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Champion Bumper 2017

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Champion Bumper 2017

Like every other year before it the Champion Bumper 2017 presents an intricate puzzle to solve, and it feels like this year there is no real standout star amongst the bumper ranks. Only three 4-year-olds have won this race in its history, two of those turned out to be out of the top drawer in…

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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle 2017

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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle 2017

The real stamina test for the staying novice hurdlers is the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle 2017, run over three miles on the new course where there are twelve hurdles to be jumped in total. This race has provided a future Gold Cup winner in Bobs Worth who won this race in 2011 prior to Gold…

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OLBG Mares Hurdle 2017

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OLBG Mares Hurdle 2017

The OLBG Mares Hurdle 2017 sees trainer Willie Mullins going for an incredible ninth straight win in the race, having won it every year since Quevega started the streak in 2009. The Irish handler saddles the front two in the market in the shape of Limini who is preferred by Ruby Walsh, and Vroum Vroum…

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JLT Novices Chase 2017

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JLT Novices Chase 2017

As we head ever closer towards the JLT Novices Chase 2017, it is quite apparent that the Irish have had a high degree of success in this race since its inception in 2011. Only Jonjo O’Neill when taking the 2014 renewal with Taquin Du Seuil has been victorious from over this side of the Irish…

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Triumph Hurdle 2017

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Triumph Hurdle 2017

The Triumph Hurdle 2017 will be the opening race on the fourth and final day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, by which point we will have seen some fantastic stories unfold. Katchit became the first winner of the Triumph Hurdle since Kribensis in 1988 to go on and win the Champion Hurdle, when victorious in…

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Neptune Novices Hurdle 2017

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Neptune Novices Hurdle 2017

The Neptune Novices Hurdle 2017 is shaping up to be an enthralling clash between the two hype horses Finian’s Oscar and Neon Wolf, and that is before you throw in any number of the rivals they are booked to face. The Neptune has proven a rich source of future Champion Hurdle winners at the Cheltenham…

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RSA Chase 2017

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RSA Chase 2017

The RSA Chase has seen a resurgence in recent years of producing future Gold Cup winners, but it looks unlikely that 2016 winner Blaklion will be adding his name to the roll of honour. The 2017 vintage looks a wide-open renewal with the current favourite Might Bite, who certainly has his fragilities. Injury has seen…

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Ryanair Chase 2017

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Ryanair Chase 2017

The Ryanair Chase is the third race on the third day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, and has been described as somewhat the easier option for trainers who take this route rather than running in either of the Champion Chase or Cheltenham Gold Cup, but this year’s renewal certainly looks as competitive as I can…

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