We do one of these ‘life changing’ Cheltenham each way accumulators or lucky 15’s every year and 2021 is no different.
This time we’ve included four selections which pays around 2027/1! As always treat these as a bit of fun folks.
Cheltenham Festival Lucky 15
Min: Ryanair Chase 6/1
As much as this years race looks a competitive heat on paper the one stand out horse to my mind is the Rich Ricci owned Min.
No other horse in this line up is a seven-time Grade One winner and looked to be in flying form when the winner of the John Durkan in the mist early on in the season.
His run at the Dublin Racing Festival was disappointing last time when dropping down in distance.
He was never jumping or travelling and maybe he just isn’t quick enough anymore for the step down in trip. A return to last years victory in this race last year would see him with a cracking each way chance.
Houx Gris: Boodles Juvenile Hurdle – 5/1
The Paul Nicholls trained Houx Gris looks to have a leading chance in this race after an adequate start to racing in Great Britain when finishing third behind two of Britain’s best juveniles.
He was travelling into contention when making an error at the second last which knocked the wind out of his sails. Sean Bowen looked after him once the error had happened and he plodded onto third.
A mark of 128 could look very generous given his form in France and from a stable that have a superb record with French imports he could have a serious chance.
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Champagne Platinum: Pertemps 7/1
The Nicky Henderson son of Stowaway did not look to enjoy his chasing career last season which was disappointing given how well he had run in novice hurdles.
This makes him of interest here as he was very eye catching when running on for second in a qualifier at Haydock.
They forgot to add the cheekpieces that day but maybe that was by ‘accident’ as they wanted to preserve his handicap mark to set him up for this race.
With the return of cheekpieces and being only put up a pound for his second last time, I think he has an outstanding chance.
Time to Get Up: Kim Muir 6/1
The JP McManus owned eight-year-old is very lightly raced with only the six starts to his name.
In his earlier days when with Joseph O’Brien he bumped into the beast that is Monkfish. He ran with plenty of credit on chasing debut for his current yard when chasing home Canelo.
The form of that has since been franked.
The step up to three miles and one furlong really seemed to suit him at Wincanton last time having been campaigned at shorter.
He has been put up eight pounds for that victory which secures his place into the race and clearly showed last time that he is on a progressive upward curve.
Min: Ryanair Chase – 6/1
Houx Gris: Boodles Hurdle 5/1
Champagne Platinum: Pertemps- 7/1
Time to Get Up: Kim Muir- 5/1