Cheltenham Festival Best Bets (NAP and NB)


With so much to look forward to next week we thought it was worth us highlighting our two strongest bets of the week to make a double that you can back now before the racing gets underway on Tuesday.

They run in the Turners on Thursday and the Triumph on Friday and I’ll be very surprised if either of these are beaten.


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NAP – Best selection at the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham 1.30 Bob Olinger (6/5)

Stamped himself as one of the best novices around winning the Ballymore head in chest last year; 2-2 over fences this term, jumping better at Punchestown last time; better ground will help and should have too many gears.

I can’t wait to see BOB OLINGER in the Turners next week. He has come under scrutiny since going chasing as he did look rather laboured at Gowran on chase debut but when you look into it further Henry de Bromhead had both A Plus Tard and Minella Indo beaten in that race so for him to not be at his best but still come out on top speaks volumes for me. He jumped much better when following up at Punchestown and the second Capodanno is certainly no backnumber. His only career defeat has come at the hands of Ferny Hollow on his hurdles debut and I think he’ll make it 6 in a row here. Galopin Des Champs is obviously the danger having looked so impressive but for me he already looks a stayer and I just think the selection will have too many gears when the taps are turned on. Mullins speaks about Galopin Des Champs as a Gold Cup horse and I think he could easily finish a creditable second here and still come away with a bright future ahead. With L’homme Presse and Bravemansgame heading to the Brown Advisory this will cut up.

Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

Cheltenham Thursday 1.30 Bob Olinger (best price 6/5)

NEXT BEST – Second best selection at the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham 1.30 Vauban (15/8)

Good looking chestnut who was backed like defeat was out the question before a last flight mistake cost him victory at Punchestown; quickly put that right thrashing Fil Dor at Leopardstown; only going to improve; hard to beat.

I have no doubt bar a mistake at the last VAUBAN would have beaten Pied Piper at Punchestown. They both came away from that looking nice prospects and he quickly improved to win impressively at Leopardstown. He looked a horse with a turn of foot that day and I think he’ll relish this test. Obviously Piped Piper has also taken a step forward to win head in chest at Cheltenham so it has the makings for a classic but as long as Vauban puts in a slick round of jumping in my eyes there is only one winner this time around. His trainer Willie Mullins has dubbed him as a future Champion Hurdler and I think he comfortably has the most potential of these. It will be interesting if Fil Dor comes here as he should be better suited at Cheltenham but I know connections are considering a handicap. Il Etait Temps has been tipped up but I’m not massively convinced. I think the each way play in the race could be Doctor Parnassus as he has impressed me so far. This is obviously a big step up but what we’ve seen so far has all the makings of a nice horse.

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

Cheltenham Friday 1.30 Vauban (15/8)

Cheltenham Festival Double

The Cheltenham Festival Double consists of both the NAP and NB and is a great way of covering our two best bets of the Festival to maximise profit. They run in the Turners and the Triumph next week.

Cheltenham Festival Double

Cheltenham Thursday 1.30 Bob Olinger NAP

Cheltenham Friday 1.30 Vauban NEXT BEST

Pays 5/1!