Cheltenham Day 1 Tips: National Hunt Chase

  • 28/12/2019
  • 17:30

2020 National Hunt Chase Tips

For the second year in a row, Champagne Classic was ruled out of a tilt at the National Hunt through injury. I was devastated when Gordon Elliott broke the news, as the former Martin Pipe winner was my top Cheltenham Festival tip for the entire meeting.

When Champagne Classic came out, my thoughts immediately turned to Copperhead. However, after a wonderful performance in the Reynoldstown at Ascot, Joe Tizzard confirmed Copperhead would almost certainly be rewarded with a run in the RSA Chase. Despite top amateur, Jamie Codd ringing the Tizzards to say he would be available to ride this talented chaser and come through in the Cheltenham Festival day one tips.

Although he holds the current betting in a stranglehold, I’m keen to take Carefully Selected on. He’s managed to win three times over fences, despite jumping poorly on all three occasions. Carefully Selected could simply be too classy for this field, but I’m going to side against him with an each-way punt, and the one who holds most appeal is LORD DU MESNIL.

Having made his chasing debut rated just 115, Richard Hobson’s charge will carry a mark of 153 with him to Cheltenham racecourse. Victories in the Tommy Whittle and the Final Fling Handicaps helped Lord Du Mesnil land a hat-trick during the winter. Although he could only finish second in the Grand National Trial at Haydock, Hobson’s charge still registered another very high-quality performance.

The turnaround between Haydock and Cheltenham may only be 24-days, but Lord Du Mesnil won twice in the space of ten days over Christmas and clearly takes his racing well. I hope he runs, as he looks a fantastic each-way punt on day one. If you’ve read my original National Hunt Chase tips, then you’ll also know I fancy ARDLETHEN to run far beyond his crazy price of 66/1 with Unibet.

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Cheltenham tips for Tuesday

1:30Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
2:10Arkle Chase Tips
2:50The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips
3:30Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Tips
4:10Mares’ Hurdle Tips
4:50Novices’ Handicap Chase Tips
5:30National Hunt Chase Tips

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2020 National Hunt Chase Tips

Carefully Selected has been all the rage in the betting since January and he’ll have no trouble seeing out this trip. Willie Mullins’ charge has, however, been very sketchy in the jumping department on all three of his starts and a mistake here would surely ruin his chances.

CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC has been much more convincing over his fences this season, winning well twice while also placing in a Grade One. The former Festival winner was my ante-post selection in this race last year before his withdrawal, and I identified Champagne Classic as my best long-term punt at the start of this season too.

I think Elliott’s mount has everything going for him in this race and Jamie Codd will be the perfect partner to help Champagne Classic claim his second Cheltenham Festival title.

The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

The National Hunt Chase is the second-oldest race in Cheltenham Festival history, having first been run way back in 1860. It’s also the longest race of the entire meeting, with a field of sturdy novice chasers prepared to tackle the gruelling, four mile trip.

Only the strongest first-season chaser will be good enough to see out the trip and claim a place in the history books, alongside former winners of the National Hunt like Native Emperor, Cause Of Causes and future Grand National winner, Tiger Roll.

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