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Cheltenham Festival Tips 2024
Over 500 horses are entered and a total of 28 races are staged at the National Hunt's showpiece in March so it is helpful to get expert Cheltenham Festival tips and interesting betting angles when delving into the form.
Vincent Finegan, irishracing.com editor and racing expert, Emma Nagle, have cast their eyes over the four days of action and selected their most confident Cheltenham tips.
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Vincent Finegan's Cheltenham Festival Tips
Day 1 - Marine Nationale, Arkle Chase, 2.10 Tuesday
2023 Cheltenham Marine Nationale and Michael O Sullivan win the Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle
Photo Healy RacingMarine Nationale is hardly an original selection, but at the same time he looks banker material at Cheltenham. He remains unbeaten at all disciplines and improved with each run last season over hurdles, culminating in his Supreme Novices' Hurdle victory at the Festival. He was most impressive on chasing debut at Leopardstown over Christmas and presuming he continues to progress over fences it's hard to see what can beat him.
Day 3 - Crambo, Stayers' Hurdle, 3.30 Thursday
Howden Long Walk Hurdle Grade 1 Crambo and Jonathan Burke win from Paisley Park
Photo Healy RacingThe staying hurdle division is once again wide open this season with a dozen or more horses in with a chance of lifting the coveted Stayers' Hurdle prize at Cheltenham, but the fast improving Crambo has the potential to be the best around. His narrow defeat of Paisley Park in the Long Walk Hurdle was only his second attempt at three miles and with his willing attitude he should relish the uphill finish at the Festival in March.
Day 4 - Hewick, Gold Cup, 3.30 Friday
Kempton 26 December 2023 Ladbrokes King George Hewick and Gavin Sheehan win for trainer Shark Hanlon
Photo Healy RacingHewick was running a big race when falling two fences from home in last season's Gold Cup and should represent a bit of each-way value in this year's contest. His King George VI Chase victory again proved that he is a talented chaser with a battling mentality. If the ground comes up close to Good he will be difficult to keep out of the frame.
Emma Nagle's Cheltenham Festival Tips
Day 1 - Lossiemouth, Mares' Hurdle, 4.10 Tuesday
Cheltenham 2024 Lossiemouth and Paul Townend win for trainer Willie Mullins
Photo Healy RacingLossiemouth was a bit of a revelation among the juvenile hurdlers last year and looks a worthy favourite for the mares hurdle. She's being tenderly treated this year by Willie and looks likely to run just once before Cheltenham. It's always difficult for juveniles to step straight into open company but she could be something special.
Day 2 - Slade Steel, Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle, 1.30 Wednesday
Slade Steel and Rachael Blackmore far jump the last before going on to beat King Of Kingsfield
Photo Healy RacingA few nice Ballymore contenders have emerged in the past few weeks but Slade Steel could still be flying under the radar for connections who won this back in 2021 with Bob Olinger. He was impressive when winning a Grade 2 in Navan in December but should be better again on nicer ground come March. He has a turn of foot and looks a perfect type for the Ballymore.
Day 3 - Irish Point, Stayers' Hurdle, 3.30 Thursday
Leopardstown Irish Point and Jack Kennedy win the Jack de Bromhead Christmas Hurdle
Photo Healy RacingWhile Gordon Elliott seemed unsure as to whether Irish Point would go to Cheltenham, recent quotes suggest he will line up alongside Teahupoo for owners Robcour. It's a division which needs a 'star' and Irish Point has the right profile to fill that gap. A classy novice last year, he is very versatile trip wise but put any staying doubts to bed with a very impressive win on tough ground at Christmas. He will be very hard to beat if turning up in that type of form.
Day 4 - Galopin Des Champs, Gold Cup, 3.30 Friday
Cheltenham 17 March 2023 Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Galopin Des Champs and Paul Townend being led back to the winners enclosure after win
Photo Healy RacingGalopin Des Champs could go down as one of the Gold Cup greats if he can keep progressing from that Leopardstown performance. To trash that quality of field was breathtaking, it's hard to see anything troubling him in the Gold Cup if he can reproduce that on the big day. There is a score to settle with Fastorslow but I think he will put that to bed come March.
More Cheltenham Festival tips
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