by ANNIE DALE. We are just weeks away from the biggest horse racing festival in the UK and although it is too soon to proclaim absolute favourites as we still don’t know which horses will be running, there is a host of ante-post value in the key races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Some Pro Tips to Bet Online this Season
Select your odds wisely – Beginners will normally plump for the favourite to win. That makes sense apart from the short price of course. Sometimes the odds for favourites can be cramped and a more value solution is to bet each-way. Betting each-way tends to have superior odds and they win 1 out of 4 races. At Cheltenham 2017, one punter alone that won the OLGB tipster competition was able to score each-way wins with odds of 33/1, 20/1 and 10/1.
Review the latest live odds and pro handicapping tips – Some bookies like William Hill publish a complete review of the event and give out their selections for each of the races. What you can do is compare other blogger or Twitter handicapper selections to those of William Hill and take advantage of their present promotion, click here for more info.
Select Willie Mullins candidates carefully – Willie Mullins is the top trainer at Cheltenham in recent history. He always lands a couple of winners in different races, so betting on him is not a bad idea. But instead of focusing on his best horses, select some of his second strings. In the past several of his second choices have won at with amazing odds including Rule Supreme (25/1), Ebaziyan (40/1), Thousand Stars (20/1), Champagne Fever (16/1), Briar Hill (25/1), Wicklow Brave (25/1).
Top Horses for Cheltenham
Here are some of the horses who are being well supported in the market for Cheltenham.
Charli Parcs might not be at his peak but this progressive young hurdler is making great progress with every race. He has plenty of speed and he can make his presence felt in his chosen race.
Yanworth has been beaten at the last two Cheltenham festivals but is in line to run in the RSA Chase and could make it third time lucky.
Douvan is rated 50-50 to run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in which he was injured last season. If he turns up, he will be hard to beat.
Ballyoptic has not really taken too well to chasing so if he is switched back to one of the hurdle races at the Festival he should be watched closely.
Gold Cup Contenders
Might Bite is the favourite but that doesn’t mean he is a shoo-in to win. He gained bragging rights after winning the King George VI Chase, a key trial for the Gold Cup. Trained by Nicky Henderson he is unbeaten in five starts in 2017 and he is the main candidate for the crown.
Native River has not run yet this season but ran a solid race to be third in last year’s Gold Cup.
Last year’s winner but he has something to prove after a poor run last time out.