Popbitch goes Cheltenham – Tuesday Tips

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Top Tip – Irish trainers do well at Cheltenham. Backing the trainer Willie Mullins is generally a good move.

He’s got the favourite for Tuesday’s big race, Champion Hurdle – Hurricane Fly. We wouldn’t bet against it.

Next tip: 2.40pm JLT chase Baile Anrai (12-1)

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National Hunt racing originated in Ireland. Early races were mainly two-horse contests known as “pounding races” that became popular in the early 18th century. These involved long trips across country where horses were required to jump whatever obstacles the landscape threw in their way. The start and finish were marked by the church steeple in each town, hence the term steeplechase, which is still used today to describe the races.


Other tips and things to look out for?

* If the horse has been voted “best turned out” (ie looks prettiest) pick someone else!

* If you look at the betting market, and the odds seem to be going down a lot, maybe some people have worked out the horse looks/seems particularly right – it’s often a good sign to back it

* Do you like the colours the jockey’s wearing? It’s often as good a guide as any other.

* Does the horse look hot, bothered and really sweaty? Hmm, maybe he’s used too much of his energy already.

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