The top-class action just keeps on coming at the Cheltenham Festival with Wednesday’s racing sure to be as thrilling as Tuesday’s. Anything can and will happen at Cheltenham and with that in mind we’ve picked out three outsiders whose prices look to be bigger than their chances. Make sure to check out our free Cheltenham tips page where you will find we’ve done the hours of form study so that you don’t have to. Our tipsters will be looking to continue their recent good form throughout the week.
Nicky Henderson isn’t one to waste ammunition so it’s a surprise to see Dusart available at such a big price. This horse has given the impression this season that he’s an out-and-out staying type nowadays. He had enough pace to finish a fairly close third at Aintree last spring. That was over two miles which would be considered far too sharp for him now especially with Aintree being a speed track. He’s unbeaten in two starts over fences so far and Henderson is an expert at priming horses to peak for the festival. It’s not a concern that he’s had an easy season as his trainer prefers a safer route to the festival and he would consider this not very taxing preparation to be a positive going into this race.
Noel Meade has always been one of the shrewdest trainers around so he’s unlikely to run one for the sake of it. He runs Daly Tiger in the Coral Cup and it’s available at a gargantuan price. Daly Tiger has mostly been contesting chases in the last few seasons but he won a conditions hurdle at Limerick on Boxing Day nicely. I suspect that his two runs over hurdles this season were a test to see if a festival hurdle race could be an option and having won one over 2m4f you’d like to think this 2m5f trip could suit. This gelding’s hurdles mark is substantially lower than his chase one and connections will be looking to take advantage of that here.
I almost can’t believe my eyes when I look at the price of Put The Kettle On for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This loveable mare has had an objectively below par season highlighted by the fact that she suffered her first defeat at Cheltenham in the Shloer Chase back in November. She’s in great hands however and Henry de Bromhead can get her back to form. She won the Arkle in 2020 and is the defending champion having taken the crown last year. Put The Kettle On loves it here so her price looks astronomical and you would like to think she should be out-running those odds.
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