Our panel of experts advised against backing these runners at the Festival.
We asked our panel of experts for their lays of the week at this year’s Cheltenham Festival when we filmed our previews last Thursday.
Oddschecker tipster Andy Holding thinks we should avoid backing these two runners.
“First one is Appreciate It in the Bumper. I certainly respect his win last time out, but I just think 7/4 is plenty tight enough given that we’ve got so many horses with untapped potential. Normally when you get a Willie Mullins horse like this it’s around 4 or 5/1. I just think this one’s a little too short and I wouldn’t want to be backing him at 7/4.
“My second one is Solo in the Triumph Hurdle. Very impressive visually when he won at Kempton last time out, on the clock not so much and I do think this year’s Triumph Hurdle is a very wide open race.”
"Very impressive visually when he won at Kempton last time out, on the clock not so much."— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) March 9, 2020
@holding_andy shares his #CheltenhamFestival lays of the week.
One in the Champion Bumper, one in the Triumph Hurdle. pic.twitter.com/VqrxqMlaTZ
Journalist and tipster Tony Calvin had opposed Envoi Allen with the horse potentially going to the Supreme, but he also agreed with Andy on Solo being vulnerable in the Triumph.
“I’ve laid Solo myself win only. If you’re going to take on Solo maybe take him on in the place market.”
Pro punter Neil Channing was looking into his crystal ball on the subject of Altior (filmed prior to the news from Seven Barrows).
“Well I think the Supreme is wide open this year and Shishkin, which could well not be favourite by the time they start. But, for me that feels like a bit of a speed horse and a bit more of a flat track horse than a Cheltenham horse. I think it’s a nice horse, I wouldn’t mind owning it but I’m not going to back it for the Supreme. I think the race is wide open and I think Cheltenham might be a real slog this year and that might not suit it.
In the Champion Chase on Wednesday I’m definitely going to oppose Altior. I know it’s a brilliant horse and it’s done some fantastic things and had a great career. It jumps in such an enthusiastic way, almost like a showjumper sometimes. I think they’re going to go hell for leather in the race and it might just lose a bit of ground with its jumping generally on the way round.”
"For me that feels like a bit of a speed horse and a bit more of a flat track horse than a Cheltenham horse"— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) March 9, 2020
@SenseiChanning reckons a wide open Supreme Novices' Hurdle contains a horse to oppose, as well as Wednesday's Champion Chase. pic.twitter.com/KxsZI5ITvC
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