Early Cheltenham horses to watch out for

Early Cheltenham horses to watch out for

The jumps season is now set to kick off with Cheltenham and the National as the two key targets for many connections. Punters are already looking for the latest grand national betting offers but early season attention is all about Cheltenham. The festival is the marquee event of the national hunt season. Here we cover two horses to watch out for.

Supreme Novice Hurdle
Annamix

A horse that was a long time ante post favourite for last year’s edition before injury, and it is the same this time around. Annamix has continued to shorten over recent months and is now a general 12/1 shot for the race. Could it be yet another winner for the Mullins, Rich Ricci combination? Following the injury his owner said he was devasted which just shows the esteem this horse is held in at the stable, which is a tip in itself with the long list of champions coming through the yard.

He is now a five year old and has still only made one racecourse appearance when finishing second in France. Therefore it is a guessing game as to the ability of the horse, but at the current prices it is worth it, as this could be yet another superstar to come through the ranks at the all-conquering Mullins stable.

Arkle Chase
Kalashnikov

A horse that at present is the general 7/1 favourite for the Arkle, but one that is very much likely to shorten heavily prior to March. Looking through the horses around him in the market, they all look unlikely to contest this race, which all but cements him as a strong favourite. Trained by Amy Murphy, he is not from a powerful yard, which always results in him being very much backable for his races. He has won four of his six races in his career with two seconds, just showing the consistency of the horse.

Kalashnikov really shot on to the scene following his romp in Newbury’s big hurdle race. Following this he was sent to contest the Supreme Novices hurdle and looked to have the race in the bag, before being necked on the line. This was heart breaking for connections but there will be many more exciting times ahead for them this season. He really could be a superstar this season with expected improvement.

Murphy has said she is extremely excited about the horse going chasing as he looks tailormade for it with his big frame. His chasing debut is much anticipated and if it goes to plan, the general 7/1 could look big even at this early stage.

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