Winning at the Cheltenham Festival can be a difficult task for most horses, even for the shortest-priced favourites. Yet for those animals just lacking that necessary turn of foot at the end of races, the prize money on offer for just being placed can reap its rewards. For punters just looking for place money as opposed to win bets, the following horses could be worth noting in an Each-Way Accumulator.
Martin Brassil may not be the most famous of the current Irish horse racing trainers but his horse City Island should be considered as an each-way possibility for the Ballymore Novice Hurdle. While Champ from the Nicky Henderson stable has been long-time ante-post favourite for this race, City Island has produced some impressive performances in Ireland, particularly at Naas in his latest appearance. Unbeaten in his last four outings and with stamina proven, he could be a place contender.
A strong renewal is anticipated for this 2m5f event with Footpad aiming to follow his Arkle victory from last season’s festival. We may not have seen the best of Willie Mullins gelding this term and doubts remain as to whether he has improved from his novice days. He will be tested by Frodon who is set to compete in this contest rather than the Gold Cup. Bryony Frost will be riding this Cheltenham specialist who has improved considerably for having wind surgery. Monalee and Top Notch could both be involved at the finish as is likely to be the case with former winner Un De Sceaux.
William Hill odds – 6/1: BET HERE.
Much of the ante-post 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup attention has been focussed upon favourites Presenting Percy and Clan Des Obeaux alongside reigning champion Native River, but Kemboy from the Willie Mullins could be a threat to those three runners. The Irish trainer has yet to win this race, but this improving 7-year-old gelding has won both races this term including a comfortable success in the 3m Savills Chase at the Leopardstown Christmas festival. Kemboy could sneak under the radar and secure place money at worst.
William Hill odds – 10/1: BET HERE.
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