Cheltenham Champion Bumper
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The most prestigious National Hunt Flat Race concludes the day’s action on Wednesday where Willie Mullins will hope to repeat his 2006 success with Cousin Vinny, when he saddles Champagne Fever. But Royal Guardsman could play a part for Colin Tizzard following his eye-catching seven-length win in an Ascot bumper last month. The winner of the Champion Bumper often develop into leading performers over the obstacles and it would be no surprise to see this year’s winner make that transition. Get a free £25 bet with William Hill.
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Champion Bumper Irish Influence
But he isn’t the only Irish racehorse trainer to be feared in this event, after all they have displayed a great deal of dominance over their British rivals taking eight of the last twelve runnings. Dunguib won it in 2009 and the Philip Fenton trained 7yo was backed into 4/6 for the Supreme Novices where it seemed the whole of Ireland were banking on him. He fluffed his lines that day, but it spoke volumes of the type of horses that come out of the Champion Bumper and it will be interesting to see a whole new batch of recruits in March.
Flat Jockeys have saddled runners in this race in previous years and often compete in the hope of riding a Cheltenham festival winner. Jamie Spencer was the last out and out flat jockey to taste victory in this contest in 2002 but since the flat riders have been out of luck. Whichever jockey becomes victorious; the horse that wins this race is destined for a big future over obstacles. Previous winners of this Bumper have developed into leading hurdlers and chasers but who will make the transition this year?
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