One of the best days in the racing calendar is when the Cheltenham Festival handicap weights are published. It’s always fascinating to spend a few nights burning the midnight oil in pursuit of those who looks to be well treated. A puzzle for sure but we can help try and solve it with our free horse racing tips. The races are all non runner no bet, with a 20p each way Lucky 31 (Super Yankee plus singles with bet365) on these five handicap runners returning a cool million if they all win.
4.15 Tue – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Having made a smart winning debut over hurdles at Kempton, Sage Advice has been turned over the last twice. The first of those was behind Cabot Cliffs, ten pounds better off for a length and a half now. It was heavy that day as it was at Fontwell last time which was likely too deep. He won on August soft on the flat and on the same at Kempton but it rarely ever gets properly soft there. No surprise now on a better surface if he comes back to form.
2.30 Wed – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
He’s also entered in the Martin Pipe on Friday but Nicky Henderson said in a Jockey Club organised Zoom call that this is the target for Monte Cristo. He absolutely bolted up on his second handicap start, coming on plenty for his return to action. That was the quickest ground he has run on, travelling powerfully throughout. He’s only had eight starts in his life and Henderson has won three of the last seven renewals so he makes plenty of interest.
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4.15 Wed – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup
It’s been a miserable season for Colin Tizzard and as such, his festival runners are relatively disregarded in the markets. Some may find them hard to support but any signs of life in the next week will see the likes of Eldorado Allen shorten. He made a good start over fences, including bolting up here in November. Novices have a good record in this and a mark of 149 is workable on his best, including when second to Shishkin last time.
1.55 Thu – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle
Always a difficult contest but the race that Anything Will Do was fifth in at Christmas has been a decent guide. The last five winners have all been Irish trained and four of them ran in that qualifier. He has shaped better than his position the last twice having come back from racing over fences. He doesn’t have many miles on the clock and looks capable of producing better.
3.40 Thu – Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase
Winner of the Close Brothers at this meeting in 2018 and third in this race last year from two pounds higher, Mister Whitaker is back for another crack. His career best form has been saved for this track and he looks to have been trained for this race once more. He shaped well when keeping on at Warwick last time out and that should put him spot on for this.
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