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The first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival is always highly anticipated. Everyone wants to get the day of horse racing betting off to a great start of course and so that is why there is always big action in the opening markets of the day. You want to come out of the gates as fast as your selection in the big race!

Four days of Cheltenham Festival 2016 betting of course to come again, which means four opening races. Day One has the much anticipated Supreme Novices’ Hurdle where Min is leading the charge at 2/1. Then on Day Two you have the Neptune Novices opening the action with Yanworth running as even money favorite.

Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival sees Bristol De Mai, Outlander and More of That in a tight battle for supremacy in the JLT Novices and then on Friday the action all beings again at Prestbury Park with the Triumph Hurdle.

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16th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival

Paddy Power

Another big runner at the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Colin Tizzard as he has Thistlecrack lined up for the World Hurdle. Thistlecrack has long held favouritism in the outright market and this is a horse which has come on leaps and bounds over the last season, arguably more so than any other horse around.

He has two Grade 1 wins under his belt and both of the have been yy significant distances as well. He won the JT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December last year by eight lengths and then put a twelve length win on the board at Cheltenham in the Cleeve Hurdle in the Festival Trials. He looks to be head and shoulders above the rest of the field and it would be a surprise to many if his Grade 1 winning streak didn’t continue.

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15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Cheltenham Festival

It is always great to look back at trends when you are eyeing up your betting in a big race. Friday brings around the endurance test that is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival and the jewel in the crown of British chasing. While everyone will have their individual opinions on who is going to go out and land the title, we are going to take a neutral look at some of the trends that have shown up in the recent history (the last eighteen renewals) of the Cheltenham Gold Cup to try and help you narrow the field in your betting.

So we are looking at data collected from every Cheltenham Gold Cup since 1997 and are focusing the results on what it means when put up against the front runners for this year’s renewal, Don Cossack, Djakadam, Cue Card and Don Poli.

Age of Gold Cup Winners

Basically the rule of thumb here is that you can count out any runner who has hit double figures. Only 5% of Gold Cup winners have been 10 years old and no-one older than that has ever gotten their hands on the title since 1997. The most successful age category that has won the big race has been eight and nine year olds, each going with a 33% win percentage in the time period we are looking at. Eight year olds just have the edge overall because they have edged things in place finishes over nine year olds.

Cue Card – 10 years old
Don Cossack – 9 years old
Don Poli – 7 years old
Djakadam – 7 years old

Winning Odds of Gold Cup Winners

Another interesting aspect to look at here for Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016 betting. Not there is one this year, but you would be avoiding any odds-on favourites. There has been just the one odds-on winner in the last eighteen editions of the race, so skip that completely. The biggest value has always been found in the range between 13/2 and 8/1 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup market. That bracket of prices has returned 27% of winners in the last eighteen renewals. Following behind that, each with a 16% success rate have been between 13/8 and 9/4, Between 5/2 and 4/1, and Between 14/1 and 20/1.

 

 
So if you stick in the middle of all that in the 13/2 and 8/1 range you are likely to be in the right ball park. Interestingly this year of course, all four of the front runners are no bigger than 4/1 so the likelihood is that you are going to be picking a winner from the 5/2 and 4/1 bracket. However, if you do want to go with the biggest 13/2 and 8/1 bracket you’ll have a hard time, because no-one is at that range unless things change drastically closer to the SP.

Don Cossack 3/1, Djakadam 7/2, Cue Card 4/1, Don Poli 9/2, Smad Place 10/1, Road To Riches, Carlingford Lough 25/1, bar 66/1

Previous Run Record

You generally will feel more confident about your chances of landing a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner if you are backing a horse which is in some kind of form. There is a decent trend running in Cheltenham Gold Cup results over the last eighteen renewals where the winner has doubled up with a win in their race prior to the Gold Cup.

Actually 61% of winners in the last 18 renewals of the Cheltenham Gold were winners in their immediate race prior to it. Horses which finished second and third in their race prior to taking their place in a Gold Cup line up pretty much have failed to make any kind of mark on the outcome of the Gold Cup. Only 11% of horses who were second in their race before the Gold Cup went on to actually win the Gold Cup.

