Cheltenham Festival 2023 – Liam’s Selections
I think the 2021 Festival has thrown up many winner who will win again and as boring as they are, I think come the festival barring not making it they will be shorter and most likely winners.
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Constitution Hill @ 5/1
Constitution Hill was very impressive in the Supreme Novices Hurdle as was Altior & Shishkin for different reasons when they won the Supreme. Both went over fences the following season winning the Arkle. I think Constitution Hill does the same. Blue Bresil progeny have an 11.72% strike rate over hurdles which improves to 21.68% over fences and I would be very surprised if he is kept to hurdles.
Ultima Handicap Chase (Last year 129 – 159)
Sir Gerhard @ 10/1
Sir Gerhard won the Ballymore today DESPITE how it panned out. His hurdling was much better here and he was very impressive. I think he steers clear of Constitution Hill who goes over fences and Willie Mullins also has Appreciate It who I think will go over fences. I think he follows the Faugheen schedule and comes back next year in the Champion Hurdle
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
National Hunt Challenge Chase
Ballymore Novices Hurdle
Festival Novices Chase
Coral Cup (Last Year 138 – 154)
Shishkin @ 6/1
Shishkin pulled up today and reportedly hated the going. He went off odds on for a reason though. On better going he will be a challenger next year. I think he’s the best by miles in England and would beat the likes of Edwardstone comfortably. Next season I also think Henderson will NOT take on any ‘decent’ rivals to protect him for Cheltenham.
Cross Country Chase
Marsh Novices Chase
Pertemps Final (Last Year 131 – 152)
Paddy Power Plate (Last Year 140 – 157)
Mares Novice Hurdle
Kim Muir Handicap Chase (Last Year 135 – 145)
County Hurdle (Last Year 133 – 150)
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Ahoy Senor @ 20/1
A potential crazy selection as his jumping is not good enough at this stage. However I’m hoping he is heavily schooled and learns to jump better. If he jumped better today, I think he would have won the Brown Advisory and would be 12/1, 14/1 price. Just in the last few years Minella Indo & Al Boum Photo were both beaten in the Brown/RSA before going on to win the Gold Cup the following year.
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