Well, well, well! Most of us have been studying good ground form for the last few week’s, anticipating a sound surface for the Cheltenham Festival. However, things have turned on its head and antepost bets are flying out the window as it now officially soft at Prestbury Park. You can view all of the weekend’s tips on our free horse racing tips page and make sure you avail of those valuable free bets on our offers page for Cheltenham too. Let’s take a look at three horses who would love soft ground at Cheltenham on Tuesday.
Facile Vega is three wins from three on soft ground and he is the current favourite for Tuesday’s opening race. Willie Mullins’ star needs to bounce back from a shocker of a run at the Dublin Racing Festival when beaten 20 lengths in the Grade 1 novice hurdle at Leopardstown. However, Mullins is adamant that he was given a poor ride by Paul Townend on the day and last year’s Champion Bumper winner could get back on track with conditions to suit on Tuesday.
The horse to beat in the Arkle is without doubt Nicky Henderson’s Jonbon, who is ground versatile but is also two wins from two on soft. He wasn’t at his proverbial best when only beating Calico by just over five lengths in a match race at Warwick, but Calico did come out and win since to give the form a creditable boost. He has the beating of El Fabiolo on the form book and he is a better jumper.
Although she has been far from her best this season, Honeysuckle could get back on track in the Mares’ Hurdle. The superstar is six wins from six on soft ground in her illustrious career and although she is a level below where she was last year, she might still be more than good enough to win this race with the step up in trip likely to suit her these days.
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