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Cheltenham 2014: Five to Watch

  Cheltenham 2014: Five to Watch

It’s one of National Hunt racing’s highlights of the year. The one every jockey wants to race. The one every owner wants to win. And it’s almost upon us.

Getting underway on March 11th until the 14th, some of the sports finest horses will be on show across the four major races building up to the Gold Cup. Of course, for punters there’s plenty more to enjoy, with Cheltenham Free Bets showing lots to play for over the four days.

Let’s take a look at five horses that are been widely tipped to do well.

Bob’s Worth

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The winner of last year’s Gold Cup will once again be heading up the favourites this year with trainer Nicky Henderson looking for his third winner in four years. Despite being blown away in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, the horse, ridden by Barry Geraghty, came back in style at the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown in late December, and looks good to regain his title.

Hurricane Fly

  Cheltenham 2014: Five to Watch

Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins believe Cheltenham hasn’t seen the best of Hurricane Fly despite having already won two titles. The 10-year-old will be heading up the Stan James Champion Hurdle with Walsh looking for his 39th Cheltenham Festival winner, and with nine wins in a row for the Bay Gelding, it could be 10 in a row.

Irving

 Cheltenham 2014: Five to Watch

After a good start to 2014 Irving will be raring to go come the opening race at Cheltenham. The opener has often been a graveyard for favourites in recent years. Both Dunguib and My Tent Or Yours have fallen to defeat recently, but with a four run winning streak over hurdles, things this year could be a little different.

The six-year-old surged to victory in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novice Hurdles in the last week of February and is priced at around the 3/1 mark.

Quevega

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 Another of Willie Mullins stock, the 10-year-old has won the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on the last five occasions and will make her seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham on March 11th.

Ridden by Ruby Walsh since 2008, she has won 12 of her 14 races and is always up there with the favourites despite punters getting no chance to look at form. It works though, and once again she’s priced at 4/6 with Boylesports.

Gilgamboa

 Cheltenham 2014: Five to Watch

 This Enda Bolger trained horse has only four races under his belt but has three out four so far including an impressive victory in the Boylesports.com Hurdle at Leopardstown in January. It’s unsure which race Bolger will enter the six-year-old into yet but is prominent in the betting for the County Hurdle in particular following Leopardstown.

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