There’s no denying that JP McManus is an absolute legend of the game. One of the most famous owners the sport has ever had, his ‘green & gold’ silks have become synonymous with winning. It would be a huge shock if the great man was to go without a winner at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. We’ve combined his four best chances of the week into a Lucky 15. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
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Jonbon has been one of the main contenders for this race throughout the season. In fact, he was favourite until being usurped at the head of the market after the Dublin Racing Festival in February. A class act, he’s unbeaten in three starts over fences and has only ever been defeated once over hurdles, by Constitution Hill. Huge things have always been expected of this horse, due to his price tag and illustrious pedigree, and he can live up to the hype with a huge performance here.
Filey Bay is hugely progressive and has to be considered as unexposed going into this competitive handicap. He would have learnt loads when a one-length second in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last time out. Dealing with the hustle and bustle of a race like that bodes very well for his chances here and there should be loads more to come. Emmet Mullins is a shrewd operator and we could have another The Shunter on our hands.
Corbetts Cross has made a very bright start to his hurdling career. Only a recent purchase for McManus, this horse did very well to beat a smart sort over just shy of two miles at Naas last time out. Having won a maiden over 2m5f and a handicap over three miles, that trip shouldn’t have suited at all. Emmet Mullins’ gelding looks well suited to this unique test and he’s got every chance here.
Impervious is unbeaten in three starts over fences so far. This includes a Grade 3 win against some smart geldings at Punchestown last time out. She also won a Grade 2 for mares at Cork on her penultimate start. There’s some stiff competition here, in the shape of Allegorie De Vassy, but the form book suggests she has every chance of coming out on top.
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