Friday 26 January 2018

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2018

Select Runner-Up Odds


Tipsters have won big money in past Cheltenham events with 33/1, 20/1 and 10/1 odds. Never be put off by bookie odds as horses might reserve the best of their performance for Cheltenham.

Follow Expert Handicapper Advice


This very complete section on the Cheltenham Racecourse includes some top handicapper picks for each of the major races. 

The Willie Mullins Picks


Will Mullins is by far one of the very best trainers there are in the present, thus he gets to train the very best horses and he has an eye for it. During Cheltenham in nearly always lands a winner on one of the big races, but instead of looking into the short price favorites focus on his runners. Rule Supreme (25/1), Ebaziyan (40/1), Thousand Stars (20/1), Champagne Fever (16/1), Briar Hill (25/1), Wicklow Brave (25/1). 

Great Bookie Offers


The most horserace focused bookies like William Hill offer great promotions during the event. Take advantage of the free bets. 

Cheltenham Favorite Horses


It is still too early to pick top favorites, but these candidates have a nice chance of being champions in their respective races. 

Charli Parcs


A progressive young hurdler that is still getting to his finest point but should perform highly during the Cheltenham as the field favors his style of a strong pace.



Yanworth was kind of a disappointment at the Kinwell Hurdle at Wincanton one year ago, but this is the type of horse that wins by the bare minimum and remains unbeaten at the two miles. 



This horse has a better record with a clean round of jumping, be sure to have in as one of the final contenders in the stretch. 



Ballyoptic has underperformed during the winter season, but should not be regarded far behind one of the top favorites like Unowhatimeanharry. 

Gold Cup Contenders


The Gold Cup will be the jewel of the Crown of the Cheltenham Festival, some of the very best contenders will make their show here. 

Might Bite


Might Bite is the people’s favorite that leads early odds after winning the King George VI, a race long time considered key to identify the winner of the Gold Cup. Trained by Nicky Henderson, Might Bite stands unbeaten in 5 starts throughout the 2017 season.

Bristol Mai


Bristol du Mai will be a top contender for the Gold Cup. A progressive stayer that won the Peter Marsh at Haydock with an impressive run. His odds have dropped a bit after coming in second at Newbury behind Native River, but that was a tactical from his rider. 

Native River


Native River could be Might Bite’s nightmare with its strong stamina and preference for wet grounds. Winner of The Hennessy and Welsh National, Native River stands with 8/1 odds. Handicapper circles keep bringing River’s name to the equation considering the horse might just be at the top of his career: 8 years old, past Gold Cup experience (finished third in 2017) and enhanced stamina.

Sizing John


Sizing John is the present Gold Cup winner, very few horses accomplish a double win in a row. Considering the poor performance during the King George in December, Sizing John stands as a contender mostly for his past achievements.

Monday 22 January 2018

Cheltenham Festival 2009: Magnificent Seven for Walsh

Paul Nicholls became leading trainer at the Festival for the fourth year running, and the sixth time in all, in 2009. In fact, the former jump jockey surpassed his previous efforts by saddling a total of five winners, namely Master Minded in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, Chapoturgeon in the Jewson Novices’ Handicap Chase, Big Buck’s in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, American Trilogy in the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle and Kauto Star in the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. All bar Chapoturgeon were ridden by stable jockey Ruby Walsh, who upstaged his boss by riding a treble, on Quevaga, Mikael D’Haguenet and Cooldine, for Irish champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins, for a record-breaking seven winners over the four days. 

Other notable winners during a memorable week were Punjabi, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty, in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle and the much-touted Dunguib, trained by Philip Fenton in Co. Tipperary and ridden by amateur Brian O’Connell, who quickened clear to win the Weatherbys Champion Bumpre by 10 lengths.

Monday 1 January 2018

Cheltenham Festival 2008: Business as Usual for Nicholls and Walsh

The Cheltenham Festival in 2008 was unusual insofar as the second day was cancelled due to high winds, forcing the Queen Mother Champion Chase to be run on the Thursday, along with the World Hurdle and eight other races. Friday, too, featured a nine-race card but, results-wise, the Festival wasn’t entirely unpredictable.

Paul Nicholls, leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the previous two seasons, was once again in the box seat in 2008. The Ditcheat handler saddled three winners, Master Minded in the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase, Celestial Halo in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and Denman in the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, to become leading trainer at the Festival for the third year running. Ruby Walsh rode the first-named pair and was also victorious on Fiveforthree, trained by Willie Mullins, in the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle to retain his title as leading jockey.

Master Minded was particularly impressive, readily drawing clear to beat the winner of the race the previous year, and favourite, Voy Pour Ustedes, by 19 lengths with Fair Along a further 16 lengths back in third.

Other notable winners included Katchit in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, Inglis Drever in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and Cousin Vinny in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.