On Wednesday 2 March 2016, Betfair will be hosting a Cheltenham preview evening featuring a number of racing heavyweights including Paul Nicholls, Davy Russell and Gary O’Brien – and you can watch it live here on Betting. Betfair. Here’s the lowdown…
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Yesterday 4 out of 5 tips were winners, 3 Wins at 7/2, 5/1 and 5/6 and 1 Each Way at 8/1, we are in great form. Don’t forget our 50/1 winner from Wednesday and winners on Tuesday.
Day 4 At Cheltenham, Friday 16th March 2012, Gold Cup Day Tips
Its been a long week but a great week, here is the last day, but the BIG DAY of the Cheltenham Festival!
KAUTO STAR TO WIN THE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP AND A PLACE IN HISTORY!
1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)
Nicky Henderson has a terrific record here in the Triumph and his horses are flying, so first stop is to look at the Henderson runners! As he doesn’t have any we need to get to work!
Stats…of last 10 winners;
- 8/10 won last time out
- 5/10 were first or second in the market
- 9/10 have won 50% of hurdle races
- 6/10 ran at Kempton or Sandown on last run
- 8/10 held up off the pace BUT their has been a bias to front runners this week
On form GRUMETTI has looked the real deal, but was beaten, only to be given the race in the Stewards at Cheltenham by PEARL SWAN. For me the shortlist is
- Baby Mix – would have been a strong bet but disappointed at Cheltenham and finished last, big blot on his copy book
- Grumetti – looks solid but has had interrupted prep and was beaten by Pear Swan
- Pearl Swan, beat Grumetti but stewards said unfairly
- Balder Success – unbeaten BUT Thornton has chosen Grumetti.
- Two from three is a Dutch bet, PEARL SWAN and BABY MIX, fear Grumetti
If Baby Mix runs to his best he will win, but note the word “IF” – tough race.
Summary: BABY MIX Win 6/1 with Bet365, plus free bet on next Channel 4 race, see Bet365 offer on their site.
2:05 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
Gosh! Where do we start. This is as tough as it gets and in these races, like the other day when we got a nice 50/1 in to 40/1 winner. Two at a price, small bets, for me are;
- Magnifique Etoile for Charlie Longsden Each Way and…
- Snap Tie for Philip Hobbs. This could be very interestng! He has not raced for 882 days, but he is high class at his best and they run first time here…Hmmm..
Snap Tie made a successful chasing debut in novice at Cheltenham only outing in 2009/10: not seen since due to tendon and suspensory injuries. A high class horse and could pull it off here! Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson are no fools, so there has to be something in it!
Summary: SNAP TIE NON RUNNER, MAGNIFIQUE ETOILE Each Way 22/1 with Bet365
2:40 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Spa Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 1)
No need to mess about here. The horse I have been desperate to back at Cheltenham runs today here and that horse is BOSTON BOB. Willie Mullins had a winner on Thursday with Sir DesChamps (advised by us and won 3-1) and also won the bumper so is in good form. I will not mince my words, MAX BET Boston Bob. Here is what Timeform say about the horse; 3 starts over hurdles, namely maiden at Navan in November, Grade 1 Navan Novices’ Hurdle (beat Mount Benbulben 4½ lengths) in December and Grade 2 Synergy Security Solutions Novices’ Hurdle at Leopardstown in January: beat Lyreen Legend 2¼ lengths in 11-runner event for latest success, jumping fluently held up and leading before last: will stay 3m: top-class prospect Will be too good for them.
Summary: BOSTON BOB Win, 6/4 with Bet365
3:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
This is the big race of the week, and its fascinating! There are so many ifs and maybes here, but this is my view and this is what I will be doing. This is between LONG RUN and KAUTO STAR who all things been equal, and combined winners of three Gold Cups are better than these by miles. Now come the buts…
- Long Run has looked a shadow of his former self, or he has been beaten by Kauto Star back to his bets
- But Kauto has been the subject of an injury scare.
- He has however come out of it fine and I think its wasn’t as serious as the media have made out, just a view.
The sensible bet is a DUTCH BET on Kauto Star and Long Run (ie back both) but in my view Kauto Star will regain the Gold Cup and is a great EW price now at 4/1+. Midnight Chase is the best outsider of the rest. I have to admit my heart is behind Kauto and I will cry like a baby if he wins it! Love the horse and there may be another chapter in the wonderful Kauto Star story!
Summary: KAUTO STAR to Win the Gold Cup at 4/1 with Bet365, MIDNIGHT CHASE Each Way at 10/1 with Bet365
4:00 Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Usually I would not be interested in this but as you know we have already put up CLOUDY LANE at 11/1. Much shorter now, but we feel strongly this is a good bet. If you are on at 11/1 you have some value, it’s still good value backing at 6/1.
