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Cheltenham Festival Betting

2014 World Hurdle betting at Cheltenham should be one of the most exciting races of the week. Punters will get to see the massive duel between Annie Power and Big Buck’s in the race. Ruby Walsh will be in the saddle of Annie Power, and the connections, who have lined her up with her best shot of top glory at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, aren’t concerned about the Mare staying the distance in the race.

Annie Power is unbeaten in all ten of her starts and could have lined up against Hurricane fly in the Champion Hurdle, but as soon as it was announced that she was heading to the World Hurdle, bookmakers put her in at a short price alongside Big Buck’s. However, after the announcement that Ruby Walsh would be in the saddle, most brought her into joint favouritism, and the backing since has seen her take position as favourite in the field at 7/4 with sponsors Ladbrokes.

The staying power is about the only question about Annie Power as she has never gone the distance of the three miles, which the World Hurdle is over. Her longest strike was two miles, four and a half furlongs back in January at Cheltenham. Everyone behind the phenomenon that is Annie Power, suggests that the longer she goes, the more it will suit her. Trainer Willie Mullins may have taken the advantage by nabbing Ruby Walsh.

Walsh rode Big Buck’s to 18 wins from 19 starts when riding for Paul Nicholls, and for the first time he will get to go up against his former ride. In the saddle this time of Big Buck’s will be Sam Twiston-Davies and the four time winner of the event hasn’t been deserted by punters, and is still trading strongly. He has the proven staying power and will be looking to get back on top after missing last year’s Cheltenham Festival through injury.

After 420 days out through injury, he made his return to action at the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January and could only manage a second behind Knockara Beau. Some though that Big Bucks had fluffed his line, while Paul Nicholls said he needed the hard race on bad ground to test where he was at. The trainer went on to say that since that run, Big Bucks is lighter, stronger and primed for a fifth World Hurdle.

This frankly is looking like a two horse race, with only At Fishers Cross,who underwent extensive treatment to try and solve physical problems, didn’t quite hit the mark in outings at Ascot and Newbury. With Annie Power and Big Buck’s at the head of the field for 2014 World Hurdle betting, it shouldn’t be too difficult of a task to pull a forecast out of your hat for this one.

2014 World Hurdle Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Annie Power 7/4, Big Bucks 11/4, At Fishers Cross 6/1, Quevega 8/1, Rule The World 8/1, More Of That 8/1, Zarkandar 1/1, Salubrious 14/1, Celestial Halo 16/1, Bar 20/1

2014 World Hurdle Betting Tip: This is one of those which is really hard to split. Does Annie Power have that extra distance? Big Buck’s is such a proven champion at this distance, it may be worth leaning back towards him for a fifth title.


11th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Well, Bobs Worth keeps getting shortened in the market, and is now running as 7/4 favourite with online betting site Boylesports. This may be a bit of a predictable Gold Cup, as trainer Nicky Henderson looks to land back to back wins in the Blue Riband race with Bobs Worth. It was a stroll for him at Cheltenham last year, with Barry Geraghty leading him home by seven lengths over second placed Sir Des Champs and Long Run back in third.

Bobs Worth had a big workout in Lambourn recently, to keep him well on schedule for his title defence in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Barry Geraghty will once again be on the saddle for Bobs Worth, who is likely to run away with this one at a canter. Bobs Worth was last out at Leopardstown at the end of December, taking a win in the Lexus Chase over First Lieutenant.

The fact that he has taken such strong favouritism is down to what could be perceived as frailties in his closest challengers.

That is where the key to figuring out who will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2014 will lie. Sir Bobs Worth has the staying power, even if he comes off the bridle and will work and work and work on his own to get to the line first. That could be a telling factor because the work that Silviniaco Conti will put in will likely see him firmly in the top three, but after travelling well, may not have the legs to close it out, certainly not in a head to head duel with Bobs Worth if it comes down to it.

Silviniaco Conti, who fell three out in last year’s renewal, has taken around 13% of the Cheltenham Gold Cup market compared to the 31% taken by Bobs Worth. It is a telling stat, and the 3/1 on Silviniaco Conti tells a bigger picture. His victory in the King George VI Chase though will have punters on his back.

It really is going to be a scrap for spoils of third most likely then. You will have the good, solid jumping of Captain Chris who probably makes a decent Place Market option for your Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, while The Giant Bolster is likely to be in the mix as well.

