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Cheltenham Festival 2015 – Betting Preview and Tips
The 2015 Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us, and thousands of racegoers are set to descend on Prestbury Park for four days of exhilarating national hunt action. Arguably the most important meeting in the jump racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival features the very best horses from the leading yards in both Britain and Ireland, and a friendly rivalry exists between the two camps throughout the meeting. The atmosphere at the Cheltenham Festival is second to none, and the roar that goes up when the first race of the meeting gets under way is now legendary.
Kicking off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Tuesday 10th March, this year’s Festival looks set to be one of the most exciting to date, and all eyes are sure to be on the Willie Mullins yard who had such a successful Cheltenham in 2014. The Irish handler is set to bring a number of well fancied runners once again, and there will no doubt be many multiple bets featuring Mullins’ horses over the duration of the meeting.
Tuesday 10th March – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the opening race of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, and often one of the most exciting of the whole meeting. Irish Handler Willie Mullins has trained the winner of the race for the last two years, and the bookmakers are taking no chances here, with his five year old Douvan having been put in at best odds of 7/4 with Paddy Power to complete the hat-trick. This son of Walk In The Park has looked particularly impressive in both his starts to date, the only question mark being the horse’s ability to handle the likely good ground, having only raced with soft underfoot conditions thus far.
Although the Irish have dominated this race in recent years, Nicky Henderson has tasted a huge amount of success with his hurdlers elsewhere at the meeting, and his 7/2 chance L’ami Serge may be a value alternative to the favourite here. L’ami Serge was last seen when hacking up in Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle, and while his victories have been coming in small fields, they have been in high class races, which is important coming into the Festival.
Back L’ami Serge at 7/2 with Bet365
Thursday 12th March – Ryanair Chase
Run over a trip of two miles and five furlongs, the Ryanair Chase has been a part of the Cheltenham Festival since 2005, and was made a Grade 1 event in 2008. This race is often targeted by trainers with runners who don’t quite get the Gold Cup trip, and is now one of the most prestigious races of the whole meeting.
The Gordon Elliot trained Don Cossack is the current 7/2 market leader for this year’s Ryanair Chase and is one of the leading Irish hopes over the four days. This eight year old is owned by the powerful Gigginstown operation, and has been successful in his last four starts under rules. Don Cossack was a faller as a novice in the RSA Chase here twelve months ago, but has been a revelation in his second season chasing, winning all four starts and showing excellent battling qualities in some very tough races.
This horse’s most impressive performance to date was when winning the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, beating Boston Bob and last year’s Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere in the process. Don Cossack ticks all the right boxes for me, and I believe he can land this lucrative prize for the Elliot yard.
Back Don Cossack at 7/2 with Sky Bet