Cheltenham Big Race Predictions From Robbie Power – Cheltenham 2023
We have Cheltenham big race predictions for you from our horse racing ambassador Robbie Power as we buckle up for Cheltenham 2023.
Robbie Power is of course a Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey among his other Cheltenham Festival wins so when he speaks about Cheltenham’s big races you’d be wise to listen.
You can read all of Robbie’s Cheltenham big race predictions below for this year’s renewal of the festival.
Robbie Power’s Cheltenham Big Race Predictions
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs can most definitely be beaten. It’s a good renewal this year.
If A Plus Tard comes back to the form he showed last year then he will be very tough to beat, Bravemansgame has question marks if he is good around Cheltenham but I think he is, he ran well in the Novice Hurdle two years ago, but we’ll find out about him.
I think Minella Indo, who has won and finished second in the last two Gold Cups, is way overpriced. I cant see him finishing outside of the first three, Noble Yeats will finish as strong as anything.
Galopin Des Champs was very impressive at the Dublin Racing Festival. Three and a quarter miles up that hill in Cheltenham, could stamina catch him out?
I don’t know, but it looks like he will stay well. It isn’t straightforward, there are plenty of dangers in there, A Plus Tard being one.
Shishkin is obviously the one to beat in the Ryanair, if the Ascot Shishkin arrives here then he will take some beating.
I was really impressed, I know some doubters were not but it was a very good performance and going up in trip has brought about some big improvement.
If I was involved with Shishkin then I’d have been very keen to go for the Gold Cup with him. His pedigree is all about stamina and I’d have been keen to have a crack there with him.
I wouldn’t rule out Envoi Allen and each way money in the race for French Dynamite too, who has good course form.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Facile Vega is probably the one to beat but would I go and back him? Probably not.
Paul Townend got a lot of criticism last time for going too fast and battling with High Definition in the race, he cut out too quickly for my liking and I’d liked to have seen him finish the race better than he did and I wouldn’t be backing him.
Diverge each way looks a promising horse for Willie Mullins. He was very impressive winning his maiden. Willie is running four or five in this race so that tells you he isn’t too convinced in Facile Vega either, so Diverge could be a nice spare ride for somebody.
The Arkle Chase
Barring any accidents then it looks like it is going to be between the top two – El Fabiolo and Jonbon. It’ll be strongly run with Dysart Dynamo in there and if the ground goes softer then he will come into play, but I can’t see that happening.
I would have a preference for El Fabiolo over Jonbon. I don’t think Jonbon ran well at the Festival last year and there’s not a lot between them over hurdles. I just think El Fabiolo is a horse who is improving and he was impressive at the Dublin Racing Festival.
The Mares’ Hurdle
Honeysuckle has been an unbelievable mare for her owners, she doesn’t owe anybody anything. They want to give her one last swansong and this is the ideal race to do it in. She has won it before and she has a good chance to win it again.
Echoes In Rain could be a big danger to her. Maries Rock, if she goes here as well, will be a danger too.
Based on Honeysuckle’s form, if State Man comes out and shakes up Constitution Hill half an hour earlier, then her price will drop dramatically.
Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
I think Gerri Colombe is one of the Irish bankers of the week.
I think stepping up to three miles will bring more improvement, the ground should be ideal for him so I’m very sweet on Gerri Colombe.
I think the big danger could be from Sir Gerhard. Stepping up in trip to three miles could improve his jumping, he is a very classy horse. I just think Gerri Colombe could be a horse en route to a Gold Cup in 12 months time.
The Champion Chase
We learned a lot in January at Cheltenham with Editeur Du Gite beating Edwardstone and Energumene and it’ll be between those three again. Every time I look at the race, I change my mind on the winner.
I think the ground will have a bearing, if it goes soft then it will play into the hands of Energumene, who won on very soft ground in the Champion Chase last year. If the ground is quicker then it will help Edwardstone and Editeur Du Gite more, so the ground will be crucial.
At the moment, I have a slight preference for Edwardstone but that’ll probably change tomorrow.
The Turners Novices’ Chase
I don’t think he is banker material, though I am a big fan of Mighty Potter.
He’s been very good this season, he is a different horse jumping fences than he was at jumping hurdles and he wasn’t bad at jumping hurdles either.
He’s got two massive dangers in Banbridge and Appreciate It, who is stepping up in trip. That’ll really suit him, he is a nine-year-old but Willie Mullins won this race with a 12-year-old before. Appreciate It is a big danger.
It is a very, very good renewal of the Stayers this year. I just think Blazing Khal, he could be unexposed and the form of who he has beaten, I think it falls way below the likes of Flooring Porter, Teahupoo, Klassical Dream and Home By The Lee – their form is much stronger.
We are backing Blazing Khal on hope more than anything else on how good we think he is.
And he will have to be that good to beat his rivals. I think stepping up to three miles for Teahupoo will be good for him.
His run at Gowran Park he couldn’t have won any easier. He isn’t ground dependent so he is definitely going to get a strong test of stamina in this.
I don’t think Lossiemouth has anything to prove. She was unlucky at the Dublin Racing Festival where she hit traffic problems, shuffled back in the field and had to come around. The best horse in the race on the day finished second.
I have done a couple of Cheltenham preview nights and the vibes coming from Willie Mullins’ yard is that Blood Destiny will take all the beating.
He was very impressive when winning his maiden, he looks like a very nice horse.
It’ll be tough to see where [jockey] Paul Townend goes because he has some really tough decisions to make. Do you get off the Grade 1 winner in Lossiemouth to ride Blood Destiny or do you go with the Grade 1 form? Personally, I think he might step off Lossiemouth and ride Blood Destiny with what is coming out of Closutton.
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