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Cheltenham Festival 2024 Tips - Coral Cup contender a great bet at 12/1

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Last updated: 05 Mar 2024
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  • Our eighth ante-post tip for the 2024 Cheltenham Festival
  • We've backed Doddiethegreat at 12/1 to win the 2024 Coral Cup
  • The 2024 Coral Cup will be run at Cheltenham on Wednesday 13th March
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Nico de Boinville riding Doddiethegreat (light blue) clear the last to win The Give The Gift Of Ascot Membership 'Introductory' Hurdle at Ascot. (Getty)

After the entries for the Cheltenham handicaps were revealed this week, we've put up our eighth ante-post selection for the 2024 Cheltenham Festival. Here's our latest ante-post Cheltenham tips.

2024 Coral Cup Tips - Doddiethegreat


Whenever the handicap entries are announced for the Cheltenham Festival, I'm always interested to see who Nicky Henderson has lined up for the Coral Cup. Henderson has celebrated victory in this handicap three times in the past decade, while also saddling eight top-six placers in that period.

Nicky accounts for eight of the current 72 entrants. The novice, Lucky Place is also entered in the Baring Bingham and the Albert Bartlett, while Theatre Glory looks set for another outing in the Mares' Hurdle. No Ordinary Joe will return to the Martin Pipe, with Walking On Air set for a tilt at the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase.

Henderson's best chance in this year's contest is undoubtedly DODDIETHEGREAT (12/1), and I doubt whether even the bookmakers would mind seeing him win, given that owner, Kenny Alexander is donating all of his winnings to the motor neurone disease foundation set up by his namesake, Doddie Weir.

An impressive winner over the Coral Cup trip at Kempton on his hurdles debut back in 2021, Doddiethegreat wasn't seen for the next two years. Henderson's eight-year-old returned to action at Ascot in November and produced a fine performance to beat three decent rivals.

On his Cheltenham debut in December, Doddiethegreat was narrowly beaten into second by Go Dante. The third and fourth from that handicap have come out and won since, with Go Dante boosting that form further with a third-place finish in the Betfair Hurdle. Henderson's star, again, finished a place behind Go Dante in that huge handicap at Newbury, where James Bowen's mount stayed on powerfully from the rear to snatch fourth place behind stablemate Iberico Lord.

Henderson seems to have been waiting for the Coral Cup to step Doddiethegreat back up in distance. In his stable tour, Nicky said that "the Coral Cup looks like an ideal test for him", and no trainer is better at identifying possible winners of this handicap than the master of Seven Barrows.

2024 Cheltenham Festival Ante-Post Tips


Name
Race
Price Taken
Current Odds
Firefox2024 Supreme Novices' Hurdle10/17/1
Sir Gerhard2024 Stayers' Hurdle20/19/1
Fact To File2024 Turners' Novices' Chase14/17/4
Banbridge2024 Ryanair Chase12/15/2
Il Etait Temps2024 Arkle Challenge Trophy14/14/1
Kala Conti2024 Triumph Hurdle16/125/1
Jango Baie2024 Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle16/120/1
Doddiethegreat2024 Coral Cup12/1NA

Verdict

Doddiethegreat's seasonal form is looking rock solid heading into Cheltenham. Given Nicky Henderson's record in this contest, and what this horse represents, I could see Doddiethegreat being backed into a single-figure price before the off, so I'm going to snap up 12/1 while it's available.

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