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Cheltenham Preview (Tuesday, March 13)

13 Mar 2018

Cheltenham Preview (Tuesday, March 13)


Faugheen is back to try and regain his Champion Hurdle crown on Tuesday as he takes on defending champion Buveur D'Air in the feature race on day one of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. The Champion Hurdle is due off at 3.30.

So impressive when making all in the race in 2015, Faugheen has not looked the force of old recently but he in unbeaten at Cheltenham and Ruby Walsh is back on board so stranger things have happened. 

The Irish have a really strong hand in the Racing Post Arkle (2.10) as hot favourite Foodpad, unbeaten over fences, and Petit Mouchoir renew rivalry in what is one of the most mouth-watering clashes of the week. 

The festival kicks off in familiar fashion - a hot favourite trained by Willie Mullins, owned by Rich Ricci and ridden by Ruby Walsh - and plenty of Irish punters will be praying that Getabird continues his winning spree in the opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle (1.30). 

Apple's Jade is the new queen of Cheltenham and she returns to defend her OLBG Mares Hurdle crown (4.10) for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy. 

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