Some Ante Post Cheltenham Festival Tips

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Your racing break is always going to involve having a flutter at the track. Win or lose, it’s part of the excitement to see your selection up close and witness the action unfold in front of your eyes. Part of the fun at a racecourse is those few minutes before the off, when you can buzz around the different bookmakers’ stalls to find the best price for your selection. Make no mistake: taking a few minutes and ‘shopping around’ can make a good day a very good day.

However, there is also some method in placing a bet or two long in advance of a race. The trade off is that it is possible to get bigger odds, but there is also the risk of injury, form or some other factor making those odds look less generous than first thought. However, when executed successfully, ante post betting can be richly rewarding – but best always to check that your bookmaker is offering non runner no bet and will return the stake if your horse doesn’t compete.

Below we have picked a few horses from the Cheltenham Festival 2019 (12th-15th March) ante post markets who look to be value for money. With all being well, you could pick up some extra profit if they make good on their promise:

Faugheen – Stayers’ Hurdle – 12/1 William Hill

Few people know Faugheen better than Ruby Walsh, so when he says that Faugheen needs a longer trip it’s best to believe him. Faugheen thrashed the 2018 Stayers’ Hurdle winner, Penhill, back in April, and it’s likely that those odds will tumble on race day as Willie Mullins’ popular hurdler always takes plenty of money. If you need some more evidence that the above is a good price, consider that BetVictor has retained Faugheen as the 3/1 favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Black Op – RSA Chase – 16/1 various

If you bet on Cheltenham Festival races in advance, part of the art is considering where trainers will place their best chips. Black Op, who placed second in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the last Festival, was just about average in his chasing debut at Exeter last week. There was a hint of more to come though, and a win or two over the next couple of months could see Black Op get much closer to the current 4/1 favourite, Santini.

Might Bite – Gold Cup – 9/1 Betfair

Does one bad race early in the season make a bad horse? Of course not. But Might Bite’s poor run in the Betfair Chase caused several to question his Gold Cup favourite status. He is a marvellous horse and could well add a second King George VI Chase to his CV in the coming weeks. If Might Bite is fit and at his best, there is no way his starting price will be 9/1 on Gold Cup Day.

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Benie Des Dieux – Mares’ Hurdle – 4/1 William Hill

The best race of the Festival could well be the Mares’ Hurdle on 12th March, which could see Apple’s Jade take on the unbeaten Benie Des Dieux. At the moment, the more experienced Apple’s Jade is given odds of 7/4, but that could tighten in favour of Benie Des Dieux as punters start putting their money on what could almost literally become a two-horse race.