Cheltenham Day Four Preview: Elliott to Reign Supreme at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Day Four Preview: Elliott to Reign Supreme at Cheltenham

Noel Fehily is the man of the moment at Cheltenham having already picked two big race crowns at the Festival this week, and we certainly expect to be adding more winners to that tally before today is out.  It’s the main event at Cheltenham today, The Gold Cup (take a look at our exclusive preview), and, so to help you get some money in your pockets for that race, we’ve picked out our best bets on the rest of the card. JCB Triumph Hurdle Richard Johnson-trained Defi Su Seuil is the market leader for the opener on the final day of the Festival, and it’s clear to see why as he comes into this race on a five-race unbeaten run.  Three of those victories have come on this course, and his most recent is a Triumph Hurdle trial at the end of January.  Winning by nine lengths on that occasion, it would seem his rivals will have to do something special to stop him adding another victory here. County Hurdle Gordon Elliott looks to have taken the flame of Irish trainer to get behind from Willie Mullins this season, and with young Jack Kennedy in the saddle, he seems unstoppable.  Mick Jazz comes into this race in good form and has featured strongly so far in Ireland this season. Picking up a hard-fought victory ahead of Cilaos Emery, his trainer will be expecting another win here. The each-way market in this race is also very strong, and the horse that catches the eye is Harry Fry-trained Air Force One. Heading to Cheltenham with a hat-trick of wins behind him,...
Cheltenham Festival: Tizzard for Gold Cup Glory

Cheltenham Festival: Tizzard for Gold Cup Glory

It’s finally here, the race we’ve all been waiting for The Cheltenham Gold Cup. Won last year by Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack, it was expected to be the destination for Thistlecrack this season before he was sadly ruled out of contention with injury. However, if you’re a Colin Tizzard fan never fear, as the trainer has two out of the top three in the betting at his disposal to take the race.  Eleven-year-old Cue Card was the horse many punters wanted to win the race last season, having already won The King George and the Betfair Chase.  He looked to be travelling well but fell three from home leaving Djakadam and ‘The Don’ to battle it out.  He’s back for another crack at the race this year and looks to be in good form having won the Ascot Chase by fifteen lengths on his last outing ahead of Shantou Flyer. Currently at odds of 7/2 he has drifted in the market over the last few days, so we could see him go off at 4/1 tomorrow.  The other Tizzard trained challenger for this race is seven-year-old Native River, and with three wins from four outings this season, he certainly looks an enticing prospect.  Winning the Denman Chase on his last appearance just over a month ago, he has also won the Welsh Grand National and the Hennessey Gold Cup Chase.  A horse that doesn’t seem to shy away from a battle, he is rated slightly below Cue Card although priced the same in the market.   He seems to be more favoured than his stable companion as things currently stand.  Willie Mullins-trained Djakadam...
Cheltenham Day Three Preview: Henderson to Continue Winning Streak

Cheltenham Day Three Preview: Henderson to Continue Winning Streak

We’ve seen some cracking races so far at the Cheltenham Festival as it seems to be the Festival that just keeps on giving. There is only one more day to go until the main event, ‘The Gold Cup’ and until then we’ve picked out our top bets on Thursday’s card. JLT Novices Chase We had thought Top Notch might go to the Arkle and take on Altior, however, it looks as though trainer Nicky Henderson has a new destination for the six-year-old as he has emerged a 7/2 shot for the JLT. Victorious in his last four outings with the most recent coming at Sandown early last month, he comes into this race with a very high rating. Second, behind stable companion Peace and Co in the Triumph Hurdle two seasons ago, he didn’t perform well when competing in the Champion Hurdle last season, and he will be looking to do better at Prestbury Park this time round. Our only concern is he thrives on softer ground, so a little drizzle of rain wouldn’t go amiss if the conditions stay as they are.  (Current going Good to Soft). Ryanair Chase Last year, this race gave us one of our final glimpses of Vautour before he passed away at the start of this season.  This year, we expect another Willie Mullins horse to start as favourite for the race, with Un De Sceaux bypassing the Queen Mother Champion Chase in favour of a run here. Coming to Cheltenham on the back of two big victories in the Tingle Creek Chase and the Clarence House Chase, he is in very good...
RSA Chase: Whispers from Seven Barrows Give Henderson Leading Edge

