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The 2022 Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us. It's the biggest week of the year for jumps fans, with 28 races to enjoy across the four days.

Here is a look at some horses who may be able to spring a surprise in their respective races and should go into your Cheltenham 2022 long shot prediction notebook.

Epatante looks back to her best ahead of Champion Hurdle

Epatante to win and each-way - BET NOW


The betting for the Champion Hurdle is dominated by Honeysuckle, and rightfully so, as the defending champion is unbeaten in 14 starts under Rules. As good as Henry De Bromhead's runner has been, for many, she is now too short to back.

If you are looking to take on Honeysuckle, Epatante represents the best value at 10/1. She will also be receiving 7lb from the opposite sex and that is going to prove very useful once again.

Last season, Nicky Henderson's runner was a long way below her best. Despite that drop in standard, she was still able to come home third in this race behind Honeysuckle and Sharjah respectively.

Epatante has yet to taste defeat so far in the 2021/22 campaign. She finished in a dead heat for first place in the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, while on her latest appearance, she scored in the Christmas Hurdle.

The former winner should be full of confidence and if there is just a slight drop in performance from Honeysuckle, she can take advantage.

Chantry House is a big player in open Gold Cup

Chantry House to win and each-way - BET NOW


This year's Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the most open renewals of the Blue Riband contest for a long while. No horse has really done enough to establish itself as a firm favourite who is going to prove difficult to beat.

When he won the Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree last season, Chantry House entered the Gold Cup picture. The Seven Barrows runner has won two of his three outings in his latest campaign, with his sole defeat coming in the King George Vi Chase at Kempton where he was pulled up.

Chantry House made a couple of early mistakes on Boxing Day which knocked him out of his stride. The King George is a much faster race to the one he will encounter at Cheltenham, so hopefully he will be able relax early and get into a better rhythm in the Gold Cup.

Last season's Marsh Novices' Chase winner is a big price at 16/1 to give Henderson a third success in the Cheltenham feature. Had he fared better at Kempton, his odds would be much shorter.

Vintage Clouds may be able to replicate Festival success

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Vintage Clouds gave northern-based trainer Sue Smith a Cheltenham Festival winner in 2021 in the Ultima Handicap Chase, scoring at odds of 28/1. The grey has failed to add to his tally since then, but his second-place finish at Doncaster on his last appearance suggests he may be returning to form in time for the Festival.

Smith's chaser is rated just 1lb higher than when he won the Ultima Handicap Chase 12 months ago.  This horse seems to always save his best performances for the big occasions. He had a wind-op back in December, so perhaps his results earlier in the season can be ignored.

In what is one of the most competitive races on day one, the C&D winner represents a great opportunity at 16/1 in the betting.

Cheltenham 2022 Long Shots and Big Price Betting Tips

1. Epatante to win and each-way - BET NOW

2. Chantry House to win and each-way - BET NOW

3. Vintage Clouds to win and each-way - BET NOW

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Cheltenham 2022 Long Shots Betting Tips