The Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us – and we have already had the Trials Day and Dublin Racing Festival to help is work out the potential of different runners as an each-way chance
The good news is that many online bookies offer No Runner No Bet wagers, which is perfect if you are betting on outsiders before. If you want to bet on Cheltenham results Boylesports offers some very generous odds, particularly if you fancy a small punt on the underdog.
Here are some decent outside tips if you want to steer clear of the favourites this year.
Tahmuras: Supreme – Each Way
This horse has been trained by Paul Nicholls and he has shown some impressive potential. After the Dublin Racing Festival, it has certainly shown that the Cheltenham Festival opener could be a much more open competition this year.
We were shown that Facile Vega is very beatable – although we would never want to rule him out… as something clearly wasn’t quite right with him. As such, there is certainly value to be had when placing an each-way in the Supreme – and an outsider with double-digit odds could be a real possibility.
One promising geldling is Tahmuras, who wears the Noel Fehily Racing Syndicate colours and has been unbeaten over hurdles. In November, he managed to win his Class 1 hurdle by more than 5 lengths and in January he took a step up to the Grade Tolworth
He may not be quite ready to win this race just yet, but he certainly has plenty of potential and could be good for an each way bet..
Sir Gerhard: Arkle Challenge Trophy
It seems to many that the Arkle will be dominated by Jonbon this season – but he might have some opposition.
There are plenty of runners with big prices that could potentially get even better over the fences and remain solid.
For instance, there is Boothill who is priced at a massive 50/1 – even though in December he finished only 8 lengths behind Jonbon.
Then we have Sir Gerhard, who also has a hefty price tag. If he can manage another big effort, he could certainly put himself in contention.
Stage Star: Turners Novices’ Chase – Each Way
This Paul Nicholls trained horse certainly has shown plenty of potential. In the Cheltenham Trials he quite comfortably beat a field of 11 over the same distance.
Although there is no suggestion that he’s a favourite to win, quite the opposite in fact, the mixture of good form and generous odds would suggest that Stage Star is definitely worth an each-way bet – and we would certainly recommend considering it.
Maximilian: Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle – Each Way
Maximilian is just one of a handful of Owners Group owned runners that has an entry into the Cheltenham Festival and has a pretty solid chance with an each way bet.
The horse has been trained by Donald McCain and it is likely that he will be ridden by Brian Hughes, a jockey that has continually been adding to his ever growing tally of wins.
He won at the Albert Bartlett Don Hurdle (Grade 2), his first appearance since Doncaster and he is showing steady signs of improvement. We think that there could be a lot more to come from this promising 7 year old.
Hewick: Outsider Tip for the Gold Cup
The biggest race of all attracts the biggest names. We all know that the favourite for the win is Galopin Des Champs… and for very good reason, but there’s definitely the chance an outsider might at least place.
Hewick has only run over fences 9 times, but has taken 4 wins, including the Bet365 Gold Cup, the Galways Plate and even the US Grand National. He also has from over 3m 5f and should be more than good to run 3m.
This could be a very promising entry and this is the perfect race to show off his ability and what he’s capable of doing.
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