first_imgShare on Messenger No third Cheltenham Gold Cup tilt for Colin Tizzard’s Cue Card Since you’re here… Share via Email Blaklion’s Aintree chances unharmed by defeat, says Nigel Twiston-Davies Hide “If he could go back and win there for a fourth time, that would mean more than any winner I could have [over the week],” Elliott said. “He loves it when the sun comes out at this time of year and he seems to love Cheltenham.”Mullins is the 6-5 favourite to finish as the leading trainer at the Festival. Elliott is a 2-1 chance while Nicky Henderson, the first British trainer in the list, is 9-4, and it is 25-1 bar the three. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Read more Horse racing Lingfield 1.55 Angelina D’Or 2.25 Ertidaad 2.55 Lady Noorah 3.30 Bernie’s Boy 4.00 Mouchee (nb) 4.35 Clergyman   Plumpton 2.00 Dream Baie 2.30 Holbrook Park 3.00 Sheelbewhatsheelbe 3.35 Not Never 4.05 Invicta Lake 4.40 Soulsaver 5.15 Hawthorn Cottage Ayr 2.15 Bialco 2.45 Present Flight 3.15 Skipthescales 3.50 Looksnowtlikebrian 4.20 One For Harry 4.55 Our Lucas 5.30 Black Pirate Wolverhampton 5.45 Inuk 6.15 Poetic Imagination 6.45 Loyal Promise 7.15 Paddy A 7.45 Ice Canyon 8.15 Atletico (nap) 8.45 Something Lucky center_img Topics Share on Pinterest Read more Cheltenham Festival 2018 Horse racing tips news Quick guide Monday’s tips Cheltenham Festival Gordon Elliott, who expects to saddle two odds-on favourites at next month’s Cheltenham Festival, said here on Sunday that he will send a record team of horses to the meeting as he attempts to finish as the week’s top trainer for the second year running.Elliott saddled six winners from 29 runners at last year’s Festival but his impressive strike-rate of 20% was despite the performances of the four favourites in his team. Three failed to finish while Tombstone, the 7-2 market leader for the Coral Cup, finished 22nd.Six winners were still sufficient for Elliott to edge out Willie Mullins, the top trainer in four of the previous five seasons, on a countback of placed horses. Punters will hope for a better showing from Elliott’s most fancied runners, however, with both Samcro, a 4-5 chance for the Ballymore Novice Hurdle, and Apple’s Jade, 4-6 for the Mares’ Hurdle, among the “30 to 40 horses” the trainer will send to the west country.Samcro ran away with the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle last time out but, despite his cramped odds, Elliott feels he still needs to improve to win next month. Share on LinkedIn “He’s done everything right but he still has to keep improving,” the trainer said. “It’s a big step up for him again at Cheltenham. It’s the first time he’s travelled from Ireland to England to race and that can often be a big ask too. Last year we took Death Duty [who started a 13-8 favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle] and we thought he’d win but he didn’t travel and got very light.“Samcro’s a good horse but has to prove it. Apple’s Jade [who won last year’s Mares’ Hurdle] has been there and proved it [before]. Some people said we should go for the Champion Hurdle or the Stayers’ but I think it’s our best chance of winning a race at the Festival, so that’s the way she’ll go.”Elliott’s squad for the Festival will also include Cause Of Causes, who has been successful at the meeting for the last three seasons and will attempt to win the Cross Country Chase for the second year running. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Show last_img

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