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2018 Cheltenham Festival betting odds

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Cheltenham Festival Day Four Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 16

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There is no Sizing John to defend his crown in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase but that's the only negative attached to what is a terrific renewal of the UK's most prestigious National Hunt race of the season and the feature on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. The four who chased home Sizing John 12 months ago are all back for more. Minella Rocco, Native River, Djakadam and Saphir Du Rheu are the quartet in question but only Native River arrives in decent form. He's had a much lighter campaign than when third last year and made a winning reappearance at Newbury. But he likes to be prominent and that could clash with the tactics on board Might Bite, another confirmed front-runner. Winner of his last five races over fences, including the King George at Kempton in December. He won the RSA Chase at Cheltenham last year but almost threw it away when trying to run out after jumping the last. He is a galloping machine but rarely foot-perfect and this opposition will put his jumping under maximum pressure. Nicky Henderson has already won the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase at this year's Festival but no trainer has ever won the Gold Cup as well in the same season and Might Bite is now contesting favouritism at a general 9/2 with Native River in the light of support for others. OUR DUKE (5/1 with Coral among others at the time of writing) won a Grade 1 at Leopardstown and the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in his first season as a chaser. That may have taken its toll as he ran a shocker on his reappearance in the Jnwine Chase at Down Royal on his reappearance and was then behind Edwulf, Djakadam and Outlander in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown but put that all behind him when successful conceding 7lb to Presenting Percy at Gowran. The runner-up was hugely impressing win winning the RSA Chase on Wednesday and Jessica Harrington may have unearthed a worthy successor to Sizing John. Definitly Red lacks winning form at the highest level but Brian Ellison's much-improved stayer has been very impressive in his last two starts and could reward each-way support at 888sport's 12/1. Road To Respect is consistent and adds to the interest.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends

None of the last 18 winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup have been aged older than nine. All but one had had a run in the previous three months and most had run over fences at Cheltenham before. Only two winners since 2003 had not finished either first and second in their previous start. Winning form over at least 3m is a good pointer and trends also favour those that have won a Grade 1 before. Nine of the last 10 winners had run three times or less in the current season. The top three in the betting have an excellent record.

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase

Might Bite and Native River 9/2, Our Duke 5/1, Killultagh Vic 10/1, Definitly Red 12/1, Road To Respect 14/1, Edwulf and Total Recall 16/1, Minella Rocco 25/1, Anibale Fly 28/1, Bachasson, Djakadam and Outlander 33/1, Double Shuffle 50/1, Tea For Two 66/1, Saphir Du Rheu 80/1, Shantou Flyer 100/1 The St. James's Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase is the Gold Cup for amateur riders and smaller stables, though some big yards are represented including Paul Nicholls, who saddles four runners including last year's first and second Pacha De Polder and Wonderful Charm. Ireland could be celebrating again, however, with Katie Walsh's mount FOXROCK fancied to get the better of the younger Burning Ambition at a generous-looking 8/1 (general). APPLE'S SHAKIRA can become the first filly in 18 years to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle and win the race for the second year in succession for owner JP McManus. She is fairly priced at 2/1 with 888sport given she's yet to have been seriously tested in three runs at Cheltenham. BOUVREIL might be a decent each-way bet in the closing Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase at the general 20/1 as he has a very good Festival record and is sure to be staying on when others have cried enough while we're liking the 28/1 with Ladbrokes about MELROSE BOY in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey's Handicap Hurdle. He found 2m7f just about too far last time and is still well handicapped. Some bookmakers will pay out on the first five places in this race.
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Cheltenham Festival Day Three Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 15

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MODUS might be the value in the JLT Novices' Chase, which kicks off day three of the Cheltenham Festival. By his own high standards, Paul Nicholls hasn't had the best of seasons and doesn't have as many entries as normal at this year's Festival. But the former champion trainer believes he's found the right race for his charge, a 156-rated hurdler who travels strongly in his races and normally jumps well (his only defeat over fences came when falling at Exeter). Ditcheat still houses some very classy National Hunt horses and you can get 8/1 against Modus, who has run well at Cheltenham in the past.

