Neon Wolf heads to Cheltenham in great form, the Harry Fry trained horse has just completed a hat-trick with a win at Haydock in January. Neon Wolf looks an exciting proposition and is one to take a look at in this year’s festival.
Altior is one of the must see horses at this year’s festival. The Nicky Henderson trained horse has won the last nine races, last time out at Newbury Altior was far too good for the chasing pack Altior won at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival priced at 4/1, sadly he is odds on this year as the bookies fear the Henderson star.
The Druids Nephew
The Druids Nephew hasn’t won since this time last year, when winning at the 2016 festival. Now 10 years old is heading to the wrong end of the scale. The Druids Nephew does like it at Cheltenham and hard to countout, each way chance.
Yanworth heads to this year’s festival having just completed a hat trick, having won at Wincanton in February. The Alan King trained Yanworth missed out on festival win last year, when he was beaten by One of Willie Mullins stars Yorkhill. Has a huge chance of of a festival win this year. The Druids Nephew hasn’t won since this time last year, when winning at the 2016 festival. Now 10 years old is heading to the wrong end of the scale. The Druids Nephew does like it at Cheltenham and hard to countout, each way chance.
Limini is one of the star mares at this year’s festival. Limini is one from the Willie Mullins star-studded stable and will have Ruby Walsh in the saddle. At the 2016 Cheltenham Festival Limini completed a hat trick, but since had lost her way slightly. That was until Punchestown in February, when Limini was back to her best when she beat Apples Jade to upset the formbook.
Vroum Vroum Mag
Vroum Vroum Mag is Willie Mullins star mare at this year’s festival. Last year Vroum Vroum Mag won the Mares Hurdle by three lengths, as she looks set to try and defend her crown. Her run last year was one of the highlights of the festival, and this year she could again light up Cheltenham.
Might Bite heads to Cheltenham off the back of winning at Doncaster in early February. The Nicky Henderson horse is much fancied to do well at this year’s festival, and if in the same form as Doncaster then has a huge chance.
Douvan is without question the outstanding star in the Willie Mullins stable. Douvan has won all 13 starts including twice at the Cheltenham Festival. In Douvan last two races the superstar has just cantered around to win. Douvan is the odds on favourite but is there anything out there to beat him? Not on what we have seen so far.
Yorkhill has won 8 from 9 runs, the only blemish was a below par run at Punchestown in April last year. Yorkhill has bounced back with win at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown since and looked back to his best. Yorkhill is one of the standouts at this years festival.
Un De Sceaux
Un De Sceaux was beaten by the great Sprinter Sacre at last year’s festival, and many questioned if we had seen the best of Un De Sceaux. Since Willie Mullins has worked had to restore Un De Sceaux back to former glories. Un De Sceaux has just completed a hat trick after winning at Cheltenham during trials weekend. I shard to overlook this year.
When Unowhatimeanharry was pulled up in 2015 we all thought that was the end at the top level, buts since joining Harry Fry has been rejuvenated and has romped to 8 wins on the spin. Unowhatimeanharry was a 12/1 winner at last year’s festival but you won’t be getting that price this year, as Unowhatimeanharry is being talked about as one on the stars of the festival.
On The Fringe
On The Fringe is an old Cheltenham favourite, having won at the festival for the last two years. Now 12 years old it could take a career best for On The Fringe to win this year, but can never be counted out.
Cue Card is one of the racing world's favourite horses. The Colin Tizzard trained was well beaten by stablemate Thistlecrack in the King George on Boxing Day. Cue Card bounced back at Ascot in February. Cue Card was traveling so well in last year’s Gold Cup until he fell. Has a huge chance this year with Thistlecrack being injured.
Native River heads to Cheltenham have bagged a hat trick at Newbury last time out, in what was an impressive run. Another Tizzard horse and Native River like his stable mate Cue Card are the favourite in the betting, Tizzard has promised to let his pair battle it out to see who is the better on the day.
Djakadam is Willie Mullins hope for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Djakadam has been runner up in the last two Cheltenham Gold Cups, and will be a danger again this year. Djakadam won back in December at Punchestown and could strike again here.
The 12 year old has been rejuvenated of late having won twice and finished second in the last three races. Will need to be at his very best again here but not to be overlooked.
Melon heads to Cheltenham having won Leopardstown in January, the youthful 5 year old is an interesting bet for this year’s festival. Willie Mullins feels Melon could spring a surprise.
Value At Risk
Value At Risk hasn’t been since since late October, when he won at Bangor. Coming to Cheltenham fresh the Dan Skelton horse has each way value heading to the festival.
If you like an outside bet then Lets Dance could be your horse. The Filly looks to have some value.
Master Blueyes could be a bet for you, the Alam King trained horse has won the last two races at Ludlow and Kempton. Master Blueyes looks value this year.