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Tip For Cheltenham’s County Hurdle: Golden Spear Can Hit The Target In County Hurdle

Friday’s County Hurdle looks one of the most open races at the festival but Irish trainer Tony Martin can land a gamble with Golden Spear.

GOLDEN SPEAR – 20-1 with Ladbrokes (nrnb) 2.10pm Cheltenham Friday 15th March.

GOLDEN SPEAR - 20-1 with Ladbrokes (nrnb) 20/1 Ladbrokes

Shrewd Irish trainer Tony Martin sends a shiver down the back of bookmakers when one of his horses is backed to win one of the handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival and in his Golden Spear the signs are that that another assault on the Prestbury Park ring is a distinct possibility.

A Stable To Fear

One of the biggest gambles landed at the Cheltenham Festival this century took place in 2003 when the Tony Martin-trained Xenophon ran out an easy winner of the Coral Cup as the heavily-supported 4-1 market leader in the hands of Mick Fitzgerald. That was just one of several huge successful ‘plots’ carried out by the Irish handler who likes nothing better than relieving Cheltenham bookmakers of their cash and in Golden Spear Martin has a horse who has the profile of a potential gamble in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle.

Golden Spear Primed For Handicap Target

With 41 runs to date, 25 on the Flat and 19 over hurdles, the eight-year-old Golden Spear is hardly unexposed but the son of Kyllachy is in fine form at the moment and off a mark of 142 the gelding can land a big prize for connections in Friday’s big 2m 1f handicap. In the hands of John Egan Golden Spear beat all bar Stars Over The Sea in the Cesarewitch Trial at headquarters last September. Not disgraced when eleventh in Newmarket’s £500,000 Heritage Handicap three weeks later, Golden Spear reverted back to hurdle for his most recent start when running out an easy winner of a Down Royal handicap, beating a Willie Mullins hotpot into the bargain. A 20-1 chance with Ladbrokes (nrnb) in their latest Cheltenham betting odds the horse is a sporting bet to win a wide-open contest.


Gordon Elliott And Gigginstown Challenge

Leading Irish trainer and owner, Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud, are likely to have two leading contenders in Vision D’honneur and Felix Desjy. The former, a 14-1 chance with Paddy Power (nrnb), has had just the three runs for Elliott, all in novice company, and could turn out to be better than a 147-rated handicapper. The latter had been a bit disappointing this season until running out an easy winner of a Punchestown Grade 2 last time and is open to plenty more improvement.