The Giant Bolster enjoys Cheltenham a lot and had two runs out there in January, weakening a couple out on January 1st in the Rewards4racing Handicap Hurdle before delivering a win over the 6/4 favourite Rocky Creek in the Argento Chase. He showed some slower, controlled jumping, putting in a strong finish there. The Giant Bolster took fourth in last year’s Gold Cup, weakening a couple out after tracking well in the race

So while you have good chasers in The Giant Bolster, Captain Chris and the threats of Last Instalment and First Lieutenant coming in, none of them, on form should be able to prevent Bobs Worth from winning back to back Gold Cups.

It is to Nicky Henderson’s Triolo D’alene who could be the dark horse in the pack for a good each way bet here. Working with Bobs Worth in training, Henderson has been impressed by the high class horse, who was last out at Newbury last December, taking a near three length win over Rocky Creek. He could make a stunning Cheltenham debut.

2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds
Bobs Worth 7/4, Silviniaco Conti 3/1, Last Instalment 7/1, First Lieutenant 10/1, Triolo D’Alene 12/1, Captain Chris 14/1, The Giant Bolster 16/1, On His Own 25/1

Online betting site Boylesports are running a festival long promotion, offering some insurance should any of your selections finish second to an AP McCoy ridden winner. If that happens at any race during the 2014 Cheltenham festival, Boylesports will refund your lost stake up to £100. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.


10th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle betting on day one of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival sees odds on favourite Quevega at the head of the market, trading at 4/6 with Betfred. In a race which should have seen the five time Cheltenham Festival winner Quevega take on the might and threat of Annie Power never panned out, as she will be taking on the challenge of a step up in distance by shooting for the World Hurdle instead.

Quevega, who has a record of 12 wins from 16 starts over the hurdles has owned this race, taking wins in each of the last five renewals and is odds on favourite to make it six in a row. What a tremendous feat that would be. She hasn’t been out since April of last year at Punchestown, but that is about norm for her schedule. You can be sure that she’ll be primed and ready to go for Cheltenham and the Mares Hurdle betting.

She is going to be one of the firm favourites and heavily backed because of that, in the entire 2014 Cheltenham Festival. But there is great value in the race still, thanks to a fantastic promotion running from online betting site Betfred.

Place a bet on any horse in the Place a bet on any horse in the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle (OLBG) and if Quevega wins, Betfred will refund all losing stakes as a free bet up to £25.

That pretty much gives you a shot to nothing in the 2014 Mares Hurdle betting. New customers registering an account with online betting site Betfred can also get up to a free £25 bet as a welcome bonus too.

Mares Hurdle betting odds at online bookmaker Betfred
Quevega 4/6, Cockney Sparrow 7/1, Sirene DAinay 8/1, Down Ace 14/1, glens Melody 14/1 Highland Retreat 14/1, Bar 16/1


10th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Wednesday’s Queen Mother Champion Chase betting is pointing towards this one being a very exciting and close renewal of the popular race. Sire De Grugy at 9/4 has just about been holding off the favouritism of Captain Conan at the head of the market. Part of the reason why bookmakers have eased on him is because the reigning champion Sprinter Sacre having been ruled out of action.

With online betting site Ladbrokes going Non Runner No Bet for all 27 races at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, they have had to refund stakes after he was pulled.

It has left the Champion Chase wide open and the bookmakers have even been a little unsure over whether or not Sire de Grugy will actually have the credentials at Cheltenham. While a strong performer at Ascot, Sire de Grugy will find the conditions completely different at Prestbury Park and this could well mean that his form does not hold up. This will be Sire De Grugy’s debut at the Cheltenham Festival.

Closest challenger in the market is Captain Conan, who was due to go up against Sire De Grugy at the Clearance House Chase in January, but was pulled, leaving the former to actually go and win. Captain Conan took fifth in the Jewson Novices’ Chase last season at the Cheltenham Festival and was tracking well, but didn’t have enough left in the tank to challenge at the final stretch. He was last out at Sandown, beaten into third by Sire De Grugy and Somersby after fading from the race after leading three out.

But there is such an evenly matched field in this one, that it is hard to nail down a favourite for 2014 Queen Mother Champion Chase betting. Arvika Ligeonniere and Beneficent are both around the 6/1 mark, with Bailey Green and Kid Cassidy also coming in under double figures. Supremely competitive field here and really wide open, so worth looking for each way wagers here and the Place Market.

