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Cheltenham 2016: Bank on Coneygree repeat in early Lucky 15

| 16.03.2015

After four days of sublime jumps racing at the Cheltenham Festival, the dust has barely settled over Prestbury Park. However, the results of those races are already shaping the way punters plan to bash the bookies when they return in a year’s time.

With the quartet of Champion races already priced up, the opportunity to nab some lengthy odds on horses that will be far shorter by the time next March rolls around is one that cannot be overlooked.

Combining your selections is a sure fire way to reap heavy rewards should all four romp home. Here’s ours, which pays £1007 from a £15 stake:

Champion Hurdle – Douvan @ 4/1

The raft of Willie Mullins-trained, Rich Ricci-owned horses that impressed during the Festival was relentless.

Faugheen was a hugely impressive winner in this race just last week, making all in an unflinching display of speed. Just two hours prior, around the same course, at the same distance and over the same obstacles, Douvan won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at a quicker time.

Queen Mother Champion Chase – Un De Sceaux @ 6/4

Mullins set a new Festival record by booting in eight winners over the course of the week, of which Un De Sceaux was among the most untroubled.

The French lightning bolt cantered to a six-length success in the Arkle Chase this season and is naturally destined to compete in the Queen Mother at the same distance in 12 months time.

Ladbrokes World Hurdle – Annie Power @ 6/1

Adding the powerful mare to a multiple bet so soon after she left so many Lucky 15s and accumulators in tatters with her infamous fall is brave.

The fact remains that she was coasting to victory in the Mares Hurdle before seemingly trying to jump the shadow of the final flight and tumbling.

With defending champion Cole Harden and More Of That also in the betting, this is the most risky selection. It’s one worth taking though.

Cheltenham Gold Cup – Coneygree @ 4/1

Already the 2016 Gold Cup looks set to be a far stronger race than the one in which Coneygree set tongues wagging a matter of days ago.

The Bradstock yard’s flawless display of jumping and stamina is taken over the likes of 15-length JLT victor Vautour and Gigginstown’s RSA champion Don Poli.

Already the thought of seeing that trio line up for the Festival’s showpiece is enough to get the excitement levels rising again.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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