*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing / Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason – you will lose your stake under traditional Antepost rules
We’re officially on the road to the Cheltenham Festival here at Paddy Power as the first episode of our antepost tipping podcast series has dropped!
WELCOME TO PADDY POWER NEWS!
After running the rule over the potential runners in the National Hunt Chase, the latest addition to our stable of tipsters, Rory Delargy, has identified a horse that ‘ticks all the boxes’ and could deliver a fifth winner in the renewal for Gordon Elliott.
The Cheltenham Countdown is on, and our From the Horse’s Mouth Cheltenham specials will be live on your feed EVERY Tuesday morning from now until Festival week. Hit subscribe to make sure you don’t miss a thing as we preview all the races and our team of tipsters serve up their Antepost punts.
You can listen to our first Cheltenham Countdown show in full BELOW.
The National Hunt Chase has a strong trend to horses with experience, particularly at three miles or more. You’ve got to jump well, stay well and cope with a big field. It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for lightly-raced horses. It’s remarkable that if you look at the contenders a lot of them have only had one or two runs over fences and it’s remarkable how well horses that have had six, seven, eight, nine or even 10 runs over fences actually do in this race.
What you fundamentally want is a lot of experience and, ideally, I’d be looking at a second-season chaser if I could find one who has proven decent at handicaps. Thankfully in this race there is a standout, RUN WILD FRED. I know he’s at the top of the market but he has everything you want.
Gordon Elliott’s made it clear he wants to run the horse in the race and he was suggesting that the biggest problem he might have is convincing the owners to run. He had the perfect result over Christmas, being done in the Neville Hotels which suggested that he’d be better stepping up in trip. His form is around three miles but he gives the impression he will stay very well.
STUDY THE FORM IN STYLE
- CHECK OUT OUR SNAZZY RACECARDS FOR EVERY RACE, EVERY DAY
- Like Paddy Power News? Or maybe you just like to whinge? Tell us what you think in our reader survey
He’s got the perfect experience being a Troytown winner and having 10 starts over fences now so he fits the mould. He also fits the mould of horses Gordon has aimed at the race before.
Of the other contenders, Vanillier’s jumping isn’t brilliant and you’d worry about how he’d cope with it. I’d also worry about any of the horses that looked impressive making all on their chase debut and going in there on the back of one or two runs as we’ve seen that backfire before.
Run Wild Fred ticks all the boxes and because Gordon’s had the race in mind he’ll get the jockey he wants on the day. He looks one of the most solid short-priced ones. There are horses that are, arguably, better than him but very few will end up running in the race.
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widget, while in-copy odds are accurate at the time of publication but subject to change
WANT FAST RESULTS? NO PROBLEM!
- WE HAVE ALL THE HORSE RACING FAST RESULTS YOU’LL EVER WANT
CHELTENHAM ANTEPOST TIPS
- Cheltenham tips: 20/1 antepost shout tickles Frank Hickey’s fancy in the National Hunt Chase
- Cheltenham tips: Champion Bumper antepost best bet from Rory Delargy
- Gallop over to Paddy Power News for all the latest racing tips
- Ruby Walsh: Cheltenham Festival options open for ‘incredible’ Galopin Des Champs
- Champion Bumper: The Willie Mullins horse Ruby Walsh would choose to ride in 2022