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Dubai World Cup Horse Racing 2016 Betting Preview & Winner Odds

Horse Racing Betting

The World’s Richest Horse Race. That is what the Dubai World Cup is branded as. Why is that you may ask? Well it is because there is a $10 million purse on it. Yes, that’s ten million US dollars. The race itself is a 2,000 battle which his annually held on the last Saturday in March. It is part of a huge night of racing, part of the now famous Dubai World Cup Night.

It’s the equivalent of a Group 1 flat race for those heading over to compete from the northern hemisphere and only four year old thoroughbreds get into the race. Southern Hemisphere entrants are three year old thoroughbreds or older. This one goes over a dirt track which of course, will keep the American horses a lot happier.

This year’s event then is on Saturday, March 26th and of the nine races that go off on the special day of racing, the Dubai World Cup is the one that everyone wants to win because of the purse that is on it. This is pretty much the cream of the cream of thoroughbreds taking on each other here not only because of the money but because of the prestige.

It’s a long way for a lot of the competitors to travel, having to make their way to the United Arab Emirates, but it is of course, well worth it if you can land the winner. Heading up this year’s Dubai World Cup racing betting is California Chrome at a price of 6/4 and the popular American radio is looking a much quicker here than he was twelve months ago. He was supposed to visit Ascot last year in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes by had to pull out after an injury in training. But he’s been back out this year and looking stronger than ever in his preparations for another assault at the Dubai World Cup.

California Chrome finished second at last year’s Dubai World Cup being beaten out by Prince Bishop. The main challenger to California Chrome this year around is Frosted, who won last year’s Wood Memorial and the Pennsylvania Derby. Both California Chrome and Frosted have been conditioned in Dubai for some time now, so there shouldn’t be any issues over fatigue here.

Frosted put in a record time at the Meydan track where the Dubai World Cup is held, winning there in February. He has just turned four years old and while he has last four times to the phenomenal  American Pharoah, he could be hitting the right age right now to challenge for the Dubai World Cup. It’s a tough run against the 2014 Preakness and Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, but these two appear to the only ones in the hunt for the title.

The best outsider running behind the big two is likely to be Mshawish who has gone well since switching over to the dirt tracks. He has been bombing along in some pretty hot form including a win over Keen Ice, who is the only horse to have beaten American Pharoah last year. That has to count for something and he is a great 10/1 each way shot in the Dubai World Cup betting market.

Dubai World Cup Horse Racing 2016 Betting Odds

California Chrome 6/4, Frosted 9/4, Mshawish 10/1, Special Fighter 12/1, Hoppertunity 14/1, Mib Tahij 16/1, Keen Ice 16/1, Vadamos 20/1, Hokko Tarumae 20/1, Gun Pit 33/1, Teletext 33/1, Candy Boy 50/1.

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Dubai World Cup Horse Racing 2016 Conditions

This is a synthetic dirt surface that the horses go off on. It used to be an artificial turf track, but complaints were coming in from the American runners (who are more used to the dirt) and it was costing a lot to maintain it. So in 2015 the track was changed from the Tapeta all-weather track to the dirt at the Meydan Racecourse.

Meydan Racecourse was only opened in 2010 and it holds around 60,000 spectators and it boasts a mile-long grandstand as well. This is luxury of luxury with the trackside hotel, corporate suites, a museum and a golf course all at the development. The racetrack itself replaced the former Nad Al Sheba Racecourse which was on the same site. This is one of the leitre Thoroughbred Flat Races in the world.

Dubai World Cup Horse Racing History and Stats

The inaugural Dubai World Cup was ran in 1996 with the legendary Cigar taking the win for the USA through trainer William Mott. If you ever find yourself at Belmont Park, there’s a plaque of Cigar on the barn there, honouring him. The jockey on Cigar that day was Jerry Bailey who remains the most successful jockey at the Dubai World Cup with four wins (1996, 1997, 2001, 2002).

