- Dai Walters to win Supreme Novices' Hurdle
- Back Brain Power for Champion Hurdle at 33/1 with Ladbrokes
- Donnacha O'Brien to ride winner of Champion Bumper
- Altior to get beaten in Champion Chase
- Barry Geraghty treble on Thursday
- Presenting Percy to win Cheltenham Gold Cup by 6 lengths!
In search of Cheltenham betting tips for the biggest week of the year, I've resorted to my crystal ball and it has revealed the following intriguing predictions to occur in the Cheltenham betting:
Tuesday Cheltenham Betting Predictions
I just get the feeling that this year's race could completely fall apart with the likes of Laurina, Apple's Jade and Global Citizen all fighting for the lead on potentially soft ground.
Three outsiders that will arrive as late as possible to the scene are Melon, Brain Power and Verdana Blue. I think Brain Power loved the return to hurdles last time out and his main asset is how strongly he travels during a race, so the harder they go in front the better for him. He's best priced 33/1 with Ladbrokes to win the Champion Hurdle
Minella Rocco will turn back the clock in Ultima Handicap Chase
Jonjo O'Neill is a master trainer and I'm interested to see he's put the cheekpieces back on Minella Rocco, after a few runs without them. O'Neill has won the Ultima Handicap Chase three times before and looks to have a real chance of gaining another success.
Minella Rocco's already won the National Hunt Chase at the Festival and two seasons ago flew home in the Cheltenham Gold Cup to be a close second behind Sizing John. He could be incredibly well-handicapped off a mark of 152 and is a top price of 8/1 with Unibet.
Dai Walters owns the Supreme Novices' Hurdle favourite Al Dancer, who is already a course-and-distance winner, as well an impressive Betfair Handicap Hurdle winner.
I think he's got every attribute to go well at the Cheltenham Festival, but I also think the same about Angels Breath, who Dai Walters has a substantial share in with Ronnie Bartlett. There's been a huge amount of hype around this horse and trainer Nicky Henderson doesn't usually get it wrong.
His last run at Kempton was educational and the ground and course should really suit this former point-to-point winner.
Wednesday Cheltenham Betting Predictions
The Epsom Oaks, 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby-winning jockey Donnacha O'Brien has been booked to ride Meticulous in Cheltenham's Champion Bumper. The stiff finish should really suit this horse, and will bring him and his Leopardstown thwarter Envoi Allen much closer together. Meticulous' mother Refinemant ran second in this exact race and hopefully he can do the family proud. He's 8/1 to win with Ladbrokes.
David beats Goliath
Trainers Gordon Elliot and Nicky Henderson are responsible the first two in the Cheltenham betting for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, but I think we could see a real feel-good story here with off-the-radar trainer Martin Brassil and his raider City Island.
He's best priced 8/1 with William Hill but this horse oozes class. He jumps like a bunny and is one of the best novice jumpers that I have seen. A big field could really suit him and I think he's overpriced.
Okay, I'll get laughed at for saying Altior will get beaten, but I just get a slight feeling that Wednesday could be the day we see the end of the Champion Chaser's long reign. Most of his rivals, he's beaten before, but I think last year's second Min has taken a step forward this season.
Jockey Ruby Walsh has had a few goes at trying to beat Altior, but I have a feeling he may try something new in the Champion Chase and try to prey on Altior's weaknesses. You can back Min at top odds of 9/2 with Unibet.
Thursday Cheltenham Betting Predictions
Paisley Park will win Stayers Hurdle as Faugheen goes unplaced
There has been so much hype around Faugheen's run in the Stayers' Hurdle, but I don't see it. He's 11-years-old now and disappointed at last year's Cheltenham Festival in the Champion Hurdle.
Paisley Park has improved massively of late and is still on an upward curve. I think we'll see a performance close to what the likes of Thistlecrack and Big Buck's produced in Stayers' Hurdles past. He's a best priced 15/8 with BetHard, and that looks worth taking on a potential superstar.
Thursday is quite a big day for owner JP McManus's retained rider Barry Geraghty. He's got three solid favourites to go to war with in that day's Cheltenham betting - Epatante in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle, Sire du Berlais in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle and Defi Du Seuil in the JLT Novices' Chase.
Footpad will flop in Ryanair Chase
The Willie Mullins-trained Footpad, the favourite in the Ryanair Chase betting, has been confirmed for the race, but I just can't see why he is so short. He faces multiple Grade 1 winners in Un De Sceaux and Road To Respect, as well as other top front runners in Frodon and Monalee.
His jumping has been a real problem so far this season, as it was in the Arkle Novices' Chase at last season's Cheltenham Races. I can't see him being good enough and his current price is terrible value for me.
Friday Cheltenham Betting Predictions
The rain has come in favour of reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Native River, but don't forget that the talking horse Presenting Percy has won on heavy ground over the trip of 3m5f in Ireland too.
Paul Nicholls wins fifth County Hurdle
Trainer Paul Nicholls has Malaya, Capitaine and Southfield Stone all with a great chance and the yard could not be in better form. It would be some feat for Malaya to win the race just six days after winning the Imperial Cup, but if anyone can pull it off then Paul Nicholls can. She is currently 10/1 in all Cheltenham betting lists for the most competitive handicap of the week.
Owner JP McManus won't land Albert Bartlett
McManus has got two near the to of the betting in Birchdale and Dickie Diver, but I would be very negative on the chances of both. Race experience and being battle-hardened would be the two major things I look for when finding a tip in this race, and both of these horses lack that.
Dickie Diver has especially looked raw and green whereas Birchdale would be a very doubtful stayer to me. I don't think either of them will finish in the first three.