Cheltenham Handicaps Preview – Declan Rix | Matt Tombs | Micheál Deasy

Tom Stanley is here with the selections from our Cheltenham Handicap Preview with Matt Tombs, Declan Rix and Micheál Deasy.

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Hopefully, you’ve seen/ read our Grade 1 Cheltenham preview. If not, you can find it here.

We’ve tried to be as specific as possible with the handicaps but obviously, there’s no certainty as to what goes where.

As with our Grade 1 preview, we start with a key trend for each race from Matt which will point you towards the under bet horses.


Ultima Handicap Chase

Horses 7lb or more below their hurdles mark are 5/14 in the last 13 renewals – 50pt (392%) profit.

  • Tom – Spiritofthegames, Oscar Elite, Alnadam, Tea Clipper
  • Matt – Oscar Elite
  • Rixy – Kiltealy Briggs, Tea Clipper – small mention to Empire Steel, Fantastikas, Grumpy Charlie
  • Deasy – Vintage Clouds, Our Power, Discordantly

Boodles Juvenile Hurdle

7 of the last 10 winners have gone off between 26.0 and 81.0, all were 15th or lower choice of the punters in what’s now a maximum field of 22.

  • Tom – Swinging London, Elliott outsider
  • Matt – No bet
  • Rixy – Lunar Power, Ebasar
  • Deasy – Champion Green

Coral Cup

No first season novice has won – 14 of the 21 renewals this century have been won by second season hurdlers.

  • Tom – No bet
  • Matt – Saint Felicien
  • Rixy – McFabulous
  • Deasy – Drop The Anchor


Grand Annual

Horses that went off in the front 3 in the market the last time they ran in the Grand Annual are 6/26 in the last 16 renewals – 73pts (281%) profit.

Grand Annual winners this century 0/56 in handicap chases the following season.

  • Tom – Sky Pirate
  • Matt – Embittered
  • Rixy – Editeur Du Gite, Gumball
  • Deasy – Sky Pirate, Before Midnight, Embittered

Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle

The 10 runners from Cullentra House have finished 2121512354 in the last 6 renewals.

  • Tom – Tullybeg
  • Matt – Folcano
  • Rixy – Remastered
  • Deasy – Tullybeg, Dunboyne, Born Patriot

Plate Handicap Chase

16 of the first 17 winners this century went off 13.0 or bigger, the last 4 have gone off 6.0 or shorter.

  • Tom – Spiritofthegames, Pink Legend
  • Matt – Imperial Alcazar, Spiritofthegames
  • Rixy – No bet yet
  • Deasy – Busselton, Imperial Alcazar



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Kim Muir Challenge Cup

In the 12 New Course renewals jockeys who claimed are 2/96.

  • Tom – Glenloe but need riders before making decision
  • Matt – Frontal Assault
  • Rixy – No bet
  • Deasy – Glenloe, Commodore

County Hurdle

In the last 27 renewals, handicap debutants are 1/81.

  • Tom – Carrarea / Mullins unfancied hold-up horse
  • Matt – Magic Tricks
  • Rixy – Colonel Mustard
  • Deasy – State Man, Jesse Evans

Martin Pipe

Last time out winners are 6/64 – 30pt (48%) profit.

  • Tom – I A Connect (2 or 3 of Elliott’s)
  • Matt – Chemical Energy
  • Rixy – Banbridge, Fair Frontieres, Au Fleuron
  • Deasy – Lay Langer Dan

Top Trainer

Both Matt and Deasy think Gordon Elliott could be overpriced by the market considering his strength in the handicaps.


Best Place Lay

  • Tom – State Man (County) / Gaelic Warrior (Boodles)
  • Matt – State Man (County)
  • Rixy – Does He Know (Ultima)
  • Deasy – Gaelic Warrior (Boodles)

Best Bet

  • Tom – Tullybeg (Pertemps)
  • Matt – Saint Felicien (Coral Cup)
  • Rixy – Kiltealy Briggs (Ultima)
  • Deasy – Before Midnight (Grand Annual)

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