Queen Mother Champion Chase odds at Ladbrokes
Sire De Grugy 9/4, Captain Conan 5/1, Arvika Ligeonniere 6/1, Benefficient 6/1, Bailey Green 8/1, Kid Cassidy 9/1, Hinterland 11/1, Bar 14/1

Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Tip: Benefficient looks a great each way shot in this. He just has the knack of pulling something out of the special now again, as seen in the Dialabet Chase last December where he beat Hidden Cyclone and 7/4 favourite Arvika Ligeonniere. Benefficient showed fantastic staying power and at 6/1 great each value.

Online betting site Ladbrokes are offering full coverage across the 27 races at this season’s Cheltenham Festival. they have posted Non Runner No Bet insurance on all of the races on the card for Cheltenham this year, already having paid up on Sprinter Sacre missing this one. New customers registering an account with Ladbrokes can get up to a free £30 as a welcome bonus.

 


9th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Betfair

Online betting site Betfair have launched a great promotion for the opening day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. Punters will be hoping to beat the bookmakers heavily on day one and you can take some fantastic insurance in the Betfair sportsbook for Tuesday’s racing card at Cheltenham.

Head to the bookmaker and opt in to their Cheltenham Day One No Lose Double.

Place a double across any of the seven races on the first day of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival and if your double bet loses, then the bookie will refund your full stake as a free bet. Great value with the maximum refund in this offer being £10.

Day One of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting on Tuesday, March 11 sees the action all kick off with the thrilling novices’ battle in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, followed by the popular Arkle Trophy. The Championship race and the feature event of the day is the Champion Hurdle, where The New One and Hurricane Fly have been duelling it out for market supremacy.

New customers registering an account with Betfair can also get a fantastic risk free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too, thanks to a generous welcome offer from the bookie.


9th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

The Championship and most-anticipated race of the opening day of 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting, is the running of the Champion Hurdle. The New One, 5/2 joint favourite at Ladbrokes for the race is looking to deliver the goods for Nigel Twiston-Davies. The trainer has been recalling how he missed out with Khyber Kim in 2010, when Binocular came back from nowhere to gallop to victory under Tony McCoy. Twiston-Davies believes that Khyber Kim really won the race, but the phantom Binocular showed up again from out of the blue, having posted three listless performance prior to the run at Cheltenham.

Now Twiston-Davies has another genuine title shot in The New One. He is very easy runner, with some good finishing speed and totally uncomplicated. The slower the race, the more The New One may come into the picture in the running. Why? Because he quickens very well and that should put him in good stead against the great Hurricane Fly. The New One was last out at Kempton back on Boxing Day last year, finishing half a length behind fellow Champion Hurdle shot My Tent Or Yours. Prior to that he took a good seven length win over Zarkandar at Cheltenham on December 14th.

Reigning Champion Hurricane Fly and is looking for his third Champion Hurdle title. There is a thought from his camp that he can get ever better. He landed his 18th Grade 1 win last December but back at the end of last year, bookmakers were still hesitant over his chances at Cheltenham, leaving him out behind The New One and My Tent or Yours. That has all changed again after a win at Leopardstown at the end of January, beating out Our Conor by a length and a half. There is still plenty of strength left in the ten year old and has been getting decent backing for a title defence, standing ground at around of 5/2 with Paddy Power.

Along with Hurricane Fly, Willie Mullins is also covering his bases in the race with Annie Power and Un De Sceaux, the facing a big step up in class. My Tent Or Yours, an early ante post favourite in 2014 Champion Hurdle betting suffered a minor injury scare at the start of March, picking up a puncture on the sole of his foot. Trainer Nicky Henderson remains convinced that all the preparation work has already been done and that he will be 100% ready for the race. My Tent Or Yours took back to back wins at Kempton, beating The New One by half a length at the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day last year, and an easy win as 1/5 odds on favourite back at the course in the Jumpers’ Bumper National Hunt Flat Race. Our Conor has already lost out to Hurricane Fly twice this season, both runs at Leopardstown.

2014 Champion Hurdle Tip: The New One really has the goods to step up to the mark and end Hurricane Fly’s dreams of a third Champion Hurdle win. But even with the injury scare, to My Tent Or Yours, he looks a tremendously valuable each way shot in the field.

