Ante-Post Horse Racing Tips: A 25/1 Shot For The Cheltenham Festival

The long-awaited clash between to give energy and shishkin The edges are getting closer as we all cross our fingers that they’re both at the Clarence House Chase (3:35 PM) in Ascot on Saturday. Rarely do we tend to see two undefeated stars ring out outside the Cheltenham Festival – this is going to be a race to enjoy. reigning champion First flow is not a jersey number and arrives here after getting stuck in the Peterborough Chase, and hitman ran a cracker in the Tingle Creek for so inexperienced last time. Shishkin seems like the most likely winner, but it’s a race I love to watch and enjoy in what should be a great spectacle.

There is an abundance of quality action over the weekend with the rest of Ascot, Haydock’s Peter Marsh gathering and of course the inaugural Winter Million gathering in Lingfield. A few dry days have been forecast in Lingfield, but as conditions are rough at the time of writing, you can expect the ground to still be on the sluggish side when the action kicks in. The 2:25 pm on Friday is a 2m7f Hurdle, and I’m going to take a gamble with the Warren Greatrex trained EMITOM to bounce back in winning ways. He’s been a bit lost lately, but is in calmer waters here, officially rated 145, he’s the joint second highest rated horse in the field. Slow ground won’t be a problem and he’s won on the track before. If he can show some of his old zest for life, he can get some tendons back here, and he may very well enjoy things back over the smaller obstacles.

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Jump to Sunday, and I think the Olly Murphy is trained itchy feet could be a valuable place in the first edition of the Fleur De Lys Chase at 3:00 PM. He has his quirks and his jumping can sometimes disappoint him, but let’s not forget he was a class 1 winner as a novice fighter and has a touch of class. The combination of 2m 6f on proving ground could be niche factors ideal for him, and I see him putting on a bold show here, where I wouldn’t be surprised if he was ridden more prominently.

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One horse to put in my Cheltenham Festival portfolio after the weekend action is the Lucinda Russell trained COACH RAMBLER. Connections is looking at a tilt at the Ultima Handicap Chase after his run in the Classic Chase, in which he finished fourth. Running out of pace, he made quick progress through the field, approaching four gates from home, before it seemed as if the fuel light came on over the extended 3m 5f. Coming back in distance to 3m 1f at Cheltenham – a course where he has previously tasted success is a big tick in the box, and unexposed beginners of a similar rating have a good track record in the job. This lightly played eight year old is about to go straight to the race, and he will do it for me at 25/1.

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expel, 2:25 PM Lingfield, Friday January 21, 1pt win 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Itchy feet, 3:00 PM Lingfield Sunday January 23, 1pt win 10/1 (Hills)
Corach Rambler, Ultima Handicap Chase, Cheltenham, March 15, 1pt win 25/1 (overall)

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