Road To Cheltenham 2024: More questions than answers after the DRF?

 | February 06 | 

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Road To Cheltenham

Following the Dublin Racing Festival last weekend, Matt Hulmes, Frankie Foster and Joel Ross are back on The Road To Cheltenham.

But before getting into the thick of Episode 10, the panel paid tribute to Keagan Kirkby - a 25-year-old jockey who was a part of Paul Nicholls' team at Ditcheat - who tragically lost his life after falling in a point-to-point on Sunday.

I echo everything Matt, Frankie and Joel said and the thoughts of the whole team at Betfred Insights are with Keagan's loved ones at this time.

Back to the show, and the lads began their review of the DRF with an assessment of Irish Gold Cup winner Galopin Des Champs. Can anything beat him in the Gold Cup next month?

El Fabiolo was as imperious as ever in winning the Dublin Chase, but it was one of the beaten horses who Joel was taken by. Me too...

A fascinating segment follows, regarding Irish Champion Hurdle winner State Man, who Matt reckons looks as good as ever this season. Good enough to beat Constitution Hill, who we've only seen once this year? Imperative viewing.

How to solve a problem like Gaelic Warrior? Through gritted teeth, Joel admits doubts about his favourite horse after a poor performance at Leopardstown on Sunday. Where does he go now - and how good is his conqueror Fact To File?

That's just a smidge of what's covered by the guys this week before, as always, ending with an antepost selection each. Those come in the Arkle, Kim Muir and Gold Cup.

Tune in below, or go directly to Betfred's YouTube channel, to watch the full episode.

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

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