Summary: CLOUDY LANE Win 6/1 with Ladbrokes
4:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
This is a major puzzle to solve! David Pipe is playing the numbers game, shooting so many bullets in order to win the race in his father’s name. Honestly I am stumped and will not be betting in the race. If you forced me to give you one I would suggest that BOCCIANI has a good chance with a very good jockey aboard and a trainer who deserves a festival winner.
Summary: Small Each Way on BOCCIANI at 40/1 with Betvictor
5:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3 Handicap)
Named after Nicky Henderson’s father. He too is desperate to win the race and is unloading plenty of ammunition! Again this is a nightmare to call and is a bit after the Lord Mayor’s show. Again if you forced a bet out of me I would suggest that this will go to Nicky Henderson, but with which one? Well I will go with TANKS FOR THAT, but only small.
Summary: Small Each Way on TANKS FOR THAT, 16/1 with Paddypower
And that’s it for Cheltenham for 2012. Hope you have been happy with the guide and we gave value for money!
Can King Kauto Star Complete Historic Hat-Trick of Cheltenham Gold Cup Wins?
The eagerly anticipated Cheltenham Gold Cup showdown between Long Run and Kauto Star is set to spark a £50 million betting spree on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival to take total turnover on the week above the £300 million mark.
With two wins apiece, the Gold Cup could be the decider between the reigning champion, Long Run, and the dual-winner, Kauto Star, and a win for either horse would see punters end the week on a high.
“Long Run looked set to rule supreme after his victory in last year’s Gold Cup, but Kauto Star has returned to his best this season, and has beaten his younger rival twice already, setting up the Gold Cup decider, a race that could see £50 million wagered on it across the betting industry,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
“No horse had lost and then won back the Gold Cup until Kauto Star did it, and now he could break another record by winning it back again, and that would raise the roof at Cheltenham, but Long Run will have plenty of his own supporters, and a win for either would ensure punters end the Festival on a high,”added Stevens.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2012 – Coral betting
7-4 Long Run, 7-2 Kauto Star, 7-1 Burton Port, 10-1 Midnight Chase, Synchronised, Weird Al, 12-1 Quel Esprit, 25-1 Time For Rupert, What A Friend, 33-1 Diamond Harry, 40-1 The Giant Bolster, 50-1 China Rock, 66-1 Carruthers, Knockara Beau, 100-1 The Midnight Club
Cheltenham Gold Cup Review and Runners
So we come to the main event of the week the 2012 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and 15 head to post. I have to say this year’s renewal looks one of the best for some time and it’s time for the talking to stop.
So who are you with LONG RUN or the Star KAUTO STAR or perhaps even a new kid on the block?! Well I’m going to plump for my favourite horse of all time KAUTO STAR, even though confidence has been slightly dented in the build up to the big day. I think Long Run is the main danger but here are my thoughts on the field.
WEDNESDAY UNE ARTISTE WINS, ADVISED AT 50/1
Thursday Day Three at Cheltenham
It’s a quieter day for us betting wise, but still an exciting day ahead. It looks like a day of short priced winners!
1:30 Jewson Novices’ Chase (Registered As The Golden Miller Novices’ Chase) (Grade 2)
Good race here.I think this is a match between the impressive PEDDLERS CROSS who was beaten (easily) by Sprinter Sacre and the Irish Hotpot SIR DESCHAMPS. There has been a big word for the Nicholls horse this week, CRYSTAL BONUS but I think the Irish horse is a bit better than the rest and is a confident bet here.
1pt, SIR DES CHAMPS WIN BET 7/2 with bet365
2:05 Pertemps Final (Listed Handicap Hurdle)
This is nightmare every year! This year is no exception. Stats… • 6 of the last 10 winners were between 14 and 20/1 • Only 1 fav has won in last 11 runnings • French bread horses are 0 from 46 • 5 year olds poor record • Jonjo O’Neill and David Pipe both won twice in last 10 years. So what does that tell us? Well it only reinforces what I think is well in here and is a decent bet, the David Pipe trained OUR FATHER. Beat Shoreacres at Ascot and looks to be plotted up for this. Timmy Murphy has been on for all his starts for David Pipe and this looks a proper Pipe Plot to me!
2pts, OUR FATHER WIN BET 13/2 with Sportingbet
2:40 Ryanair Chase (Registered As The Festival Trophy Chase) (Grade 1)
Good race here. A grade 1 and we have there exceptional contenders; ALBERTAS RUN, SOMMERSBY and the horse I think is a class act and a class above, RIVERSIDE THEATRE. I really fancy this Nicky Henderson runner here. Owned by James Nesbit. Riverside Theatre is TOP CLASS, he won the Betfair Ascot Chase (beat Gauvain 10 lengths) in 2010/11: very good 12 lengths second to stable-companion Long Run in King George VI Chase at Kempton in between: off 12 months (reportedly suffered stress fracture to pelvis in March 2011), as good as ever when winning latest renewal of Betfair Ascot Chase by 3 lengths from Medermit, jumping/travelling well and having bit to spare: stays 3m: acts on soft and good to firm ground: sets the standard in this. That is an understatement, he is better than these and will win in my view.