This is the 21st edition of the race this year and holding the record for the most wins by a trainer at the Dubai World Cup is Saeed bin Suroor who has won it for the last two years running with African Story and then Prince Bishop last year. The famous Godolphin stable has pretty much dominated the race with six wins as an owner at the event, although they have only struck twice in the last nine editions, the most recent being 2014 winner African Story.

African Story holds the speed record since the switch to Meydan Racecourse for his 2:01.61 run in 2014. Interestingly, Prince Bishop became the oldest winner of the race last year, coming it at 8 years old at the time of the run. Eight of the twenty previous winners have been four years old, the most popular age for winners. However, there have been just two four year old winners in the last twelve editions, five of the last six winners having been five or older.


Who will win at the Cheltenham Festival 2016? Betting Preview & Winner Odds

Cheltenham Festival

The biggest question on the minds of most punters will be, when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival 2016, is who wins the Gold Cup? That is the blue riband race of the Festival and the top national hunt race in the country. It is the pinnacle of chasing and there has been many a famous winner down the line like Best Mate, Kauto Star, Denman and Desert Orchid.

The greats have been there but it isn’t just about the horses of course. This is the biggest race that a jockey, a trainer and an owner can land. This really is the jewel in the crown of the Nation Hunt season and it is a mammoth test of endure, pace and jumping ability. It is usually a pretty big puzzle in trying to figure out who is likely to go into the race on top form and who is likely to have the best temperament to handle the situation.

The race itself goes over 3 miles and two and a half furlongs with 22 obstacles standing in the way of the runners. The event is only open to five year olds and above. Last year’s race produced a huge shock with a novice in Coneygree taking the win in the illustrious field. Don Cossack has been holding ground as 3/1 favourite and strengthened a little when it was announced that Vautour was being switched from the Gold Cup to the Ryanair because he wasn’t 100%.


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Irish trainer Willie Mullins has strong contenders in Djakadam and Don Poli up in the race at the 4/1 price and they are joined by Cue Card as well. It should be a highly competitive race at Prestbury Park on Friday. Who will walk off with the top prize in racing this year?

Along with the Cheltenham Gold Cup we take a look at our favorite options as to who will win at the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

Cheltenham Festival 2016

Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

Don Cossack 7/2, Djakadam 4/1, Don Poli 4/1, Cue Card 4/1, Smad Place 9/1, Road To Riches 12/1, Valseur Lido 16/1, Carlingford Lough 25/1, O’Faolains Boy 66/1, Sir Des Champs 66/1, 100/1 bar.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner

So Coneygree stunned the field last year having only been over the fences three times before landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup. But it is to the front runners where you should still turn your attention too. Don Cossack is a top chaser and has landed wins in 11 of his 18 races over the fences which includes the Punchestown Gold Cup. He looked to have the beating of Cue Card in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day last year, but fell at the last. It was a scrappy race, but he stuck in there and really would have ran Cue Card close.

Don Poli would be our choice for winner though. He is a real fighter and sometimes that is a quality which comes to the fore in Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. He is going to stick in there and won the RSA Chase at Cheltenham last year. He has gone well this season in terms of results, but doubters will point fingers that he hasn’t looked the most convincing over the jump. There are question marks whether or not he can deliver the pace, but one thing is for sure, he will stay and stay and stay. If he stays out trouble and is contention at the last, he could be there or thereabouts.

