Cheltenham 2019 bankers?
The jumps season is now getting in to full swing as all roads lead to Cheltenham 2019. Punters are already looking for the latest review of Genting offers available as horses begin to make their anticipated returns to the track. Here we cover two horses that could be banker material come march.
At a best priced 7/4, it certainly does not represent value at this early stage. There is so many factors to get the horse fresh and well to Cheltenham. If connections can do so and the horse remains in top form then Altior is going to take all the beating in the Queen Mother champion chase. He will be looking to defend his title following another jaw dropping display in 2017.
Altior now has a career record of 15 wins from his 17 starts under rules and is without a doubt the current star of national hunt racing. At 8 years of age, Altior is now in his prime and has won his last 14 races in succession over three seasons. Trained by Nicky Henderson he can be expected to return in the same form this season, with the Shloer chase his likely starting point.
If Altior returns in similar form then he is going to take the world of beating whoever he races and is banker material come the festival in March.
Now on a run of two defeats, it will come as a surprise to many that Samcro makes the list. However, his trainer believes we will see the best of the horse next and that he was not suited to the conditions on his previous start. He still rates a very exciting prospect moving forward and you only have to go back two starts, in which many felt he was the next star of the sport.
The six year old son of Germany still has his best years ahead of him, so is worth keeping onside. If he returns next and puts in a starring performance then he is likely to be favourite again for the champion hurdle come march. There is little doubt it is a weak division, so he could take it on route to his novice season chasing next year.
Samcro now has a record of 7 wins from his 9 starts to date. All eyes will be on him for his next start, and if he can come through this in flying colours then he could continue to improve and been a short price come the festival.