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Thursday 31 July 2014

Cheltenham 2014 preview video: Niall Cronin and Richard Forristal mark your card

Published 10/03/2014|14:39

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It's finally upon us. Cheltenham 2014 kicks off in the Cotswolds tomorrow and we have the top experts in the game to advise you and wear to bet your hard-earned cash.

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The Herald's Niall Cronin and the Irish Independent's Richard Forristal are not overly confident that we can better our record haul of 14 winners from last year but are expecting a strong showing from the Willie Mullins contingent.

Day One could be a bumper day with Hurricane Fly going for his 20th Grade One success and both our experts believe he will steal all the headlines tomorrow.

Niall is also very confident of that Enda Bolger's horse Gilgamboa will run a strong race in the Supreme Novice Hurdle and Herald columnist Katie Walsh could also be in the winner's enclosure.

Quevega is a a racing certainty but the Racing Post Arkle could be a trickier number with Willie Mullins' Champagne Fever likely to off as a well-backed favourite in the Arkle.

On Day Two, the Queen Mother Champion Chase takes centre stage and both our experts are taking on favourite Sire de Grugy.

Niall and Richard have strong feelings about the Neptune and the RSA Chase with the duo confident of further Irish success.

Day three is World Hurdle day and Mullins' Annie Power is all the rage.

Big Bucks is going for a fifth success in the race but the boys are prepared to lay Paul Nicholls' gelding against the mare.

Ireland have never won the Ryanair Chase and 2014 looks like it could be another struggle for us with doubts over whether the likes of First Lieutenant will go for the race or opt for the Gold Cup.

Gold Cup Day on Friday will see Bob's Worth aim to retain his crown in the blue riband event of the week.

Last Instalment looks the best of the Irish but as the experts explain the ground is a worry.

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