Freebets.com Trophy Steeplechase
As part of the three-year deal with Cheltenham Racecourse to sponsor the 2 mile 5 furlong Handicap Chase on Festival Trials Day, Freebets.com is proud to continue supporting a key race in the build up to the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.
Formerly known as the Murphy Group Handicap Chase, the race was inaugurated in 2003 and apart from when abandoned due to frost in 2006 has proven to be a popular event at Prestbury Park over the years. Champion Jockey AP McCoy was aboard Lady Cricket to win the first running, and has been joined by top jockeys such as Graham Lee, Daryl Jacob, Tom Scudamore, Aidan Coleman and Richard Johnson in tasting succcess in subsequent renewals. Both Philip Hobbs and Bob Buckler share the record for most wins as a trainer with 2 each, the latter's horse The Sawyer registering the only back-to-back victories to date in 2009 and 2010.
2015 Cheltenham Festival Clues
The race which has Grade 3 status is scheduled for Saturday 24th January 2015 at 14.25 and will be televised live on Channel 4 Racing, so get those notebooks at the ready as plenty of Festival clues could well be on offer.
Many of the horses that compete on Festival Trials Day are having their final prep run before the Festival and as such, it is rare that this meeting doesn’t feature at least one subsequent Festival winner.
In 2014 Lac Fontana won on Festival Trials Day, before winning the Vincent O’Brien Hurdle in March and The Giant Bolster won the Argento Chase, before going on to be placed in the Betfred Gold Cup for the third consecutive year, behind Lord Windermere.
In 2013, four subsequent Festival winners – Rajdhani Express, The New One, Sprinter Sacre and At Fishers Cross – all had their final pre-Festival start at the Festival Trials Day.
The 2014 Freebets.com Trophy Steeplechase couldn't have gone better from our point of view as one of our horse racing tipsters Will Smith advised backing Wishfull Thinking to give punters who took his advice a nice win at a Starting Price of 9/1.
Wishfull Thinking went on to run with credit for fifth behind the class-act that is Sire De Grugy in the Champion Chase, while Double Ross was the second horse home in the Freebets.com Trophy Steeplechase and went on to place in the JLT Novices' Chase. Further down the field Sew On Target and Shangani went on to finish mid-division in the Bryne Group Plate, while Renard couldn't improve on his performance in the Handicap Chase at the Festival.
Last year's winner has been in good heart for Philip Hobbs this season with wins in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree and the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon, while Ulck Du Lin finished well down the field in this event, but won a Listed race for Paul Nicholls at Ascot in November.