5 biggest hopes for British glory ahead of upcoming 2017 Cheltenham Festival

The 2017 Cheltenham Festival is nearly upon us.

Hundreds of thousands of punters will flock to the famous racecourse next week for the festival.

It promises to be another special week and as always, you can follow the action with us.

Everyone is looking for the best daily tips as they look for some big wins.

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March 14 – Altior

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Altior ridden by Nico de Boinville jumps the last fence on the way to winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival
Altior in action in 2016
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Probably one of the biggest certainties, if there is such a thing, of the entire meeting.

Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old cannot stop winning, and has looked thrilling over fences.

If he gets round safely, he wins doing the proverbial handstands.

March 15 – Neon Wolf

Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle

Neon Wolf
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Make no mistake, he is the real deal.

Trainer Harry Fry loves this horse, and it is easy to understand why.

A brilliant winner of a Supreme trial at Haydock on his last start, this giant of an animal should adore stepping up in trip at Cheltenham.

There is also rain forecast, which is good news.

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March 16 – Unowhatimeanharry

Sun Bet Stayers’ Hurdle

Noel Fehily on Unowhatimeanharry celebrates winning the 2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Noel Fehily on Unowhatimeanharry celebrates winning the 2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
(Photo: Reuters / Dylan Martinez)

Fry, just like the rest of us, has been knocked for six by this one’s progress over the winter.

The nine-year-old is on a winning run that stretches back to November 2015 and he is head and shoulders above his rivals in what is a fairly uninspiring staying department.

March 17 – Defi Du Seuil

JCB Triumph Hurdle

Richard Johnson riding Defi Du Seuil
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The dogs were barking about this one long before he made a facile hurdling bow at Ffos Las and he has more than lived up to the positive chatter.

Philip Hobbs’ inmate is already a Grade One scorer and possesses that all-important course know-how, having claimed three wins at Cheltenham this winter.

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March 17 – Native River

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup

Native River is in the running for the Gold Cup
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He might not be a ‘sexy’ horse, but, by golly, does he get the job done.

The Hennessy and Welsh National hero lacks the superstar status of the sidelined Thistlecrack, but staying prowess is almost as important as class in the Gold Cup.

Trainer Colin Tizzard will no better than anyone that he fulfils every possible criteria need to win the big one.

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