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14.03.21 12:25

Naps & Long Shots – The Road to the Cheltenham Festival 2021


The Cheltenham Festival is almost here, with four days of top-quality horse racing action about to be unleashed for us to feast on – bring it on!

It’s the pinnacle of jumps racing in the UK and Ireland and it’s all about hopefully picking a winner or two from the 28 races coming up over the next four days.

For some fun, we’ve asked our four betting experts to tell us their Cheltenham NAP and Cheltenham Long Shot in the hope we can dig out a winner or two – surely we can get one?!

So, read on below to see who they have sided with – including a couple of juicy fancies at 50/1 and 33/1.

Scott McGlynn@ScooterMcGlynn

NAP – Envoi Allen – Marsh Novices’ Chase – 8/11 at Betfred

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Envoi Allen to win the Marsh Novice’s Chase

“He’s a short price but Envoi Allen looks bombproof in the Marsh on Thursday. He’s bagged a perfect 11 from 11 so far and if he puts in a clear round it’ll be 12 from 12 and a third Festival win in a row – he’s a superstar in the making.”

Long Shot – Chris’s Dream – Ryanair Chase – 25/1 at BetVictor

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Chris’s Dream to win the Ryanair Chase

“He didn’t appear to get home in last year’s Gold Cup and the Ryanair has been the target for this season. He’s been given a break and goes well fresh, and on the best of his form he looks massively overpriced in a wide-open looking Ryanair.”

Lee Bassin@Lazyjourno

NAP – Honeysuckle – Champion Hurdle – 9/4 at Unibet

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Honeysuckle to win the Champion Hurdle

“She’ll have fond memories of Cheltenham after winning the Mares’ Hurdle last year and she can maintain her unbeaten record with success in Tuesday’s big race.”

Long Shot – Samcro – Ryanair Chase – 12/1 at SportNation

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Samcro to win the Ryanair Chase

“Apart from being a massive Sons of Anarchy fan, I think Samcro saves his best form for Cheltenham – he’s won twice at the Festival and looks set for a big run in the Ryanair on Thursday.”

Lewis Watson@lewroyscribbles

NAP – Nube Negra – Champion Chase – 8/1 at bet365

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Nube Negra to win the Champion Chase

“I really liked his performance in beating Altior at Christmas and he’s still just seven-year-old so should be open to plenty of improvement. He has no issues with better ground and with a clear round of jumping, he should go very close.”

Long Shot – Lostintranslation – Gold Cup – 33/1 at BoyleSports

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Lostintranslation to win the Gold Cup

“He travelled nicely in the Denman Chase but just didn’t get home – Tizzard’s blamed fitness more than anything else. He should come on from that run and after a 3rd place finish in last year’s Gold Cup, he could well go one or two places better this year.”

James Capps@imjamescapps

NAP – Goshen – Champion Hurdle – 4/1 at Paddy Power

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Goshen to win the Champion Hurdle

“He was back with a bang in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton last time out and will be hoping to banish those Triumph Hurdle ghosts of last year. Kingwell winners have a decent record in the Champion Hurdle and I think he can do the business over Honeysuckle and Epatante on Tuesday.”

Long Shot – Lil Rockerfeller – Stayers Hurdle – 50/1 at Betfred

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Lil Rockerfeller to win the Stayers Hurdle

“He’s back for his fifth Cheltenham Festival and a third crack at the Stayers’ Hurdle. He was 2nd in the race in 2017 and has been given a break so should be fit and well. Three miles on decent ground looks ideal and he could run a huge race on Thursday.”

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

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