Cheltenham Festival 2021
This is a good opportunity to have a look at next year’s Cheltenham festival and pick out a few possible ante post bets. I know it is a long time away with the previous festival being just last month, but this is how you get value on your bets. There are many patterns, trainers will use for their horse to follow which will get them to the race in the best possible shape. I have picked out a few horses that caught my eye after this year’s Cheltenham festival and I think they are horses to follow for the future.
Monkfish – RSA Novice Chase (10/1)
The Albert Bartlett produced one of the best finishes of the week with Monkish coming out on top, beating Latest Exhibition, Fury Road and Thyme Hill. This looked like a very good race full of promising youngsters. I think Monkfish has the potential to be the next superstar when he goes chasing, probably next season. He is currently best priced at 10/1 for the RSA Novice Chase with most firms. He still looked quite immature and has the scope to make an excellent chaser. Monkfish was never stronger than at the finish and needed every yard of the three miles to get up on top. This is why I expect to see him going to the RSA next year instead of the Marsh Novice Chase, as the Marsh is only two and half miles and this would be too short for Monkfish. Therefore, if all plans go well for Monkfish and he proves he can jump well in his warmup races he looks a good bet for the RSA Novice Chase next year. This is a bold prediction, but I expect to see him running in future Gold Cup races at the Cheltenham festival, as he looks the perfect type of horse for the race.
Easysland – Gold Cup (33/1)
– Cross Country (2/1)
The Cross Country Chase was a remarkable race, with Easysland comprehensively beating the great Tiger Roll by 17 lengths. There was nothing to suggest Tiger Roll didn’t run his race either as he finished 18 lengths clear of the remainder of the field, which is impressive in its own right. He is best priced 2/1 for the Cross Country Chase, which is short, but should he turn up, I don’t see any reason why he should get beat. The interesting angle is him for the Gold Cup, best priced 33/1. He clearly loves Cheltenham having won there twice this season and should he be able to handle the drop-in trip, I believe he could hold his own against those rivals in the biggest race of the week. I have always thought Tiger Roll would have a chance in a Gold Cup, so by Easysland comfortably beating him, Easysland could have every chance in that race if they went that route with him.
Topofthegame – Gold Cup (20/1)
I have another selection for the Gold Cup, Topofthegame best priced 20/1. He won the RSA last year beating Santini and Delta Work who have both shown the form to be very strong this year with the pair finishing second and fifth in the Gold Cup respectively. This year Topofthegame picked up an injury which meant he had the season off to recover. This may have been no bad thing as he would have had time to grow stronger and mature, so he should come back an even better racehorse. He has the form around Cheltenham at the festival which ties him in nicely with the other Gold Cup rivals, so 20/1 seems very big if he manages to get there this year.
Hopefully this will get you excited for when the Cheltenham festival returns next year, get in touch to let me know your thoughts and what you fancy