Cheltenham tips: A Lucky 15 to set the scene as Paddy goes non runner money back

The From The Horse's Mouth lads are hoping to strike it big with their four picks.

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*Odds quoted on the widget are Non Runner Money Back prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason – you’ll get your stake back

The third instalment of our Punters’ Panel series is live as the From The Horse’s Mouth team including Ruby Walsh, Frank Hickey and Paddy Power were grilled by loyal listeners.

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With the Cheltenham Festival less than five weeks away, there was plenty of chat about the four-day fiesta. Paddy’s gone Non Runner Money Back on all 28 races and our trio of podcast pals – plus host Patrick Kennelly – offered up a leg each of a Lucky 15 to set the scene for next month’s meeting. You can listen to the Punters’ Panel show in full BELOW.

Appreciate It – Champion Hurdle (Tuesday, 3:30pm)

Our resident jockey-turned-pundit Ruby Walsh fancies Appreciate It in the Champion Hurdle, the feature race on the opening day, despite trainer Willie Mullins admitting last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner is likely to go straight to the Festival without a prep run. Speaking on the latest episode of our Cheltenham Countdown series, Ruby revealed Appreciate It ‘is in good order’ and is ‘the only horse that can beat’ Honeysuckle.

L’Homme Presse – Turners Novices’ Chase (Thursday, 1:30pm)

Irish-trained runners have dominated the big races in recent years at the Festival but Patrick Kennelly, the host with the most, is tipping up the rarest of things. ‘There will be a British-trained winner of a Grade 1, you heard it here first!’ says PK. L’Homme Presse is four from four over fences this season including a 21 length victory in this month’s Scilly Isles at Sandown.

Party Central – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Thursday, 4:50pm)

The winner of the Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival, Party Central has the backing of Paddy’s top trader Frank Hickey in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. ‘She’s going to be better in a better race,’ Frank says. ‘Willie’s got plenty of good mares for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and I think something will be able to take her beyond the final hurdle.’

Minella Indo – Cheltenham Gold Cup (Friday, 3:30pm)

The main man himself, Paddy Power, is backing last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner ahead of what looks like a wide-open renewal of the Blue Riband. Minella Indo has failed to score in three runs this season but looked to be getting closer to his best form when finishing second behind Conflated in last Saturday’s Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup. ‘Minella Indo ran very well considering the De Bromhead stable form,’ Paddy says. ‘You’d like to think he’ll be better for that run.’

Cheltenham Lucky 15 tips summary:

Champion Hurdle – Appreciate It
Turners Novices’ Chase – L’Homme Presse
Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – Party Central
Cheltenham Gold Cup – Minella Indo

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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