Cheltenham Day 1 Pointers

So here we are again, Cheltenham Day 1 has again come round and what promises to be a fantastic week of racing is upon us. The purposes of these blogs will be to bring out our selections in each race that we feel are worth your investment. Due to the ante post markets, our philosophy is not to find overly priced runners, and thus if you are a trader we are not advising you follow these to trade off. The great thing about the big festivals is a late drift does not warrant our horse being added to the three leg club! We have also included the best offers around and how to take advantage of them the most profitably.

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1.30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle – Irving 4/1. Our money has been down on Irving for a few weeks now and our opinion has not changed in that time and thoroughly looking forward to watching his run tomorrow. Albeit, have heard several comments about yet to see Cheltenham hill etc etc, but the way he won with consummate ease at kempton in February suggests he has the speed that is required for this test and price is fair in our eyes. Ground has been drying out and this will be in selections favour. There will certainly be the people who want to back against Irving and is currently trading at 4.4 on betfair. 

OFFERS – Be clever, use the following offers and use further selections to meet the roll over requirements:

– Sky Bet are offering money back if the favourite wins this race up to £25. Advice – back with max stake on the 2nd fav at SP price.

– Paddy Power will refund stakes on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th placed horses upto £50. Advice – back with max stake on Irving

2.05 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase – Trifolium 9/2.Champagne Fever got us off to winning start last year but as still has a bit to prove over fences 11/4 is just a touch on the short side for us thus we have just been edged by selection. Trifolium really impressed with his jumping last time in a grade 1 event at Leopardstown beating the useful Felix Yonger by 9 lengths and has made good progress over the larger obstacles this year. Jockey Bryan Cooper has been very complimentary about his chances and at 9/2, looks a decent price.

2.40 – Baylis and Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase – Time For Rupert 16/1 EW / Wrong Turn 16/1 EW (5 places with most bookies, but check or ask before placing bet!)- The first of two very competitive fields tomorrow and we have flagged up 2 EW chances. We were on Time For Rupert back in February at Doncaster when shaped well and being a 3 times Cheltenham course winner, can put that experience to good use with cheekpieces again on. Looks well handicapped from a mark of 138 now. Wrong Turn come on leaps and bounds this term having gone chasing and although this is clearly a lot harder than anything faced before we are entitled to have a small wager given progress shown to date.

3.20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – The New One 3/1. This should prove to be an absolutely fantastic affair with 4 particularly classy horses lining up and it is very hard to separate them in all honesty. Hurricane Fly looks a bit of a target now at 10 years, taking nothing away from his fantastic record there is a high chance that one of the younger more unexposed horses turns up with a big performance. My Tent Or Yours had an injury scare earlier this week, but if reports are anything to go by this should not affect his race but at 4/1 this doesn't pull us in. The New One got beaten at Kempton by My Tent Or Yours but can gain compensation tomorrow, as probably would have won that day if not fluffing his lines at the last. Was ultra-impressive winning at Cheltenham last year and can use turn of foot to great effect tomorrow.


– If Hurricane Fly wins or comes 2nd in the 2014 Champion Hurdle on Tuesday 11th March Ladbrokes will refund losing stakes on every horse in the race, as a free bet up to £/€25. Advice – Bet max stake on The New One

 William Hill are offering a huge 6/1 on Hurricane Fly but this will only be available at 10am to the first 10,000 people (max bet £10). Advice – Be on the website at 10am and get this price!

4.00 OLBG Mares Hurdle – Quevega No Bet / Cockney Sparrow EW – It doesn't take much of an expert to say Quevega should win this but at odds on we are not going to insult your intelligence and recommend this as a tip. We will be putting her in a double that we will list at the end of this write up however. 


– Racebets are also offering money back if your horse is second to a Mullins horse so this could alternatively be used.

4.40 Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase – Shotgun Paddy 5/1 EW (4 places 888sport, more bookies to possibly follow).Selection has really impressed with chasing efforts this term, winning a grade 3 at Warwick last time impressively for Emma Lavelle. Unexposed at this sort of trip (last time was first time had been upped in trip past 3 miles), but should stay on evidence.Deserves place in this line up and can improve again and go close here from a 6lb higher mark.

5.15 Rewards4Racing Novices Handicap Chase – Erict 10/1 EW / Art Of Logistics 10/1 EW (5 places 888sport, more bookies to possibly follow) One of the open races of the day where we would say don't get too carried away. We have listed two horses that catch our eye for different reasons and can hopefully give us a run for our money!  We were on Erict last year in the Coral Cup where looked a little unlucky to finish 5th in the end. Looked more at home chasing though and from a mark of 140 feel there is more to come.Art Of Logistics ran well in a pair of Grade 1 Irish chases, most recently 5l behind Champagne Fever at Leopardstown and has a big chance in this.


– Betfair are offering £10 risk free multiples bet for new and existing customers, so there is no reason not to get involved! We are advising The New One/Quevega double which pays just over 11/2 with betfair.

Horse Tracker

Over the Cheltenham period we are trying out the "Horse Tracker" which allows you to follow bets throughout the festival. You can download on the following link here.


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