CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: Richard Silverwood’s long-range fancies for all 27 races

Here is the long-range shortlist of tips for all 27 Cheltenham festival races by your resident racing expert, Richard ‘Scoop’Silverwood.

CHAMPION! -- jockey Barry Geraghty salutes the crowds after steering Jezki home in last year's Stan James Champion Hurdle (PHOTO BY: Tim Ireland/PA Wire).
CHAMPION! -- jockey Barry Geraghty salutes the crowds after steering Jezki home in last year's Stan James Champion Hurdle (PHOTO BY: Tim Ireland/PA Wire).

Freelance journalist Silverwood is a semi-professional punter, tipster, form student, race-reader, analyst and columnist.

He travels the length and breadth of the country watching racing. This will be the 31st consecutive Cheltenham Festival he has attended without missing a single race.

His main fancies are accompanied by alternative selections. This is because many running plans have yet to be finalised, and also because the Festival is so competitive that it often pays to back more than horse per race, maybe each/way. All named horses are potential winners.

For an eve-of-meeting update on Silverwood’s tips, visit this website from midnight on Sunday.


1.30 (2m Supreme Novices’ Hurdle) JOLLYALLAN (Qewy, Alvisio Ville, Tell Us More)

2.05 (2m Arkle Novices’ Chase) JOSSES HILL (Three Kingdoms, Vibrato Valtat)

2.40 (3m1f Handicap Chase) MENDIP EXPRESS (Gevrey Chambertin, Ned Stark, Clondaw Knight)

3.20 (2m Champion Hurdle) 1FAUGHEEN, 2Jezki, 3Arctic Fire

4.00 (2m4f Mares’ Hurdle) ANNIE POWER (Polly Peachum, The Pirate’s Queen)

4.40 (4m NH Chase) SEGO SUCCESS (Cogry, Very Wood)

5.15 (2m5f Novices’ Handicap Chase) KNOCK HOUSE (Generous Ransom, Stellar Notion, Gorsky Island)


1.30 (2m5f Neptune Novices’ Hurdle) VYTA DU ROC (Ordo Ab Chao, Outlander, Beast Of Burden)

2.05 (3m RSA Novices’ Chase) VALSEUR LIDO (Kings Palace, Coneygree)

2.40 (2m5f Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle) ZABANA (Baradari, Shelford, Spirit Of Shankly)

3.20 (2m Queen Mother Champion Chase) 1CHAMPAGNE FEVER, 2Dodging Bullets, 3Sire De Grugy

4.00 (3m7f Cross-Country Handicap Chase) SIRE COLLONGES (Quantitativeeasing)

4.40 (2m Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle) ZARIB (Hostile Fire, Arabian Revolution, All Yours)

5.15 (2m Champion Bumper) MOON RACER (Stone Hard, Pylonthepressure, Supasundae)


1.30 (2m4f JLT Novices’ Chase) VAUTOUR (Valseur Lido, Apache Stronghold)

2.05 (3m Pertemps Handicap Hurdle) CALL THE COPS (Milan Bound, Knight Of Noir, The Tourard Man)

2.40 (2m5f Ryanair Chase) 1BALDER SUCCES, 2Don Cossack, 3Ma Filleule.

3.20 (3m World Hurdle) 1WHISPER, 2Saphir Du Rheu, 3Lieutenant Colonel

4.00 (2m5f Handicap Chase) MONETAIRE (Taquin Du Seuil, Un Ace, Easter Day)

4.40 (3m2f Kim Muir Handicap Chase) GEVREY CHAMBERTIN (Roalco De Farges, Clondaw Knight, Theatrical Star)


1.30 (2m1f Triumph Hurdle) TOP NOTCH (Karezak, Petite Parisienne, Devilment)

2.05 (2m1f County Handicap Hurdle) ARZAL (Some Buckle, The Game Changer, Chieftain’s Choice, Sign Of A Victory)

2.40 (3m Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle) MARTELLO TOWER (Fletchers Flyer, Blaklion, Thomas Brown)

3.20 (3m 2f Gold Cup Chase) 1HOLYWELL, 2Boston Bob, 3Many Clouds

4.00 (3m 2f Foxhunter Chase) ON THE FRINGE (Current Event, Paint The Clouds)

4.40 (2m4f (Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle) FORTHEFUNOFIT (Roi Des Francs, Clean Sheet, Jolly’s Cracked It, McKinley, Unique De Cotte)

5.15 (2m Grand Annual Handicap Chase) GRUMETI (Monetaire, Eastlake)