JP’s Cheltenham Festival 2012 selections

Now that we are only 6 days away, the form of all the trial races is known and the fields for the Cheltenham Festival are taking shape. So it’s a good time to post my picks for next week. Some of these are official ante-post tips and these are indicated with an asterisk and are hyperlinked so you can read the preview. The others are selections I have backed but won’t be counted for tipping record purposes.

My approach is to focus on the non-handicap races which lend themselves to trends and patterns plus more is known about the horses; their likes and dislikes. The selection without asterisks aren’t tips as such but I have backed them. Hopefully you’ll find them of interest and good luck if you follow me in!

Tuesday March 13 – Champion Hurdle Day
13:30 Steps To Freedom*
14:05 Cue Card
15:20 Oscars Well*

Wednesday March 14 – Ladies Day
14:05 Monksland* BANKER
14:40 Lambro
15:20 Big Zeb

Thursday March 15 – St Patrick’s Day celebration
13:30 Champion Court
14:40 Rubi Light

Friday March 16 – Gold Cup Day
13:30 Grumeti*
14:40 Sea Of Thunder
15:20 Midnight Chase

* Official ante-post tip