Heskin and Brennan Up Beat About A Few Outside Cheltenham Fancies

Adrian Heskin

The Unibet Cheltenham preview night on Monday evening threw up some interesting stories and also gave us and now you guys some vital information that will help you during your betting on the Cheltenham Festival.

Experienced jockey Adrian Heskin was one of the panelists giving his in depth knowledge on some horses he is closely linked to that could run a good race.

Heskin won on his debut run at the festival and really does know what it takes to grind out a victory on the biggest platform of them all for jockeys.

The rider suffered a nasty fall earlier on in the season which saw him fracture his leg and he was a major doubt to miss the festival.

During this time he had also been suffering with a problem with his shoulder and made the decision to get that operated on during the rehab period for his leg.

Ultimately these two issues have seen him not be able to recover quick enough for the Cheltenham festival and it will be a surprise to see him back before the end of this season.

However, this has not stopped him from getting involved in the festival spirit and with his affiliations to well know owners the McNeill family and other well decorated trainers he gave us some key pieces of knowledge on specific horses.

Enjoy the interview below.

Paddy Brennan

Another well equipped jockey that was on the panel and will be riding at this years festival is Paddy Brennan.

The Irishman is best known for sitting aboard one of Cheltenham's most liked horses in Cue Card and even though the gelding has been retired now he still holds some credible rides over the four days.

One of his rides will see him take on Nicky Henderson's Altior when he gets the leg up on God's Own in the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase.

God's Own is a past Grade 1 winner and this season on his seasonal debut went on to land the Grade 2 Haldon Cup at Exeter.

Brennan knows how much of a task it is to compete with the greatest horse on the planet in Altior but says how he is in the best form of his career and would like to think a top three finish is achievable.

The jockey also delved into the archives of his past accomplishments at the festival with a Gold Cup win to his name on Imperial Commander back in 2010.

Brennan is a very experienced jockey that although not having a winner at the festival for a few years now will be looking to get back to his best this time around.

Here is what he had to say on his rides across the four days.