Flash Comp: Two pairs of Cheltenham Tickets

World Hurdle tickets

Who will claim this pair of beauties?

Our friends over at Ladbrokes Sports were so impressed with the response to our first ticket competition that they've given me another TWO pairs of tickets for Ladbrokes World Hurdle Thursday at the Festival.

To win one of these pairs of tix, just leave a comment with your idea of a great bet at the Festival, and your reason why.

I'll choose what I think is the best answer to win a pair of tickets.

And, because that may favour some people over others, I'll also choose one comment at random to win the other pair of tickets.

That's it!

So, leave a comment below with your idea of a great bet at next week's Cheltenham Festival - and why you think it's a great bet.

Entries close at 4pm sharp Friday afternoon, 8th March, so get cracking!



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92 replies
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    Matt Bisogno says:


    I think ‘xyz’ is a big price for the ‘enter race name here’. He blah blah blah etc etc.

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      John W says:

      I think “Bordoni” in the Fred Winter is the best EW bet at the meeting at around 12s
      Go get some…

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      Chris R says:

      Sprinter Sacre in the Champion Chase is even money with Coral. (Max bet £20)
      That’s free money in my opinion, banker of the week!

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    chris whitcombe says:

    i think given everything that happened with man utd this week fruity o rooney each way in the 2-40 tuesday has to happen thanks

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    cliff says:


    since being brought over from France, FAR WEST has won all of its races in the UK.

    it’s also won twice over the Chelteham course

    in my opinion it’s still improving and will take a lot of beating,

    currently 5/1 so an e-w bet is a bet to nothing i think.

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    James says:

    I think Captain Chris is a good price in the Gold Gup on Friday and to take the forward on

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    terenceanthony1 says:


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    Richard says:

    Hurricane Fly as got to be one of only 2 or 3 favourites to win over the 4 days at 3/1 or less. Get on him now

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    Woodpecker says:

    I think that Puffin Billy, who is entered in two races at Cheltenham, 13.30 on Tuesday and 14.05 on Wednesday is the one.
    Two reasons for this: Oliver Sherwood has tweeted that Puffin Billy “was awesome” in his last schooling session. Second, and more scientifically, my wife has a bank that she loves and calls it Puffin Billy! He’s now full and ready to burst, so hopefully his namesake will oblige!

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    William says:

    Back Sprinter Sacre in the Champion Chase with Coral at evens (max £20 bet) and lay it off on betfair – maybe not that exciting but a guaranteed £8 profit!

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    Martin says:

    Supreme Novices Hurdle 2013

    Melodic Rendezvous. 11/1 Spg Bet 10/1 general.

    There’s no value in backing MTOY at his price in a bad race for favourites and on the back of a hard race.

    Melodic Rendezvous is a Grade 1 winner who is still improving and has shown both speed and stamina but also has proven course form and an aptitude to battle up the Cheltenham hill, there is some decent opposition from Ireland but Melodic Rendezvous has all the form in the book already and at a double figure price is a very confident play.

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    krish says:

    Vino Griego for Byrne Group Plate(if entered) will handles Cheltenham Hill ,ultra consistent this season mostly acts on cross-sections of goings runs his heart out he will definitely Oblige for Gary Moores’ yard

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    Kris says:

    I think China Rock is a big price for the Ryanair Chase each way. He will be there for five time now, odds are pretty high and and the end almost everything now is Made In There.
    Thank you.

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    Mike says:

    Hi Matt, Bostons Angel for the Cross Country Chase. Won the RSA a couple of years ago and then seemed to lose his way. Didn’t perform very well last time out but the trainer said he slipped on the first bend and it blew his confidence. Was 2nd over C&D on his first cross country start and is a multiple G1 winner and I think he is also a good EW bet for the grand national.

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    Jon says:

    Hi Matt

    They always say save the best till last and attaglance through the card the best value bet on day one is in the Rewards for Racing Novice handicap chase. Step forward attaglance rated 22lb below his official hurdle mark trained specifically for the race. He is surely one of Malcolm Jeffersons Starships and we are all on and believe me “Nothing going to stop us now”. So dont think i will have a glance its got to be ATTAGLANCE!!

