Cheltenham - At The Races

Fitzy's Focus

Al Boum Photo

Willie Mullins’s novice chaser, Al Boum Photo holds multiple engagements at the Cheltenham Festival, but Mick Fitzgerald seems particularly keen on the six-year-old in one race. Find out which one here.


Having missed the first half of the season after undergoing wind surgery, Altior belatedly got his campaign off to the best possible start in the Game Spirit Chase. Is that how Mick Fitzgerald saw it however? He assesses the Champion Chase favourite here.

Apple's Jade

Mick Fitzgerald takes a closer look at the mare who will bid to win back-to-back OLBG Mares' Hurdles. At 4/6, is Gordon Elliott's mare banker material for Mick?

Black Corton

Two stars of the 2017/18 National Hunt season thus far, Black Corton and Bryony Frost head to Cheltenham and the RSA on the crest of a wave. Mick Fitzgerald takes a closer look at the Paul Nicholls-trained novice chaser here.

Buveur D’air

The reigning Champion Hurdler looks to hold outstanding claims of winning back-to-back events. Does Mick Fitzgerald disagree with the prohibitive bookmaker odds? Or is Buveur D’air a Festival banker?

De Plotting Shed

A classy hurdler last season but now applying his trade over fences, De Plotting Shed is a horse Mick Fitzgerald will be keeping onside at the Cheltenham Festival. Find out why Mick likes Gordon Elliott’s novice chaser.

  • Didtheyleaveuoutto


    Owner JP McManus and trainer Nick Gifford have shared big days together in the past, and in Didtheyleaveuoutto a Cheltenham Festival success is no forlorn hope for the pair. Mick Fitzgerald takes a closer look at what could be Britain’s best chance in the Champion Bumper.

  • Duc Des Genievres

    Duc Des Genievres

    Mick Fitzgerald now assesses the chance of Willie Mullins’s improving and lightly-raced grey Duc Des Genievres. The French import has yet to win for his new trainer, but boasts a high level of form and Mick appears to have a soft spot for him.

  • Footpad


    A classy horse over hurdles with Cheltenham Festival form, Arkle favourite Footpad is the next horse Mick Fitzgerald assesses.

  • Getabird


    Willie Mullins horses that win the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle and come to Cheltenham need respecting. This year Getabird takes said route, but how does Mick Fitzgerald rate Rich Ricci’s horse?

  • Modus


    Modus is a left field selection for Mick Fitzgerald in what he feels is a wide open JLT Novices’ Chase. A closer inspection of the Paul Nicholls-trained chestnut is undertaken here.

  • Kalashnikov


    Rookie trainer Amy Murphy landed the valuable Betfair Hurdle with her novice Kalashnikov and now the pair head to Cheltenham for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Is Mick a fan of the improving hurdler?

  • Might Bite

    Might Bite

    Can Mick Fitzgerald see last season’s astounding RSA Chase winner Might Bite winning Gold at the Cheltenham Festival? Find out here.

  • Mr Adjudicator

    Mr Adjudicator

    The Willie Mullins-trained Mr Adjudicator jumped to the fore of the Triumph Hurdle market after his Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle success at Leopardstown. Find out how Mick Fitzgerald rates his chance in the Friday opener here.

  • Native River

    Native River

    Colin Tizzard’s staying chaser achieved plenty in a successful 2016/17 campaign before finishing a gallant third in last season’s Gold Cup. Can he go two places better come March? Mick Fitzgerald gives his view here.

  • Presenting Percy

    Presenting Percy

    A winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival when bolting up in the Pertemps Final, Presenting Percy bids to win over fences this time round in the RSA. Mick Fitzgerald rates the Irish challenger here.

  • Samcro


    One of the 2017/18 National Hunt season talking horses, the hugely exciting Samcro is put under the Mick Fitzgerald microscope.

  • Sam Spinner

    Sam Spinner

    The young and improving Sam Spinner is strongly to the fore in the Stayers’ Hurdle betting for Northern trainer Jedd O’Keeffe. Mick Fitzgerald takes a closer look at the progressive stayer here.

  • Tiger Roll

    Tiger Roll

    Already a two-time Cheltenham Festival winner, Tiger Roll comes under the Mick Fitzgerald microscope as the Gordon Elliott-trained horse is being prepared for a crack at the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase.