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07.03.21 17:19

Horses For Courses – The Road to the Cheltenham Festival 2021


We’ve all got our favourite place – the couch, the pub, our bed – and just like us, horses also find some places more enjoyable than others.

They don’t say ‘horses for courses’ for nothing, and in this week’s Road to the Cheltenham Festival, we’re taking a look at three horses who clearly enjoy a run around Cheltenham.

We’re not saying they’ll all win, but they could offer some tasty value come Festival week.

And don’t forget to check out our guide to the Cheltenham Festival 2021 on the link below.

Sceau Royal – Champion Chase – 18/1 at SportNation

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Sceau Royal to win the Champion Chase

Sceau Royal is a talent over both fences and hurdles and has been kept busy this season, racing six times so far.

The first five of those runs were over hurdles before he was switched back to fences and saw off Champ in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury.

Over fences at Cheltenham, his form is 1-2-3-5 and he’s also won around the hurdles course – showing that Prestbury Park is clearly to his liking.

After a superb effort at Newbury back over fences, he’s set to line up in the Champion Chase and connections will be hoping that a return to Cheltenham can spark another big performance.

Mister Fisher – Ryanair Chase – 8/1 at bet365

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Mister Fisher to win the Ryanair Chase

Mister Fisher is a top-class talent on his day and apart from one blip on testing ground, his Cheltenham form is excellent.

He was 8th in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2019 and in his four subsequent Cheltenham runs – which have all been over fences – he’s recorded two victories and an excellent 4th behind Samcro in last year’s Marsh Novices’.

But it’s all about the ground for Mister Fisher – he’s a better horse on better ground – and with drying conditions expected come Festival week, he could be set to run a cracker in the Ryanair Chase.

Indefatigable – Mares’ Hurdle – 33/1 at Betfred

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Indefatigable to win the Mares’ Hurdle

Paul Webber’s stable star may not have been setting the world on fire over the winter months but you can guarantee a return to Cheltenham should put her in a different light.

Her form round Cheltenham is 5-1-2-1, and one of those victories came in the Martin Pipe Conditional at last year’s Festival.

She looks set to run in the Mares’ Hurdle and it would be no surprise at all to see her powering up the Cheltenham hill when others have cried enough.

Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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