Cheltenham Festival Trendwatch – the Tuesday undercard
Away from the championship races there are a whole host of other contests with winners to be had. Here we take a look at some key trends that should help you narrow down the search:
2:40 – JLT Speciality Handicap Chase
With seven of the last 10 winners carrying between 10st5lbs and 10st13lbs it pays to concentrate on the bottom half of the handicap.
Lightly-raced types tend to do well too, with nine of the last 10 victors having had seven chase runs or less in GB or Ireland.
Six of the last 10 to score in this contest were doing so off the back of a win in their final pre Festival race.
Jonjo O’Neill has trained the winner in two of the last four runnings.
The Trendy Types – Nuts and Bolts, Monkerty Tunkerty
NB – Jonjo O’Neill’s Merry King (second last time out)
4:00 – Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (A Cross Country Chase)
Irish-trained horses have dominated this race in its eight runnings to date winning no fewer than seven of them.
Six of the eight past renewals have been won by runners carrying 10st8lbs or more.
Five of the eight winners had previously won or placed over course and distance.
Five of the previous eight winners had the benefit of a hurdles run that season
The Trendy Types – Bostons Angel, Sizing Australia
4:40 – David Nicholson Mares Hurdle
Quevega, winner of 10 of her 14 hurdles races to date, is unbeaten in four races in mares-only company – the last four runnings of this contest.
Not since the great Golden Miller – the last horse to notch a Gold Cup/Grand National double – took his fifth Gold Cup in 1936 has ever won the same race at five consecutive Festivals as Quevega is trying to do this year.
The three mares to win this race in its eight year history were all unbeaten over obstacles in races against their own sex.
The Trendy Types – Une Artiste, Swing Bowler
5:15 – Rewards4Racing Handicap Chase
All eight previous winners had either scored or finished second in their most recent start.
Seven of the last eight winners had finished in the first three in all their completed chase starts of that campaign.
Six of the last eight to win this heat were doing so on their first run in handicap company.
Four of the eight winners ran in a hurdles race at the previous year’s Festival.
The Trendy Type – Vulcanite
NB – Fourjacks, The Druid’s Nephew, Hazy Tom (all had one finish outside the top three this term).