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    mark gaffney says:

    my idea if a great bet is to do a hienz bet with all sixwinning & then i can retire early

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    Patrick Reilly says:

    Arabella boy- enda bolger banker especially as it’s got the ground this year, the only trainer who takes this seriously.

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    Dion says:

    My nailed on bet for the festival is to lay Overturn, I can’t see him winning at all and will struggle to get in the frame. Good luck to everyone though next week and bring it on what a fabulous week of racing

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    mark says:

    Goulanes to win the RSA.
    Won twice at Cheltenham in tough handicap hurdles over this distance, looking every in a chaser.
    Connections took the plunge and gave him his debut effort in a Grade 2 event, where he jumped well, and after a lapse in concentration picked up nicely to win on the line, beating previous Graded winners. He can only improve for a grinders race.
    With the favourite looking like ducking the race and the assistance of the champ, his price now could look very good in a day or two.

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    Gary says:

    Reve De Sivola – World Hurdle still trading at 9/2 – my banker of meeting . Should once again see off Oscar Whisky in what will be a true run race and real test of stamina – Oscar Whisky won’t get home regardless of the going

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    DKC says:

    I think Pique Sous is a big price in the supreme novice, he beat Jezki by almost 10 lengths in the champion bumper giving him nearly 10lb and yet he seems to be a forgotten horse, People will perhaps oppose him due to a lack of a hurdles prep run but you only have to look to what Mullins does with Queveaga each year to look passed that.

    If he gets anything near good to firm ground (which is obviously up in the air at the minute) he’s a great bet at currently 16/1.

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    Peter says:

    On the day the horse was beaten at Ascot in November 2001, its figures were as follows:-

    RPR 172

    Top Speed 139

    Official Rating 169

    At Kempton in its next race, in defeat, it showed:-

    RPR 172

    Top Speed 151

    Official Rating 169

    This set of figures now got me excited.

    12 years later i.e. 2001 – 2013, we have Champion Court; I am excited!

    In defeat at Ascot 2012; the horse tried to give Williams Wishes 20lbs, on ground, trip and track that was less than ideal.

    His figures from November 2012 were as follows:-

    RPR 161

    Top Speed 156

    Official rating 155

    Prior to this defeat at Ascot, Champion Courts best figures came at the 2012 Festival when he was beaten by Sir Des Champs, who is now 4/1 second favourite for the Gold Cup.

    His figures were:-

    RPR 161

    Top Speed 155

    Official Rating 150

    So, if Champion Court runs back at Cheltenham, on decent ground over 2 miles 4 or 5 furlongs, carrying no more or less weight than it carried at Ascot, which was 11-12; given those conditions, it will improve.

    Next Thursday Champion Court has 11-10, and ideal condition. Get on

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    Roy Nicol says:

    Thinking back to a couple of months ago on The Morning Line, Paul Nicholls’ Head Lad Clifford Baker pinpointed Lac Fontana as his horse to watch out for at the festival. He may not have overly impressed us so far with his performances but it would be great for the whole team if he could win. Especially considering the recent events regarding Clifford’s son. It would be a mighty boost for Clifford, his family and the rest of Ditcheat if the horse could pull it out the bag and battle his way up the Cheltenham hill.


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    Joel Bown says:

    Waiting until the ‘lucky last’ for one of my main selections, and that selection is Viva Colonia in the Grand Annual (17.15 Friday). This horse is massively overpriced IMO, also entered in the Arkle but unlikely to run due to Simonsig. Viva Colonia is 14s with many bookmakers and this represents great each way value, the horse began his chasing career back in December and he’s had 3 runs, in his opening race he was never really involved and didn’t make a serious challenge, however he has won both starts since, including a very impressive win at Musselburgh where he scored by 10 lengths. Last time out (also at Musselburgh), although not quite winning by 10 lengths again, he beat previous dual winner Desert Cry who now looks to be taking a chance in the Jewson. Although this is a massive step up in class I believe the horse deserves to take his chance here after proving his speed and jumping is certainly up to standard. If anyone else needs further convincing, he’s also got previous form at Cheltenham, when he was a fast finishing 5th behind Brampour in the 2011 Greatwood Hurdle where he stayed on very strongly. A similar performance in the Grand Annual will see him there or thereabouts at a very nice price.

    Good luck.

