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2020 International Hurdle Tips - Former Cheltenham Festival winner to make up for last year's defeat

  • We take a look through the field set to run in the 2020 International Hurdle
  • This Grade Two is the main event on day two of the International Meeting at Cheltenham
  • Gary Moore's Goshen heads the current betting
  • Call Me Lord, Ballyandy and Ch'tibello finished as the first three last year
  • Sceau Royal and Silver Streak will also run at Cheltenham on Saturday
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Ch'tbello jumps the last at Cheltenham ahead of eventual winner Call Me Lord (right) in the 2019 International Hurdle. (Getty)

We take a look through the betting for this Grade Two at Cheltenham and provide readers with our International Hurdle tips.

The Unibet International Hurdle has been won by many great hurdlers since it was created in 1963. Cheltenham Festival winners like Comedy Of Errors, Sea Pigeon and Rooster Booster have come out on top in this Grade Two, while fan's favourites like The New One and My Tent Or Yours have triumphed in recent years.

ITV racing viewers look set for a cracking renewal of the International Hurdle on Saturday. Let's take a look at the current betting with race sponsors Unibet.

2020 International Hurdle Odds


Name
Odds
Goshen9/4
Sceau Royal5/1
Song For Someone5/1
Ch'tibello6/1
Silver Streak6/1
Ballyandy8/1
Bar12/1

*Odds taken on 10/12/20*

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It finally looks like Goshen will be making his reappearance this season. Gary Moore's charge has only been seen on the flat since that famous unseat in last year's Triumph Hurdle, and potential runs in the Elite Hurdle and the Coral Hurdle were scrapped late in the day.

With most of his rivals carrying some sort of penalty, it's easy to see why Goshen tops the market. However, I'm never keen to side with precocious juveniles on their first start against older horses. Plus, Goshen is a very keen going sort, and may be a little too fresh on his first run for over 60 days.

Sceau Royal bolted up in the Elite Hurdle, and headed Epatante most of the way in the Fishing Fifth Hurdle, until the Champion Hurdler turned on the afterburners on the run to the line and left Alan King's star for dead. Sceau Royal is a very classy hurdlers, but a six-pound penalty, on ground that will be softer than ideal, may be too much for him to cope with.

Silver Streak finished a close second to Brain Power here in 2018, despite giving the winner four-pounds at the weights. Evan Williams' star was unlucky to get carried-out early in the Fighting Fifth and has to be respected, but he too would prefer less juice in the Cheltenham ground.

Last year's winner, Call Me Lord hasn't shown anything like top form on four starts since his International Hurdle win, and he will have to give weight to the field. As will last year's runner-up Ballyandy and Summerville Boy, who crops back to the minimum trip after a decent run in the Long Distance Hurdle.

2020 International Hurdle Tips


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Song For Someone is the last of five entrants who've been lumbered with a six-pound penalty. Tom Symonds' charge comfortably dealt with Call Me Lord in the Coral Hurdle, and his extra staying power will come in handy on the long run to the line.

That being said, Cheltenham is unknown territory for Song For Someone, and it can be a hard track for newcomers to cope with. One who knows this track very well is CH'TIBELLO, and I'm going to side with Dan Skelton's nine-year-old. 

Ch'tibello won the County Hurdle here at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, before almost upsetting Supasundae and Buveur D'Air in the Aintree Hurdle. In this race last year, Harry Skelton's mount was the one giving weight to his rivals. Ch'tibello traveled beautifully and hit the front before the last, where a slightly dodgy landing opened the door for Call Me Lord and Ballyandy to come through and relegate Skelton back to third.

Again on his reappearance this year, Ch'tibello cruised into contention and jumped into the lead after the last, only to get out-stayed by Summerville Boy on the run to the line. That was still an excellent prep-run for his return to the International Hurdle and, with no penalty to carry this time around, I'm going to bank on the Skelton's hot-streak continuing at Cheltenham.
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Verdict

CH'TIBELLO finished a close third to Call Me Lord when giving the two ahead of him weight last year. Dan Skelton's former County Hurdle winner will carry just 11-00 this year, and the stable could hardly be in better form.

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