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Weatherbys Champion Bumper Preview - Cheltenham Festival


Published on: 13/03/2019

Weatherbys Champion Bumper Preview - Cheltenham Festival

March 13, 2018 17:30pm - Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival

Distance: 2m 87y

Grade: 1

Runners: 14

Winner: £42,202.00 2nd: £15,900.00 3rd: £7,958.00 4th: £3,975.00 5th: £1,995.00 6th: £998.00 7th: £495.00 8th: £255.00

Going: Soft (Heavy in places)

Despite making up the smallest field since 2000, the 14 entries for Champion bumper should provide an entertaining race.

Envoi Allen looks like the one to beat having already racked up three bumper wins. However, he was tested by Meticulous (who also runs here) last time out and could find the conditions moving against him here. That could bring Meticulous into contention. He was finishing well when second to Envoi Allen at Leopardstown and has big chance to take revenge here.

Master Debonair has course and distance experience and that could give him an advantage over some of the unproven entries here. At 12/1, he looks the pick of the each-way options.

Willie Mullins has won this nine times and landed a 1-2-3 last year. This year, the Irishman is pinning his hopes on four-year-old Blue Sari, who cruised to an 11-length win on debut at Gowran Park at the end of January. The short price of 3/1 is not without justification.

Here`s a quick look at the past winners, the latest odds and our top tip of the race.

Weatherby`s Champion Bumper Winners - past five years:

2014: Silver Concorde (6) - Mr Robbie McNamara (Dermot Weld)

2015: Moon Racer (6) - Tom Scudamore (David Pipe)

2016: Ballyandy (5) - Sam Twiston-Davies (Nigel Twiston-Davies)

2017: Fayonagh (6) - Mr Jamie Codd (Gordon Elliott)

2018: Relegate (5) - Ms K Walsh (Willie Mullins)

Latest Betting odds:

Blue Sari 3/1

Envoi Allen 5/1

Ask For Glory 7/1

Meticulous 9/1

Abacadabras 11/1

Sempo 12/1

Master Debonair 12/1

Thyme Hill 22/1

The Glancing Queen 22/1

33/1 bar

You can back Meticulous to win at 9/1 and Master Debonair (E/W) at 12/1.

By Neil Morris

Published on: 13/03/2019

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (13/03/2019 11:43:53) but are subject to change.