Of the big four in the running for the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2016, three of them won on their last run, which again, shows that it is expected to be pretty tight on Friday.

Last results
Don Cossack – win
Cue Card – win
Don Poli – win
Djakadam – faller

Runs This Season

Of course, it is a little hard to base form from just the one race (looking at the category above). Instead it is worth looking at the bigger picture of overall from this season. There has been no winner in the last eighteen Gold Cups who made the race their seasonal maiden. You are looking at the five-race mark for the season to find the optimal range of winners of a Gold Cup. That seems to the golden mark to suggest that a horse is in prime peak for Prestbury Park.

Don Cossack – Four runs
Cue Card – Three runs
Don Poli – Two runs
Djakadam – Two runs

As you can see none of the main contenders this year have hit the five race mark this season, with Don Poli and Djakadam racking up just the two runs. The stats pertaining than to these, suggests that Don Cossack with his four runs should be a lock for a place finish as four and five prior races this season looks optimal for a place finish at the Gold Cup. The lack of runs from the others actually looks to be evening out the field, with runners with two and three prior runs in the season before the Gold Cup have both produced 7% of winners.

 

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When it comes to key races before the Gold Cup, fourteen of the last fifteen winners of the Gold Cup (Coneygree screwing the records up last year) have ran in either the King George of the Lexus Chase during the season.

Don Cossack – King George (faller)
Cue Card – King George (winner)
Don Poli – Lexus Chase (winner)
Djakadam – Neither

The Cheltenham Negative Trend

This is a great stat, but not perhaps if you were thinking of throwing some money at either Djakadam or Road To Riches who finished second and third respectively in last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. In the last 33 years of the Cheltenham Gold Cup only one winner had placed in the previous year’s Gold Cup. That is one winner since the 1983 running of the race.

Form Tip Guide

The edge looks to be with Don Poli. He has won five of his six previous runs over the fences and took that good win in the Lexus Chase this season. He won last year’s RSA Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival and the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle the year before that, when he showed his pace. That makes him two from two up the hill at the Cheltenham Festival and the aggregate winning distance from his five chase wins is sixteen lengths. This is a real workhorse and should have the stamina and the pace to outlast and find just that little more up the hill.

Bet Victor have been running a brilliant promotion for the Cheltenham Festival 2016 and it continues on. If your selection in any race at the Festival happens to come home second to a Willie Mullins-trained winner then the bookmaker will refund your losing win stake with a free bet up to the value of £25. Register an account with Bet Victor and celam a free £25 bet as a welcome bonus from them too!


15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival

William Hill

Well, will Willie Mullins be the star trainer of the day again in the day of the Cheltenham Festival? He was last year when he bagged four winners on the Tuesday action and he has a great shot of landing another four twelve months later. If he does, then William Hill will refund losing stakes on every race!

You can get up to £100 Money Back in FREE BETS on every race on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival (Tuesday 15th March), if the following Willie Mullins trained horses all win:

Min (1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle),

Douvan (2:10 Arkle),

Annie Power (3:30 Champion Hurdle)

Vroum Vroum Mag (4:10 Mares Hurdle)

So it could be a big day of racing for Mullins and a big day for punters as well.

William Hill Money Back Special on all Day 1 Races if Mullins’ big 4 all win. The offer applies to win or each way singles on the race winner market of any Tuesday Cheltenham Race which is placed from 1pm through to 1.30 pm on that day. The maximum refund is £100 in free bets per customer, per race.

If you have placed multiple bets on a race then the stakes will be cumulated and paid as one free bet refund per race. The calculation of the free bet per race is the value of the total stake minus any returns. So for example if you have placed £150 in singles in the Supreme Novices and you get £50 returns, you will get a free bet amount of £100.


15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Ladbrokes

The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, March 15th with the curtain being raised by the Supreme Novices Hurdle. Wil Willie Mullins be making a huge splash in the race again this season after seeing Douvan win it so impressively twelve months ago? Mullins will be banking on Min in the Supreme Novices 2016 who is running off as outright favourite.

