2021 Cheltenham Festival: McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does the 2021 Cheltenham Festival take place? Tuesday 16th March – Friday 19th March, 2021

What time does the McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle start? Friday 19th March, 2021 – 13:55 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival? The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will take place without spectators

What TV channel is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival on in the UK? ITV will be televising the first six races of each day, while Racing TV subscribers will be able to watch all of the action

Where can I stream the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in the UK? The first six races of each day can be streamed live on the ITV Hub, while Racing TV subscribers can live stream all of the action

THE LOWDOWN

The second race of the day appears to be a minefield with the County Handicap Hurdle set to be a fiercely-competitive race. Ganapathi has strong claims despite only managing to finish fifth in his last outing but that was in Grade 1 company, while his previous race was a respectable second place in a Grade 2 affair in January. Eclair De Beaufeu was the runner-up in last year’s Grand Annual and if he get anywhere near that form, he will be right in the mix here but he will need to improve on his recent showings. Third Time Lucki, Thyme White and Strong Glance are also not without their chances with the latter going in search of a hat-trick following impressive wins in back-to-back bumpers on the all-weather.

THE PREDICTION

This is a wide-open field but if Strong Glance can replicate his form on the AW, he is set to go close here. Those two wins in bumpers were very good and he carries a very workable mark here which could prove to be crucial towards the foot of the weights. Ganapathi is one that should go very close but in such a big field, the price is off-putting and with many paying at least six places in this race, it is worth chancing a bigger price to finish in the frame so Strong Glance just gets the nod.

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