JLT Novices' Chase Current Best Odds

Invitation Only 3/1, Terrefort 4/1, Finian's Oscar and Benatar 7/1, Modus 8/1, Shattered Love 17/2, Bigmartre and Snow Falcon 16/1, Kemboy 20/1, West Approach 40/1 Trainer Jedd O'Keeffe has faced some battles of his own in the past and his stable star SAM SPINNER is cast in the same mould. A dream ride for Joe Colliver, the stayer announced his arrival on the big stage when making all in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December, beating a few of his rivals in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle in the process. Costing a mere ¬£12,000, it's a big day for connections as the six-year-old starts favourite for a Grade 1 contest at the Cheltenham Festival but the gelding has become a tough nut to crack when he has his conditions - ground on the heavy side of soft - and can justify a general quote of 4/1 ahead of the more-exposed Festival regulars Supasundae and Yanworth. UN DE SCEAUX and LAURINA can give the Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh combination yet another double in the Ryanair Chase and Trull House Stud Mares' Novice Hurdle respectively but the three handicaps on Thursday's card look less straightforward. That said, Patrick Mullins looks to have a fine chance of his own double on MALL DINI in Fulke Walwyn Challenge Cup Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase. The Irish amateur won Tuesday's National Hunt Chase on Rathvinden and now partners a former Festival winner who was fifth in the race last year under Katie Walsh and has been lightly raced since, though the general 5/1 is giving nothing away. Others with similar claims at bigger odds include Final Nudge (25/1 with William Hill) and Missed Approach, a general 12/1. It's lucky pin time with the regards to the Pertemps Network Final and Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase but DRUMCLIFF is better than he showed last time at Warwick over a trip too short and could reward each-way support at 25/1 with William Hill in the latter.    
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Cheltenham Festival Day Two Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 14

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SAMCRO looks a banker in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the start of day two of the Cheltenham Festival. Gordon Elliott resisted the temptation to run his star novice in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle yesterday and probably has another Irish raider, Next Destination, to beat in this lesser contest, though nobody will be getting rich at the current best 8/11. Honours were fairly even between Ireland and the home team on the opening day of The Festival and day two promises to be just as competitive, though Irish eyes should be smiling again after the second race, the RSA Insurance Novices' Chase. This is as much a race for future stayers as yesterday's National Hunt Chase and Presenting Percy has been popular with ante-post punters and is set to go off favourite (currently a best 5/2). He won the Pertemps Final over hurdles last year for Patrick Kelly and has proved just as adept over fences but could find MONALEE a tough opponent. Henry De Bromhead's seven-year-old has always looked a chaser in the making, despite having the speed to finish second in last year's Albert Bartlett over the smaller obstacles. He's won both completed starts over fences, beating today's rivals Al Boum Photo and Dounikos in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last time, and the return to 3m is probably a plus - the 7/2 with Betbright looks a bit of value. Bryony Frost has developed a terrific partnership with Black Corton but this may be a step too far for the Paul Nicholls runner.

RSA Insurance Novices' Chase Current Best Odds

Presenting Percy 5/2, Monalee 7/2, Al Boum Photo 7/1, Black Corton and Dounikos 8/1, Elegant Escape 11/1, Ballyoptic 18/1, Bonbon Au Miel 25/1, Allysson Monterg 50/1, Full Irish 100/1 The Coral Cup comes under the 'too hard' category while a late injury scare has dampened enthusiasm for backing ALTIOR at a best 5/4 in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and who's to say which of Willie Mullins' five runners in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper will prove best but TIGER ROLL could be worth an interest in the Glenfarclas Chase over the cross-country fences. Gordon Elliott won the race last year with Cause Of Causes, ridden by Jamie Codd, and that partnership has been backed for a repeat (a general 11/4). But the stable also run Bless the Wings, who has run over the cross-country fences, and Tiger Roll. The latter won the National Hunt Chase at the meeting last year and his run behind Bless The Wings at Cheltenham in December had all the hallmarks of a prep race, though he's now into a general 6/1. The Last Samuri is the potential fly in the ointment but the Aintree specialist will have to adapt quickly to the unique challenge of the obstacles.  
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Cheltenham Festival Day One Preview – Horse Racing Betting March 13

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There are likely to be three very short-priced favourite on the opening day of this year's Cheltenham Festival - Footpad in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy, Buveur D'Air in the Unibet Champion Hurdle and Apple's Jade in the OLGB Mares' Hurdle - but there doesn't mean there isn't value elsewhere on a cracking card. Conditions are likely to be testing on day one, with the threat of further rain. That's a change from the norm when the going is rarely on the soft side of good, but it shouldn't inconvenience the majority of the favourites. A treble on the aforementioned trio at their current best odds will net you odds of around 9/2 but let's see if we can find a few that will be much bigger prices. We will have to wait until the penultimate race on day one for the National Hunt Challenge Cup. This amateur riders' novices' chase will test the stamina of both horse and jockey being run over only a few yards short of 4m but I'm very keen on the chances of the mare MS PARFOIS. Anthony Honeyball's seven-year-old is getting 7lb from her rivals and her form stands up closely to scrutiny. She's proven around Cheltenham, handles soft ground and has a very accomplished rider on board in Will Biddick. She ran well enough against Black Corton at Ascot last time considering the track didn't really suit her and Boylesports are still offering 8/1. The same firm will give money back as a free bet up to £20 if your selection finishes second or third to an SP favourite in any race at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