When you stack up the form of Djakadam it doesn’t really come close to that of Don Cossack, so it’s right that the Willie Mullins trained chaser is back a little bit with Don Poli and Cue Card. Cue Card is one that has shown a lot of improvement this season but the big question mark over him will be his staying power, which doesn’t compare to that of Don Poli. So Don Poli really looks like an answer to who will win at the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends

94% of Cheltenham Gold Cup winners since 1997 have been 9 years or younger, that’s 17 of the 18 Gold Cups since then. 61% of Gold Cup winners won their previous race outing before going on to take the Blue Riband title and it’s worth avoiding any odds on favourites in a Gold Cup field. Just 5% of them have ever won. The prices which have proved the most winners at the Gold Cup are between 13/2 and 8/1, having produced almost 28% of winners. Last year’s winner Coneygree was the first novice in the last 40 years to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Oh, incidentally, only one winner in the last 33 years of the race had placed in the previous year’s running, which casts a doubt on Djakadam maybe.

Who will win at the Cheltenham Festival 2016?

The Grade I Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday is being headed up by Un De Sceaux. He is in at a pretty much unbackable price at 8/11 and no-one is coming close in the field to suggesting that they can knock him off his supposed crown. He is one of the strongest favourites at the entire Cheltenham Festival 2016 and unless Sprinter Sacre can dig deeper than ever before, this should be a straightforward winner for Un De Sceaux and another winner for Willie Mullins.

The Ryanair Chase has been made a little bit more interesting with the switch from the Gold Cup to the race for Vautour. There were just questions about his overall fitness to try and take on the rigours of the Gold Cup, so he has been switched to the Ryanair. Immediately he was installed as odds-on favourite at a price of 4/6 and the rest of the field drifted. Vautour, who won last seasons’ JLT Novices’ Chase, is a class above the rest of the field and this looks like the sensible option for him. He’ll find a less competitive field and looks a strong favourite as a winner at the Cheltenham Festival still, having finally settled on a race.


Thistlecrack has been one of the most heavily backed runners for the Cheltenham Festival 2016 and he heads up the World Hurdle market. He was in imperious form at Cheltenham in the Cleeve Hurdle back in January, his third win in three starts this season. The Colin Tizzard-trainer runner should have little fear or competition in the World Hurdle.

The Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle on Friday looks as if it will be a great race. THis one is open to 4 year old novices and the market is wide, wide open. Ivanovich Gorbatov is running as 4/1 favourite but we are looking further down the market for a big priced value option in Who Dares Wins at a price of 12/1. He put in a great performance on unsuitable ground on Festival Trials Day against some of the other runners still in for the Triumph Hurdle. Who Dares Wins came home fourth, but only by three lengths and on better ground, he can easily make that up.

So there are a selection of our favoured horses for the Cheltenham Festival 2016. Look around all you can to find yourself some enhanced odds, free bets and best odds guaranteed options for your Cheltenham 2016 betting.

Queen Mother Champion Chase: Un De Sceaux

Ryanair Chase: Vautour 4/6

World Hurdle: Thistlecreek 6/5

Triumph Hurdle: Who Dares Wins 12/1

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Don Poli 4/1


Sky Bet offer First Race insurance at Cheltenham Festival 2016


It is horse racing and the unexpected happens. It can be cruel to just miss out on a winner and it can be a cruel betting experience if your selection just doesn’t get a good run on the day. Thankfully there is a great insurance on offer at online betting site Sky Bet who will give your lost stake back as a free bet if you lose in the first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

Just place a bet on the 1.30 at Cheltenham for any of the four days of the Festival and if your horse loses, then Sky Bet will refund all win singles and the win part of each-way singles as a free bet up to £25 within 24 hours per qualifying race.

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Day Three – JLT Novices Chase

Day Four – Triumph Hurdle

So that means you could have a shot at Altior for example in Tuesday’s Supreme Novices Chase, who is going as 4/1 second favourite behind 9/4 shot Min. If he was to end up not winning then you would get your stake back from the bookmaker, so the offer gives you a shot a perhaps having a good gamble on a longer priced runner, while offering protection if you are putting a stack on the outright favorite. Sky Bet are also non runner no bet and best odds guaranteed at the Festival!


Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 Betting Preview and Odds

Cheltenham Festival

Friday sees the latest renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the jewel in the crown of chasing. It is one of the most famous races in the world and one that every trainer, jockey and owner dreams of winning. The same can be said of many a punter. The race itself goes over 3 miles and two and a half furlongs and therefore not only is it a test of jumping ability, it all about endurance and stamina as well.

Heading up the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 betting market is Don Cossack who has a great record in Grade 1 races over the fences. Gordon Elliott’s charge was won 11 of 18 starts over the fences including the Punchestown Gold Cup last year. He has been storming along in Grade 1 races over the last year having beaten the likes of Cue Card, Djakadam and Rocky Creek. He did take a tumble in the King George VI Chase over Kempton, but a testament to how good he is, he got back up just a couple of weeks later and posted a Grade 2 in in Ireland.

So his routine didn’t look too upset by that fall at Kempton last December and he probably would have gotten the better of Cue Card again had he stayed afloat. He has the staying power to go the distance but his record at Cheltenham isn’t a special one He fell in the RSA Chase in his first appearance and then he didn’t have the speed to put the win on the board in the Ryanair last year, but it is his extended staying power which will see him more suited to the enduring Cheltenham Gold Cup where he is a price of 3/1.


So it is a healthy competitive market this year for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, that’s for sure, because you have Djakadam at 7/2, then Cue Card and Don Poli at 4/1 each. Djakadam landed a second place finish for Willie Mullins at least year’s Gold Cup, but if history tells us anything about the Gold Cup, it is avoid those who placed in the race the previous year. He doesn’t have a record to stack up against that of Don Cossack having only four wins from 9 outings over the fences and not having beaten anyone of any real consequence. Also, his track record at Cheltenham, where he has fallen in two of this three previous appearances, doesn’t exactly scream of him being bankable.

Cue Card looks back on top of his game after winning the King George, the Charlie Hall and the Betfair Chase. That’s the kind of form that you want to see from a charge heading into the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He should be well in the mix to place on Friday and he likes to get himself out to the front and avoid trouble. Does he have the stamina though to hold out in the end to get across the line first? That’s the biggest question mark about him. Colin Tizzard has done a great job of getting him back to near his best after his health problems, but has he done too much this season and already peaked?

So with a few question marks floating around of the front runners in the market, it leaves Don Poli with big appeal. The biggest asset that he would have to winning this is the participation of Cue Card. If Cue Card does get out in front like he enjoys doing and picks up the pace of the race, that will suit Don Poli to a tee. Don Poli won last season’s RSA Chase and has won all but one of his goes over the fences and was a notable winner in the Lexus Chase at Leapordstown. He may not have looked all that impressive as a well rounded package this season and while he does have the pace in him, he can look a little lazy and not call on all of it. But it’s there, so if it is a quick race, he can hang and he certainly has stamina in abundance, having has won twice before up the Cheltenham hill.


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The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 is a pretty deep field because you can’t totally dismisses the chances of Smad Place and Road To Riches. Smad Place certainly has the pace and may well push Cue Card for the setting of the pace in the race, but ultimately he may not have the required stamina to hang in there to the finish. Road To Riches was impressive in last season’s Gold Cup and if he can replicate that form (something he hasn’t done this season) then he could get back in the mix for a place finish.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 Odds

Don Cossack 3/1, Djakadam 7/2, Cue Card 4/1, Don Poli 9/2, Smad Place 10/1, Road To Riches, Carlingford Lough 25/1, bar 66/1

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Betfred Cheltenham Festival 2016 Specials


Well the Cheltenham Festival 2016 is well under way but there is still plenty more action to come and online betting site Betfred have some great promotions up and running that may help you enhance your experience on betting for the rest of the Festival.

The bookmaker are going Best Odds Guaranteed for the Festival from here on out. That means that you can be assured that even if your selection lines up at a bigger starting price than what you had backed it at, you will get paid out at the bigger odds if it wins. This offer is available from 6pm the day before all UK and Irish racing.