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    Roddo says:

    I think Cape Tribulation each way in the gold Cup is a cracking bet.He has good course form,his trainer also has good form.He outstayed a previous Gold Cup winner giving it weight.l.t.o.He wont mind the predicted soft going.There are also major questin marks about the horses at the front end of the market.Bobs worth has only had a handful of runs over fences and hasnt ran for over 100 days.Only one horse has won with same or fewer chases(DAWN RUN) and you need to go back a long way with his sort of preparation which won.Sivianico Conti has no worthwhile course form.Sir Des Champs has never won over fiurther than 3miles and the same applies to Captain Chris.Long Run looks a plodder and will only place at best.THE CAPE will be running on when others have cried enough.GET ON EACH WAY.The 33/1 has gone but 25/1 is still a good bet.

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    joe says:

    Good racing ground forecast should suit Rock on Ruby, so I think a follow up to last years win is on th cards, he slaughtered the same Irish jolly last year, also Captain Chris in the bigee, not a bad e/w double Matt, good luck. Joe

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    Bob says:

    Paul Nicholls at 10-1 to be Top Trainer is a cracking bet. His horses are only just coming into form and he is almost the forgotten trainer with Henderson, Mullins and O’Neill at the top of the market

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    o2badon says:

    There’s only one horse to back at Cheltenham next week, in whichever race Oliver Sherwood chooses, The Supreme Novices or The Neptune. A top quality horse, beaten by another quality horse in Melodic Rendezvous but what found to be wrong. Problem sorted out, back in top health, with ground likely to suit and at odds of 25/1 in places for The Supreme or 12/1 for The Neptune. What other horse running next week offers such an opportunity to spank the bookies. Even better back him at Victor Chandler for the Supreme and if he does lose, which he won’t, you get your stake as a free bet. It’s like taking candy from a child……….

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    Oniztiptoes says:

    What better than finishing the meeting next Friday, with a year to wait than getting a cracking winner in the Grand Annual, Shooters Wood loves the course and should be a great bet, didn’t handle higher grade last time, but I think he will win to conclude a great week

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    Suzanne says:

    Silviniaco Conti to win the Gold Cup!! Brilliant horse!! My Tent or Yours won its last race legnths ahead (maybe a exaggerating a little but also a brilliant horse) even though carrying heaviest weight!! All top class horses!!

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    Bob Gates says:

    Day One, Race one. when “Rule The World” wins, its exactly what you’ll feel you can do, bring it on !!!

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    ken andrews (@kenmeister19) says:

    Hi Matt, Absolute cert ew bet next thursday in the Byrne Group Plate is HUNT BALL, thank me later, go fill your boots this horse will absolutely definitely be in the frame !! Good luck all 🙂

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    Steve says:

    Bob’s Worth in the Gold Cup. Simply because he’s the class horse and a horse I’ve been following and he is my Stable Star in my William Hill jumps competition.

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    Roger Bunting says:

    Attaglance, 5.15 Tuesday. Won a hurdle race at the festival last year, now can run off 22 lbs lower chase rating. An each way double with Cape Tribulation could come good, both won for M Jefferson last year

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    Robin Jones says:

    It has to be Bobsworth. Won with great authority when last seen in December.Barry G let it slip that this horse is already up there with the greats on his performances and continues to beam every time he talks about sitting on this horse.
    The fact Bobsworth lacks a recent run is not a bad thing. If you have the best horse in the race why risk it. Bobsworth is the best in the race and the trainer and jockey know it.

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    james wynn says:

    Hope I win because this is bet that I have been watching and planned to keep to myself.
    Midnight Chase in the JLT. He is down to a mark that 6lbs lower than last winning Cheltenham run. He has been competitive in far better races than this. Ground should be spot on unless there is deluge of rain. He will take it up early, stay all day, is an accurate jumper and anything that passes him will fully deserve their win.

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    jane ashford says:

    trying to think outside the box
    think COOLE AVENUE has a massive E.W. shout in the 2 races he is entered up in(preference for the pertemps final i hope)
    small trainer T. COOPER usually find one for the festival

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    Gary says:

    I know that Paul Nicholls greatly fancies Zarkander for the champion. The bet of the meeting, get on. Gary.

