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Junior jockey Arron Butterfield gives his 2013 Cheltenham Festival tips

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: March 10, 2013

Arron Butterfield studies the form for the Cheltenham Festival

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For the fifth year junior jockey Arron Butterfield has agreed to give his top tips to Somerset Standard readers for next week's Cheltenham Festival.

The nine-year-old from Frome competes regularly in show jumping competitions and dreams of one day becoming a National Hunt jump jockey.

Once again he has cast his eye over this year's runners for the biggest meeting in the racing calendar.

Anyone who has followed Arron in previous years would have done well picking a few winners and each way selections from his choices.

On the first day of the festival, the biggest race is the Champion Hurdle.

Arron has gone for the Irish-trained Hurricane Fly, who won this race in 2011, but went off the boil for a while. He believes he is back to his best and will take all the beating.

His each way tip is the ever present Binocular.

Day two sees the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Arron has gone for Nicky Henderson-trained Sprinter Sacre and thinks this is the banker of the festival – he will definitely take some beating.

Paul Nicholls-trained Sanctuaire is Arron's each way horse and should be in the mix.

The World Hurdle takes place on day three. With no Big Bucks this year due to an injury, Arron has gone for the Henderson-trained Oscar Whiskey who now looks a solid bet and the Donald McCain horse Peddlers Cross to be close behind for his each way selection.

On the fourth and final day of the festival, the cream of the National Hunt world will gather for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Arron believes the race is the most open it has been in recent years.

He thinks Bobs Worth, who won the RSA chase at last year's festival, is a gold cup horse in the making but could go off favourite on the day.

The 2010 Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander was Arron's each way pick, but he has been pulled out due to a lung infection, so Captain Chris is his choice instead.

Arron said: "I'd like to wish all Somerset Standard readers good luck for the festival and I will be back to cast my eye over the Grand National runners next month."

He has a busy season himself as he is about to embark in the Point-to-Point pony racing series. His first race is this Sunday at the Charlton Horethorne meet.

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