Cheltenham Festival 2020 Championship Races

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The Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner, four fantastic days of horse racing action from one of the biggest and most picturesque racecourses in the world.

Headlining each day of the meeting is a championship race, a Grade One contest with a huge amount of prestige attached, the type of race that every single owner, trainer and jockey wants to win.

Four take place at the meeting, and here is a look at each one of those ahead of the meeting.

Tuesday – Champion Hurdle

The 2020 Champion Hurdle looks wide open at the moment, probably because we have an average bunch of horses rather than many top quality animals competing.

With the ground remaining soft for weeks and the bad weather in the UK seemingly here to stay, it could pay to side with a horse that has form over further, in the hope this becomes a stamina test.

Supasundae offers that, we’ve seen him at every trip from 2m up to 3m, and if this is a stamina test he is the strongest stayer in the race.

He should offer each-way value on day one and is currently 12/1 with Mansionbet for the contest on day one.

Wednesday – Champion Chase

This could well be the best race of the festival. We have the two-time and defending champion Altior, a young up and comping dual Grade One winner this season in Defi Du Seuil and the Irish trained Chacun Pour Soi who was electric at the Dublin Racing Festival recently.

All three have one thing in common and that is that they would all probably prefer another couple of furlongs, so stamina certainly won’t be an issue here, regardless of the ground.

While Altior deserves a ton of respect and Chacun Pour Soi was hugely impressive recently, Defi Du Seuil hasn’t put a foot wrong this season and has the momentum behind him.

He’s got a lot to do to beat the current champ, but looks to be an incredibly talented horse capable of doing it. He is currently 9/4 with Karamba for the two-mile contest on Wednesday.

Thursday – Stayers Hurdle

Ask punters who there Cheltenham banker is and many will point you towards this race and the favourite Paisley Park. The Emma Lavelle trained runner won this race in great style last season, looks just as good this season and could well be facing a weaker bunch of opponents this time around.

Those against him, he has either beaten before or got form lines in the book which comfortably give him the edge. We have a lack of challengers to this horse at the moment, and it would be a huge shock if he didn’t claim back to back wins in this race, he is currently 4/6 with Bet Regal.

Friday – Gold Cup

The big traditional showpiece on the final day of the meeting is the Gold Cup, a race that has thrown up some absolute stars in past years.

Ireland will be relying on last year’s winner Al Boum Photo, stablemate Kemboy and Delta Work for this contest, an exceptionally strong hand for them.

However, it may pay to stay at home this year, the UK also have a strong challenge and the best of those could well be Lostintranslation. The youngster had the world at his feet when winning the Betfair Chase in November, but was then pulled up in the King George on Boxing Day.

If you forgive him that, and he’s been given plenty of time to get over it, then he is a massive player on his Betfair Chase form. The Colin Tizzard runner is 7/1 with Racebets in what looks set to be a wide-open Gold Cup market.

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