National Hunt Challenge Cup Best Odds

Jury Duty 9/2, Mossback 6/1, No Comment 13/2, Rathvinden 7/1, Ms Parfois 8/1, Keeper Hill and Sizing Tennessee 10/1, Pylonthepressure 16/1, Duel At Dawn 20/1, Impulsive Star and Reigning Supreme 25/1, Shades Of Midnight 33/1, Clondaw Cian 40/1, Robin Of Locksley and Lofgren 100/1, All Kings 150/1 BARNEY DWAN has won his last two over fences and that should have given him some confidence. Fergal O'Brien's charge was second in the Pertemps Final at the meeting last year and races off the same mark in the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase. While the eight-year-old will need some luck in-running, he definitely has the raw ability to win a race like this and is fairly priced at 8/1 with most bookmakers including Sportingbet. Given Barney's profile, it could be worth taking out the insurance offered by this bookmaker of money back in the form of a free bet up to ¬£25 if your selection falls at Cheltenham. Supporters of SINGLEFARMPAYMENT in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase will also like this offer, though he's currently best odds at Betfred at 7/1.¬†  
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Cheltenham Festival – Specials Betting

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I love the Cheltenham Festival as much as the next betting man but what I can't stand is all the false hype - seven sleeps to Cheltenham, give me strength. Punters are not five-year-olds and it's not Christmas! However, now is probably a good time to take a look at the betting specials surrounding The Festival. The possibility of soft or heavy going at Cheltenham next week will have several trainers looking to the heavens. Now that the snow has melted, the going is currently described as soft, good to soft in places by clerk of the course Simon Claisse. Up to 20mm of rain is expected over the next seven days so conditions are unlikely to get much quicker before the tapes go up on the first race. Betfred are offering 8/11 that the going is good to soft on the opening day and 5/4 that soft ground is reported. Any other scenario looks unlikely given the weather forecast for the area. There are several markets in which you can bet on the number of winners that top trainers will record. William Hill offer 6/4 that Gordon Elliott will saddle five winners or more and the same odds that Nicky Henderson will do the same. Willie Mullins is Evens with William Hill to manage at least six winners over the four days of The Festival but expectations for the Paul Nicholls are more modest. The former champion trainer is only 3/1 not to manage a single winner. Unsurprisingly, Mullins is the favourite to be Top Trainer. His great Irish rival Elliott is only a general 2/1, however, with the Henderson stable priced up at 9/4 by Unibet. The same firm have Ruby Walsh as their 4/6 favourite to be Top Jockey with Barry Geraghty at 5/1 and young Jack Kennedy at 6/1. There are also odds on the total number of Irish-trained winners as well as which race at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival will produce the biggest winning margin.
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Cheltenham Festival Nicky Henderson Update – Horse Racing Betting

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With Altior making a satisfactory return to action at Newbury on Saturday, champion trainer Nicky Henderson holds an even stronger hand in some of next month's key races at the Cheltenham Festival. Altior, now unbeaten in all 12 of his races over hurdles and fences and a Festival winner last year and also in 2016, is now a best 11/10 with Betway in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and odds-on with some major bookmakers. He looked a little ring-rusty at Newbury but still had way too much for Grade 1 winner Politilogue. The Henderson stable has won the Champion Chase in three of the last six years whereas Willie Mullins, trainer of likely market rivals Min (a best 10/3) and Douvan, has never managed to win the two-miler despite his dominance in other contests at The Festival.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Current Best Odds

Altior 11/10, Min 10/3, Douvan 7/1, Politilogue 10/1, Fox Norton and Un Des Sceaux 12/1, Great Field 14/1, Special Tiara and Yorkhill 16/1, Top Notch 20/1, Charbel 25/1, Ar Mad and Forest Bihan 33/1, A Toi Phil, Black Hercules, Polidam, God's Own, Ordinary World and Ball D'arc 50/1 Native River won the Denman Chase at Newbury over the weekend and last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup third is a best 13/2 to go two places better this year. His stable looks to be coming into form at just the right time and there are certainly worse each-way bets in the big race on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival but the Henderson's Might Bite remains the general 7/2 in chasing's Blue Riband. After a slow start to his chasing career, the nine-year-old has won his last five, three of them at the highest level. He took the RSA Chase at Cheltenham last year and remains the one to beat. Defending champion Sizing John is 7/1 with Sportingbet. Buveur D'Air is impossible to oppose in the Champion Hurdle but is priced accordingly. The defending champion will feature in plenty of accumulators at the Cheltenham Festival as he looks a banker but you will struggle to get anything bigger than 4/9 and that may be even shorter on the day. Another possible winner for the Henderson team is in the Triumph Hurdle for four-year-olds as the filly Apple's Shakira will be defending an unbeaten record and getting weight again from the geldings. All three of her victories in the UK have come at Cheltenham but there is unknown factor in the going if, as usual, there is good ground by the time The Festival comes around. Only a best 3/1 with Sportingbet, she's never raced on anything quicker than soft and might be vulnerable to a few of the ex-Flat types that invariably turn up in this race like Mr Adjudicator (a general 8/1) and Redicean (a general 10/1). Most bookmakers are now non-runner no bet on all Cheltenham races.
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