Paddy Power: My A-Z of Cheltenham 2018 chances

The big man myself, the face of the company has dropped in to give us his glorious guide to the Festival of festivals and in alphabetical order no less…


We all want winners at the Cheltenham festival and before I disappear behind the luxurious silk curtains of the Paddy Power hospitality box for the entire week, I thought I’d try and give you a few.

So, in a nutshell, here’s my A-Z of Cheltenham horses, which will hopefully put us in the red on the biggest betting week of the year.

Here you go…

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A is for Any Second Now. He has the best form in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase.

B is for Burning Ambition. The Irish banker in the Christies Foxhunters on Friday.

C is for Cause Of Causes. He can make it four festival wins in succession.

D is for Douvan. It’s last chance saloon but from what I’m hearing of his work, Altior better watch out.

E is for Esprit De Somoza. A dark horse in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle.

F is for Faugheen. I’ve just got to give the old boy one more chance in the Champion Hurdle.

G is for Getabird. He looks the solid horse in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

H is for Hammersly Lake. He shouldn’t be discounted in Thursday’s Brown Advisory Plate.

I is for Invitation Only. Can give Willie Mullins four wins on the trot in the JLT Novices’ Chase.

J is for Jers Girl. Can push Apple’s Jade all the way in the Mares Hurdle.

K is for Killultagh Vic. If he jumps, he’ll go mighty close in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

L is for Louis Vac Pouch. The answer in the Pertemps Final.

M is for Mall Dini. Will win the Kim Muir on Thursday. You can trust me on that one.

N is for Next Destination. The horse to lower Samcro’s colours on Wednesday.

O is for Ok Corral. JP McManus’ main string in the Coral Cup.

P is for Presenting Percy. My idea of the RSA Chase winner.

Q is for Quevega, who could find her replacement in Laurina in the Dawn Run Mares Novices’ Hurdle.

R is for Rathvinden. The class act in the National Hunt Chase.

S is for Stormy Ireland. She’ll bring the wow factor to Friday’s Triumph Hurdle.

T is for Tully East. Back to the scene of the crime of last year’s win.

U is for Un De Sceaux. I’d love him to win back-to-back Ryanair Chases.

V is for Virak. Goes into the Christies Foxthunters in red hot form.

W is for White Moon. Watch this lad closely in the Albert Bartlett.

X is for Xenephon. And Tony Martin’s next festival success could be with Phil’s Magic in the Kim Muir.

Y is for Yala Enki. He’ll love the soft ground in Tuesday’s Ultima Handicap Chase.

Z is for Zero, the amount of losers I will back at Cheltenham 2018. And my banker? That’s easy. Footpad on Tuesday!

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