5pts, Riverside Theatre, WIN 5/1 with Paddy Power
3:20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade 1)
No need for any waffle, Big Buck’s. If you don’t know why then probably should give up betting and take up knitting!
5pts, Big Bucks, WIN 4/6 with Stan James
4:00 Byrne Group Plate (Grade 3 Handicap Chase)
This is more competitive race, but I always like to see what the Ferdy Murphy handicap plot is for the festival. As early as last week AP McCOY was booked by the stable for DIVERS and I have been watching this ones races this year and THIS IS IN MY VIEW A HORSE PLOTTED UP FOR THE FESTIVAL! If you watch the races this year you will see what I mean!TAKE THE EARLY PRICES HERE!
1pt, DIVERS, decent EACH WAY Bet 7/1 with Bet365, 5 Places Paid
4:40 Kim Muir Challenge Cup
This is an amateur race and wide open. I don’t bother with these! This one looks horrendous! No bet advised
Wednesday Cheltenham Tips, Day 3 Preview
Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival and by my calculations it will be one a piece with the Punters claiming victory on Day One but the bookmakers pulling it back on Day Two, so today could be the crucial day for all involved during the week.
1.30pm Jewson Novices’ Chase
The opening race revolves around one horse, the Donald McCain PEDDLERS CROSS and if they have him back in A1 condition then he could simply blow these rivals away. The yard knows that they have a top class horse on their hands and even though he’s not had the perfect preparation he would not be lining up unless they knew he was 100%. If I’m honest I would be swerving Sprinter Sacre as well!!
Bar the favourite you have to respect the Paul Nicholls trained Cristal Bonus but the one that is a stand out each way bet for me is the Martin Keighley trained CHAMPION COURT.
Best odds offered: CHAMPION COURT 8/1 ¼ odds 1, 2 and 3 places Non Runner, No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed – Boylesports.
2.05pm Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle
Usually a tricky race to call and this year is certainly no exception but I’m hoping we’ve got the race covered. I’ve got my eye on two horses in the race bar the possible short priced favourite Our Father and they are SERGENT GUIB’S and SONOFVIC both of which could be doing all the best work at the finish. So my approach is simple split my stakes and hope one of them gets the job done. If I start getting heavily involved in races like this then I’ve got no chance of making money at the Festival.
Best odds offered on SERGENT GUIB’S 20/1 with BetVictor and SONOFVIC 10/1 with Betfred and both bookmakers go Non Runner, No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed.
2.40pm Ryanair Chase
A race on paper which looks wide open and you can give most of the runners some sort of chance on the form book but the best approach here is to go with the horse that has solid course form. The horse in question is ALBERTAS RUN and he’ll take all the beating with the trip, ground and course in his favour. He’s a horse that AP McCoy adores, so I genuinely hope they put in a clear round, as I can’t see them being out of the frame at a tasty 8/1.
Best odds offered on Albertas Run- 8/1 Bet365 Non Runner, No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed.
3.20pm Ladbrokes World Hurdle
The crème de la crème of the staying division over the smaller obstacles lines up for top honours over 3 miles and I hate to sound boring (again) but who beats BIG BUCKS?! I adore this horse and feel very lucky to have spent some time with him down at Ditcheat. He is one of the best looking horses I’ve ever laid eyes on and extremely athletic. I know the Stewart family adore him and still get nervous when he turns up but he’ll always just find enough to get the job done and that’s a real key asset.
The main danger on the face of it looks to be the Nicky Henderson trained OSCAR WHISKY and I can see him being heavily backed each way on the day, so my advice would be to get involved now with the right firm.
Best odds offered on OSCAR WHISKY 4/1 Each Way Boylesports Non Runner, No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed.
4.00p.m BYRNE GROUP PLATE Handicap Chase
One of the most competitive handicaps of the week and I’m really hoping the Paul Nicholls trained CRACK AWAY JACK will make the line up, as this could be just what the doctor ordered. He has had a stop start career and since switching to Team Ditcheat we’ve only seen himtwice on the track. The first race was at Cheltenham back in November, the trip was 2 miles over fences and he showed me enough that day to believe Paul had something to work with moving forward.
The next time we saw him was over 2 miles 3 furlongs over hurdles at Ascot and I was definitely left with the impression there was more to come. So, do we take the plunge with a horse that’s not really showing us much at present well the answer is “YES”. If Paul can get him back to anywhere near his old form then I’m convinced he’ll pick these up and spit them out.
