Cheltenham Festival Tips

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner….

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We’ll be updating this page regularly with all our planned bets, so keep checking back between now and the Festival for updates.

Our Ante post Acca for 2018

970/1 Ante Post accumulator for Cheltenham Festival

With the Cheltenham Festival looming, we asked Lewis Jones to pick four horses from the ante-post markets to combine in a multiple bet. The result provides a tasty 970/1 accumulator or an intriguing Yankee bet that only needs two to land to make a healthy profit….

Altior – Champion Chase, Evens

With firms now offering the non-runner money back guarantee, you’d be a fool not to stick Nicky Henderson’s star two-mile chaser in any accumulator. For some reason this horse hasn’t had the credit he truly deserves. Unbeaten in 11 races over jumps, including two wins at the Cheltenham Festival in the Supreme Novices Hurdle and Arkle Chase, this horse is fast becoming one of the legends of the game. When he wins the Champion Chase, he will be crowned and surely recognised a true great.

When you look at his rivals at the top of the Champion Chase market, there is little for Altior to be sweating over. Politologue is an improving horse but doesn’t look capable of showing his best at Cheltenham while Min was absolutely smashed up by Altior in the Supreme a few years back. A fully-fit Douvan would be a tough test for the favourite but his best days seem behind him now with injuries taking their toll. Altior just wins.

Willoughby Court, JLT Novices Chase, 5/1

We see year-after-year that previous Cheltenham Festival form on good ground is franked 12 months later. Willoughby Court ran out a game winner of the Neptune Investments Novices Hurdle, beating the high-class and well-fancied Neon Wolf in the process. His transition to fences hasn’t gone smoothly but he’s a ground dependant beast which means you can forget his defeat behind Yanworth on New Year’s Day in the mud and focus on the beating he gave that horse at Newbury from the front. That performance is more than good enough to take this contest. I’d be surprised if he’s 5/1 on the day as the race is likely to cut up significantly.

Claimantakinforgan, Supreme Novices Hurdle, 8/1

It still staggers me that this horse is trading at the price he is. Trained by the master of this race in Henderson, he’s the clear stable first string that has landed a Grade Two in fine style yet the market is dominated by the Willie Mullins-trained Getabird, who was impressive winning a Grade One in Ireland but he shouldn’t be three times shorter in the betting than the selection. The six-year-old is a typical strong travelling sort that Henderson excels with. There’s bound to be improvement to come and he’ll be primed for his life on the day. 8/1 is a silly price. Back him.

On The Blind Side, Ballymore Novices Hurdle, 7/1

The Henderson love in continues. Once again, one of his talented string has been grossly overlooked by the markets. This race is dominated by Samcro – the second-coming apparently judging by his performances in Ireland, but his price has been affected by hype. He’s far too short, especially when you watch On The Blind Side’s recent win at Sandown on good ground. He absolutely obliterated a good field and skipped over his hurdles like a real professional. This lad could be the real deal.

Cheltenham Tips Day 1: Tuesday

TimeSelection
Get 20/1 on Melon to win the Supreme Novices!
1.30 Supreme NovicesBALLYANDY at 7/2 with Coral
Get 6/1 on Altior to win the Arkle!
2.10 Arkle TrophyFOREST BIHAN (without Altior) at 5/1 with Bet365
2.50 Ultima Chase SINGLEFARMPAYMENT at 7/1 with Bet365
3.30 Champion HurdleBRAIN POWER at 15/2 with Paddy Power
Get 10/1 on Limini to win the Mares!
4.10 Mares Hurdle LIMINI at 13/8 with Ladbrokes
4.50 National Hunt EDWULF at 6/1 with Bet365
5.30 Centenary Novice ITSAFREEBEE at 10/1 with Paddy Power

Cheltenham Tips: Day 2: Wednesday

TimeSelection + Best Odds
Get Neon Wolf enhanced to 14/1!
1:30 Neptune NovicesNEON WOLF at 15/8 with Paddy Power
2:10 RSA ChaseMIGHT BITE at 4/1 with Betvictor
2:50 Coral CupMODUS at 12/1 with Paddy Power
Get DOUVAN enhanced to 6/1!
3:30 Champion ChaseDOUVAN at 4/11 with Coral
4:10 Cross Country CAUSE OF CAUSES at 4/1 with Betvictor
4:50 Fred WinterFINAL CHOICE at 14/1 with Coral
5:30 Champion BumperCARTER McKAY at 10/3 with Paddy Power

Cheltenham Tips Day 3: Thursday

TimeSelection
Get 14/1 on Yorkhill to win the JLT Novices!
1:30 JLT Novices Chase YORKHILL at 6/4 with Bet365
2:10 Pertemps Final TOBEFAIR at 15/2 with Bet365
2:50 Ryanair ChaseEMPIRE OF DIRT at 4/1 with Paddy Power
3:30 Stayers HurdleUNOWWHATIMEANHARRY at 13/8 with Bet365
4:10 Brown Advisory PlateIRISH SAINT at 14/1 with Bet365
4:50 Kim Muir Challenge NED STARK at 14/1 with Betvictor
5:30 Mares NovicesLETS DANCE at 11/2 with Paddy Power

Cheltenham Tips Day 4: Friday

TimeSelection
1:30 Triumph HurdleDEFI DU SEUIL at 2/1 with Paddy Power
2:10 County Handicap WONDERFUL CHARM at 4/1 with Betvictor
2:50 Albert Bartlett WEST APPROACH at 7/1 with Paddy Power
3:30 Gold Cup NATIVE RIVER at 11/2 with Paddy Power
4:10 Foxhunter Chase ONTHEFRINGE at 7/2 with Bet365
4:50 Conditional Jockeys BATTLEFORD at 10/1 with Bet365
5:30 Grand AnnualASO at 16/1 with Coral

*Staking plan 1-5pts. The higher the point the stronger the bet. So, whatever your 1pt stake size is (£10, for example) you times the point by your stake size and you have your advised stake. So, a 4pt win would be a £40 single if you’re playing with £10 stakes.

Over £600million is predicted to change hands over the course of the four days in the betting industry with 27 high-quality races serving up the battle between the punter and bookmakers and backers and layers on the exchanges.

Every year we devise a punting plan and this page brings you all our tips and planned stake sizes under one roof.