Each day in the run-up to the festival, the duo of Tom Stanley and Matchbook’s Micheál Deasy break down the chances of the main protagonists at Cheltenham 2020.
1) Shiskin – Supreme Novices Hurdle
Deasy is with him while Tom is very much in opposition here:
2) Notebook – Arkle Chase
Tom has a whole lot of questions over Henry De Bromhead’s charge but Deasy is far more positive:
3) Epatante – Champion Hurdle
Are Tom and Deasy backers or layers here?
4) Benie Des Dieux – Mares Hurdle
If she goes in the Mares, Tom and Deasy can only see one result for Benie:
5) Honeysuckle – Mares Hurdle
Potentially a danger to the aforementioned Benie Des Dieux? Tom and Deasy discuss:
6) Carefully Selected – National Hunt Chase
Favourite in the market? Deasy and Tom ain’t having it:
7) Envoi Allen – Ballymore Novices Hurdle
The ‘Irish Banker’ for the festival but is he a banker for Tom and Deasy?
8) Champ – RSA Chase
Will Champ live up to his name in the RSA? Tom and Deasy discuss:
9) Altior – Champion Chase
Tom and Deasy attempt to solve the puzzle that is the Champion Chase by first discussing the reigning champion’s chances:
10) Defi Du Seuil – Champion Chase
How bulletproof is Philip Hobbs superstar? Deasy and Tom discuss:
11) Chacun Pour Soi – Champions Chase
Hot on the heels of Altior and Defi comes the next piece of the Champion Chase puzzle:
12) Tiger Roll – Cross Country Chase
Is the price too short for Tiger?
13) Appreciate It – Champion Bumper
Another winner for Willie Mullins in this one but will Appreciate It be the one?
14) Faugheen – Marsh Novices Chase
One last trip to the festival for ‘The Machine’? Deasy and Tom give their views:
15) A Plus Tard – Ryanair Chase
A Plus Tard – Yes or No in the Ryanair Chase?
Tom and Deasy are on different sides of the fence here:
16) Paisley Park – Stayers Hurdle
The ‘Festival Banker’ for many!
17) Thyme Hill – Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
An uneasy favourite in the Albert Bartlett:
18) Al Boum Photo – Gold Cup
The defending champion seems to be slightly flying under the radar this year for the Gold Cup but what are Tom and Deasy thinking here?
19) Delta Work – Gold Cup
Deasy is fully convinced Delta Work should be favourite for the Gold Cup while Tom is in agreement (kind of!!)
20) Santini – Gold Cup
What to make of Santini?