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Horses to Follow at the Cheltenham Festival

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As the Cheltenham Festival grows ever closer, the greatest racehorses are being put through their final paces. 

Horse racing tipsters and punters of all shapes and sizes are formulating their final plans and going through their varied techniques of searching for potential winners of some of the most prestigious races on the planet.

Here are some of the main horses that tipsters and punters will likely focus on in 2023.

Fancied Horses to Win at Cheltenham 2023


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Finding winners at the Cheltenham Festival, or on any other day on the racing calendar, is not an easy task. All tipsters of horse racing must follow the sport daily, studying the form on offer closely so they can provide the best racing tips for tomorrow and for races in the future.

With that in mind, here is a small selection of horses that everyone will have been watching closely in the build-up to Cheltenham this year. 

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Galopin Des Champs

Although a very short-priced favourite for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup at 7/4, Galopin Des Champs is considered, in some quarters, to be a sure thing for trainer, Willie Mullins, and jockey, Paul Townend.

A faller at last year’s festival with the Turners Novices’ Chase at his mercy, the young chaser has put to bed any stamina doubts to win a Gold Cup this season and could confirm his name as the best chaser in training today with victory.

Mighty Potter

Mighty Potter will be hoping to avoid the same faith as Galopin Des Champs in last year’s Turners Novices’ Chase in this year’s renewal. Another Irish-trained runner, Mighty Potter has been flawless over the larger obstacles this season and has won two Grade 1 races with minimal fuss.

He is proving very popular amongst the tipsters and the racing public and is now a well-supported 11/8 favourite to provide his trainer, Gordon Elliott with yet another festival victory.

Lossiemouth

Another potential superstar from the Willie Mullins stable, Lossiemouth, is considered the one to beat in the Triumph Hurdle.

The beautiful grey filly has had mixed preparation in the build-up to this year’s festival, but there were plenty of excuses for the first defeat of her career last time. She has the potential to become another star hurdler for her trainer, and that prospect will be confirmed if she sees off the rest of the top youngsters in contention at this year’s festival.

Shiskin

If you are a follower of ante-post tipsters that had put forward, Shiskin, as a potential main player at Cheltenham this year, then you have been rewarded with very generous early prices. The British-trained chaser bounced back to form in emphatic fashion last time and now finds himself as the Evens favourite for this year’s Ryanair Chase.

If you never gave up on his obvious top-level ability during his dip in form, he is very likely to repay that faith in March.

Whether you follow certain tipsters or experts or like to trust your own gut instinct, now is the time to put together your final list for what promises to be another exciting Cheltenham Festival in 2023.

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