The Champion Bumper flat race at Cheltenham is in a few months time, so I’ve been keeping my eyes out for any horse tips and here’s what I’ve got so far…
— Hereford Racecourse (@HerefordRaces) 16 January 2018
Brewin’upastorm put forward his credentials for Cheltenham Festival with a fine run at Hereford to claim the second win of his career. The Irish horse was considered the favourite for the event and rose to the occasion to secure the victory by a comfortable margin.
Olly Murphy’s charge will face a difficult challenge ahead of him, although his performance has brought a sharp decline in his odds for the Champion Bumper according to Oddschecker. There are a number of strong contenders that will be vying for the crown. Brewin’upastorm does not have the experience of some of his rivals but does have two wins under his belt.
In his opening race at Quakerstown in April 2017, he delivered a promising debut performance to claim an eight-length victory. He changed into the hands of Dan Skelton but did race under his new trainer before moving to Murphy’s stable. After eight months out of the action, the five-year-old put forward his dominant outing at Hereford in the Standard National Hunt Flat Race, triumphing by nine lengths.
Brewin’upastorm has quality, although he will need to take his game to the next level. His compatriot Hollowgraphic is among the leading contenders for the Champion Bumper title. The chestnut gelding narrowly missed out on a debut win in his opening race at Punchestown. He just finished off the pace of Vision Des Flos, losing out by a neck.
Loved Hollowgraphic back in April,showed again today hes a good one,stunning horse too pic.twitter.com/CpDidwZum3
— Michael Looby (@michaellooby2) 10 December 2017
However, Willie Mullins’ charge returned to the same racecourse and produced the first victory of his career. Patrick Mullins took the reins for the meet and guided his charge through the field, gradually upping the ante before taking the lead two fences out. From that point, he cantered down the stretch, beating out his nearest rival – Dunvegan – by 13 lengths.
Didtheyleaveuoutto will also be eyeing the crown come the second week of March. At the end of November, he produced a fine performance on his debut at Lingfield Park. Nick Gifford’s charge won the event by a comfortable distance, highlighting his quality as he finished well ahead of the rest of the field.
The stakes were raised in his next outing before Christmas at Ascot in the Standard Open NH Flat Race. However, the four-year-old rose to the occasion once again to claim his second triumph on the bounce, beating out race favourite Bullionaire by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Didtheyleaveuoutto has the quality to thrive at Cheltenham, making the Cheltenham Bumper a must-watch race at the Festival.