The countdown to the Cheltenham Competition is nearly more than! There are less than two weeks to go right up until the famous Prestbury Park assembly will get underway in the Cotswolds and jumps racing lovers all over the United Kingdom and Ireland will be eagerly anticipating the minute the racecourse reopens its gates to spectators for the Festival following a two-calendar year absence thanks to the world-wide coronavirus pandemic.
Even though the more avid punters will have by now used their Cheltenham indication-up provide to get the best price out of the ante-write-up markets, it’s not much too late to use yours. So, with that in brain, let’s acquire a glimpse at 4 horses who could stand out as the cream of the crop at this year’s Competition. Browse on to locate out far more!
‘The Queen of Knockeen’, there’s no doubt that Honeysuckle will after once more be the star of the show on Champions Day (working day a single). The 8-12 months-aged just oozes pure class and brilliance, as exhibited two times at the Competition currently — successful the Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle in 2020 and the opening card’s feature by about 6 lengths distinct of Sharjah very last yr.
The Henry de Bromhead-trained horse has prolonged her unbeaten streak to 14 more than fences with an further two best-amount wins this 12 months and the Champion Chase will victory amount 15 on her glittering CV. You just cannot be the primary attraction, and not be a standout horse!
Looking to have an equally as huge effects as Honeysuckle on Ladies’ Working day (working day two), Shishkin will be hoping that his unbeaten chasing report stays intact right after the Queen Mom Winner Chase — the function race on the 2nd day of the Competition. It’s a contest that everybody is on the lookout forward to, with the Nicky Henderson-trained horse and Energumene established to reignite their rivalry just after Shishkin received a great renewal of the Clarence Residence Chase at Ascot again in January. The eight-year-aged proved any doubters mistaken that day and a next victory over the Willie Mullins-properly trained horse will only aid his stock increase additional in the chasing division.
It was only a matter of time in advance of a horse from Mullins’ renowned Closutton lawn highlighted as a single of our standout alternatives, and it’s no other than defending Ryanair Chase winner Allaho!
The Cheveley Park Stud-owned eight-yr-previous breezed his way around the new course last calendar year to gain the Competition Trophy by a relaxed 12 lengths distinct of Fakir D’ouadairies and the basic consensus is that background is about to repeat by itself on St. Patrick’s Day (day 3) — with the traveling Irish roaring Allaho and their beloved Rachael Blackmore dwelling in the Ryanair Chase. It’s a shame that these three championship races are not on the lookout a bit far more competitive, but you can acquire nothing at all away from the top quality of these horses!
When the a few aforementioned horses will certainly occur as no shock on this list, the identical argument cannot be said about Jonbon. The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle appears set to be 1 of the most remarkable races of the Competition, but one particular of the most aggressive at the exact time with so very little to separate Constitution Hill, Dysart Dynamo, Sir Gerhard, and Jonbon in the ante-publish industry.
On the other hand, we are backing the latter to upset the other individuals and make a name for himself inspite of currently being the fourth favorite. The 6-year-old has crafted really the fanbase currently, profitable all 3 of his races above hurdles — two of which have been at Quality 2 level. He’ll rise to superstardom if he can acquire the Supreme nevertheless!