Cheltenham Festival: 4 Saturday races that should provide some clues for 2022

Can these 4 prominent players in our Cheltenham antepost markets score on Saturday?

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Antepost betting markets for the Cheltenham Festival 2022 are taking shape as we enter the three-month countdown to the racing extravaganza.

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A super Saturday across the tracks in the UK and Ireland lies ahead and we’ve picked out three contests that should provide some clues ahead of next year’s meeting.

Navan 15:30

The Future Champions INH Flat Race has produced some big-name Cheltenham scorers in recent years including Sir Gerhard, Envoi Allen and Samcro.

Gordon Elliott has saddled the last six winners and he pitches 2022 Champion Bumper antepost favourite American Mike in the field. The four-year-old won on his debut under rules for the yard at Down Royal in October.

Ascot 14:25

A whole host of classy contenders that could feature in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle have been declared to run in the Long Walk Hurdle including Champ, Paisley Park, Ronald Pump, Thomas Darby and Thyme Hill.

Nicky Henderson’s dual-purpose performer Buzz will not run after suffering a fractured pelvis which has seen Thyme Hill assume favouritism for Saturday’s renewal at Ascot and climb to second behind Klassical Dream in our antepost market for next year’s feature on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Haydock 12:55

The early betting for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is wide open with a whole host of potential runners priced at 16/1 or shorter.

Nina The Terrier is among that group and Alan King’s five-year-old mare attempts to get back on track in the Abram Hurdle after falling on her last start at Newbury, which ended her perfect record over flights. The winner on that day, Elle Est Belle, is second in our antepost betting for next year’s Cheltenham renewal.

Navan 12:35

The exciting Journey With Me makes his debut over flights in the 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle, with Rachael Blackmore in the saddle for Henry de Bromhead.

The Robcour-owned five-year-old is prominent in our antepost markets for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – and victory on Saturday could have our traders scrambling to cut his prices.

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