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    daniel says:

    Hi Matt
    The Cheltenham comes but once a year
    I look forward to the crack
    And a glass(or two) of beer
    On this Supreme beast
    That has a turbo charger engine
    Un Atout will pay for the meeting!
    Good Luck All

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    Chris says:

    Fruity O’Rooney 14/1, Bourne 33/1, Starluck 40/1, Capt.Chris 20/1, Rody 14/1 and Drumlee 25/1 all together in a Heinz. When they all come in you will find me on an island somewhere on the Carribean with not a horse in sight! But please d’ont tell the missus!

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    Andrew sparkes says:

    Not very scientific but my 8 year old daughter loves a p mccoy and the colours of J P mcmanus so my tent or yours?

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    mike horne says:

    ROCK CRITIC William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle .I have not seen anything win a race as easily as this fella did.he beat Seabass doing handsprings.Mr R P McNamara who gave him a superb ride will i hope be on him again.and what can one say trained by a great trainer D K WELD who will have him spot on for this race at 25/1 you’ve got to fill your boots

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    Bob Smith says:

    Overturn in the Arkel

    The reason why he is a decent bet is that he is the only horse in the field that has run and won over 2miles in a time of 4mins 1sec The Arkel is normally won in a time Under 4mins Overturn is the only horse in the race to have won a chase in a time anywhere near that time When Overturn beat Tetlami out of sight at Newcastle he did it in a time under 4m for the 2miles or in other words running at Championship pace and he wasnt stopping at any point in the race the main argument in the Simonsig Camp is that this horse will blow up and they will take him but the facts state that Overturn wont blow up but more likely go even quicker and simonsig will struggle to make up the ground he will forefit at the start to the clear race leader another strong pointer is that the best hurdler in the race normally wins this he was so superior to these over hurdles he should beat these out of sight the only negative is the horses age but he has proved this season that he is as well as ever if not better so i cant hold that against him he meets the stats for chase wins % of Wins and wins LTO the same as the Fav but Simonsig has yet to produce the time needed to win a Championship race in my view a bigger negative than the age of a horse

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    Alex Wareing says:

    I think Jezki in the Supreme Novices is a great bet to start the week, has been flying at home and the Irish don’t mess about at the Festival…now in the ownership of JP, fingers crossed!!

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    cutler43 says:

    Having read the response to this feel my comments will seemm very uninspiring but hear goes any way My favorite race is the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday for some reason or other have had massive priced winners such as Beech RD 66/1 -50/1 on the day way back to recent big priced winners on the Tote like hardy Eustace on the tote paid 95.80 when winning at 33/1 this must be a very lucky race for me selection will be posted on Monday 11th down to two at the moment.
    John Cutler

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    peter says:

    I think Silviniaco Conte is improving with each run, and liked the way he pulled out more from the last at Newbury, He’s a good jumper, and economical at his fences which will help him save energy for the battle up the Cheltenham hill. He ran a very good race there over hurdles in 2010, against Cue Card 2nd, and Menorah 1st. He would have been just a 4year old then, and although had no chance with Menorah,he battled on strongly for a close third. He beat Long run at Haydock, so has proven ability against the best. Paul Nicholls knows how to get them spot on for championship races, and has been surprised how well this ones coped with the soft ground when winning his last few races. So there may be even more to come on better ground. Whatever the ground conditions this young progressive chaser will be in the mix, and hopefully win for those who back him. 5/1 at betfred

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    henry says:


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    Ade says:

    Get on So Young 25/1 for the world hurdle – this was supposed to be one of Mullins bankers a couple of years ago – now a forgotten horse yet beat Zaidpour in a grade 1 last time out – get on at PP as NRNB Far too big at those odds and will be less on the day – also get on P Townsend 50/1 top jockey rides all horses Ruby doesn’t for Mullins got to have an outside chance.

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    jeff says:

    hi matt
    it’s got to be unioniste in the rsa for me it’s a cert i know because a bloke in a flat cap in the bookies told me.

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    Linda O'Brien says:

    I have a quiet fancy for PEDDLERS CROSS in the World hurdle at 10-1 – fantastic value for a horse who has a great record at the festival. He was 1st in the Neptune 2010, 2nd in the Champion Hurdle 2011 and 8th in the Jewson Novices Chase last year. Now he is going back over hurdles I think he may be the big quiet bet that everyone has missed………

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    David says:

    How ironic Matt , we spend all year following your bets, and come the most difficult meeting of the season , your asking for ours ?

