Punter waits for 2023 Cheltenham Festival Betting with potential £75k ticket

Antepost selections leaves punter waiting for big Cheltenham Festival action

Desert Crown / Epsom Downs ©IMAGO / Colorsport 04.06.2022

After another brilliant Epsom Derby Festival, one punter is already looking forward to next year’s Cheltenham Festival betting.

Punter Paul Dean, who is from Stockton-on-Tees is two successful legs down in a four-fold horse racing acca.

It is a bet that potentially stands to earn him more than £70k.

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Epsom epics landed in perfect start

Dean had backed both Tuesday and Desert Crown to win the Oaks and the Derby respectively at Epsom Downs this year.

Tuesday had delivered the Fillies’ Classic on Friday from a quote of 15/2, with Dean having backed Aidan O’Brien’s charge at 8/1 in his bet.

The bigger call, a huge ante post selection, was on Desert Crown who was sent off at 5/2 in Saturday’s Derby.

But after having seen Sir Michael Stoute’s charge make his debut back in November, the punter had fancied him to deliver at Epsom.

He took a huge ante post price of 40/1 on the selection.

Ante post all the way

This long forecasting for horse racing betting now stands Dean in good stead, halfway through his bet.

Should the other two legs get home successfully, then the punter would get £75,000 from just the £10 stake played.

To see whether or not this bet lands, then it’s a long wait until the 2023 Cheltenham Festival Betting comes along.


Dean’s Active Bet

  • Desert Crown – Epsom Derby Outright 40/1
  • Tuesday – Epsom Oaks Outright 8/1
  • Constitution Hill – 2023 Champion Hurdle Outright 2/1
  • Galopin Des Champs – 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup at 7/2
  • Odds – 7,471/1


Cheltenham Festival Betting Picks

Included in the open bet is Constitution Hill to win the 2023 Champion Hurdle at 2/1, and Galopin des Champs to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup at 7/2.

Nicky Henderson’s Constitution Hill demolished the Supreme Novice’s field at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Galopin des Champs didn’t bank a victory at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

He lined up in the small field for the Turners’ Novices.

The Willie Mullins-trained Galopin Des Champs was a thundering 12 lengths clear heading to the last when he fell with a comfortable win in sight.

The total odds of the four-fold stands at just over 7,471/1 on the bet placed at Bookmaker William Hill.

Not the first time

At this year’s Cheltenham Festival, there was a famous cash-out win made by Dean to the tune of around a quarter of a million pounds.

The punter breathed a huge sigh of relief after he decided to partially cash out on his fivefold acca.

With four successful legs under his belt, Dean didn’t wait to see (at least not in full) if odds-on favourite in the Marsh Novices’ Chase, Envoi Allen got the job done.

The bet was partially cashed out early at Betfair for around £250,000.

This was just as well because Envoi Allen fell at the fourth fence in this contest.

Cheltenham Festival Betting worth the wait

Once again, the secret to Dean’s success was looking for long ante post options.

It’s been a strategy of backing horses at much bigger prices than what they went off at.

Patience has also been a big factor.

That previous massive winning bet had started in the summer of 2020 with a couple of selections at Royal Ascot.

Golden Horde at 12/1 and Hello Youzmain at 10/1 had kicked off the bet.

The rest of the selections were then at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, with 4/1 Champion Chase winner Shiskin, and Bob Olinger in the Ballymore at 25/1

Both of the selections were taken at prices that were well above their starting prices on the day.

That left it all hanging on Envoi Allen.

Had Envoi Allen won and Dean had let the entire bet stand, he would have collected over half a million.

But in the end, his decision to use the partial cash-out option turned out to be just the right move.

He would have walked away with nothing otherwise.

Back in 2012, Dean also won £56,000 on the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival.

At this year’s Festival, he took a staggering £140,000 from a tricast bet, calling the first, second and third home in the Gold Cup.