Ante-post betting picks for Cheltenham Festival: weekend evaluate – 26-27 February
A round-up of the most recent Cheltenham Festival ante-post odds after some standout performances at Kempton over the weekend
The start of the 2022 Festival on 15 March is fast approaching.
Speculation in regards to the likely successes on the massive event will quickly be over but there have been some eye-catching pointers at the weekend.
Here is our newest take a look at a few of those that enhanced their credentials and could be of betting curiosity for the Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham ante-post betting picks
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Knight continues to shine for Harris
Perhaps it is hard to fathom that KNIGHT SALUTE remains a 12/1 likelihood for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham after his clean success within the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton.
A good performer on the Flat, he is simply the sort to excel in the Triumph given his spectacular stats this season over hurdles.
After Saturday’s win at Kempton, he is now five-from-five over timber. Those victories embrace a trio of successes at Grade 2 stage, one coming at Cheltenham in November.
So there’s plenty to love about his hopes at the Festival as he continues to answer each query asked of him.
Paddy Brennan described him on Saturday as “the quickest horse I’ve ridden over hurdles” – no imply feat. The likes of Vauban, Pied Piper and Fil D’or ensure a robust Irish contingent is predicted at Cheltenham but there was a real glint in the eye of trainer Milton Harris when he advised after Saturday’s win: “I’m unsure we’ll beat them however they’ll have a race from the last.”
Knight Salute would surely be much shorter in the betting if he had been educated in Ireland.
Power has more give
Trainer Sam Thomas has had a wonderful few weeks and he certainly would have been quietly happy with Saturday’s effort from OUR POWER in the Coral Trophy at Kempton.
Stepping as a lot as three miles for the first time, the Charlie Deutsch-ridden Our Power completed third in that Grade 3 contest won by Cap Du Nord on a red-hot afternoon for trainer Christian Williams.
Our Power seemed to be outpaced at one stage, but he rallied within the home straight and got back up for third spot – despite a stumble over the final fence.
No victory, but certainly a robust hint that this seven-year-old can excel in staying chases. He was rated 136 going into the Kempton race and it is exhausting to think about the handicapper placing him up in defeat. He appears like one which may go properly in the Ultima.
Conflated enters Ryanair mix
Though CONFLATED did not run on the weekend, the Irish Gold Cup winner was confirmed by owner Michael O’Leary to be heading for the Ryanair Chase at subsequent month’s Festival somewhat than the Gold Cup.
The Gigginstown boss suggested that Conflated would not be ok to beat the Gordon Elliott-trained stablemate Galvin in the Gold Cup, and subsequently could be instead targeting the intermediate Grade 1 – sponsored, in fact, by O’Leary.
His Dublin Racing Festival win was a standout effort and, with that stamina in mind, Conflated ought to be a key contender for Ryanair glory. Allaho is a short-price favourite for that race, leaving some each-way worth behind, and the Gigginstown horse appears a viable different now that his goal has been set.
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