This is a race about potential. Run on the final day on Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival, it brings forward to only race at the Festival which isn’t run over some sort of obstacle whether it would be fences or hurdles.
Last year’s renewal was won once again by legendary trainer Willie Mullins, who for the seventh time saw one of his horses stride to success. This time it was the classy and appropriately named Champagne Fever that delighted punters on Ladies Day with a very professional win. Can Mullins land another blow this season? Well, tuning into Paddy Power to find out is our recommendation.
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Their Bet and Watch service allows punters to watch any Festival race, including the Champion Bumper, on Paddy Power’s brilliant live sports streaming service which is among the most functioning website online. In order to watch your selected Cheltenham race, you’ll need to sign up for a free account, using the promotion code for a free bet and place a bet of £1 or more on the Coral Cup market.
Their opening offer of a bulky £250 in free bets is currently one of the biggest offers anywhere in the bookmaking world. The free bet Paddy Power are offering comes in five instalments of £50.
Firstly you need to deposit £50 and use the exclusive code to obtain the freebie. Following your first punt with the £50 you can also repeat this offer for your next four bets which could give you a maximum of £250 of free punting money to use throughout the Festival and on the Champion Bumper.
So the big question is which horse to place to your free bet on? Luck will be crucial to any decision making in this race as this betting task is mystery that Agatha Christie would struggle to solve.
A quick glance at the betting markets at the ante-post stage bring forward the argument that this year’s Champion Bumper could be one the most competitive in recent years, as there doesn’t seem a standout superstar in the ranks of any of the leading trainers.
There are nine horse who are between the 10/1 and 14/1 marks as it seems that punters and bookmakers alike are not sure where the money is likely to be going. The closer we get to the Festival, the more likely a horse will burst to the top of the betting as there are plenty of trial races for the Champion Bumper in February and March.
Keeping an eye on races like the Paddy Power Champion Bumper at Leopardstown at the beginning of February are a key way to keep on top of any potential market moves.
Perhaps one horse to take an interest in at the ante-post stage is Clondaw Court, who is trained by the man with all the answers, Mullins.
Ireland have won 15 of the last 20 runnings of this race.
Winner of his sole point-to-point, the five-year-old looks a ready-made candidate for top-class honours for Mullins after winning his debut run on the Flat without breaking sweat. He beat De Glebe Star by a massive 27 lengths on debut and did it in a style that made him look like a top-class animal in waiting.
He will likely be aimed at all the major races over the winter and go into Cheltenham as a hot favourite. Taking the early 10/1 with Paddy Power looks a canny play at this ante-post stage.