Cheltenham tips – best bets for the National Hunt Chase

National Hunt Chase Tips

Daryl Carter (@DarylCarter7) gives the latest of his Cheltenham tips in the National Hunt Chase, which takes place on Cheltenham Festival Day one, Tuesday, March 10.

Cue the pandemonium when people hear who Jamie Codd, Patrick Mullins or Derek O’Connor will be riding.  That trio have claimed six of the last ten races between them and this race is an outstanding spectacle for amateur riders and the jockey becomes as important as the horse.

National Hunt Chase Tips – Dodgy market leader

CAREFULLY SELECTED sits at the top of the betting tree after getting himself qualified for the race with a scrappy win at Navan just two weeks after his impressive victory at Punchestown. Unbeaten in all three starts over fences, the 2018 Champion Bumper third certainly boasts the class to play a huge part in this race.  Patrick Mullins will be delighted that he gets to ride this lad in March but he might have a tough task on his hands.

Carefully Selected’s jumping is of huge concern as soon as pace is injected into the race. He can get tight into his fences and is capable of a mistake or two, as he has shown in two of his three starts this term, Despite fitting the profile for this race, he rates a risky proposition at this early stage.

National Hunt Chase Tips – Standout selection

CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC is just one of the horses in with a big chance that trainer Gordon Elliott is going to war with at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and this just might prove to be one of his best chances. Beaten by stablemate, RSA Chase fancy Battleoverdoyen on his seasonal return on ground that would have been quick enough at Leopardstown, the former Grade 1 Novice hurdle winner over three miles has failed to finish outside the first three in his entire career.

He comfortably took care of 2019 National Hunt Chase runner-up Discorama and plenty of his back form stacks up, including beating Penhill over hurdles the start before that horse went on to win the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. He rates an exciting proposition and is the standout horse in this contest.

National Hunt Chase Tips – Nicholls contender

DANNY WHIZZBANG represents trainer Paul Nicholls. The Ditcheat trainer can clearly ready one for the big day, but you need to hope the trainer has left something to work on for the National Hunt Chase with Danny Whizzbang after his dismal performance in the Kauto Star Novice Chase at Kempton, where he was beaten 20 lengths.

The sharp Kempton track could be a possible excuse for that performance but the pace of the race was slow enough to suggest that he should have been able to cope. This is a different ball-game however, and he may just prove a different proposition in this race. He is an intriguing contender but may need another year to fill his huge frame.

National Hunt Chase Tips – Lively outsider

SAM BROWN returned to the track after more than 750 days off with an excellent jumping display to win at Lingfield over 3m, before he dropped in trip to dismantle a high-class field of novice chasers at Haydock.  He possesses a huge amount of ability and the step back up in trip will certainly suit Anthony Honeyball’s talented star. The ground will play a big part in his participation as the softer the ground better for his chances.

He is an exciting, unexposed talent and will give the market principals something to think about on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

National Hunt Chase Tips – Potential improver

TWO FOR GOLD is an improving novice chaser who finds a way to grind out his wins and that attribute will hold him in good stead here. He has won his three starts by a combined distance of  just over three lengths, which makes it hard to gauge how much there is left under the bonnet.

According to official ratings he has improved 14lb from his hurdle days and the Hamptons Novice Chase he won at Warwick is often a good pointer to this race, so he must be taken seriously.

National Hunt Chase Tips – Big race verdict

The market is wide open one and the final field at this stage is anyone’s guess, but CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC is the standout candidate here and is the latest of my Cheltenham tips.

His class edge sets him apart from his rivals and you would be disappointed should he not be in the shake up. Of those at much bigger prices TRUCKERS LODGE at 20/1 was last seen finishing second in the Coral Welsh Grand National over this trip and fits the profile nicely.