The Cheltenham Festival is just days away, we take a look at five horses that could hit the headlines if they end up in the winners enclosure.

we have visiting several racing yards in the lead up to the Cheltenham Festival you can read all about my visit to Nicky Henderson's yard right here

Douvan

Top price of 9/2 to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase

If we cast our minds back to nearly 12 months ago Douvan was one of the shortest prices ever seen at modern day Cheltenham Festivals to claim the Champion Chase. He looked well in the parade ring and the horse had come into the big race in great form. After just a few fences punters knew the horse was in trouble he jumped poorly at times and was outpaced, an audible groan echoed around Prestbury Park as it was clear the 1/4 shot was beaten a long way from home. This year his preparation has been far from ideal, there has been plenty of speculation about his participation this season in the champion chase, as it stands his trainers recent positive comments suggest he should make a showdown with Arkle winner Altior to give racing fans one of the biggest clashes between two jumps stars for many a year. If Douvan was to win the race after 365 days off the track it would be a stunning training effort and the story of the week.

Sam Spinner

Best price of 5/1 for the Stayers Hurdle

What a feel good story Sam Spinner has been so far this season for jumps racing. His northern based trainer Jedd O’Keffe would be far from a household name, from Chepstow to Ascot each race we have seen him in he has just continued to improve. There is no doubt Cheltenham will be a huge test for the six year old but the Stayers race looks wide open and as second favourite plenty of OLBG tipsters will be anticipating a fantastic end to his stunning season.

OLBG expert ‘Pompey Jim’ has this view on the 4/1 shot: “the Improving hurdler has won five from seven, won his last two galloping his rivals into submission at Haydock in a grade three handicap hurdle by seventeen lengths and was then pitched into grade one company at Ascot, again making all and drawing away to win. Would be a lot shorter if from one of the dominant yards, excellent value.”

Hunters Call

10/1 top price for the County Hurdle

Olly Murphy has had some start to his training career, former assistant to Gordon Elliott the Warwickshire based trainer has saved his stable star for Cheltenham. Whilst Hunters Call in the county hurdle is not his only runner he looks to be the best chance of providing the young handler with his first Festival success. ‘JamPizza’ is a successful OLBG racing tipster who is very keen on his chances, he said: “anyone wanting to bag some value at Cheltenham, take a look at Hunters Call. Available at 20s whilst others have him as short as 8/1. He Interesting runner too having won really well on its only start since switching to the Olly Murphy yard.”

You can hear what the trainer had to say to OLBG right here:

Cue Card

8/1 best price for the Ryanair Chase

Something in the DNA of National Hunt racing fans that means we love a returning hero. Whilst Cue Card is in the twilight of his career he retains a huge level of love and affection from fans of the sport. His run at Ascot last time out gave us the clearest possible indication that he still retains plenty of ability finishing behind Waiting Patiently who looks set to miss the Festival and head to Aintree. If Colin Tizzard’s stable star should he be in contention for the Ryanair as they turn for home the roof could just come off the new stand at Cheltenham! He has been a good friend to punters and OLBG tipsters alike, I suspect plenty will fancy him on the day at an each way price to at least make the frame.

See our stable tour for the Cheltenham Festival from Colin Tizzard's yard here

Faugheen

13/2 top price for the Champion Hurdle

Willie Mullins has worked plenty of miracles but getting Faugheen to regain his Champion Hurdle title would rank incredibly high on the scale of his achievements. His season has seen plenty of ups and downs plus a few unanswered questions. The winning return was spectacular and signalled that there was plenty of life in the 10-year-old yet. We then had the bizarre effort at Christmas when it appeared he was not moving a yard, seemed to cut out and we’re yet to uncover the reason why. His most recent race at the Dublin Racing Festival perhaps showed his age and now slightly limited powers, a fair second to Supersundae was a good run but he was no match for the winner who heads to the Stayers Hurdle. His days of being labeled a “machine” may be gone but should Buver D’air not be at his best Faugheen could just take advantage and claim a famous win in the Champion Hurdle.

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