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Cheltenham Wednesday betting: What you need to know on Champion Chase day

Will Sire De Grugy break his Cheltenham hoodoo and is Faugheen a machine?

by Sean Goff | March 12, 2014

Stop scrambling through the papers looking for tips. Relax and let the Paddy Power Blog find you a winner.

Runners & Riders

A €5.5m pay out hit Paddy in the Barney Curleys on day one and the hot-pots are lining up again on day two.

It’s the day of reckoning for Sire De Grugy (3.20) but the Champion Chaser in-waiting needs to break his Cheltenham hoodoo to swipe Sprinter Sacre’s crown. A four-time winner this season including the Tingle Creek and Ascot Chase he’s twice failed to come up Cleeve Hill with his nose in front.

Snooker legend and it seems canine aficonado John Parrot’s told us that the dogs have been barking Faugheen’s name for the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle.  And whoever they’ve been barking at has taken the hint. Willie Mullins’ hot-pot has hardened to 7/4 favourite with stable-mate Rathvinden and David Pipe’s Red Sherlock next best.

The RSA Chase could turn into a war. There’s not much between leading Irish contenders Ballycasey. Morning Assembly, Don Cossack and Carlingford Lough while Smad Place and Le Bec head the English challenge.

And with more plots than an episode of House of Cards emerging in the Coral Cup (2.40) and the Champion Bumper (5.15) – Paddy’s got extra-place specials in both races.

Faugheen Cheltenham

What the tipsters say…

Top jocks Ruby Walsh (two winners) and Barry Geraghy (Champion Hurdle on Jezki) had big wins in the saddle and their tipping wasn’t too shabby either. Barry’s gone for Faugheen and Golantilla while Ruby thinks Ballycasey has a bit of class in the RSA Chase.

Matt Chapman went AWOL but we eventually tracked him down to for his race-by-race guide to Wednesday’s action  

Form guide

The Blog’s Aidan Elder has strapped himself in with just enough room to move his fingers and will be LIVE BLOGGING all the action – on and more importantly, off the track.

Elsewhere, our Cheltenham microsite breaks down the key stats to today’s  Champion Chase, Thursday’s World Hurdle and Friday’s Gold Cup.

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