RACELINE: Cheltenham Festival Tips (long-range)

OUR hugely successful resident tipster, Scoop Racing (Richard Silverwood), is back with his advice for the eagerly-awaited Cheltenham Festival.

Tuesday, 5th March 2013, 11:35 am
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These are his long-range tips, which will be updated, and possibly upgraded, the day before the start of the meeting.

More than one selection is given in some cases because running plans have yet to be finalised and because the races are so competitive, it is often worth backing more than one horse. A one-tw-three is given for each of the four big races.

The tips are listed in order of priority but all are considered potential winners. It is left to your discretion whether you back them to win or each/way. The staking plan is all down to you too. Good luck!


1.30 (2m Supreme Novices’ Hurdle) MY TENT OR YOURS (Champagne Fever, Rock Critic)

2.05 (2m Arkle Novices’ Chase) SIMONSIG

2.40 (3m JLT Handicap Chase) LOCH BA (Monkerty Tunkerty, Chartreux)

3.20 (2m Champion Hurdle) 1st GRANDOUET, 2nd Rock On Ruby, 3rd Zarkandar

4.00 (3m7f Cross-Country H’cap Chase) ARABELLA BOY (Big Shu)

4.40 (2m4f David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle) UNE ARTISTE (Swing Bowler)

5.15 (2m4f Novices’ H’cap Chase) KAPGA DE CERISY (Rajdhani Express, The Druids Nephew, Shangani, Colour Squadron)


1.30 (4m John Oaksey NH Chase) RIVAL D’ESTRUVAL (Vesper Bell, Sire Collonges)

2.05 (2m5f Neptune Novices’ Hurdle) PONT ALEXANDRE (The New One, Two Rockers)

2.40 (3m RSA Novices’ Chase) UNIONISTE (Hadrian’s Approach, Super Duty)

3.20 (2m Queen Mother Champion Chase) 1st SPRINTER SACRE, 2nd Sanctuaire, 3rd Somersby

4.00 (2m5f Coral Cup H’cap Hurdle) SALUBRIOUS (Discoteca, Inish Island)

4.40 (2m Fred Winter Juvenile H’cap Hurdle) COUNSEL (Saphir Du Rheu, Totalize)

5.15 (2m Weatherbys Champion Bumper) UNION DUES (Blackmail, Golantilla, Diamond King)


1.30 (2m4f Jewson Novices’ Chase) MODULE (Aupcharlie, Tap Night)

2.05 (3m Pertemps Final H’cap Hurdle) ELY BROWN (Seymour Eric, Hada Men, Captain Sunshine)

2.40 (2m5f Ryanair Chase) CUE CARD (Menorah, Champion Court)

3.20 (3m Ladbrokes World Hurdle) 1st REVE DE SIVOLA, 2nd Peddlers Cross, 3rd Monksland)

4.00 (2m5f Byrne Group H’cap Chase) DIVERS (Domtaline, Shangani, Howard’s Legacy)

4.40 (3m1f Kim Muir H’cap Chase) ALFIE SHERRIN (Galaxy Rock, Chartreux, Relax)


1.30 (2m1f JCB Triumph Juvenile Hurdle) ROLLING STAR (Hidden Justice, Far West)

2.05 (2m1f County H’cap Hurdle) TENNIS CAP (Valdez, Ifandbutwhynot, Ted Veale, Discoteca)

2.40 (3m Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle) AT FISHERS CROSS (Coneygree, O’Faolain’s Boy)

3.20 (3m2f Betfred Gold Cup Chase) 1st SIR DES CHAMPS, 2nd Cape Tribulation, 3rd Bobs Worth

4.00 (3m2f CGA Foxhunters’ Chase) SALSIFY (Cottage Oak, Chapoturgeon)

4.40 (2m4f Martin Pipe H’Cap Hurdle) SALUBRIOUS (Ericht, Master Of the Sea, Whisper)

5.15 (2m Grand Annual H’cap Chase) VULCANITE (Viva Colonia, Eastlake, Shooters Wood)