Cheltenham Festival ante-post betting tips for five of the races at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival where our tipster has picked out five each-way bets.
The Cheltenham Festival is rapidly approaching and our racing tipster has looked through the four day card and found the best five each-wat tips for the Festival.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips
Cheltenham Day 1 Tips – Champion Hurdle
Faugheen was nailed on to win the 2016 Champion Hurdle, but now that he has been taken out due to injury it is one of the most open races of the Festival. Annie Power has been supplemented for the same connections and is likely to be the stables first choice. There is no doubt that the mare has plenty of ability but whether or not preparations have been as good as they need to be is questionable. At short odds, although receiving 7lbs from the boys, she won’t be taking any of my money.
It looks a sub-standard Champion Hurdle and although last year’s Triumph Hurdle seems to get worse with every run, the one horse that has ran with credit all year is Top Notch. Nicky Henderson’s runner jumps like a Champion and although maybe a bit off the likes of Faugheen he can play a real part in the race now. Daryl Jacob has said he will likely ride him over Peace and Co, he should get a nice run into the race and I would be hugely disappointed if he did not finish in the first three. With the ground likely to be good to soft, he may be able to reverse form with Identity Thief whom he was second to at Newcastle in the Fighting Fifth.
Champion Hurdle Each-way Tip – Top Notch at 16/1 with Ladbrokes.
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips – Neptune Investment Novice’s Hurdle
Yanworth was mightily impressive last time out when accounting for Shantou Village, who is a very good horse himself and looks to be one of the British bankers of the meeting. There has been talks of him being good enough to win the Champion Hurdle but Alan King is to savvy to allow his stable star to run in the race with such little experience. His odds have since shortened dramatically for the race, and although he has a huge shout there is value elsewhere in this race.
Willie Mullins could run any amount of horses in the race, but second favourite and the one who catches my eye for my Cheltenham tip on the day 2 race at quite a nice price is A Toi Phil. He has done nothing since improve from the start of the year and looks a real genuine horse. He looked to be a quirky type on his first run in Ireland when “running out” on Patrick Mullins. He quickly made amends for Patrick though and was a nice winner when beating Don’t Touch It next time out in Leopardstown. He was stepped up in grade thereafter and was very impressive when beating two good horses in Woodland Opera and Acapella Bourgeois over 2m 4f. This form has been franked since with Acapella Bourgeois winning a Grade Two next time out. Without Yanworth he looks a class apart and at current prices is a great each way betting tip for the Cheltenham Festival to nothing. He looks certain to run here, and will be shorter on the day so the advice is to get on now.
Neptune Novices’ Hurdle each-way Tip – A Toi Phil at 8/1 with William Hill.
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips – Ryanair Chase
The Ryanair Chase is a race that could potentially be full of high class chasers, but the majority of those at the front of the market look set to take their chance in the Gold Cup a day later. With this in mind there are potentially some big prices horses with value on offer for our next Cheltenham 2016 tip.
Smashing and Village Vic are likable sorts but may come up just short, whereas Vibrato Valtat has shown that he is not up to winning a Champion Chase, he has run some good races in defeat this year behind Un De Sceaux, Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy. The worry is that he may not get the trip as well as others but Paul Nicholls is bound to have him firing on all cylinders for next Thursday. With the race most likely to cut up, he is another who will almost certainly be shorter that the 12/1 that is currently available. Should Vautour, Road to Riches, Valseur Lido, and Vroom Vroom Mag run it would be a completely different race, but it’s looking likely that only one of these will run, either Road to Riches who ran disappointingly last time out or Valseur Lido who is coming here following a last fence fall in the Irish Gold Cup.
Ryanair Chase each-way Tip – Vibrato Valtat at 10/1 with Bet365.
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips – JLT Novices’ Chase
There were rumours that More of That was going to avoid a clash with No More Heroes and run here instead but that is looking increasingly unlikely now and the RSA looks to be the favoured race, leaving this race wide open once again. Owner Simon Munir will likely be double handed here with L’Ami Serge and favourite Bristol De Mai. The former disappointed last time out and is hard to fancy, while Bristol De Mai is a huge improver, he looks like he might find the going a small bit on the lively side with good weather forecast from here on in. He is a lovely stamp of a horse and jumps with great vigour, but once again his odds look a bit skimpy in such a wide open contest.
Willie Mullins could once again potentially have a few runners here, but one that will most likely go here and has some good form to back is Black Hercules. He ran fourth in the Champion Bumper a few seasons back and disappointed slightly when finishing seventh in last year’s Albert Bartlett. He looks to be a better Chaser and although falling last time out when looking a comfortable winner, he can be given a chance to make up for that run at nice odds of 8/1 for our next Cheltenham tip. Patrick Mullins has recently hinted that this will likely be the race where Black Hercules runs and once declarations are made this 8/1 may look very big.
JLT Novices’ Chase Each-Way Tip – Black Hercules at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips – Grand Annual Chase
This may well be the get out of jail card for many of punters and one horse that catches the eye for my last Cheltenham Festival betting tip is Jessica Harrington’s intended runner Rock the World. Last seen in October at Cheltenham when winning a 2m Novice Chase, he has been spared the mud and slog of the winter and will come here as a fresh horse appreciating the nicer ground that we expect next week. It has been reported that he is absolutely flying at home. He had an entry in the Arkle but was taken out earlier today. He has already confirmed that he is a better Chaser than hurdler and this race looks to be ideal for the Orpen gelding. He has been allocated a weight of 10st-13lbs, which would surely have been higher had he been running throughout the winter months and landed another race or two along the way. Although lacking a recent run, Jessica Harrington is a leading trainer and no doubt he will be fit and ready to give a good account of himself in the last race of the Festival.
Grand Annual Chase Each-Way Tip – Rock the World at 16/1 with Sportingbet.
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