One of the biggest Horse Racing events starts today – The Cheltenham Festival – which means we’ve some time out from football to look the main races of the day from the festival to give our tips and opinions.
13:30 – Cheltenham Festival – Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Willie Mullins goes into the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle with 4 runners and the best backed is Melon with Ruby Walsh aboard. Last month’s Betfair Hurdle winner Ballyandy is 2nd favourite and the Twiston – Davies duo could be where the value lies. Nicky Henderson’s River Wylde could also go well for the most successful Cheltenham trainer, as he looks to fight off Nicholls and Mullins this year.
Favourite – Melon
Value Tip / Bet – Ballyandy
Each Way – Bunk Off Early OR River Wylde
2.10pm – Cheltenham Festival – Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)
Nicky Henderson’s unbeaten Altior is an odds-on favourite and quite rightly so. From the same yard as Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig, the 7-year-old looks un apposable, especially since deciding to not go for the Champion Chase against Douvan. Kim Bailey’s Charbel, who came 2nd to Altior at Sandown in a Grade 1 previously, along with Willie Mullins’ Black Caviar look to be the best of the rest.
Favourite – Altior
Value Tip / Bet (without Altior) – Black Caviar
Each Way – Charbel OR Cloudy Dream
2.50pm – Cheltenham Festival – Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Singlefarmpayment leads the market for the handicap chase. Unbeaten in 2 races at Cheltenham, the Tom George trained horse is very well weighted compared to Gordon Elliot’s Noble Endeavour who has gone up 11lbs since its win in during Christmas. Holywell and The Druids Nephew look to be able to run into place money.
Favourite – Singlefarmpayment
Value Tip / Bet – The Druids Nephew
Each Way – Holywell OR Noble Endeavour
3:30pm – Cheltenham Festival – Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
Yanworth has won 7 out of 8 on the hurdles and is the favourite for Alan King. Having beaten The New One at Kempton, Yanworth has the beating of the Twiston Davies Gelding. Nicky Henderson’s Barain Power looks to have a decent chance though has a rise in class. Buveur D’air moves back to hurdles and has beaten Petite Mouchoir as well as coming 3rd to Altior in the Supreme Novices Hurdle last year and could well be the danger to Yanworth. Whoever the winner, this is sure to be one of the biggest races at today’s Cheltenham Festival.
Favourite – Yanworth
Value Tip / Bet (without Yanworth) – Buveur D’air
Each Way – Brain Power
4:10pm – Cheltenham Festival – OLBG Mare’s Hurdle (Grade 1)
The betting is all focused on the 2 Willie Mullins’ runners, Limini and Vroum Vroum Mag. Both previous Cheltenham Festival winners and could could take a lot of beating though Apples jade beat Vroum Vroum Mag on her return at Fairyhouse. Jer’s Girl will enjoy the trip but will find it hard to beat the Mullins pair.
Favourite – Limini
Value Tip / Bet – Apple’s Jade
Each Way – Jer’s Girl OR Lifeboat Mona
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