2014 Champion Hurdle Betting Odds at Paddy Power
The New One 11/4, Hurricane Fly 11/4, Our Conor 4/1, My Tent Or Yours 9/2, Annie Power 7/1, Jezki 9/1, Un De Sceaux 14/1, Bar 20/1

Online betting site Paddy Power have gone Non Runner No Bet for all of the Championship races at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. So you have insurance on the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Gold Cup. So place a bet and if your horse doesn’t make it to the race for some reason, then you’ll get your lost stake refunded as a free bet.


8th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Most of the action for 2014 Arkle betting has been focused on Champagne Fever. The Willie Mullins-trained novice looks a strong title shot in this one. All the stars are pretty much aligned for what is arguably the strongest novice that Mullins is taking to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival with him. Champagne Fever has the credentials and knows the feeling of being in the winners’ circle at Cheltenham, having landed the Supreme Novices’ and the Champion Bumper title before.

At the end of the day, it is that experience of winning at Prestbury Park that should put him in good standing to pick up his third Cheltenham Festival win. Nine of the last 10 winners of the Arkle have either won or placed at the Cheltenham Festival before, so that stat works heavily in his favour. He was beaten last time out though, finishing third and fourteen and a half lengths back of Defy Logic at Leopardstown on Boxing Day last year.

But part of Champagne Fever’s shortening to the head of the Arkle betting market was defeat in January for Defy Logic and Felix Younger, as well as Rock On Ruby missing out on a scheduled run at Doncaster because of the ground. Mullins decided to keep Felix Younger out of the Arkle, moving him across to the JLT. Champagne Fever was due for a run out in February at the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase by Mullins decided to just send him straight to the Arkle because of concerns about conditions. Campagne Fever had also been pencilled in to run at the Dr PJ Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown, but passed on that Grade I race too.

None of that has stopped him shortening still further, in at 5/2 with Boylesports in 2014 Arkle Betting. Rock on Ruby (9/2) is heading to Cheltenham as well with a lack of races under his belt this season. He has had just the two trips, opening the season with a win at Plumpton, and there were concerns over putting him out in February at Doncaster. But they did and he landed an easy ten length win in literally a two horse race over Mr Mole. It was more of a training exercise than anything over the jumps. Rock On Ruby took second place at Cheltenham last year in the Champion Hurdle behind Hurricane Fly. He has a fine Cheltenham record for his owners.

Jockey Bryan Cooper rode Trifolium (5/1) to an impressive win at the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) back in January. It was massively impressive win, which saw firm favourite Defy Logic only manage a fifth after breaking a blood vessel, and Trifolium took a nine length win over second placed Felix Younger. The result saw the bookies absolutely slash odds on him after being as far out as 20/1 at one point. The impressively controlled and calculated race at Leopardstown puts him in with a great shot.

Paul Nicholls’ Dodging Bullets was impressive too in his second run over fences last year at the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase. He went out again in Newbury in February, finishing second behind Module, after not having anything left in the tank to challenge the winner.

2014 Arkle Trophy Betting Odds at Boylesports
Champagne Fever 5/2, Rock On Ruby 9/2, Trifolium 5/1, Dodging Bullets 5/1, Felix Younger 8/1, Valdez 8/1, Grandouet 12/1, Hinterland 12/1, Ted Veale 20/1, Bar 25/1

2014 Arkle Betting Tip: Like Trifolium’s chances of getting in the picture here and big value for an each way shot at worst. Champagne Fever is the one to beat though, but Trifolium could get close.

Online betting site Boylesports are focusing on AP McCoy for a great Cheltenham Festival 2014 betting promotion. If your selection in any race at the Festival finishes second to horse with AP McCoy in the saddle, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake up to £100. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.


8th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the Supreme Novices, as there always is, because it kicks off the Cheltenham Festival and all punters want to get themselves off to a good start at Prestbury Park. Irving is trading as 5/2 favourite and headed up the 29 six-day declarations for the race. The favouritism for the Paul Nicholls-trained Irving was improved after an impressive win at Kempton on February 22nd, landing a five length win over Amore Alato.

Irving has landed four wins from four in hurdles, and has fired off two Grade 2 wins. After the win at the Dovecote, Irving was trimmed from 7/1 down 4/1 but has since shortened more. Back in February, Irving was still trailing the favouritism of the Willie Mullins-trained Grade 1 winner Vautour in the market. But that has shifted dramatically now, with Irving edging at 5/2 over Vautour 3/1.

