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National Hunt Chase Tips 2020 - Copperhead in Betting Favour

  • The National Hunt Challenge Cup runs on Tuesday, 10th March 2020 at 17.30
  • After Champagne Classic was ruled out, all eyes are on classy Copperhead to win.
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National Hunt Chase Tips & Race Preview

I was gutted when Gordon Elliott ruled Champagne Classic out of Cheltenham last week. I’d already backed the former Martin Pipe winner at 10/1 for the National Hunt in the autumn, and he remained one of my strongest fancies for the week.

Still, we have to move on, and Carefully Selected’s chances certainly increased following Champagne Classic’s withdrawal. Willie Mullins’ charge clearly has a massive engine and two-time winning jockey, Patrick Mullins will definitely take the ride. Yet, Carefully Selected’s jumping has been patchy to say the least, and I’d rather take him on with the classy COPPERHEAD.

Colin Tizzard’s novice has progressed beyond belief this term. That runaway victory in the Reynoldstown at Ascot earned Copperhead a fresh mark of 155, some 30 pounds higher than what he carried into a handicap at Wincanton in December. With Kauto Star winner, Slate House set to enter the RSA, Tizzard will probably split his stable stars up and send Copperhead to the National Hunt. If Tizzard can secure a top jockey booking, like Jamie Codd or Will Biddick, then I think Copperhead will jump his rivals into submission.

National Hunt Challenge Cup Facts

Date: Tuesday March 11, 2020
Time: 5:30pm
Track: Cheltenham
Distance: 4m
Status: Grade 2
Prize Money: £125,000

National Hunt Chase FAQs

When is the National Hunt Chase 2020?

The National Hunt Chase, or National Hunt Challenge Cup, is the last race of Day 1 at Cheltenham. This year that is Tuesday, 10th March at 17.30.

Who will win the National Hunt Chase?

Carefully Selected is the 2020 favourite to win the National Hunt Challenge Cup, but our racing experts think its jumping has been patchy and are tipping another strong contender.

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