2016 Cheltenham Festival Betting GuidePublished March 09, 2016
In the top trainer betting market for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival it is impossible to oppose Willie Mullins of course, but maybe Nicky Henderson is the trainer to keep an eye on at Cheltenham this year.
Henderson has two contenders in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, live chances in the Champion Hurdle and some big chances throughout the week with the likes of Sprinter Sacre. Expect him to have one or two lined up for handicap races as well. Henderson is 5/2 to have exactly 2 winners and 3/1 with Boylesports to have 2 or more winners; both make some appeal. He is top priced 20/1 with 888Sport to cause a huge upset! And remember that 888Sport will give you treble the odds on your first bet.
Ruby Walsh is of course the long odds-on favourite to land the top jockey honours once again, it seems unthinkable that he would ride any less than 6 or 7 winners through the week given the embarrassment of riches he will enjoy from the comfort of his saddle.
Barry Geraghty is available at 7/1 with Skybet which is will appeal to a few people, while Champion jockey elect Richard Johnson is 20/1 for his fans. At a huge price, Davy Russell is a master around Prestbury Park and has an incredible record from wins/rides ratio at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years. A 33/1 shot, he could give backers a run for their money, but in truth this looks like Ruby’s to lose. Given how his first day of rides is shaping up with Min, Douvan, Annie Power and Vroum Vroum Mag, he could be beyond catching before tea time!
The Betbright Prestbury Cup is the tally of winners competition between the UK & Ireland trained horses. This year we have 28 races so obviously the “Draw” comes firmly into the equation! With restrictive enough odds of 4/6 (UK) and 7/4 (Ireland), maybe bet365 offering 8/1 about the Draw is the more fun play for the neutral punter seeking a saucy price.
Bet365 are also offering a “Biggest Winning SP” market and the 2/1 price offered about “Less than 33/1” could be a decent shout. There always seem to be a 33/1-50/1 winner somewhere along the line, but maybe this year the biggest we’ll see will be in the 20-28/1 range. The Cheltenham Festival 2016 is awash with alternative betting opportunities so stay on the look-out for a fun way to liven up your week!