Cheltenham 2018 – County Hurdle Preview

The County Hurdle

Flying Tiger is the selection. Nick Williams charge won the Fred Winter off 134 and returns 12mts later off just 140. From that Fred Winter, the 2nd ran well in a G1 next time and the 4th won a G2 next time out. It hasn’t worked out amazingly well but it’s solid enough form and most importantly, provided a similar test to what the County will.

The last day at Wincanton he was 5L behind the now 161 rated Elgin, a half-length behind the 152 rated Call me Lord and 2.5L behind the 156 rated Ch’Tibello. The latter was a little below his best, not travelling with his usual zest but he still ran well. At a guess Flying Tiger ran to 150 ish. And yes remains on 140 after the race.

Earlier this season Flying Tiger finished a creditable 3rd in the Elite Hurdle when giving weight to the older horses who beat him. Then chased home Buveur D’Air and Irving (rated 154 was 1L ahead) in Newcastle. His effort at Doncaster was similar to the Wincanton one; he conceded weight all around despite still being a 4yo and finishing 4th it was an ok effort because the winner was chucked in that day. He’s ran well all season yet hasn’t been punished by the handicapper. Arguably his best effort of the season was his most recent and now he returns to the scene of his biggest win.

There’s an argument that there’s no rush to back this fella. He doesn’t have an unexposed sexy profile and there’ll be extra places available on the day, as well as no ante-post risk obviously. But at 20.1 NR/NB  the Fred Winter winner is far too big for the County Hurdle 12 months on.

Advised Bet:

1pt e/w Flying Tiger at 20/1 with Boylesports