2021 Cheltenham Festival bets – Nico De Boinville Cheltenham Festival rides
Nico de Boinville Cheltenham Festival rides
Stable jockey to leading British trainer Nicky Henderson top jockey Nico de Boinville isn’t going to be short of Cheltenham Festival rides come the ‘greatest show on turf’ and the rider is sure to have a good book of mounts with several solid chances of landing a winner. We’ve picked out five likely Nico de Boinville Cheltenham Festival rides that could give the rider his best chances of success.
Top jockey Nico de Boinville is no stranger to big race success and indeed at the Cheltenham Festival where’s he ridden several big winners throughout his career since turning professional. His ride on Coneygree to win the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup just a year after turning professional and with the horse still a novice is perhaps one of the most memorable Festival moments in recent years and de Boinville has added considerably to that success since.
His Cheltenham Festival winners also include a Triumph Hurdle victory, two Supreme Novices’ Hurdle successes, three Champion Chase wins and both an RSA Chase and Arkle victory on top of his Gold cup triumph and the rider could have further Festival success this term where he’s sure to enjoy another powerful book of rides.
We’ve picked out five of the best Nico de Boinville Cheltenham Festival rides that could yield a winner for the top rider.
2021 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL TIPS – NICO DE BOINVILLE BEST FESTIVAL WINNING CHANCES
SHISHKIN is unbeaten over obstacles since falling on his hurdles debut at Newbury and Nicky Henderson’s Sholokhov gelding currently heads the ante-post betting for the Arkle Chase on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.
Last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner is 3-3 over fences this term, latterly running out an easy nine lengths’ victor over Eldorado Allen at Doncaster in the Lightning Novices’ Chase and there’s surely better to come from the Seven Barrows runner.
He’ll face a much sterner test taking on leading Irish hope Energumene who has looked a top-class prospect himself and while the Henderson runner is unbeaten over fences he perhaps hasn’t achieved as much over fences as the Irish raider which would be a slight concern given his short odds.
Although Henderson also has defending champion Epatante in the Champion Hurdle picture it may remain that Aidan Coleman gets the leg up on that one having partnered the No Risk At All mare to two wins including the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
The mare was reportedly in season when disappointly being beaten in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton where Coleman was in the saddle again despite De Boinville also being at the meeting so there’s an element of doubt that Nico will take over on the defending champion. However if that is the case Nico will likely still have a classy partner and BUVEUR D’AIR may be his big-race ride in the Tuesday feature.
The dual-Champion Hurdle winner returned from a lengthy absence when partnered by De Boinville in the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock where the heavy ground was possibly not entirely ideal following his time away from the track.
He’ll surely have needed that outing though and he’ll come on a bundle for the run, while less extreme ground can be expected at the Festival come March and a big run could be expected although as a ten-year old now history is very much against him with the last of that age-group to take the day one feature being the great Sea Pigeon back in 1980.
ALTIOR and De Boinville have partnered for all but three of the High Chaparral gelding’s 21 career wins and the dual-Champion Chase winner will have designs on a third crown when turning out in the Cheltenham day two feature race.
A late scratching from the race twelve months ago he’s raced just three times since beating Politologue in the race back in 2019, losing his unbeaten record over fences when denied by Cyrname in the 2019 Christy 1965 Chase although he bounced back to beat Sceau Royal in the Game Spirit and he was lined up for another crack at this contest before a late injury ruled him out.
He finished tired on his return from almost eleven months off when beaten by Nube Negra in the Desert Orchid Chase and not seen since there’s a slight worry he won’t be fully tuned up here.
In his last win in this race he looked a half-stride slower than his rivals but stormed up the hill for a win that for a time didn’t look likely but another year older and having had a couple of problems while lack of a run might see him below his best taking on the rising star that is Chacun Pour Soi.
That said he’s dangerous to discount if he were to turn up at Cheltenham on top of his game where he’d look to become the first eleven-year old to win the race since Moscow Flyer in 2005.
Progressive chaser MISTER FISHER perhaps doesn’t get the credit he deserves over fences and there could yet be more to come from the Jeremy gelding who leapt into the Ryanair Chase picture on day three of the Festival with a defeat of Kalashnikov in the rearranged Peterborough Chase here in December.
Nicky Henderson’s charge won the 2020 Lightning Novices’ Chase before posting a very solid fourth to Samcro in the March Novices’ Chase where he was beaten around four lengths having perhaps just lacked a change of gear late on. He was only a six-year old though taking on older, more battle-hardened rivals and there’s no shame in losing out to the likes of Samcro, Melon or Faugheen.
A year older, wiser and stronger he was never going on his reappearance in the Paddy Power Gold Cup where the ground was softer than ideal, while he also lost a shoe during the race; however he bounced back with that course win latest and he’ll have no problem with the slightly stiffer test back here where the likelihood of better ground will be in his favour.
In a typically fiercely-contested Ryanair Chase he can’t be discounted and a big run wouldn’t be a surprise.
Cheltenham Gold Cup
CHAMP produced one of the performances of the 2020 Festival when storming up the Cheltenham hill to chin Minella Indo and Allaho in the RSA Chase having looked beaten jumping the last and Nicky Henderson’s charge looks an ideal type for the Gold Cup.
A high-class hurdler who found only one too good in the 2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle he’s gone from strength to strength as a chaser, winning three of his first four starts over the larger obstacles with his sole defeat coming last New Years’ Day when falling two out in the Dipper Novices’ Chase where he was in command and an unlucky loser.
Following his RSA Chase success he wasn’t seen out again until returning from wind surgery and almost a year off in the recent Game Spirit where despite the much shorter trip he ran a screamer in finishing just two lengths’ runner-up behind Sceau Royal although he might have made the winner work for the success had he not landed awkardly over the last.
The decision to run Champ in what is a recognised Champion Chase trial drew cries of derision over the strange move which may yet prove a masterstroke with the son of King’s Theatre displaying some impressive gears through the race and he’ll surely come on for that outing, while a marked step back up in distance for the Gold Cup will only further play to his strengths and he goes to the day four Cheltenham Festival feature with huge chances of victory.