- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
2019 Conditional Jockeys Hurdle Preview & Tips - 4.50pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by MARCH 5th-10th
The fact that Willie Mullins has won this three times, Paul Nicholls twice and Gordon Elliott once in the last seven years probably tells you that this race often falls to a well laid out improving young hurdler.
Elliott took it with 138 rated Champagne Classic last year and the yard has a couple of likely contenders with similar profiles. Flawless Escape had two starts in maiden hurdles late last year and showed enough potential to earn a mark of 128. He came back in February and ran over 3m in a competitive handicap, on the face of it, it looked a big ask but he ran well and finished 3rd to the useful Total Recall.
He has a mark of 137 here and has any amount of scope and looks to be going the right way. A short head behind him that day was stable mate Delta Work who won here yesterday so the form is solid.
Gigginstown have just one runner in Blow By Blow, he was highly regarded in his bumper days and beat Moon Racer in the Champion Bumper at Punchestown in 2016. It has taken him time to find his feet over hurdles but won well last time out at Thurles in a Grade 3 contest. His mark of 144 looks very fair to me and could run a big race.
Sire Du Berlais has a chance for owner JP McManus, he has only had three starts and two of those was last season. He has been given plenty of time to come to himself and finally made it to the racecourse last month where he ran a cracker to finish second at Fairyhouse behind Out Of The Loop. He could be anything really and is on a very dangerous mark for some shrewd connections.
Early Doors who is trained by Joseph O’Brien will carry the same colours; he has been highly tried in novice events recently and has come up short against the likes of Mengli Khan and Samcro. Dropping back into a handicap and moving up in trip could be a successful combination and needs a second look in the markets.
Willie Mullins has a nice unexposed sort in Deal D’estruval; he has just had two starts since coming over from France and after winning on his debut at Tramore he was pitched into a 2m handicap at Leopardstown. He was ridden by Katy Walsh that day and the combo went down by a length and a quarter in a 28-runner contest. I thought that was a terrific effort over a trip that was maybe too short so this extra distance plus his mark of 136 looks perfect here.
Another Mullins runner with a squeak is Carter McKay, he was backed into favourite for the Champion Bumper last year. He won his first hurdle race and has been up against it in top company since, a drop back into calmer waters could pay dividends.
Nicky Henderson won the first ever running of this race back in 2009 and have a decent chance here with Diese Des Bieffes who to be honest has been a tad disappointing since winning his two novice hurdles at Fontwell and Taunton.
He did run with credit when second at Kempton behind If The Cap Fits and was made favourite for the Lanzarote on the strength of that effort. He came with every chance in the home straight but failed to pick up and ended up a one-paced 5th. It could well have been the sticky ground to blame that day but whatever the reason it has enabled him to land on a decent mark here.
Paul Nicholls has to be respected whatever he runs so Amore De Nuit is interesting off 137. The 6yo has been kept to the minimum trip recently but his second to Poetic Rhythm at Chepstow over further at the beginning of the season proves he does stay and some improvement can be expected here.
Of the rest, an outsider with a sporting chance could be Brillare Momento, locally trained by Martin Keighley. She ran well at Sandown in January and then improved for a wind op to win at Towcester. She did that in good style and could be ahead of her mark at the moment.
It would be quite fitting if David Pipe could win the race named after his father, he has had a go every year since the race was established but amazingly has only had one placed effort in 17 attempts so far. Mr Big Shot looks a typical Pipe horse who could be a handicap plot; he’s only had three starts under rules and won a bumper and two novice hurdles. He won by 17 lengths last time out back in April and could well be under estimated by the handicapper.
Punters Lounge Tip: Carter McKay EW 16/1 at BetVictor - Click Here To Bet
Conditional Jockeys Hurdle Runners
Conditional Jockeys Trends
*Race Established 2009
|9/9 Winners||Were aged 5 or 6 years old|
|9/9 Winners||Carried over 11 stone|
|9/9 Winners||Rated over 133|
|8/9 Winners||Had previously won over 2m 2f or further|
|8/9 Favourites||Did NOT win the race|
|6/9 Winners||Were second season hurdlers|
|8/9 Winners||Had ran between 3 and 5 times that season|
|7/9 Winners||Started at 10/1 or more|
|6/9 Winners||Were Irish bred|
|4/8 Winners||Won last time out|
Conditional Jockeys Previous Winners
|2018||Blow By Blow||7||11-10||Donagh Meyler||Gordon Elliott||11/1|
|2017||Champagne Classic||6||11-03||J J Slevin||Gordon Elliott||12/1|
|2016||Ibis du Rheu||5||11-07||Jack Sherwood||Paul Nicholls||14/1|
|2015||Killultagh Vic||6||11-01||Luke Dempsey||Willie Mullins||7/1|
|2014||Don Poli||5||11-05||Mikey Fogarty||Willie Mullins||12/1|
|2013||Salubrious||6||11-08||Harry Derham||Paul Nicholls||16/1|
|2012||Attaglance||6||11-06||Harry Haynes||Malcolm Jefferson||20/1|
|2011||Sir Des Champs||5||11-06||Emmet Mullins||Willie Mullins||9/2|
|2010||Pause and Clause||6||11-10||Johnny Farrelly||Emma Lavelle||14/1|
|2009||Andytown||6||11-02||Felix de Giles||Nicky Henderson||25/1|