ITV Racing host and Love Island star Chris Hughes made his predictions for the summit meeting. His advice includes one of Dan Skelton’s runner-up at 9-1 for the Coral Cup
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Love Island star turned racing presenter Chris Hughes named his three biggest tips for Cheltenham Festival.
The Gloucestershire-born is a regular in the top sport, receiving starters’ orders on Tuesday.
Hughes, who worked with ITV Racing since 2019, will hold his regular broadcast role next week.
As well as being on the nation’s TV screens, Hughes watched a horse he owned compete at the big event.
Annie Mc, trained locally by Jonjo O’Neill, lined up for 2020 Marsh Novices’ Chase.
Hughes, the Great British Racing ambassador, has regularly updated his 490,000 Twitter followers about the mare.
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But unfortunately she missed out on the 2021 Film Festival due to a setback and didn’t run for one of the grand prizes this time.
Instead, Hughes will be keeping a close eye on 28 races for ITV – and has revealed the horses he will assist.
“My best bet is Frontal Assault to win Kim Muir,” he told the Mirror.
“He is a standout in this handicap and his form over the past 12 months has also been very good.
“I hope he runs a big race.
“I also love the Coral Cup Surprise Party. I visited coach Dan Skelton’s field earlier this month and saw this gray guy striding across his gear.
“I think he can prove too good with the big pitch..
“Honeysuckle is the treasure of the Festival for me, so don’t hit her.
“Although it’s a race to appreciate rather than bet on it. She’s a true legend of the sport.”
At current odds with the bookies, Gordon Elliott-trained Front Strike is 4-1 for Kim Muir (5.30pm) on Thursday.
Surprise Party, the winner of his last race at Ascot in December, is priced 9-1 for the Coral Cup.
Honeysuckle, one of the ‘banking manager’ for the bettors at the meeting, it was around 4-7.
Fans will be able to watch the action live this year after the 2021 event is held behind closed doors.
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Tickets sold out in record time – and race leaders are considering one more Thursday Future.
The crowd noise that accumulates as the tapes roll up for Tuesday’s first race, the Supreme Rookies’ Speed Race, is one of the things Hughes looks forward to most.
“It will create an atmosphere like no other,” he said of the return of the racers.
“The crowds will be ready. Last year, I felt incredibly fortunate to have worked there, but the obvious flaw in the Festival was so obvious with the public having to watch from home.
“I can’t wait to hear the roar as the tape goes up for the Most High.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/itv-racings-chris-hughes-names-26447369 ITV Racing's Chris Hughes names his three biggest tips for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival