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20 for Cheltenham 2020

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?