On top of that, Betfred are offering at least one Extra Place Race every day as well, so look out for that enhancement as well, along with select Supreme Odds offers!

To celebrate the Cheltenham Festival, Betfred are going with a Money Back Special on all Handicaps at the Festival as well. So for example on Wednesday, you will be covered in the 2.50 and the 4.50 at Cheltenham, where they will refund your stake as a free bet up to the maximum value of £25 if your selection finishes 2nd or 3rd ot the SP favourite.

There is also a great welcome bonus sign up offer for new customers for the Cheltenham Festival as well. Place 10 or more on your first wager with the highly rated bookmaker and you will receive £30 in free bets back. So for example you could have a wager on Un De Sceaux in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and if by some miracle he didn’t win, then you would still get your free bets to use on the rest of the day’s racing!


Smart Live Gaming offers Cheltenham Money Back Specials and Free Spins!

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There are a couple of great offers up and running for the Cheltenham Festival 2016 betting this week at online betting site Smart Live Gaming. It is the biggest horse racing meeting in the UK and with 28 races held across the four days, it is a punter’s Heaven! Of course, with so much betting to do you want to have some great offers on your side to enhance your Cheltenham 2016 betting experience.

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The maximum refund to come back is to the value of a £20 free bet. If you do pick up a consolation free bet to cushion the blow of a near miss in the outright market, then you will get credited with the free bet just after the close of the day’s racing and that free bet in turn, must be used by midnight the same evening on the football.

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Pick your Cheltenham Gold Cup odds in new BetVictor ‘Lengthen the Odds’ feature

Bet Victor

How do you fancy calling the shots on your Cheltenham Gold Cup odds? Well that is what you can now do at bookmaker BetVictor who have launched their new Lengthen The Odds feature in time for the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

With the new feature, punters looking at horse racing betting with BetVictor can now enhance the odds on their selection, giving them some great control over their bets. This is a tremendously innovative new offering from BetVictor, breaking new ground on the horse racing betting industry. It means that there will no longer be unattractive short priced favourites.

The launch of Lengthen the Odds, allows punters to back their selected horse, for example in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016, at longer odds with each price increment requiring that horse to win by a greater distance.

How this will work for example, is a horse priced at 11/10 can be backed at the increased price of 6/4 but must be first past the post by at least two lengths in order for the customer to collect, with bigger prizes on offer for larger margins of victory.

BetVictor said the functionality, which is available on all UK races, meant odds-on favourites were now “a thing of the past”, while the product was also likely to boost turnover in otherwise uncompetitive betting heats.

Eoin Ryan, BetVictor head of sportsbook product, said the innovation reflected the operator’s dedication to providing customers with an “intuitive betting experience”.

“We have a number of new product improvements in the pipeline but are really excited by the potential of Lengthen The Odds; there will never be another odds-on favourite at BetVictor,” Ryan said.

The operator is now the sponsor of the BetVictor Gold Cup, having replaced Paddy Power since becoming an Authorised Betting Partner in February and having recently put pen to paper on a three year deal to sponsor the feature race at Cheltenham’s The Open meeting in November.


Who will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016?

Cheltenham Festival

It’s the question on everyone’s lips and the line up for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup makes that an even more difficult question to answer, because there is a deep field running. The top four are practically inseparable and there are question marks over all of them as well, making things particularly interesting for the latest renewal of the Blue Riband race of chasing. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a test of endurance, about the grit to get up that hill to the finish at Prestbury Park. Who has the pace and stamina to do it this time around?

Last year outsider novice Coneygree took a shock win, the first novice for forty years to land the top prize in chasing. However, it’s reasonable enough to avoid the long shots for the renewal, because that was a once in a blue moon type of result. The field is packed for the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 with the top four running from a price of 3/1 through to 9/2. That’s four strong contenders then which are being headed up by Don Cossack who is a 3/1 favourite to go out and and the big impression at Prestbury Park.

