Cheltenham Festival 2014
This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
4 to Watch
Tuesday – The Champion Hurdle
Run over the minimum two-miles and lower jumps, the Champion Hurdle is the kingmaker for the real National Hunt speedsters
Tip – Hurricane Fly 4.4
Hurricane Fly became the first horse since 1975 to win back the Champion Hurdle crown, and now he will attempt to become only the third ever 10-year-old winner of the race.
Wednesday – The Queen Mother Champion Chase
Run over the same distance as the Champion Hurdle, but with more ferocious jumps, the Champion Chase has been won in the past by equine legends such as Master Minded and Sprinter Sacre.
Tip – Sire De Grugy 3.7
Gary Moore’s star has done little wrong this term, hoovering up two Grade 1 prizes already, and in the absence of Sprinter Sacre, we fancy him to make amends for two previous Cheltenham defeats.
Thursday – The World Hurdle
Run over a whole mile further than yesterday’s race, this is one for the real stayers.
Tip – Big Bucks 4.1
Robbed through injury of the chance to defend his World Hurdle crown for the fifth successive year in 2013, the black destroyer has won a world record 18 consecutive hurdles races.
Friday – The Gold Cup
No race offers a more complete test of a racehorse than the Gold Cup. The finest in the business do battle for more than three miles over Cheltenham’s stamina-draining undulations at the kind of gallop that only the elite can live with.
Tip – Bobs Worth 2.98
Undefeated in five Cheltenham races over three separate Festivals, last year’s winner should repeat last year’s feat without too much difficulty.