Top 10 Bets for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival
If like the rest of the Horse-racing world, you to are gearing up towards the Cheltenham betting season, you may want to read through the following article, presenting the current Top 10 Cheltenham betting offers.
1. Sceau Royal – Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase: 6/1 at Betfair and Boylesports
Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede hold a strong hand in this two mile contest being responsible for the leading fancies Footpad and Sceau Royal. While both horses are currently being aimed at the race it would be no surprise to see the former switched to either the Champion Chase or JLT, in which case the latter should take a lot of beating.
2. Call Me Lord (e.w.) – Unibet Champion Hurdle: 40/1 at Betfred (NRNB)
Reigning champion Buveur D’Air looks set to win back-to-back Champion Hurdles but at around the 4-6 mark an each-way investment in a big priced contender offers much better value, especially with many bookmakers going non-runner-no-bet in a race which may attract a single-figure field. Call Me Lord looked a top hurdler in the making when winning a handicap at Sandown recently and a victory in next month’s Kingwell Hurdle would put the five-year-old bang in the mix to make the frame at Cheltenham.
3. Apple’s Jade – Olbg Mares Hurdle: 8/11 AT Betfred
Despite the price this mare looks head and shoulders above the opposition and need only put in a clear round to repeat last year’s victory for trainer Gordon Elliott.
4. Altior – Betway Champion Chase: 5/4 at Betfred (NRNB)
Should this exciting chaser recover fully from a wind op he would be expected to take this with the minimum of fuss, especially if Yorkhill reverts back to hurdles and Douvan fails to turn up. The NRNB proviso makes the 5-4 offered by Betfred an attractive proposition should he line up in top shape.
5. Cause of Causes – Cross Country Chase: 4/1 at Ladbrokes and Unibet
JP McManus’s popular chaser will attempt to follow up his easy win of 12 months ago and his fourth consecutive Cheltenham Festival victory. Going to be very hard to beat off level weights and can see him going off a short price on the day.
6. Samcro – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle: 7/4 at Betfair, Boylesports and Unibet
Unbeaten in three Bumpers and two novice hurdles Gordon Elliott’s Germany gelding could well be the sport’s next superstar and it will take something very special to lower his colours in this 2m 5f Grade 1 contest.
7. Top Notch – Ryanair Chase: 11/2 at Boylesports and Betbright
With most of these also holding other entries the race looks to concern the two market leaders – Un De Sceaux and Top Notch – who both look guaranteed runners barring accidents. Despite winning the race last year the former is always vulnerable on anything other than soft ground so with that prospect looking unlikely Nicky Henderson’s charge must take the world of beating based on two recent impressive victories.
8. Laurina – Mares’ Novice Hurdle: 5/2 at Sportingbet
Irish trainer Willie Mullins is spoilt for choice in this novice contest for mares and his Laurina looks banker material based on two wide margin victories since joining the Closutton handler from France.
9. Apple’s Shakira – JCB Triumph Hurdle: 10/3 at Betfair
Has a similar profile to JP McManus’s Triumph Hurdle winner of last year Defi Du Seuil and despite failing to fully impress on Trials Day at Cheltenham that could be put down to the prevailing heavy ground. Travels well in her races, finds plenty at the business end and gets the mares’ allowance. Ticks all the boxes.
Might Bite – Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: 7/2 betfred (NRNB)
Despite having won his last five starts including last year’s RSA Chase and Kempton’s King George no mention is ever made about last season’s top staying novice without reference to the nine-year-old’s tendency to lug right on Cheltenham’s run in. The fact of the matter is that the son of Scorpion is a serious talent and the most likely winner of the Gold Cup. I expect the horse to do the talking on Friday 16th March.