National Hunt Chase Tips: Elliott can enhance his fine race record

Galvin is a leading Gold Cup fancy after landing last year's National Hunt Chase
Galvin is a leading Gold Cup fancy after landing last year's National Hunt Chase

Last year Galvin was a gritty winner of this staying novice chase and he's expected to line up as one of the favourites in Friday's Cheltenham Gold Cup. Will we see an equally promising horse win this year's National Hunt Chase

Just six runners are set to go to post for the final race on day 1 which is a contest for novices and amateur riders over a mammoth 3 miles 5 furlongs.

Run Wild Fred is the most tipped horse on our racecards with 8 tips (3 of those naps) and is the selection of the popular tipsters Templegate, Robin Goodfellow and Newsboy. This consistent type was a runner up in the Irish National last year so should relish the trip and uphill finish. He also has the highest Topspeed rating in the race.

Jamie Codd and Gordon Elliott have a great strike rate when teaming up and the combination have landed this race in 2020 with Rathvinden and 2015 with Cause Of Causes. Individually Gordon Elliott has won 4 (5 if you include Galvin who was transferred to Ian Ferguson just prior to last year's race) of the last 11 renewals and Jamie Codd has won 3 of the last 7 so the trends are strong for the Gigginstown runner.

Elliott holds a strong hand here as he also runs Braeside who is the selection of Spotlight of the Racing Post. It would be no surprise if the Challenge Cup Trophy is on its way to Cullentra House Stables come the end of the week.

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Stattler is the second most popular selection in terms of tips with 4. He’s sure to be popular with the betting public being the sole Willie Mullins representative (Ontheropes is now a non runner after sustaining an injury on Sunday) and he holds the highest Racing Post Rating in the race.

Rounding off the tipped horses is the Gavin Cromwell trained Vanillier who has attracted 3 tips. He was an incredibly impressive winner of last year's Albert Bartlett so is an appropriate selection for those who value Festival form.

Remember to check our racecards for all Cheltenham races to see the runners, riders, ratings, odds, comments, tips and more and then make sure you get the best price on your selection. 

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