Cheltenham tips: 5 long-range fancies for the 2023 Festival
An early look at Cheltenham tips for the 2023 Festival
The Cheltenham Festival may be over for another year, but it is not too early to be having a look at the Cheltenham betting for 2023 and we have picked out five Cheltenham tips that could storm up the Prestbury Park hill in 12 months’ time.
In the gloom of a wet and weary Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival, only the headlights of the accompanying ambulance shined brighter than Facile Vega as he proved much the best in the concluding Champion Bumper, showing he is every inch the superstar his Closutton connections believed him to be.
Although some 350-odd days away, dreams are already beginning to form of the prospect of the five-year-old returning to Prestbury Park for the opening race of next year’s Cheltenham Festival and he is sure to be of warm order if still unbeaten when March ticks over next year.
Anything you can do Mum, I CAN DO TOO! 🤩
FACILE VEGA emulates his Mum QUEVEGA and wins at The Festival, in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper 😍 pic.twitter.com/QlhYdfS3dp
— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) March 16, 2022
Already 7/2 in the Cheltenham odds for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the son of Walk In The Park, out of Quevega, will be hoping to prove yet again he is a chip off the old block. His mother won six times at the Cheltenham Festival and Facile Vega’s victory in the mud and rain in 2022 proved that blood is definitely thicker than water.
With Constitution Hill and Sir Gerhard potentially staying over hurdles next season, it could be a clear run at the Arkle for Appreciate It, who would have gone chasing this season if not for an injury-interrupted campaign.
He is a big bull of a horse who looks tailor-made for the larger obstacles and at 8/1 now, could be the one they all have to beat by the time the 2023 Cheltenham Festival arrives.
That looks a good piece of value in Cheltenham tips and he shaped like a really good horse for a long way in the Champion Hurdle before a lack of match practice took its toll after two out.
All of the chatter in the aftermath of the Cheltenham Festival centres around whether Constitution Hill could be the one that brings Honeysuckle’s Champion Hurdle dominance to an end and stops Henry de Bromhead’s star mare notching up a hat-trick in the opening-day feature.
However, at 8/1, the value may lie with Vauban and we are inclined to side with Willie Mullins’ youngster in Cheltenham tips.
Although it is traditionally difficult for five-year-olds to be competitive in the Champion Hurdle, the son of Galiway looks no ordinary operator and he was a much cosier winner of the Triumph Hurdle than a winning margin of two-and-a-half lengths would suggest.
This year’s juveniles look a good bunch and with plenty of time for Vauban to brush up on his occasionally sloppy hurdling, he looks to have all the attributes to play a leading role in the Champion Hurdle in 2023.
Of all of this year’s novice chasers that will turn their attention to the larger obstacles next term, none look to have the scope for chasing as much as Minella Cocooner, who was a gallant second in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
This selection does come with a note of caution as he may ultimately have a little too much speed for the three-mile distance of this race and there could be the fun and games of Mullins bingo that ultimately decides his Cheltenham Festival destination.
However, at 16/1 he is well worth chancing in Cheltenham tips and it would be a surprise if he isn’t at the front end of the Cheltenham odds for one of the Grade One novice chases heading into 2023.
Although yet to take on the best the Irish have to offer, there is every chance that Venetia Williams’ stable star can continue to progress when stepping into open company next season.
Criminally underestimated up to now, he is unbeaten over fences and proved he is the real deal when making most to win the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase in the rain-softened turf on Wednesday afternoon.
His jumping is a real asset and will ensure he won’t be outclassed when taking on the best of the three-mile chase division next season.
A Plus Tard aside, there is a real lack of depth in the three-mile chasing sphere and there could well be a vacancy at the top table for L’Homme Presse, whose front-foot attacking style of racing gives him a fantastic chance of ending the Irish dominance in the blue riband at a venue he has thrived at so far.
Already the shortest-priced British candidate for next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, he could be much shorter than the current 8/1 by the time the runners go to post.
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