Ten Best Bets: Cheltenham Festival 2017
But, not all betting opportunities are equal.
You can only get so excited about the Bulgarian second division whereas Cheltenham Festival betting is as good as it gets for a punter.
So, let’s look at our pick of this year’s top 10 bets to help you come out on top against the bookies.
1 – Thistlecrack to win the Gold Cup
This season has been Thistlecrack’s first as a steeplechaser having previously wowed as a hurdler. It’s tough to know how a horse will fare after graduating to the bigger obstacles but Thistlecrack went off at 1/6 in the Novice Chase at Chepstow and promptly hacked up in his first race as a chaser.
Colin Tizzard continued to up the ante over the season and Thistlecrack has risen to the challenge each time. He can continue his dominance in the biggest race of all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
2 – Yanworth to win the Champion Hurdle
Yanworth suffered a setback in his preparations for the Festival having been pulled out of his warm up at Sandown in February. However, connections found an adequate replacement with the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton which he easily won.
The seven-year-old is not the bookies’ favourite for the Champion Hurdle but he’s got all the class required to win Tuesday’s biggest race.
3 – Capitaine each-way in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
We’ve found a very tempting each-way bet at around 33/1 to kick off the Festival in the form of Capitaine. Yes, he has to outperform some very high-quality rivals to have any chance of winning but that’s well within this five-year-old’s capability.
Paul Nicholls thinks extremely highly of Capitaine having seen him turn in some impressive performances at Grade 1 level. He may go under the radar but if you take a punt on him, you may just get your week off to a flyer.
4 – Our Kaempfer to win the Ultima Handicap Chase
Yes, the top trainers and owners all want to prove they’ve got the best horses with a win at the Cheltenham Festival but they’re also interested in picking up the big prize funds on offer.
There is certainly a bumper prize on offer for the winner of the Ultima Handicap Chase. Of all the high-class options to bet on, we like the look of Our Kaempfer. He’s performed well in his first season over fences, won at Kempton in January and looks decent odds at about 14/1.
5 – Supasundae each-way in the Coral Cup
There is some excellent value about in the early betting for the Coral Cup. The likes of Tycoon Prince, Modus and Zuabyr all look tempting but the one that we’re siding with is Supasundae at a general 20/1.
The seven-year-old failed to win any of his last two outings but he got a great win at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve and should be amongst the places at least.
6 – Cosmeapolitan to win the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
The Fred Winter is always a competitive betting heat as trainers send some of their most impressive four-year-olds for the biggest race of their young careers.
You need a turn of pace and previous winning form over hurdles to win this and Cosmeapolitan definitely ticks those boxes. He raced with a rating of 92 on the flat and won with ease over hurdles at Newbury so get on board at anything approaching 12/1.
7 – Jekzi each-way in the Stayers Hurdle
JP McManus is a man who likes to win wherever possible. He’ll therefore be very happy to send both Unowhatimeanharry and Jezki to the Stayers Hurdle.
He won’t be too worried about which order they come in, as long as they’re first and second. Jezki is sure to be there come the closing straight and could just get the better of his illustrious rival.
8 – Landofhopeandglory to win the Triumph Hurdle
Make no mistake, it is going to require a stellar performance for anything to beat Defi Du Seuil in the Triumph Hurdle but we just think that Landofhopeandglory has what it takes to win at around 20/1.
The Joseph O’Brien trained four-year-old has three wins from four starts over hurdles and could just improve enough to win on Friday.
9 – Samcro each-way in the Champion Bumper
Carter Mckay is a fair favourite from the Champion Bumper but we are foreseeing a big challenge from Samcro. The four-year-old has two impressive wins under his belt already and has plenty of improving still to do. At best odds of 20/1, Samcro is sure to be a major factor.
10 – Coney Island each-way in the RSA Chase
Coney Island backers were unfortunate not to see a return on their investment when he went off as favourite last time out at Leopardstown. With a little bit more luck and his extra experience he’ll be able to challenge the favourites so back him each-way at 12/1.