Ten Festival runners to bolster your Ten To Follow team for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
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A leading contender for a bonus race, Galvin has to come into heavy consideration for your Ten To Follow team. Seemingly improving with every run this season, he was an all out winner of the Grade One Savills Chase at Christmas, outstaying other likely runners A Plus Tard and Melon. Irish trained and a winner at the Festival last year, this eight-year-old ticks a lot of boxes.
Another confirmed to head for a bonus race, others in the novice chase bracket might elect to go for the Turners. Arguably the best British trained horse in this category, this seven-year-old has been flawless over fences holding an unbeaten record over the larger obstacles. Trainer, Paul Nicholls, won this race in 2019 with a similar type and with only 40% of players selecting Bravemansgame - he looks a must-play in your team.
Presenting a solid alternative to the most selected horse on the Ten To Follow game (Shishkin), Nube Negra looks an ideal profile for the Champion Chase. A closing second in last year’s renewal, the Skelton-trained gelding has been kept fresh since disappointing in the Tingle Creek. Is suited well by Cheltenham and drying ground would give him the best chance of turning over the well fancied opposition.
Unexposed at the highest level and still only a five-year-old, Teahupoo could be the one to cause an upset in the Champion Hurdle. Current favourite Honeysuckle is the second most selected horse in the TTF at around 70%, therefore worth opposing to search for more bonus points. Yet to put a foot wrong this campaign, the Elliot-trained has looked on the improve and notched himself to an official rating of 160. Perhaps prefers ground on the slower side but has not reached his ceiling yet.
Was excellent at Aintree last term after bypassing Cheltenham with a minor injury. Holds plenty of Festival form, placed in the champion bumper of 2019 before finishing a close 4th in the 2020 Albert Barlett. Things haven’t quite gone to plan this season but he was fantastic in defeat at Ascot in December, has been freshed up since and goes to the Festival with a huge chance in another Bonus race.
A younger, in-form proposition to take on strong fancy Allaho, Joseph O’Brien’s seven-year-old impressed when taking out the Grade One Ascot Chase in February. A remote second in the race last year, he has been campaigned more consistently over two and a half miles this season. This will be his third run at the Festival and it might be his best chance to get his head in front.
Won on chasing debut against a smart type before rallying to finish third in the Irish Arkle, Sam Saint should be suited by the Arkle Chase. A classy hurdler, he only began his season in January but has caught the eye over fences so far. Irish champion trainer, Willie Mullins, has saddled four of the last seven winners of the Arkle which doesn't bode well for 50% of players who have chosen British hope Edwardstone.
One of trainer Henry Daly’s two good chances in Festival week, Forescue has been excellent this season running in all the top staying handicap chases. Up to the magic rating of 147 (same rating as The Conditional, 2020 Ultima winner), the eight-year-old is set to contest the Ultima Handicap Chase. Holding the ideal profile for the race, He acts well on any ground and finds plenty for pressure. Connections could be set to trust conditional jockey Hugh Nugent with the ride for his valuable 3lb claim.
Top class in bumpers last term, this seven-year-old has taken a while to warm to the task of jumping. Hurdling fluently last time at Punchestown, he went on to score by 21 lengths. He has entries in both the Ballymore and Supreme, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was to go close in either.
The Glancing Queen
One with dual entries in for the Alan King stable.The Mares Chase is a possibility, or a tilt at The Plate handicap chase off a mark of 141. She’s deliberately been kept off the course since her runner up finish in The Dipper Novices’ chase over course and distance. If she can get into a rhythm with her slick jumping she should have strong claims in either race.