But there are doubts about him because he has failed to impressive in his past two runs at Cheltenham, which isn’t a great indicator. He is a great stayer, world class in that department and last season at the Cheltenham Festival his lack of speed was shown up in the Ryanair and in his previous trip to the Gloucestershire track, he took a fall in the RSA when he was travelling along nicely. While he has that world class touch about him, he’s still not the most conceiving, certainly not at the shortest price in the field.


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Who will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016?

We are going to put our eggs in the basket of Don Poli, trained by Willie Mullins. The big factor here is that it probably isn’t going to matter too much what kind of race it is on Friday. If it is a slower slog fest then Don Poli is fine with the stamina showing and if it is quicker, than he has the pace to get up there at the end, based on his endurance. He has won twice up the Cheltenham hill in his career and that could be a telling factor on the day. What also may help him along is the presence of Cue Card and Smad Place.

Cue Card and Smad Place are front runners who like to get out and set their own pace in the race. So if one, or both of them start picking up the pace in the race, then that is something which would play into the wheelhouse of Don Poli. He can travel well at the quicker pace and still have enough in the tank to get up the hill to the finish where you have question marks about Cue Card and Djakadam being able to pull that out of the bag.

You only have to look back to the RSA Chase last year to see the kind of speed that Don Poli has in him. He even surprised jockey Bryan Cooper. The one hesitation about Don Poli is that he can appear lazy and it often looks like he has something in reserve and something is holding him back in unleashing his full speed. But the Cheltenham Gold Cup looks perfect for him at the moment and it could be a trip where he absolutely flourishes.


At a price of 9/2 out at Paddy Power, there is value all over Don Poli in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 betting. Djakadam doesn’t really have the form or this history to suggest that he should be at a shorter price than Don Poli that’s for sure and it could come down to a battle of stamina up the hill between Don Poli and the staying power of Don Cossack and that would be a brilliant finish. The quicker the pace in the race, the better off Don Poli is likely to be.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 Odds

Don Cossack 3/1, Djakadam 7/2, Cue Card 4/1, Don Poli 9/2, Smad Place 10/1, Road To Riches, Carlingford Lough 25/1, bar 66/1

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 Prediction

It is Don Poli all the way for us in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting. A little understated he has been in the build up, but if he doesn’t get lazy and actually delivers the unbridled pace that he has, then he take the win here in a field which is wide open. Watch if Cue Card gets out in front, because he could pull Don Poli to victory in the race.

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Sky Bet free bet for loss in first race of each day of Cheltenham Festival 2016


The first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival is always highly anticipated. Everyone wants to get the day of horse racing betting off to a great start of course and so that is why there is always big action in the opening markets of the day. You want to come out of the gates as fast as your selection in the big race!

Four days of Cheltenham Festival 2016 betting of course to come again, which means four opening races. Day One has the much anticipated Supreme Novices’ Hurdle where Min is leading the charge at 2/1. Then on Day Two you have the Neptune Novices opening the action with Yanworth running as even money favorite.

Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival sees Bristol De Mai, Outlander and More of That in a tight battle for supremacy in the JLT Novices and then on Friday the action all beings again at Prestbury Park with the Triumph Hurdle.

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Paddy Power offer Thistle Crack at 5/1 enhanced odds to win World Hurdle

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Another big runner at the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Colin Tizzard as he has Thistlecrack lined up for the World Hurdle. Thistlecrack has long held favouritism in the outright market and this is a horse which has come on leaps and bounds over the last season, arguably more so than any other horse around.

He has two Grade 1 wins under his belt and both of the have been yy significant distances as well. He won the JT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December last year by eight lengths and then put a twelve length win on the board at Cheltenham in the Cleeve Hurdle in the Festival Trials. He looks to be head and shoulders above the rest of the field and it would be a surprise to many if his Grade 1 winning streak didn’t continue.

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