Irish handicappers to note for the Cheltenham Festival 2015
It can be difficult to predict what horses will turn up for the Festival handicaps, let alone decipher who represents a solid ante-post bet with 2 weeks until the Festival itself. Nonetheless, there are always some nice sorts that travel across the Irish Sea and i’ve run through some solid e/w bets below.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips – Irish Handicappers
Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase
Jim Culloty has a great record as a trainer at Cheltenham, and he can be quietly confident going there with SPRING HEELED (E/W) (20/1 Coral), a good winner here last year who has been looked after, like stable companion and Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere. Although up 9lbs since his win last year in the Kim Muir, he has been lightly campaigned and will arrive at the Festival with a great chance. The ground and trip should play to his favour and with Culloty sure to have him in the form of his life he can make it three from three at Cheltenham. Despite finishing fourth in the Bobbyjo Chase over the weekend, his double figure price is still attractive as this horse regularly shows his best at Prestbury Park in March.
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
The lesser of the two Juvenile Hurdle races at the Cheltenham Festival has nonetheless produced some very good horses in the past, including recent Irish trained winner Flaxen Flare. This year the same connections will more than likely bring Hostile Fire who may well play a part, but preference goes to a horse that beat him on his second start – OFFICIEUX (E/W) (25/1 bet365) for Noel Meade. The French bred gelding would have been a surefire runner in the Triumph hurdle had he not ran so poorly last time out. That run can be forgiven though and, with good ground likely and Paul Carberry partnering, he can be a serious player here for the dangerous combination of Meade / Carberry.
Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap Hurdle
Don Poli was an impressive winner of this contest last year for Willie Mullins and promising conditional Mikey Fogarty, both whom have continued their good form in the Irish racing world since. Tony Martin brings THOMAS EDISON (E/W) (20/1 Paddy Power) here this year, on the back of a Galway Hurdle win off a mark of 135. He won that pretty comfortably and the English Handicapper will be sure to add plenty to that. None the less, the horse is highly thought of and was fancied in the run up to last year’s Festival but faded tamely after Tony Martin’s horses failed to hit the heights of 2013. Since his run here last year he has won three of his four starts, including two on the level. He looks to be fairly treated in the betting markets and don't be surprised to see him have a run around Dundalk in preparation for a tilt at this Conditionals race.
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