Horse racing tips: Templegate's 50-1 Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle fancy could be worth a small each-way punt | The Sun
IT IS brilliant when a horse lives up to the hype and CONSTITUTION HILL more than justified his billing as champion hurdler in waiting.
He boosted the Newcastle gate to an 11-year high too – if you run them, they will come.
Any Grade 1 victory on the bridle by 12 lengths will make headlines but he destroyed former Champion Hurdler EPATANTE which underlines how good the performance was.
She was only one iffy jump away from pushing Honeysuckle very close in last year's renewal and still has loads of ability.
Constitution Hill finished more like an Ascot Gold Cup winner than a National Hunt horse with a real turn of pace despite Nico De Boinville sitting steady.
But he's not a betting proposition for the Champion Hurdle at 4-6.
Honeysuckle deserves huge respect for what she's achieved in winning the past two runnings but she hasn't met opposition like this – and there should be more to come after just four hurdles starts.
He's no Istabraq yet but the potential is clearly there.
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It's a shame that Epatante will switch to the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham now – because she would be a cracking each-way bet for the Champion at 50s.
That does explain the price though.
You may want to cross your fingers and have a small interest just in case she turns up in the big race again.
Offers of 5-1 to win the Mares' Hurdle look fair enough thanks to her excellent Festival record with a win and two places in the Champion.
Brandy Love is the rising star of that division but she has a little way to go yet.
The Coral Gold Cup at Newbury saw the progressive LE MILOS hold off Remastered in a thriller.
The victory showed how pointless our whip rules are as Harry Skelton flailed away as David Noonan behaved properly.
When there's just half a length in it, that surely made a difference.
Skelton cops a seven-day ban but keeps the race.
It's like one team in a football match being told they can commit as many fouls as they like while the other has to stick to the laws – but the lads will get red cards after the final whistle. It's a farce.
Yes there would be uproar if a winner lost a big race after too many taps, but it doesn't seem right. You either have the rule or you don't.
Le Milos looks perfect for the Grand National and connections would do well to swerve the Welsh version and wait for Aintree.
David Pipe's GERICAULT ROCQUE ran another belter in third and he's another who looks ideal for the National.
He's still only six and keeps hitting the frame in these big contests.
Chepstow at Christmas looks perfect especially as some cut in the ground is ideal as is the longer trip.
William Hill have chalked up 12-1 for the Welsh National and that looks more than fair.
L'Homme Presse is another who impressed with his win in Newcastle's Rehearsal Chase.
At this stage, that was the best effort of the season from a horse being aimed at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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GERICAULT ROCQUE at 12-1 for the Welsh Grand National with William Hill.
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