    Surely the stat of the meeting is in the JLT Handicap on Day One.

    Rated under 144(143)
    Novice (yep)
    Winner last time (last 2)
    JP Owned (yep)
    First 4 in betting (2nd fav 8/1)
    Placed at the festival (3rd to Cape Tribulation 2012)
    Won on grd g/s to heavy.

    Bring on CANTLOW. 8/1 ew

    Good luck to you all..

    Ps ; Matt,will i need to sign for the tickets?

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    James mckeown says:

    Sam winner – per tempts finished a staying on forth in best truimph in years now in a handicapp take the 9/2 will be 5/2 on the day.

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    Karl Eastbury says:

    Tanks For That could be the one for the getting out stakes, The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual. Nicky Henderson is attempting to win the race named after his father for the third time. He saddled first, second and fourth last year with this fella looking the winner until collared close home by Bellvano. Dropped 4 pounds for his good Newbury fourth to Wishful Thinking back in November on unsatisfactory soft ground, this course and distance winner could finish off another memorable week for The Seven Barrows team

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    Andy J says:

    I think Alderwood is a great each way bet in the grand annual chase, he has course form after winning the Vincent O’Brien last year, he is likely to appreciate the better ground than what he has been racing on in Ireland and he has a great weight of 10st 4lbs.

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    Tom kelly says:

    Only 1 bet at the festival required ofaolains boy in the Albert Bartlett simply cause I think it will win

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    nigel says:

    my best bet of the meeting has to be nicky henderson to finish top trainer at the meeting in view of the fact that he and connections have lost what i regarded as a possible championship race winning horse who goes by the name of DARLAN IN NO DOUBT WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE GREATS HAD THE HORSE LIVED ….. R.I.P DARLAN

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    Gary Harvey says:

    I say back Sunnyhillboy in the Pertemps Final on Thursday, currently 16/1, its a fairly open race, the favourite is being tipped but he had a couple of falls late 2011 and then a year off following an operation, so is favourite on the back of beating Peddlars Cross in January who’s stamina was questionable also after a long lay off, so I am opposing Sam Winner and going for Sunnyhillboy who can take this, He has the stamina, has won at Cheltenham before, worth noting, the last 9 winners of this race have been 10/1 or more with Jonjo producing a 50/1 winner in 2004! Sunnyhillboy seems to be too good value to me at 16’s so that is my bet and if you pick me for the tickets I will get to see him run, Let the Sun..shine on the Hill..today. Boy..oh..boy!!

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    ray clubbe says:

    find the reverse forecast get the tricast on the third horse free. go for it ladbrokes i will reverse forecast every qualifying race.
    regardless of ladbrokes not wanting to play think about the odds against payout. if you feel strongly who the first two will be but not quite sure who will win then why take the risk of choosing one which may be 2nd. Say both were 3/1 and you place £20.00 the possible return would be £80. however if you were unlucky you could be 2nd to your other selection and lose £20. if you do a £10 reverse forecast your return will be over £100 and when your two clear away up the hill you will not care who wins …. a great feeling.Plus more then maximum payout on your £20.

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    Paul Hammond says:

    Hi Matt, I think unioniste has a great chance if running in the RSA, i aint a trainer, but imo the 5/1 is a fair price for a distance(3m) he clearly likes, im not saying he doesnt go the 2m4f in the Jewson, but running in grade 2 company, i think its a bit much,(i know he won the Paul Stewart but who did he really beat). Anyhow what do i know, not much…. but if, and it is a if he faces Dynaste, i would prefer the 5/1 currently for the 3m trip, over the 16/1 currently for the 2m4 trip both top horses just prefer unioniste price and jumping style. Its always such a spiders web days befor the meeting whos runnning what race ect..ect.. just cant wait for the bell to ring and get on with it. ps cheers for the racebets.com keep em coming and good luck for the festival.

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    John Begg says:

    The first real betting race of the festival is the 2.40 on Tuesday a three mile + handicap chase which would be the showpiece of a good Saturday card. The one that stands out is Knockara Bold to be ridden by the excellent Paddy Brennan. Looks very well in at the weights and ridden the past two times by Paddy the horse has had a prep run at Cheltenham over hurdles finishing 4th before jumping left when favourite at Carlisle. Back to a LH track he is napped to set us up for the week. Good luck to all.