Best odds offered on CRACK AWAY JACK 8/1 ¼ odds 1, 2, 3 and 4 places Betfred Non Runner, No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed.
4.40pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
So we come to the lucky last and another tricky affair but I’ve been involved with a horse for some time now and that’s the unexposed SUNNYHILLBOY. I was at the track last year when there were some positive vibes coming out of the McManus camp with regards to the son of Old Vic, which made me sit up and take note but it didn’t really go according to plan and the rest is history. Since then the horse has shown some mixed form but I’m taking a guess that this could have been the plan since last year and the team could be on a recovery mission. So the advice is don’t wait for the day itself let’s get involved now as I’m convinced he’ll be one of the best backed horses of the day.
Best odds on Sunnyhillboy 10/1 Bet365 Non Runner, No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed.
Colin Voysey is our Cheltenham tipster this year. A keen racing enthusiast who has spent time with some of the best trainers around and progressed into a top tipster. He won the William Hill Radio Tipping Competion 2007/2008 and has spent three years working as freelance sports pundit on William Hill Radio.
Tipped eight Cheltenham Festival winners in 2009, including Silk Affair 11-1, Chapoturgeon 8-1, Character Building 16-1, Zaynar 11-2, Big Buck’s 20-1 and Forpadydeplasterer 20-1; the last two-named were both ante-post selections. He has a good track record finding the big-priced winners at the big meetings on a regular
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StanJames continue their countdown to Cheltenham by going non-runner no bet on 11 Grade 1 races from March 1st. That means if a punter backs a horse with StanJames.com in one of the qualifying races and it is a non-runner, then StanJames.com will refund the stake.
The online firm are also boosting prices of selected horses every day in the run up to the Cheltenham Festival depending on how many days are left. So with 14 days left on March 1st, StanJames.com are boosting the prices of Mourad (World Hurdle), Captain Cee Bee (Champion Chase), Wayward Prince (RSA Chase) and Diamond Harry (Gold Cup) to 14/1.
StanJames.com NR NB in the following Grade 1 events at the Cheltenham Festival from 8.30 am March 1st:
Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase
Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
Queen Mother Champion Chase
JCB Triumph Hurdle
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
StanJames.com are today offering best industry price on Cue Card to win the Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. The online firm are a standout 5/2 on the Colin Tizzard-trained hurdler for the race.
StanJames.com spokesman Garry McGibbon said: “In what now looks a competitive race, we are happy to lay Cue Card at 5/2 – or bigger if necessary – for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
“We feel that a new dimension has been added to the race in recent weeks with the emergence of the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Recession Proof, meaning Cue Card does not appear to have the strong chance that might have seemed the case even only a few weeks ago.”
Stan James Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – outright odds (E/W 1/4 1,2,3)
5/2 Cue Card (best price available)
6/1 Spirit Son
8/1 Sprinter Sacre
9/1 Recession Proof
14/1 Day of a Lifetime
14/1 Al Ferof
16/1 Hidden Universe
16/1 So Young
TWO-NIL TO THE BOOKIES – PUNTERS KO’d BY CHELTENHAM RESULTS!
The bookies were bounding out of Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday after just two winning favourites from thirteen races left Britain’s biggest bookies William Hill to declare it a ‘bloodbath’ for punters.
Punters had to wait until the sixth race on Tuesday and Wednesday before a fancied runner stormed up the famous hill in front, where at that point, the Cheltenham bookies had already bagged the lion’s share.
Spokesman for William Hill, David Hood, explained.’’ We can’t recall when a Cheltenham Festival started so badly for punters. It has been another stellar day for the bookmakers. Almost every Cheltenham favourite has been KO’d along with a million punters’ dreams. You cannot underestimate the devout following that the Cheltenham Festival commands – and we’re suddenly coming around to the plan for a five-day Festival!’’
However, Irish punters were given a silver lining by Hills following victories for the Irish-trained pair Big Zeb (Queen Mother Champion Chase), and Weapon’s Amnesty (RSA Chase). The bookies had vowed to bump up the ‘starting price’ of any Irish-trained winner by two market moves – to celebrate the Nation’s National Day. The Irish-trained duo both won at odds of 10-1, but thanks to Hills special – those who backed Big Zeb, and Weapon’s Amnesty were paid out at odds of 12-1.
William Hill spokesman David Hood said “Weapons Amnesty and Big Zeb were both really well backed by Irish punters, and we estimate that our St.Patrick’s Day special has cost us an extra few hundred thousand in payouts.” He continued “St Patrick’s Day is a big day of celebration in Ireland, and we hope those who backed the Irish trained horses – enjoy a few pints of Guinness on us!”