RSA Chase: Whispers from Seven Barrows Give Henderson Leading Edge

Nicky Henderson will be hoping that his Cheltenham Festival will have already got off to a flyer with Altior in the Arkle and with two top chances in this race, he will be hoping his top novice chasers can add more to his tally. Might Bite comes into this race as the clear market leader after picking up a victory in his last outing at DoncasterFalling at Kempton in the Kauto Star Novice Chase earlier this season he still has a strong rating of 154 something we feel can’t be ignored. Running well before his fall at Kempton, he was 18th lengths clear of the field, so the tumble doesn’t seem to have knocked his confidence.  He is already a former winner on this course, and because of that, we expect something special here. The other Seven Barrows runner that has a strong chance in this race is nine-year-old Whisper, who always seems to come strong when it comes to the big occasions of the season, a talent which can be demonstrated by his win at Aintree in the Stayers Hurdle back in 2015.  He first tried chase fences two years ago, and even after a second place finish in the Bathwick Tyres Beginners Chase at Exeter, he was taken back over the hurdles for the Cheltenham Festival later that season. He seems to have taken to chases fences better this time round and having taken victory in the Ryman Novices’ Chase, and the Dipper Novices’ Chase earlier this season, he comes into this race with a rating of 151. It’s only the distance of the race that could prove the...
Cheltenham Day Two Preview

Cheltenham Day Two Preview

The Cheltenham Festival got off to an absolute flyer. Wins by Altior and Buveur D’air opened Nicky Henderson’s account at the Festival this season, (we expected nothing less on the opening day), as the race for Champion Trainer firmly gets underway. Day Two is expected to bring us just as much drama and excitement, if not more, so here at AppBet, we’ve taken a look at our best bets in the highlight races on the card. Neptune Novice’s Hurdle For ante-post backers, this could be an opportunity to take advantage of non-runner no bet offers and get your money back as Saturday brought the news that the well fancied Finian’s Oscar now out of the race. However, don’t be alarmed Colin Tizzard followers, we’ll still see him at Aintree. With Finian’s Oscar now out of contention for this race the field has been blown wide open, and the current market leader for the race is Harry Fry-trained Neon Wolf. The six-year-old was given his seasonal debut after a 261-day break for Fry, and picked up the victory in a National Hunt Flat Race.  Following that up with two more victories at Exeter and Haydock, he comes into this race putting his unbeaten record on the line and certainly looks the one to beat here. Coral Handicap Hurdle Market leader Modus heads into this race as top weight after his Lanzarote Hurdle victory back in January where he picked up a very convincing victory.  Competing over the same distance in this race, we think the one problem that may face him is the 8lb weight penalty.  He does fall into the stats...
Mares Hurdle: All About Willie Mullins?

Mares Hurdle: All About Willie Mullins?

The Mares Hurdle has become one of the most popular races at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years, and ever since Willie Mullins won the race back in 2009 with Quevega, no other trainer has been able to wrench the title from the claws of the Irish Champion trainer. Vroum Vroum Mag powered home to victory in the race last year, and if the rumours and the race cards are anything to go by, she’s back for another crack at the race this year.  She is currently 7/4 in the betting and if her last few races have been anything to go by that’s rather enticing odds. Her last outing at Doncaster looked extremely hard work, and for a split second we thought she might be defeated by Midnight Jazz, however, she rallied gamely in the closing stages to see off her rival by a head. Stats are in her favour, however, with her winning her last outing and having won a Grade One previously, so she could surprise us yet and pick up the win. If you’re looking to avoid Vroum Vroum Mag, Willie Mullins still has plenty of runners in this race, and one of those is market leader Limini. Another winner at the Festival last year in the mares novice hurdle, she looks to be worth her current price of 11/10, something we expect to see go even shorter if she is confirmed for the race. Winning her last outing at Punchestown just over three weeks ago, she defeated the heavily fancied Apple Jade which is never an easy task.   She has followed the same format...
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