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Cheltenham is over for another year and it has been hugely exciting with some fantastic finishes. J P McManus had a fantastic week in those memorable green and gold hoop silks claiming the winning owner of the festival. Barry Geraghty had an amazing festival looking like a sure thing to take winning jockey with 3 wins for Trainer Nicky Henderson (who also trains Paris Dixie.) But on the last day Paul Townsend pipped him to the post by bagging 3 wins for overall winning trainer Willie Mullins.
My Cheltenham Festival Tips
For those of you who read my post of my Cheltenham Festival tips, they proved to be pretty accurate, especially for each way bets. 50% of my tips produced a top 5 finish, which with many bookies paying 5+ places on some races is a great result! I also had 9 1sts and 13 2nds. So hopefully all my tips posts in future will be useful for you all.
My Highlights From The Week
If you didn’t get a chance to watch all the races, there are a few you should go back and watch, even if it is just the final stages.
Honeysuckle beating Benie Des Dieux in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle to remain unbeaten. You can watch the whole race here.
Champ’s breathtaking win in the RSA Insurance Novice Chase. He looked beat before the last but suddenly swooped onto the screen for the win!
After the news that Altior and Chacun Poir Soi would be non-runners, it looked like a clean sweep for the hot favourite Defi Du Seuil in the Betway Queen Mother’s Chase. All the others would just be fighting for places in the small field. But the lovely grey Prolitologue led the pack from early on and stormed ahead to victory to the surprise of many.
Possibly the biggest win of the week came from Concertista in the penultimate race of the day. She stormed to victory with a massive lead.
The first race of the day ended in disaster as the hotly backed favourite Goshen had a several length lead to the last, but after an awkward landing, unseated his jockey.
There was a real fight for the finish in the Albert Bartlet as three horses battled it down to the line for first place. Monkfish just got there first, leaving a photo finish to decide between Latest Exhibition and Fury Road for second.
It’s been a fantastic week of racing and while the future of big meets hold slightly in the balance due to Covid-19, hopefully they can continue to happen behind closed doors as there are some fantastic horses around right now.