Its now less than two weeks away from the start of the Cheltenham festival and we’ve got some early value picks for the races. We’ve been listening to all the jockey and trainers interviews to see who their hot picks are and have combined then with a couple of our own. There’s the potential for some really big wins if we can get the right horses at the early prices.
Offers – We need to make sure we’ve got the best value and the security for our bets so we’re backing our main tips with bet365. They are none runner no bet on all races at the festival and best odds guaranteed so if the horses do drift before the starting price we’ll get the best price of the two.
Ante post tips – Cheltenham 2016
We’re having a couple of ante post tips this year and one massive life changing on just in case we absolutely smash it!
Tip 1 – My four best picks
These are my own picks of the best value 4 horses for the festival, I will be backing them with bet365 for the NRNB and best odds guaranteed as they’re the only bookie to offer this. You can get yourself a £200 free bet if you’re not already a customer. We’re backing an each way lucky 15 (£1 a line = £30 total stake) for these 4 and there’s a great return if they all win of £2,050 and £125 profit if they all just place!
Supreme – Buveur D’air 7 – The leader in this race in the un beaten Min and its easy to see why, this is a good price for a horse likely to challenge Min if anyone will. In 6 runs Beveur D’air has 4 wins, 1 second and 1 4th, the last 2 runs have been wins.
JLT Novice chase -Bristol De Mai 5.5 – Since a stutter in form Bristol De Mai has been excellent when sent out over a longer trip, a solid jumper and likely to lead from the front.
Queen mother champion hurdle -Vautour 3.5 – Good price for a potential run although he may run in the Gold cup instead. Covered by the NRNB, if Vautour does run he’ll be odds on in this race.
Gold cup -Djakadam 6.5 – More of an outsider after his fall last time at out at Cheltenham but if he jumps clean then he could go one better than his 2nd place last season. Showed he’s a capable horse by smashing Valseur Lido by 12 lengths at Punchestown last year.
2015 – previous tips
As mentioned above we’ve been listening to the jockeys, trainers and some horse racing specialists to make our picks. Its always worth checking the horses out that they are mentioning to see why, here’s our pick and who’s been mentioning it –
Triumph hurdle – Hargam 5/1 – Described by Ruby Walsh as one of the four horses he’d like to ride when asked by Paddy Power for his 4 horses he’d like to ride regardless of the owners. Ruby Walsh says he expects this to give favourite and stable mate Peace and co a run for his money. You can read all 4 picks here.
County hurdle – Calipto 11/1 – During a Q and A with @betfairracing trainer Paul Nichols described this horse as rated as his best chance in any of the handicaps – thats a strong enough recommendation for us!
Albert Bartlett novices hurdle – Black Hercules 5/1 – If you watch racing you may have seen Barry from Betfair with his google glasses talking about the betting. When asked on twitter he described Black Hercules as his “banker of the festival”.
Gold cup – Carlingford Lough 10/1 – Ridden by AP Mccoy and tipped by “pricewise” as his each way bet for the Gold Cup on the Racing Post site. Click here to read the full article.
Were backing these as a £1 a line lucky 15 (£30 total stake) if all 4 were to win we’d bag ourselves a profit of £7,750 and we’re covered if any don’t run with bet365. We’re also having a cheeky £10 each way acca on all 4 with 888sport who have the best odds on this multiple too, we’ll win just over £1,000 if all 4 place and a life changing £94,662 if they all win!!!
Tip 3 – All of them combined as an each way goliath bet (247 lines, 10p a line £49.10 total stake) and returns a massive £1,909,183 if they all win (never going to happen!). and a decent return if we get a couple of winners and a couple of places depending on the horses.
The bookies are all worried about the potential for a battering on the opening day from Willie Mullins four favourites in the feature races. Opening with Douvan and un de sceaux in the first two could get the day off to a flyer. Jockey Ruby Walsh describes these two as his best picks for the whole festival and Paddy Power are offering a free bet on both races if the favourite wins. Ruby Walsh summed this up as “I don’t think Paddy likes money”! Paddy Power are calling this “Willie insurance”
These two are followed by Faugeen in the Champion Hurdle and Annie Power in the last feature race of the day – the mares hurdle. If Willie Mullins gets the first two winners then the rolling money going on to the last two will be immense and the prices could tumble. This is why we are backing these with best prices guaranteed so if the prices tumble we’ve got our odds secured with the security of no runner no bet.
That ends our ante post tips for Cheltenham 2015 and we’ll be having tips for every day of the festival on the blog.