Road To Cheltenham 2024: Is this the Ryanair winner?

 | January 16 | 

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Road To Cheltenham

The cold weather and quieter schedule means Cheltenham Festival clues were limited, but certainly not non-existent, last week.

One of the big races over the last seven days which has had a big impact on the antepost markets for those four days in March was the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton on Saturday.

Naturally, the result of that Grade 2 contest was a big part of the discourse between the regular panel of Matt Hulmes, Frankie Foster and Joel Ross during Episode 7 of The Road To Cheltenham.

Banbridge, who got the better of Pic D'Orhy after a superior jump at the last fence, is now, ground permitting at least, a huge player in the Ryanair division - but is he the standout? It's fair to say the lads have slightly different answers to that.

Grey Dawning, an impressive wide-margin winner of the Hampton Novices' Chase at Warwick, is also discussed. Is he the best of the British novice chasers?

The most notable performance of the week has to be Mystical Power's impressive success in the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday.

Willie Mullins' superbly-bred and powerfully-connected youngster jumped right to the top of the betting for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Fair? Tune in for the guys' thoughts on that front.

As will be the norm for the rest of the shows leading up to the Festival, it ends with everyone's second antepost selections.

The Ryanair, Cross Country and Mares' Chase were the chosen races - watch the full episode below for the 'who'.

Stay tuned to Betfred Insights for more Cheltenham Tips as we build-up to the 2024 Festival

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