Nicholls said that Irving has “All the speed in the world and will improve for better ground. Faster ground will also sharpen his jumping. He’s a proper horse.” Irving had been due to run in this season’s Betfair Hurdle but was left out after the heavy ground not suiting him. So he got the run out at Kempton in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle and impressed greatly against the novice company.

Vautour also took a win back in February, landing a first at Leopardstown in the Grade I Deloitte Novice Hurdle. Vautour beat out 9/4 race favourite The Tullow Tank by three lengths in the race, ridden by Ruby Walsh. That’s three wins and two second places over the hurdles now for the 5 year old in his career. He has pretty much held ground in 2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle betting odds.

Splash of Ginge, the Betfair Hurdle winner hasn’t tempted punters after his underdog win, still trading out at around the mark of 20/1 for the race. An impressive win for Wicklow Brave back in early February at Punchestown attracted punters, even though there were a couple of sloppy jumps in the race, his impressive speed still enough for bookmakers to slash his odds for the Supreme Novices, coming from as far out as 14/1 to a current 6/1 shot with sponsors Skybet

Nicky Henderson has Vanitex and Josses Hill in contention, while JP McManus will be represented by Gilgamboa. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices once again brings together the best novice hurdlers from Britain and Ireland, making for a fantastic curtain raiser to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.

2014 Supreme Novices Betting Odds at Skybet
Irving 5/2, Vautour 3/1, Wicklow Brave 13/2, Vaniteux 10/1, Gilgamboa 14/1, Josses Hill 14/1, Valseur Lido 14/1, bar 16/1

Online betting site Skybet are running a great promotion for your 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting. If the favourite wins the first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival, then the bookmaker will refund losing stakes on that race as a free bet. Great coverage and new customers registering an account with up to £30 worth of free bets.

Supreme Novices Tip: Irving was so impressive in his win at the Dovecote, and his record speaks for itself. He’ll be surrounded by the kind of company that will just accentuate his form further and looks a strong favourite to kick off the festival with.


8th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Horse Racing Betting

Willie Mullins revealed this week that he is going to keep his strongest novices apart at the Cheltenham Festival, which means now that he could get his hands on all three Grade 1 novices chases at Prestbury Park. Online betting site Ladbrokes have gone Non Runner No Bet on all 27 of the Festival’s races and it may be worth having a look at his entrants for the novice division. His well fancied trio are leading the way in their respective markets.

RSA
Ballycasey is a 5/1 shot for Mullins in this one and while he is being fancied in the market, he doesn’t have experience on his side. All of the last 14 winners of the RSA have had at least three runs over the fences, but Ballycasey has had just the two. But redressing the balance a bit, he did win both of those runs, but will his lack of experience over the distance, as well as the race type, be able to stand up to the pressure in the gruelling race? It was reported that the 7 year old fell in a recent exercise.

Arkle Trophy
Champagne Fever will represent the big Mullins hope in the Arkle, and he is a two time winner at the Cheltenham Festival, so knows the feel of being in the winners circle, having taken the Supreme Novices’ and the Champion Bumper before. that experience could be crucial in the Arkle, as nine of the last 10 winners of the race have either won or placed before at the Cheltenham Festival. Big shot for glory at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.

JLT
The fairly new race to the Cheltenham Festival, the JLT has been won by an Irish horse in each of its three previous renewals. Felix Younger is Mullins’ 9/2 shot for the race here, even though it is a step up in distance for him. The 8 year old though has only ever landed one win over the fences.

If you fancy a flutter on Mullins’ strongest novices chasers in 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting, then head to Ladbrokes, for their great coverage with their Non Runner No bet offering on all races and new customers can get up to a free £50 bet.


7th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Horse Racing Betting

Paddy Power

Online betting site Paddy Power have launched their best offer ever for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The race, like all the Championship races at this year’s event is Non Runner, Money Back with the bookmaker, so plenty of coverage to have a nice ante post shot on any of the markets.

But for the running of the Supreme Novices Hurdle, Paddy Power have gone with a Money Back Special on top as well. The bookmaker will refund stakes on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed horses in the race. That adds some good value to your horse racing betting.

2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle Odds at Paddy Power
Irving 2/1, Vautour 3/1, Wicklow Brave 13/2, Faugheen 7/1, Vaniteux 12/1, Josses Hill 14/1, Valseur Lido 16/1, Western Boy 16/1, Gilgamboa 16/1, Bar 20/1

New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus when joining. The bookmaker will match the value of your initial stake as a free bet to get you started.


5th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting










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