A Cheltenham Betting Bonanza

| March 10, 2011 | Reply

If this article was a footballer it would be Benni McCarthy.


Because it’s crammed full of tasty morsels.

In Benni’s case those morsels include meat and potato pies and Double Decker chocolate bars (possibly)…

In Betting Rant’s case those morsels are cracking tips and bookie offers for the upcoming Cheltenham festival.

The first of them comes courtesy of Paddy Power, who are offering a top notch refund offer for Tuesday’s Supreme Novices Hurdle…

If the favourite Cue Card wins, all losing bets are refunded.

So, with this in mind, back Spirit Son to win the Supreme Novices Hurdle at 11/2 with Paddy Power.

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Get your festival off to the perfect start

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “start as you mean to go on”…

Well, this Paddy Power offer provides us with the perfect opportunity to do just that.

You see, the Supreme Novices Hurdle is the very first race of the festival and with our selection we put ourselves in an enviable position…

If Spirit Son wins we make five and a half times our stake and if Cue Card wins we don’t lose a penny.

Now, for my money, Cue Card looks a good thing and I can see him romping home.

However, Cheltenham has a habit of throwing up surprises and if that’s to happen again, I reckon that Spirit Son may just be the lucky beneficiary.


Well, aside from Cue Card, his form is by far the most impressive of the 23 runners, with three wins out of three and his most recent coming by an extraordinary 21 lengths.

What’s more, each time he’s run he’s improved, with that third victory coming after a two and a half length win at Huntingdon and victory by a nose over in France.

The five year old has also been successful over the relevant distance and fits pretty much all of the trends associated with a Supreme Novices winner…

And, last but not least, he is trained by the in-form Nicky Henderson – a man who finished as the top trainer at last year’s festival and is 7/4 favourite to do so again this time round.

So, for our second bet of the festival (after Peddlers Cross in the Champion Hurdle) back Spirit Son to win the Supreme Novices Hurdle at 11/2.

Do make sure you place this bet with Paddy Power, as they are the only bookie offering money back if the favourite (Cue Card) wins.

Four to follow 2010/11 – the final chapter

Some of you may have been wondering what to do with our National Hunt ‘four to follow’ over Cheltenham…

Well, wonder no more.

Hurricane Fly

Hurricane Fly has done brilliantly for us this season, with three wins out of three including a 7/2 effort back in December.

Anybody that backed him for the Champion Hurdle back at the start of the season will have got a good deal but at current prices, I’m afraid I can’t advise a bet at present.

The simple fact of the matter is that Hurricane hasn’t run at Cheltenham before and festival form is often a very good indicator of future success.

Tip: no bet.

Oscar Whisky

I tipped Oscar Whisky to build on an impressive debut season and he has done just that.

The six year old has won both his races this term (the first of them at 3/1) and goes into the Champion Hurdle in fine form.

Whether he can come out on top or not I’m not sure but at odds of 12/1 with Coral and Boyle Sports, he is well worth an each-way bet.

Tip: back Oscar Whisky each-way in the Champion Hurdle at 12/1 with Coral or Boyle Sports.


I’ve placed Tataniano on the naughty step as he had the audacity to besmirch our 100% winning record (he finished third in his only race).

That and the fact that he is doubtful for his selected race (the Queen Mother Champion Chase) rules him out of my festival plans.

Tip: no bet.

Big Bucks

Big Bucks is my big banker of the festival and at odds of 11/8 with William HillWilliam Hill Sports (5/4 with Paddy Power and , you need to get on.

Quite simply, he’s the s***.

For the vast majority of the season he has been an odds on shot (unsurprising given he has won his last ten races) and the only reason that this has changed is because of one half decent performance by rival Grands Crus…

Should Big Bucks be worried?

In a word, no.

One win does not a champion make and in case you’re wondering, the victory in question didn’t even come against Big Bucks.

Paul Nicholls’ 8 year old has been there and done it and I can’t see Grands Crus (or anybody else for that matter) preventing the reigning champ from securing a third World Hurdle win on the spin.

Tip: back Big Bucks to win the World Hurdle with twice your usual stake. The best price is currently 11/8 at William HillWilliam Hill Sports but anything the right side of evens is good value.

So, there you have it – a cracking bookie offer at Paddy Power, a tip for the first race of the festival and a final outing for this season’s four to follow…

See you on the other side!


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