Don’t Push It to mirror 2010 Grand National path at the Festival

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2010 Grand National winner Don’t Push It will use the Cheltenham Festival as preparation for a second crack at winning the most popular race in sport.

En-route to victory at Aintree last year, Don’t Push It took on a field of 24 in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival and was subsequently pulled up with three hurdles to jump.

Racing over hurdles has never been Don’t Push It’s strong point having won just one race in eleven attempts over the smaller fences, and because of this he is a huge 50/1 to win the Pertemps Final.

Stamina may be need around the 4m4f Aintree racecourse, but speed and stamina are needed if you are to win a hurdle race at the Cheltenham Festival and punters would be better off looking elsewhere for a winner.

But with four horses sharing favouritism at 12/1 – Barafunda, Chartreux, Rivage Dor, Sivota – it’s a tough race in which to pick the winner, although these Cheltenham Festival trends should make it a little easier.

Only one five-year-old has won in 36 runnings of the race and just one favourite has won in the last 16 runnings (Miracle Man back in 1995).

13 of the previous 18 winners had previously won over three miles and nine of the last 15 winners won last time out which leaves Knockara Beau a huge price at 20/1 to win.

Having won the Pertemps qualifier at Carlisle earlier this month, Knockara Beau will enter the race on the back of a win over three miles and having finished second to Grands Crus at Cheltenham in his previous race, the form is solid for the George Charlton-trained eight-year-old.

His last two Cheltenham Festival starts saw him finish fourth and fifth, but the step-up in trip seems to have suited Knockara Beau and he is certainly a candidate for a Pertemps Final win.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.