Cheltenham Racing Festival – Golden Rules

SOME CHELTENHAM GOLDEN RULES: Look to last time out winners in all handicap hurdle races as around 50% of winners in the last 10 years won their prep race. It can often lead to a decent priced winner. In the Championship races, The Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and World Hurdle, disregard horses that failed to make the first three on their previous start. In the handicap chases look at horses carrying 11 stone or less, but don’t disregard older horses in the handicap chases. The common perception is that the younger horses fare better in these races, but overall statistics do not bear that out. Give serious consideration to French bred chasers in races of up to 2m5f. French breds are all about speed as there are very few races in France beyond 3 miles. Above all, don’t bet what you can’t afford to lose; it is a long week with very competitive races. Be selective and consider trading out if your horse is travelling well and is trading short; it is a long way home up that hill!