Gold Cup - "Billed as a two horse race, but that leaves Cheltenham specialist Imperial Commander outstanding value. Kauto Star and Denman have obvious chances but, with his untapped potential at the trip, Imperial looks the better bet" (Imperial Commander won at 7-1).
Supreme Novices Hurdle - "Cue Card is a worthy favourite, but Al Ferof looks a solid each-way alternative. Sprinter Sacre could be anything and may give the selection most to do" (Al Ferof won at 10-1, Sprinter Sacre was third at 11-1).
Champion Hurdle - "The faster pace and better ground at Cheltenham are certain to suit Hurricane Fly's breathtaking acceleration and with his slick jumping, ability to stay and his desire to get his head in front, the French import has all the necessary ingredients to finally prove he is the best hurdler on both sides of the Irish Sea." (Hurricane Fly won after being advised at 11/2)
David Nicholson Mares Hurdle - "It is impossible to look beyond Quevega who looks a class above her rivals here" (Quevega won at 5-6).
Neptune Novices Hurdle - "In a race that looks unlikely to produce a shock, preference is for First Lieutenant whose win at Leopardstown in December is working out really well" (First Lieutenant won at 7-1).
Fred Winter Novices Hurdle - "What A Charm is very well handicapped on her flat form and fillies have a decent record in this race, she is taken to run a big race" (What A Charm won at 9-1).
Jewson Novices Chase - "Preference is for Noble Prince, who was just about the best of these over hurdles, and a step up in trip and better ground should see him improve the already decent form he has shown over fences to date" (Noble Prince won at 4-1).
Don’t forget, the prices above are the SPs, but our ante-post Festival tips are posted on the site in advance of the relevant contests at a time when even more rewarding odds are available. For example, Sublimity was generally available at 50-1 when we highlighted his chances in February 2007.
Trends: In making our selections, we pay special attention to the patterns that have developed over the years, as Cheltenham is such a unique course and the races at the Festival have their own special characteristics. Certainly, history repeats itself here more than at any other meeting and our careful analysis of these trends enables us to whittle down large fields to a few prime contenders.