cheltenham handicaps

Cheltenham Handicaps Special

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10 min

Producer Daniel Hussey summarises all the bets in our Cheltenham Handicaps Special as Tom Stanley was joined by Matt Tombs, Steve Jones, Dan Overall and Micheรกl Deasy…

What a fun one this was!

Our Annual Cheltenham Handicaps Special was back with a bang, with some big prices put up by all.

We went through all the handicaps, plus the non-Grade 1s (Hunters’ Chase aside!).

Best of luck if having a bet or two at the Festival!


Tuesday – Ultima Handicap Chase

Every winner this century had run over at least 3m over fences, (9 had run over a marathon trip)

  • Tom – Lord Accord (if ground has โ€˜goodโ€™ in it)
  • Matt – Corach Rambler
  • Steve – Oscar Elite
  • Dan O – Lord Accord
  • Deasy – Corach Rambler, Cloudy Glen

Tuesday – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

Horses that began in French national hunt races (inc AQPS) are 7/79 โ€“ 49pt (61%) profit

  • Steve – Bad
  • Dan O – Risk Belle
  • Deasy – Jazzy Matty (0.25 Win/0.75 Place)

Tuesday – National Hunt Chase

Horses that had run 8 or more times over fences are 6/36 โ€“ 21pt (58%) profit since the race was at level-weights

  • Tom – Gaillard Du Mesnil
  • Matt – Churchstonewarrior
  • Steve – Tenzing (w/p)
  • Dan O – Gaillard Du Mesnil
  • Deasy – Lay Gaillard Du Mesnil

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Wednesday – Coral Cup

6 Cesarewitch winners have run at the Festival this century. Detroit City got closest to the winner when 19l 6th as 2.5 favourite for the Champion Hurdle

  • Tom – Au Fleuron / Historique Reconce
  • Matt – Langer Danย (producer Dan will be on him too!!)
  • Steve – HMS Seahorse
  • Dan O – San Salvador, An Epic Song (if soft)
  • Deasy – Beacon Edge

Wednesday – Cross Country

14 of the 18 winners, including 6 of the 7 at level-weights, have come from the front 3 in the market

  • Tom – Delta Work
  • Matt – Delta Work
  • Steve – Galvin

Wednesday – Grand Annual

Last year 7 British horses ran in handicaps having been dropped 10lb+ from mark they had when either (1) last running the previous season (20/21) or (2) first running in that current season (21/22) – Global Citizen (29.0) & Third Wind (26.0) won, Didero Vallis was third (67.0)

  • Tom – Andy Dufrsene
  • Matt – Sizing Pottsie (if really soft) & Rouge Vif (if sound surface)
  • Dan O – Andy Dufresne, Red Rookie
  • Deasy – Global Citizen, Dads Lad

Wednesday – Champion Bumper

The top 2 in the BHA ratings are 8/33 since they began in 2008 โ€“ 18pt (55%) profit

  • Tom – Chosen Witness if testing ground
  • Matt – Encanto Bruno
  • Steve – Fun Fun Fun
  • Dan O – Western Diego
  • Deasy – Western Diego (small win/place)


Thursday – Pertemps

The 10 runners from Cullentra House (Gordon Elliott’s) finished 2121512354 in the 6 renewals between 2016-2021

  • Tom – Bear Ghylls
  • Matt – Good Time Johnny
  • Steve – Bear Ghylls
  • Dan O – Shoot First
  • Deasy – Thanksforthehelp, Bear Ghylls (If soft/heavy)

Thursday – Plate

Venetia Williams is 3/26 this century โ€“ 72pt (277% profit)

  • Tom – Fusil Raffles / Frero Banbou / Fastorslow
  • Matt – Frero Banbou
  • Steve – Stolen Silver
  • Deasy – Fusil Raffles

Thursday – Mares Novice

Having won the first 5 renewals Willie Mullins’ horses in the subsequent 2 renewals have finished 6000358900, half going off 9.0 or shorter

  • Tom – You Wear It Well
  • Matt – Magical Zoe & Halka Du Tarbet
  • Steve – Magical Zoe (w/p)
  • Dan O – Lot of Joy
  • Deasy – Ahorsewithnoname, Princess Zoe

Thursday – Kim Muir

8 of the last 12 winners came from the front 3 in the SP market, going off 10.0 or shorter

  • Matt – Angels Dawn
  • Dan O – Dr Kananga
  • Deasy – Anightinlambourn, Rapper

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Friday – County Hurdle

Runners from the Liffey Handicap Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival are 4/43 in the last 15 renewals โ€“ 51pt (119%) profit

  • Tom – Pembroke, Path Dโ€™oroux
  • Matt – Ballyadam, Gin Coco
  • Steve – Fil Dor
  • Dan O – Sharjah
  • Deasy – Aucunrisque, Hunters Yarn (if he runs)

Friday – Mares Chase

No trend as new race

  • Matt – Jeremys Flame
  • Steve – Impervious

Friday – Martin Pipe

Horses that had won over the furthest theyโ€™d run over over hurdles (minimum 2m5f) are 6/52 โ€“ 39pt (74%) profit

  • Tom – Historique Reconce
  • Steve – Sa Fureur
  • Dan O – Three Card Brag (if he runs, seems unlikely), Iroko
  • Deasy – Blue Sari

Best Cheltenham Handicap Long-Shot

  • Tom – Frero Banbou (Plate)
  • Matt – Good Time Johnny (Pertemps)
  • Steve – Bear Ghylls (Pertemps)
  • Dan O – Iroko (Martin Pipe)
  • Deasy – Cloudy Glen (Ultima)

Best Cheltenham Handicap Place Lay

  • Tom – So Scottish (Plate)
  • Matt – Run For Oscar (Coral Cup)
  • Steve – Shoot First (Pertemps)
  • Dan O – Camprond (Coral Cup), Spanish Harlem (Martin Pipe)
  • Deasy – Stumptown (Kim Muir)

Best Cheltenham Handicap Bet

  • Tom – Frero Banbou (Plate)
  • Matt – Frero Banbou (Plate)
  • Steve – HMS Seahorse (Coral)
  • Dan O – Sharjah (County)
  • Deasy – Corach Rambler (Ultima)

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