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ANTEPOST ANTICS | The Cheltenham Festival Lucky 15

The Cheltenham.co.uk devise a Lucky 15 bet ahead of the upcoming Festival

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The Cheltenham Festival is edging closer, with only 11 days to go until the four-day meeting gets underway in Gloucestershire.

In the next edition of Antepost Antics, the Cheltenham.co.uk team has devised their antepost Lucky 15 ahead of the Festival.

Here are their four picks for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

VANILLIER – NATIONAL HUNT CHASE

Following his surprise success in the Albert Bartlett last season, Vanillier returns to the Festival to take a crack at the National Hunt Chase.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 19, 2021 Mark Walsh riding Vanillier wins the 2.30 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Michael Steele

The gelding has been consistent on his first four starts over fences and he is stepped up in trip following two fair efforts in Graded company over three miles.

With the strong booking of Derek O’Conner, the seven-year-old could well be an interesting competitor in this contest and is worth taking a chance on here.

AMERICAN MIKE – CHAMPION BUMPER

While all the focus is going on Facile Vega, it could be worth looking at rival American Mike for the Champion Bumper.

Gordon Elliot’s recruit looks on par with the current 11/10 favourite, with American Mike holding the better value currently at 11/4.

The gelding has been as equally impressive as his rival after producing two thumping bumper victories and he could well get the better of the market favourite here.

BOB AND CO – FOXHUNTERS CHASE

At the grand age of 12, this could well be Bob And Co’s final Cheltenham Festival appearance with the gelding aiming to claim success in the Foxhunters.

The gelding has made only the one start this season, finishing second at Haydock last month.

Bob And Co did get the better of Billaway last term so he could well outrun his odds of 8/1 here.

PROTEKTORAT – GOLD CUP

Despite only making the one start over the Gold Cup trip, Protektorat could well be a surprise contender in this year’s feature race.

Dan Skelton’s recruit relished the 3m1f trip in the Many Clouds Chase, bolting clear of his rivals to win by a whopping 25 lengths.

The seven-year-old will need to be at his best here, but he could well be a dark horse in the Gold Cup.

SELECTIONS:

  • Vanillier for the National Hunt Chase @ 9/2 NRNB
  • American Mike for the Champion Bumper @ 5/2 NRNB
  • Bob And Co for the Foxhunters Chase @ 8/1 NRNB
  • Protektorat for the Gold Cup @ 8/1 NRNB

£1 Lucky 15 returns £3,216.40

*Odds courtesy of Spreadex and correct at time of writing

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.