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    Dennis Clarke says:

    I think Binocular is a big price for the Champion Hurdle . The forgotten horse of the race and will be ridden by Tony McCoy due to the untimely death of Darlan and this one can prove a real pick up for the same owner,trainer and jockey combination. Fit and fresh, he always runs well at the festival, is a previous winner of the race and has been trained specifically for this . All things considered his rival’s will need a set of binoculars to see him as he fllies like a hurricane, rockin on past Ruby on Zarkandar, leaving Countryside Flame and the others in a pile of Cinders and Ashes as he storms up the Cheltenham hill to victory.


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    maggie brown says:

    My bet is on Smad Place in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on Thursday, he came good for me a while ago and he’ll do it again! He’s got brilliant each way chances but he could go even better!

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    Debs says:

    Well, I’m not doing very well with the horses at the moment, so, if it’s allowed, Matt, I’m going to suggest a punt on Paul Nicholls for Top Trainer of the meeting. As I write this, you can get what to me seems very generous odds on him of 10-1, bearing in mind that he’s been top trainer at the Festival on a good few occasions.

    I suppose that he’s slipped under the radar because Big Buck’s is out of action, but he’s got realistic possibilities of success in a good number of races throughout the week.

    The ones I particularly like are Silviniaco Conti for the Gold Cup very much; Nicholls having described him as improving, and although I accept that the horse hasn’t got the form in the race that a couple of the other horses have, Nicholls certainly has! Nicholls also kicks off the week with Dodging Bullets, which I like for the Supreme Novices Hurdle, and then he’s got Wonderful Charm for the Coral Cup on the following day. And then there’s Sam Winner for the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle. These are not Nicholls’ only hopes in the week either, and so I reckon he’s in with a cracking chance of being the Top Trainer of the meeting, yet no one else seems to be thinking that…..

    Thanks Matt for the fun and Good Luck to everyone else. Looks like we’re in for a cracking Festival next week. Just got to work out how to watch the action at work without the IT guys monitoring what I’m up to……….

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    Mike says:

    Before his first race in this country i heard that Caid Du Berlais was a machine by the nicholls team .He ran very well given a tender ride from Mr Walsh on very heavy ground at chepstow which wouldnt have suited him .The winner of that race as proved the form to be good .Caid Du Berlais was then given an introduction to the hussle and bussle of large handicap hurdles at newbury behind My Tent Or Yours running a really nice race he probably needed it to .He runs in the fred winter at the festival a race Mr Nicholls won with Sanctuaire a horse with a very similar profile to Caid Du Berlais . with 20/1 available in places this looks the outstanding bet for next weeks carnival of class.

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    ray clubbe says:

    on reflection i think i answered the question wrong. in your format coral cup. Bourne is the selection. reasons coral cup consistently throws up good price winners. trainers won it before. the horse is fresh. weight and age good. comparing prices oddssetters varying from 20/1 to 33/1 so they have varying opinions which is good.ericht ok fahamore at 33/1 good abbey lane at 14/1 mullins having great season paint the cloud 33/1. will perm a couple of combined forcasts/ tricasts. need to know ground conditions which on day 2 will have a good idea.
    of interest if you look at results for the last four years at the supreme the winning odds were 10/1,10/1,12/1 and 12/1 all beating the super horses like dunquib etc year after year.each way lucky 15,s on the fred winter, wetherby , pertemps, o brien, christies and henderson looking at the stats with trainers jockeys appointments ground freshness of the horse could net a fortune on low stakes plus of course three times the odds for one winner, but at 1/4 the odds 4 places will more then pay for a great cheltenham. finally look at what you think not what the hype says. good luck every one

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    watto says:

    Mail De Bievre put up a very good show at Newbury in Betfair Denman chase last month jumping superbly before tiring late on.

    The shorter trip of Champ Chase is surely a positive and he will be sharper and fitter too. To Bet each way around 14/1, he looks an interesting proposition.

    What about a cryptic headline for Thursday morning

    Sprinter Scare upset by Hot-mail ?

    Maybe I should stick to the day job.

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    Johnny5 says:

    Hunt Ball on better ground in Byrne Plate – was talked about as Gold cup
    horse last year and he hasnt had and ground this year

    Great opportunity Matt to win tickets – thxs !