Online betting site Ladbrokes have a great promotion where if your selection was to finish second to the SP favourite in the Supreme Novices then you would get your lost stake refunded as a free bet up to the maximum value of £25.

This superb money back special for the Cheltenham Festival applies to the opening race on each day of the Festival. So that is the Supreme Novices on Tuesday, the Neptune on Wednesday, the JLT Novices on Thursday and then the Triumph Hurdle on Friday.

Make a selection in any of the those day’s openers at the Cheltenham Festival and if your selection finishes second to the SP favourite you will get your lost stake refund from Ladbrokes. This is a new customer exclusive so you have to follow our links and register an account with Ladbrokes to get this offer.

Just sign up, bet on one of the qualifying races and get up to a £50 free bet as a welcome bonus plus the first race money back special offer! Superb value all round!!


15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Paddy Power

One of the strongest favorites to go off this week at the Cheltenham Festival 2016 is Douvan who takes his spot in the starting line up for the Arkle on Tuesday. The Willie Mullins-trained charge is likely to bring home a second consecutive title from the Cheltenham Festival, having romped to a win at the Supreme Novices last year.

Douvan landed a comfortable win at Navan on his chase debut and then has gone on to land a couple more Grade 1 victories and the feature of his successes have been the margin of victory which he has won by. He took a 15 length win at the Irish Arkle back in January and Mullins believes that Douvan is his best prospect of the entire week.

The trainer believes that he has never seen a horse at this stage of development as good as Douvan. It looks as if only the Nicky Henderson-trained Vaniteux is going to be able to get close enough to him to mount any kind of challenge, but really the entire Arkle 2016 looks well short of Donovan’s ability.

Register an account with Paddy Power and take 4/1 enhanced odds on Douvan to win the Arkle. There is a bit of insurance on the offer as well because if he finishes second then you will get your money back!

This is a massive price boost on the odds-on favourite. To get the price boost just open an new account with paddy Power and place a FIRST BET up to a maximum of £10 on Douvan to win the Arkle Trophy on Tuesday 15th of March at the enhanced Power Play Plus price on site. If the bet wins you will be paid out at the regular odds and then receive free bets as enhancements. This offer is valid for new customers only.


15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bet Victor

Willie Mullins is running around 40 horses at the Cheltenham Festival 2016 and he should be picking up a few more winners you would imagine. Last season on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival he landed four of them and he has some big favourites going again, such as Min in the Supreme Novices and Douvan in the Arkle.

Mullins also has Annie Power up in the Champion Hurdle, Djakadam and Don Poli in the Gold Cup and the hugely impressive Un De Sceaux in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. So he has a star studded line up under his belt at the Cheltenham Festival 2016 and you can take some insurance for your horse racing betting at BetVictor in case you miss out on a winner to a Mullins-trained winner.

If your selection finishes 2nd to a Willie Mullins-trained winner BetVictor will refund your losing win stake up to £25 as a free bet!

This applies to all races at the Cheltenham Festival 2016, March 15th – 18th and it covers only bets placed on the day of the race being bet on after the final declarations (generally at noon). The offer applies only to the main race winner market and the maximum total refund is £25 ( per person/house, per race.


15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Coral

Online Betting site Coral are at it again with a huge promotion that should offer you the chance to fill your boots at Cheltenham Day 2. Just get yourself down a wager of £20 (or more) on the first race of the day, which is the Neptune and in return you will get a £10 free bet for every race on the day at Cheltenham.

That’s right a free £10 bet on each of the other races for Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival 2016. Those six races are the 2.10, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 4:50 and 5:30 and that of course includes the Queen Mother Champion Chase where Un De Sceaux is running as one of the Festival’s hot favourites!

This is a new customer exclusive only so you have to follow our links and sign up for an account with online betting site Coral. Then when that is done, place £20+ first bet on the 1:30 at Cheltenham on Wednesday 16th March and get £10 free bets on every other race on the card!

That is a stunning offer at it is open right now through to 13.30 on Wednesday, March 16th. In the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle you have the power Yanworth who is running as 11/8 favorite in the field, with Yorkhill tracking not too far behind at a price of 9/4 in what could be a competitive race between the two of them.


