So here we are, apparently it’s spring already and the Cheltenham festival is upon us next week! Seems to have come round quickly this year doesn’t it? But as betting fanatics, we’re going to be prepared to smash the bookies. So we spend this week scrutinising the cards to come up with our best bets for Cheltenham 2018.
We’d strongly advise that you use the various Cheltenham bookies offers to either boost your odds, get money back if you lose or whatever other crazy stuff they come up with. Or use the standard free bets which serve a similar purpose. Just don’t bet in shops and don’t take standard odds, you don’t have to! The bookies want your business so make them pay for it.
Got that? Great. So here’s where our money’s going…
Footpad is almost certain to go off as favourite, and based on the last few years that may be significant. However we’re tempted to get behind Saint Calvados who is 3 from 3 over fences and looks to be good value in this one. The legend is strong in this one!
Does anyone dare to oppose Buveur D’air? Probably not many, expect this one to get smashed in at the bookies and it may go off even lower than the current 1/2. That being the case, it might be worth backing to lay it off before the start.
Queen Mother Chase
Altior will be the red hot jolly in the Queen Mother, and may again be tradeable at the exchanges. But Douvan is one of our favourite horses of all time and if it comes in at around 4/1 we’ll be helping ourselves to a bit of that action at a much more generous price.
We’re going for Djakadam each way in the Ryanair, especially if the ground is heavy. His timeform ratings suggest improvement is likely, and with probably odds of around 10/1 this could be the big one that lands our profit for the week.
We can see why Might Bite is likely to go off as favourite, but that doesn’t always mean much in the Gold Cup. Looking for better value, you have to like the look of Sizing John. Likely odds of 6/1 should round off the week’s punting with a juicy return in the showpiece race.
We may add other bets to the list closer to the off, if we see any value open up in the market. But for now, that’s what we’ll be betting on. Feel free to copy these if you like, but of course you do so at your own risk and should only bet what you can afford to lose. Happy punting to you all!