    THE best bet of any festival is to open as many bookies accounts as you can (as Matt recommends ) and bet with their money and free bets !!!

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    derek says:

    ATTAGLANCE in Rewards4Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase … Tuesday 17:15

    Given that he has produced the goods not once but twice at festivals last season he has proved that he can handle the hussle and bussle of festival racing.

    At Cheltenham last March Attaglance won over hurdles off a mark of 139, then at Aintree off 144. His trainer Malcolm Jefferson has done wonders to get Attaglance rated at just 133 for this event and it has been clear all season that that he’s been trained for a handicap chase at one of the festivals with his three quite runs at Doncaster (twice) and Musselburgh.

    Attaglance has some positive stats in his favour too. Not won on either of first two chase starts (7 winners from 8 races) . Officially rated between 132 and 135 (4 winners from 8 races) , Seven-year-olds (6 winners from 8 races), Ran in a Festival novice hurdle last season (4 winners from 8 races). One negetive to overcome though is that all eight winners had won or been placed second before taking their chance in this Novice Handicap.

    Given his current odds (10/1 with Ladbrokes), I can see Attaglance becoming a bit of a gamble on the day of the race.

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    thomas brooks says:

    any horse trained by henerson in the coral cup awsome record in the race he likes to win if he runs two back both

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    mike birkett says:

    Double Dizzy in the Cross Country–a winner in waiting for this specialist event.

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    pth (@pth61) says:

    Realt mor e/w various prices down to run in 4pm chelt 14th won as he liked at naven last Saturday lowest price 10s best 16s will leave until day as i think early price will exceed those quoted

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    David Wright says:

    Because he’s worth it! Progressive 8 year-old; market favourite; top trainer; top jockey; top chase record; top track record; stays distance. Gotta be worth a bob or two of anyone’s money!

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    Peter Henn says:

    I think Back In Focus in the National Hunt Chase is a good price at fours. He looks like he’ll stay all day, he’s got Grade One form, and he jumps very well. He’s looked like a star ever since he made his UK debut at Haydock, and one can only feel slightly disappointed that he’s not in the RSA. He’s not as ground dependant as some might think (his disappointing run on good could be down to a number of reasons) and whatever he goes for now, and in the future, he will be worth a bet. He should be more like 7/4, IMHO

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    David Anderson says:

    Grand Crus to show in the World Hurdle that he retains a touch of class and is more than just an average racehorse. The cream always rises to the top.

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    kendot says:

    Hi Matt. A bit cheesy this one. But Opening Batsman. In the Festival Handicap Chase. Will hit the bookies for six.

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    Michael says:

    It’s got to be Rock on Ruby , open an account with Coral and get your 1st £50 matched , place a win or 25 eway bet and watch it come up that hill , barring a fall I think it is nailed on 1st 3 , done nothing wrong and who’s to say Darlan would have beat it ?, for me it’s got the best form in the race , eway at 5’s or 6’s , knocking bet for me , good luck next week everybody 😉

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    Chris says:

    Dig out an old copy of TTS, find 4 qualifying horses at odds between 10/1 and 16/1 and bet them in a £1 each way Yankee. Seriously though, I think Dynaste should be backed in either the Jewson Novices Chase or the RSA Chase. If it’s the shorter Jewson he has the speed over his rivals to win it. If he runs in the the RSA, and I hope he will, then he has sufficient speed and stamina, which I don’t think any of the others have and it simply isn’t right to compare him to Grand Crus, who failed miserably last year. For those going next week it might be advisable to take a hat, scarf and extra blanket – a chill wind and some sleet or snow is forecast.

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    James Willmoth (@willmothj) says:

    Sgt Reckless in the Champion bumper Best Price 12-1…..

    Otherwise known as the ‘Police Horse’….many find descriptions include ‘a head the size of a piano’ ‘one of the ugliest horses in training’

    Sat in a box for 3 years and helped to lead out the Channon 2Yos….after eating a bag of feed a day for the 3 years he finnally hit the track and sauntered to victory…next time out on the AW, 5 deep for 2 miles and still hacked up…may not have beat much but you can only race what is put in front of you…..Still value at 12s (got some cheeky 25s on Betfair) one of my festval NAPS….Good luck one and all

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    Paul Headington says:

    Lucky 15- Mr Mole, Rody, Cantlow and Pendra
    All cracking horses and ready for winning at the greatest show on earth.
    Bring it on!!

