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2019 Weatherbys Champion Bumper tips - Two against the field for Wednesday's final race at the Cheltenham Festival

Joseph O'Brien could land Cheltenham Festival success with Sempo.

Brian Healy assesses the potential big race field for Wednesday's Cheltenham Festival finale, and he gives his two selections against the field.

The final race of the afternoon on day two of the Cheltenham Festival is the Weatherbys Champion Bumper which gets underway at 5.30pm over a trip of two miles, and this race can often prove a breeding ground for future stars with a host of winners of this race going on to bigger and better things.

Past winners of this race showcase many instantly recognisable names with the likes of Ballyandy, Champagne Fever, Cue Card, Dunguib and Cousin Vinny all winners of this race in the last ten years; while the ill-fated Fayonagh, who won the race in 2017, could well have been another top-class performer to graduate from this contest.

A typically competitive renewal of the Champion Bumper awaits punters, and a possible field of 18 runners will face the starters’ tapes, each vying to land the £40,000 first prize. And Brian Healy picks out two against the field in the final race on Cheltenham Festival Wednesday who could go well.

Joseph O’Brien is really making a name for himself as a jumps trainer, and the son of legendary trainer Aidan can gain further Cheltenham Festival success with his SEMPO (14/1, William Hill) who has looked a potentially high-class prospect in each of his three starts.

Held back by inexperience on his racecourse debut at Listowel back in September, where he finished fourth behind Drop The Anchor, he stepped up on that effort back from three months off the track to go down only by two lengths behind Exit Poll at Leopardstown when finishing third.

He didn’t get the best of runs that day, but he was finishing off to good effect and he put that further experience to good use when routing a big field at Thurles in February. 

He ran out a 15 lengths’ winner that day, always travelling well and he showed a good turn of foot to quickly put the race beyond doubt while suggesting that there was plenty more still to come. While the form may only be ordinary, he looked a very smart prospect who could easily find another jolt of improvement.

He could a big run in a competitive Wednesday closer, and no surprise if he were to go close.


Colin Tizzard produced Cue Card to win this race a few years ago, and the Dorset handler could have another smart performer in MASTER DEBONAIR (14/1,Boylesport) who has won two of his three starts, latterly winning a Listed bumper here in November when gaining a neck verdict over Thyme Hill.

The Yeats gelding had made a good impression on his debut with a six lengths’ win over Sixties Star at Sedgefield last May, and there was a lot to like about his subsequent runner-up effort on his return here in October where he got to within a half-length of Strong Glance when finding only that rival too strong.

He has looked a strong traveller in his races, and course and distance form can count for plenty in the white-hot heat of battle here; he has the form in the book to make a bold bid to emulate his now-retired former stablemate, and likely to have further improvement to come he can give a good account.

2019 WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER TIPS - TWO AGAINST THE FIELD


SEMPO (14/1, William Hill), MASTER DEBONAIR (14/1,Boylesport)

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2019 Weatherbys Champion Bumper tips - Two against the field for Wednesday's final race at the Cheltenham Festival

Brian Healy assesses the potential big race field for Wednesday's Cheltenham Festival finale, and he gives his two selections against the field.

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