Thursday, December 22, 2022

Horse Racing Tips: Templegate’s 50-1 Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle Fantasy might be worth a little round trip

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IT IS awesome when a horse lives up to the hype and CONSTITUTION HILL has more than justified its claim as hurdle champion in waiting.

He also raised Newcastle Gate to an 11-year high – if you let them run, they will come.

Any Grade 1 win at the bridle by 12 lengths will make headlines, but it destroyed the former hurdle champion SHOCKING which underscores how good the performance was.

She was a hair’s breadth from getting close to Honeysuckle in last year’s reboot and still has plenty of skills.

Constitution Hill finished more like an Ascot Gold Cup winner than a National Hunt horse with a real turnaround in pace, although Nico De Boinville sat calmly.

But he’s no tip for the Champion Hurdle at 4-6.

Honeysuckle deserves great respect for what she’s accomplished in winning the last two heats, but she’s never met resistance like this – and after just four hurdle starts, more was to come.

He’s not an Istabraq yet, but the potential is clearly there.

It’s a shame Epatante is now moving to Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham – because at 50 she would be a crisp each-way bet for the champion.

That explains the price though.

You might want to keep your fingers crossed and have a little interest just in case she shows up in the big race again.

5-1 offers to win the Mares’ Hurdle seem quite fair given their excellent festival record of one win and two Champion spots.

Brandy Love is the rising star of this department, but she still has a little way to go.

The Coral Gold Cup in Newbury saw the progressive MILOS Hold off Remastered in a thriller.

Victory showed the futility of our whip rules as Harry slapped Skelton away while David Noonan behaved correctly.

If only half a length is in there, that certainly made a difference.

Skelton receives a seven-day suspension but retains the race.

It’s like one team in a soccer game being told they can commit as many fouls as they want while the other has to play by the rules – but the boys get a red card after the final whistle. It’s a farce.

Yes, there would be uproar if a winner lost a big race after too many taps, but it doesn’t seem right. Either you have the rule or you don’t.

Le Milos looks perfect for the Grand National and Connections would do well to bypass the Welsh version and wait for Aintree.

David Pipes GERICAULT ROCQUE ran another belter in third place and he’s another who looks ideal for the National.

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