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Supreme Novice Hurdle – 2m 1/2f
Andrew, Tom and Dave from Betopin go through each day of the Cheltenham Festival. We start with the Grade 1 Supreme Novice hurdle where all three made a strong case for the Willie Mullins trained Klassical Dream who is currently 8/1 in the betting.
Winner of the Grade 1 Pharma Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown where victory looked unlikely when headed at the last by stablemate Aramon, but he put his head down and battled back to get back up and win by a neck.With a bit more ease in the ground and if he can get a lead, we think he will be an extremely had horse to beat come March. If you want a more full analysis on the Dublin Racing Festival we cover it on our Cheltenham Festival Betting Preview Podcast
A few each way shots that Dave and Andrew like are Scarlet Dragon at 25/1 (Andrew) and Elixir De Nutz 12/1 (Dave).
Tips for Supreme Novice Hurdle
Andrew –Klassical Dream 8/1
Tom – Klassical Dream 8/1
Dave – Klassical Dream 8/1
Next, we go onto the Arkle Chase. A lot of eyebrows raised when Andrew put up Paloma Blue at 14/1 in the betting for his Arkle pick, to be fair he backed up why he thinks he will be a total different proposition when he lines up for the Arkle. Dave and Tom are very keen on the Kayley Woollacott trained Lalor who will come into the race as a fresh horse having not run since 8th December where he got bogged down on soft ground.
La Richebourg is the current market leader in the betting at 4/1 with some rock-solid form to his name, with that said the all three are quite sweet on their picks for the 2019 Arkle Chase.
Tips for Arkle Novice Chase
Andrew- Paloma Blue 14/1
Tom – Lalor 5/1
Dave –Lalor 5/1
Mares Hurdle – 2m 4f
Now onto the Mares Hurdle where Apples Jade was the standout choice for this only for her to go on and bolted up in the Irish Champion Hurdle where Michael O Leary said she will go for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham now. So that leaves this race a small bit more open. Dave is all in on last year’s winner Benie Des Dieux who got the better of Apples Jade and Midnight Tour in last years running. She is clear 5/2 market leader and with Apples Jade and Laurina due to turn up in the Champion Hurdle it will make Benie Des Dieux an even shorter price come declarations.
Andrew and Tom where of agreement that Lamini is the forgotten horse in the race at 8/1. She showed she was coming back to form when 4th beaten 4 ½ lengths in the Galmoy Hurdle behind Gold Cup fav Presenting Percy. On that form she is to big in the betting to get away from at 8/1.
Tips for Mares Hurdle
Andrew – Limini 8/1
Tom –Limini 8/1
Dave – Benie Des Dieux 5/2
National Hunt Chase – 4m
A race that has grown in popularity over the years with some top-class winners and the same can be said with this year’s entries.
Andrew has a strong fancy for the Paul Nolan trained Discorama who is currently a huge 12/1. Second in the Martin Pipe Hurdle at last year’s festival and coming with a very strong run when falling at the last when getting upside Ballyward. If none the worse for that fall, he will he will have a huge say for a horse that looks like he will be better the further he goes. Tom is with Andrew on Discorama and with Barry O’Neill booked to ride he is a strong fancy.
Dave reluctantly put up last year’s Martin Pipe winner Blow By Blow. He failed to set the world alight over fences this season, but as Dave said it could be the lack of soft ground this season could be down to his lack luster performances. At 25/1 Dave is willing to take the chance that the 4 miles around Cheltenham will see him in a better light.
The current market leader OK Corral was not fancied by any of the three men, for one he is way to short in the betting and for two they don’t think he will get the 4 miles with his racing style.
Tips for National Hunt Chase
Andrew – Discorama 12/1
Tom – Discorama 12/1
Dave – Blow By Blow 25/1
Champion Hurdle – 2m 1/2f
The Champion Hurdle is the highlight of day 1 and it proved Andrew’s NAP for day 1 ,where he dawned the Laurina scarf in his support for the could be superstar mare. There was no talking Andrew out of this even with the induction of Apples Jade into frame and he is hugely confident that the mare will provide too good for the rest.
Dave also likes Laurina but he is worried about Apples Jade could upset his pick but yet he still is quite happy that she will beat Apples Jade and the rest.
Tom is on Buveur D’Airs Christmas Hurdle conquer Verdana Blue. He is a as big as 12/1 in a place and is a cracking e/w bet against the top 3. For a more in-depth look into the Champion Hurdle betting click here.
Tips for Champion Hurdle
Andrew – Laurina 5/1
Tom – Verdana Blue 12/1
Dave – Laurina 5/1
Handicap Tips for Tuesday
Andrew – Black Corton
Tom – Give Me A Copper
Dave – The Worlds End