Cheltenham Festival 2019: The best of the British entries
It’s almost time for the greatest jump event in the British racing calendar, with the sports finest all battling it out to earn a place in Cheltenham Festival folklore. Prestbury Park will once again play host to the 2019 edition, and punters will be finalising their predictions and placing their bets ahead of the first day.
But what about those who are still somewhat unsure on who to back? Cheltenham can so often see underdogs steal the glory, so we’ve scaled down six of the best British entries, who will all be worth a second look before the action gets underway. Before we run you through the contenders, check out all the festival markets with Cheltenham horse racing on Betfair.
Glen Forsa – Arkle Trophy
The seven-year-old is coming into the festival in red-hot form, having won his last three races which included victories at Kempton and more recently Sandown. Trainer Mick Channon will be quietly confident that a repeat of recent showings will make Glen Forsa (4/1) the one to beat, although Lalor (6/1) is expected to be amongst the reckoning as well.
Al Dancer – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Similarly to Glen Forsa, Al Dancer heads into Cheltenham Festival in a rich vein of form. The current favourite (4/1) for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle was superb in the Betfair Hurdle at Ascot last month, and the six-year-old will be the one to beat in the first race of the festival. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has overseen four wins from Al Dancer’s last four races and it’ll take a brave punter to not back him making it five.
Give Me A Copper – Ultima Handicap Chase
The Ultima Handicap Chase doesn’t typically generate a surprise result and this year could be no different. Despite Give Me A Copper finishing fourth in his only race in the last 12 months at Sandown in February, trainer Paul Nicholls would have been impressed with his run and the 11/2 favourite will be primed to take the honours come race day.
Paisley Park – Stayers Hurdle
Thursday has the potential to be huge for the British entrants, and a lot of hope and expectations will be pinned on Paisley Park. The seven-year-old has been rampant this season, winning his last four races including the Cleeve and JLT Hurdles. The 2/1 price suggest Paisley Park is the one to target in the Stayers Hurdle and a lot of punters will be backing him.
Epatante – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
Epatante appears to be another home-banker and rightly so, with two comprehensive wins already this season. Trainer Nicky Henderson will be looking to add another Cheltenham winner to his name and Epatante looks ready to enhance her reputation further. The five-year-old is the current favourite at 11/5 with Honeysuckle next at 9/2.
Altior – Queen Mother Champion Chase
Cheltenham week can so often generate surprise results, but it’ll be one of the biggest upsets in the racing world if Altior doesn’t clinch back-to-back wins in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The nine-year-old is looking to make it 18 consecutive hurdles wins and looks irresistible of late. The likes of Min and Footpad will be Altior’s closest rivals but how close they’ll actually be is another story.