15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

William Hill

You can’t find a much better offer nor peace of mind when it comes to it, than knowing that your Cheltenham 2016 betting is going to be done at the best price possible. Well, that is what is on offer at online betting site William Hill in their Cheltenham Festival 2016 promotion which runs from March 15th – 18th.

They guarantee being the best or joint-best price on all horses running at the Cheltenham Festival on that day, in comparison to their major competitors.

They will not be beaten on price during the Festival Days and this offer applies to all bets placed viable, Mobile and Internet. So you can just go ahead and get your Cheltenham Festival 2016 wagers down with the knowledge that you’ll be getting the top price possible, because they will adjust any price of their main competitors to match or even better it.

William Hill Cheltenham

They will be monitoring the markets to ensure that you get the best price, but in the instance where you did happen to get a better price elsewhere, William Hill will pay the difference in cash to your account! Online price comparison will be done against Coral, Ladbrokes, Betvictor, bet365, Paddy Power, Betfred and Sky Bet only.


15th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Cheltenham Festival

Will there be any stopping Un De Sceaux in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival 2016? He is certainly going to take some stopping because last year’s Arkle winner has simply gone from strength to strength and is looking even quicker and is showing no signs of slowing either.

He put in a run at Ascot at the end of January and it was performance which was a much more measured performance from the power runner. What we usually see from Un De Sceaux is a head-down full force charge through the field and he likes to get out in front. But at Ascot he looked more content just to sit and bide his time, but once he was over the final jump the speed he found was astounding and demolished second-placed Sire De Grugy by a five length victory.

So the brilliant Un De Sceaux is looking like a great potential for trainer Willie Mullins to win his first ever Queen Mother Champion Chase. But is there someone in the field who can upset Un De Sceaux? Vautour was touted as potentially having a crack at the two mile showpiece, but he is going to be taking his place in the Gold Cup instead.

 

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So that leaves Sprince Scare as second favourite for the Queen Mother at a price of 9/2. The ten year old may have a big battle against his younger opposition at the head of the market, but the Nicky Henderson-trained star could still run his way into contention. He won the race back in 2013 and has piled up six other Grade 1 races besides that. Whatever pans out here, on paper, Sprinter Sacre and Un De Sceaux are two of the best two-milers ever.

Knock a couple of years off him, before all his problems and he would be far closer to Un De Sceaux. But 9/2 still has big appeal. He pulled up in  last season’s running of the Queen Mother but responded well. This season he opened with a 14 length win over Somersby at Cheltenham in November before taking down Sire De Grugy over Christmas at Kempton in the Desert Orchid Chase. He seems to be back to full fitness and that makes him appealing.

 

 
Dodging Bullets is back for the title defence in the Queen Mother. He rolled off three consecutive Grade 1 wins last season, including the win at Cheltenham. He has been out just once since his win at Cheltenham last year, and that finish in a second place at Newbury to Top Gamble in February, as he just didn’t have the pace to compete. Injury has been a problem for him, but Paul Nicholls seems highly confident that he’s closer than an 8/1 shot to defend his title. Not a bad each way wager.

As an outsider or a big each way value bet, it is worth having a look at Special Tiara for a 14/1 poke in Queen Mother betting. This is a proven two-mile winner, having won two Grade 1 races over the distance already and was third in last season’s Queen Mother. Special Tiara has improved since there and was hampered in a  duel with Sire De Grugy at Sandown last December. Steady and predictable, could return some value.

Cheltenham Festival 2016

Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting 2016

Un De Sceaux 8/11, Sprinter Sacre 92, Dodging Bullets 10/1, Special Tiara 12/1, Felix Yonger 14/1, Sire De Grugy 16/1, bar 25/1.

Online betting site Bet Victor have a huge promotion running across this season’s Cheltenham Festival. You will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet if your selection finishes second to a Willie Mullins trained horse at the Festival. This offer applies to all races and there is a maximum free bet refund of £25. Register an account with BetVictor and earn a free £25 bet as a welcome bonus.


14th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival










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