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Know Your Race – Gold Cup

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The Gold Cup is the only one of the four championship races where the distance (3m2½f) is significantly different to the main trials. Most trials are over 3m – in Britain the King George and Denman, in Ireland the Down Royal Champion Chase, Lexus and Irish Hennessy. The Betfair Chase was upped from 3m to…

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Know Your Race – World Hurdle

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Know Your Race World Hurdle

The World Hurdle has always been the poor relation of the four championship races. It’s been called a race for failed chasers, but attitudes have changed a lot and more horses are being trained with this race in mind now. (Big Buck’s is actually the only winner this century that had previously run in a…

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Know Your Race – Champion Chase

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Of the 4 championship races, the Champion Chase is the simplest to understand. 2m chasing is the most specialist division in national hunt racing – it’s all about jumping at a breakneck gallop. However, many punters misunderstand the Champion Chase. The most commonly held misconception is that you need a 2½m horse. Given how fast…

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Know Your Race – Champion Hurdle

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Jezki holds off My Tent Or Yours to make it a JP McManus 1-2 in the 2014 Champion Hurdle.

I sometimes get asked what my golden rule of Cheltenham Festival betting is. I don’t actually believe in golden rules. If your golden rule is to follow horses that have proved themselves on the ground / at the trip, or that are in a certain part of the weights etc – you’re likely to place…

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