Festival, Monkfish is set to return in 2021 as the favourite for the RSA. A perfect 2/2 so far over fences, he beat old foe Latest Exhibition in the Grade 1 Nevills Hotel Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.
He looks set to take in the Dublin Racing Festival before heading to Cheltenham. A win there would only enhance an already growing reputation and a shortening price for the RSA.
Wednesday 17th March – Chacun Pour Soi – Champion Chase
With Altior starting to look like age is catching up with him, the two-mile chase division looks open to a new star. Chacun Pour Soi is a nine-year-old himself now so connections will be all too aware that his chance of winning this big one is on the short side.
He has had his issues, making it to the track just ten times in his life, a non-runner in this race at the last minute in 2020. The Hilly Way Chase was an impressive return to action this season before he went to Leopardstown and bolted up at Grade 1 level. A repeat of that form would make him hard to beat come March.
Thursday 18th March – Min – Ryanair Chase
Winner of this race last year, there were few more deserving of his day in the sun than Min. Runner-up to Altior in a Supreme and a Champion Chase, the step up in trip was the key to him. A smart horse throughout his time racing, he has seemed to come alive in the spring.
The top eight RPR’s of his life have all come in February, March or April, including his Melling Chase demolition job of Politologue last season. Winner of the John Durkan for the third year on the bounce before Christmas, he has been kept fresh for his big spring targets.