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    Darren says:

    Starluck in the county hurdle 33/1 travelling well in last years race looked really well in it nhflat race all though finishing down the field it was just a run to blow the cobwebs away if anything like the old form he used to be in when 5 th on champion hurdle behind binocular in 2010 this horse must be a banker for a place with the hope that not 1 is thrown in at the weights to spoil the party I could see this one running on up the hill and winning

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    Cam Nott says:

    Melodic Rendezvous will win the Supreme as the stable lad told me so. Case closed.Sow me the money! 😉

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    Gary says:

    Placepots are very good fun and you can win well but having to name a horse i select Wonderful Charm in the World Hurdle. This race is not as strong as normal with the sad loss of Big Bucks but Mr Nicholls knows a very good horse when he sees one and for him to even enter this once run horse speaks volumes, Oscar not guaranteed to get up the hill and whispers afoot that Reve is under the weather! I am on at 33s EW and 25s so fingers crossed

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    Pete Fisher says:

    Before naming the best bet(s) of the festival, I want to explain why I think that I, and probably most of you will be betting at Cheltenham. For me it’s testing my skills in assessing the form of horse, trainer and jockey so that I can hopefully cheer my selection over the winning post, win or Each way. But that’s only half the story, bottom line is profit, without it we are doomed, “value” is great but PROFIT means that you can come back tomorrow and the day after and the day after that. With this in mind, and although “Value” may be gone, the best bet of the week is to go with the BetVictor money back offer on the Supreme Hurdle £50 to play with, put £40 to win on My Tent or Yours, this horse will be winning by whatever distance Mr McCoy wants to win by, it won’t mind the frantic pace as this will allow McCoy to settle it in the field until pressing the accelarator as only a jockey of his class can. But, horses can be bumped or catch a hurdle, so a little back up is the nicely priced Pique Sious at 16/1with previous Cheltenham form it is quietly fancied by the Mullins yard and was given a run out in a specially arranged flat race at Dundalk. Now back to why this is the best bet of the festival, even if both horses were to go lame in running and be tailed off, BetVictor is going to give you the £50 back to keep betting with any way you want singles, doubles yankee – COME ON, its a No Brainer. Anyway I am just off to the BV website to put my money were my mouth is. Good Luck to all Punting next week, lets hope for bulging accounts come next Saturday.

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    Paul Morris says:

    With the ground coming into his favour Cinders and Ashes is a cracking E/W bet in the Stan James Champion Hurdle. He’s not shone this season but he’s really not been able to get out of the ground. And will not have been primed to win on his first appearance. Donald will have him cherry ripe for this race and I can only foresee a big run form the fella.

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    Matt Bisogno says:

    Great stuff everyone, I really enjoyed reading those comments.

    It was tough choosing the best comment, and I finally decided on James Wilmoth for his amusing and compelling case for Sgt Reckless, a horse we’ve covered a fair bit on geegeez.

    And the lucky dip number went to Woodpecker, who nominated Puffin Billy, for what it’s worth.

    Well done both – I’ll be in touch for your postal addresses.

    Thanks to everyone for taking part and sharing your tips – really good effort!

    I’ve got another competition next week!!! 🙂


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      ray clubbe says:

      hi matt ray clubbe here. i won the £100 bet victer bets competition and i am bursting to let you know it was not wasted. i waited until the 2.05 sandown. really fancied one of two henderson horses. so put 30 on one 20 on another plus 4 2 £ tricasts . £100.all gone. checked later before knowing results saw balance go to £781 odd. had £30 on the 8/1 winner close touch plus 2nd and third for the tricast. Promptly put the £50 “free” bet on champagne fever @ 10/1. and thats it. We all know about never being told of the loosers but it will take a long time to loose that lot.
      All thanks to your free competition thanks matt. Very gratefull ray clubbe

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    FrenchFreddy says:

    When a quality trainer says of a horse that it’s one of the best he’s ever had’ it has to be noted. That’s what Nigel Twiston-Davies said about The New One. Beaten narrowly last time out by the ground, 4/1 is each way ‘manna from heaven’ for this one in the Neptune.

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