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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Cheltenham Festival 2012

It's in the blood

Cheltenham Festival - The Runners and Riders

The Cheltenham 2012 Festival is the most eagerly awaited event in the National Hunt calendar. There are four days of racing and each day has a great race card that includes a variety of different races ranging from novice races through to Grade 1 featured races. Every year there are spectacular line-ups of runners and riders, and the 2012 festival promises to be no different.

The featured race on Day 1 is the Champion Hurdle which is run over 2 miles and half a furlong. It is anticipated that Hurricane Fly will make a good showing and the horse is a clear ante-post favourite over Grandouet, the winner of the International Hurdle last year. Another horse to look out for is Binocular, the winner of this race in 2010. 

On Day 2 the featured race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase.  Last year the race was won by Sizing Europe who this year is back defending his title. He is the clear ante-post favourite ahead of Big Zeb and the Nicky Henderson horse Finians Rainbow. 

Day 3 features the World Hurdle, which is run over 3 miles and includes 12 hurdles to be jumped. Big Bucks is the clear odds-on ante-post favourite. It is not surprising as over the last three years the horse has made this race his own, having won them all. Such a winning streak can’t last for ever, but there is no reason to suppose that he won’t make 2012 his fourth consecutive win. 

The feature race in Day 4 is of course the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is the most important race in the festival. Long Run was the winner last year and he shows every chance of repeating the victory in 2012. He is a clear ante-post favourite, though it is far too soon to write off Kauto Star, despite his advancing years; he will be 12 years old. 

The leading rider in 2011 was Ruby Walsh, a feat he had previously achieved in 2010 and 2009. Will be repeat it yet again this year? In 2009 he won seven races, in 2010 three and in 2011 four. Currently he is the Irish National Hunt champion jockey and his total of wins is now over 1,400; betting on him to clean up this year at the Cheltenham Festival could be smart money well spent. 

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