Frampton, Barnes, Canavan and Boyce are Cheltenham tipsters

Paddy Barnes has placed his £50 each way on Nicky Henderson’s Top Notch in the Champion Hurdle
Andy Watters

CARL FRAMPTON, Paddy Barnes, Brian Canavan and Liam Boyce are our four charity tipsters for the Cheltenham Festival.

Paddy, who intends to win a third Olympic medal in Rio this summer - this time a gold to go with his two bronzes - hopes to land the first knockout blow on the bookies in Tuesday's Champion Hurdle.

The Commonwealth Games light-flyweight champion has opted to put £25 each-way on Nicky Henderson's Top Notch. The five year-old, ridden by Daryl Jacobs, is priced around 16/1 and comes in on the back of a confidence-boosting victory at Kelson last time out.

Wednesday's tipster Liam Boyce will also have a busy summer. The former Cliftonville striker is off to the European Championships in France with Northern Ireland. Boyce, a Scottish League Cup winner with Ross County last Sunday, will try to pick a winner on an action-packed second day that includes the Champion Chase.

Former Armagh player and manager turned referee and BBC GAA pundit Brian Canavan will be at Cheltenham to cheer on his selection on Thursday. Canavan has opted to stake £25 each-way on Village Vic in the Ryanair Chase. His winnings will be donated to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

The Jackal is on the verge of signing up for a summer blockbuster at featherweight against Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas, but before that he hopes a gamble on Don Cossack pays off in the Gold Cup.

Carl is going for a £50 win punt on Gordon Elliott's stable star who is a general 4/1 chance, with the winnings going to the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe from just £1 to get full access