Cheltenham Festival 2009 Tips

After the staggering success (ahem) of last years Cheltenham Festival tips, I thought I’d do it all again this year for you.

We’re still waiting for the confirmed runners and riders for this years races but I’ve had a look through the entries for the 26 races which make up the 2009 Cheltenham card and picked out those with a cricketing theme and, by Jiminy, I think I might have found some winners for you!

There aren’t that many cricket related horses running and some of the cricketing links are a bit tenuous but here’s an each way patent that could return you some dough.

Tuesday – Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle (3.20pm). Katchit. Won the race last year with Robert ‘Choc’ Thornton on board and I fancy it could do the same again this year. If the going stays good to soft then it has an outstanding chance of winning the race. Got a lot to do to beat the favourite Binocular but definitely a good each way bet. Widely available at 14/1.

Wednesday – RSA Chase (2.40pm). Gone To Lunch. I fancy this horse to win the race. Tony McCoy is booked to ride and he’s won on this horse the last 3 times he’s ridden it over the distance. Cheltenham is, however, a different kettle of fish and he’ll need a bit extra to do it but this is likely to be a tight race and my gut feeling is McCoy is the man for the job. A lot will depend on who is booked to ride Cooldine but I’m going to include Gone To Lunch in my cricketing patent. 7/1.

Thursday – Ryanair Chase (2.40pm). Our Vic. Again, tenuous link to Vic Marks but I’m going to include it here anyway so there. Won the race last year by 5 lengths and Timmy Murphy is back on board again. Competition is a little stronger this year and Voy Por Ustedes is the deserved favourite for the race but I sniff a chance here. 6/1 generally.

So you have three horses here and my suggestion is an each way patent. This is a full cover bet comprising 7 bets – three singles, three doubles and a treble. You only need one horse to place to get some money back. A 50p each way patent will cost you £7 and could return £611 if they all win or, more likely, £35 is they all place. Gotta be worth a shout, eh?

Other cricket related horses entered in the 2009 Cheltenham Festival:

Wednesday – National Hunt Chase (1.30pm). Freddies Return. Currently available at 200/1. ‘Nuff said.

Wednesday – RSA Chase (2.40pm). Hold Em. Looks an unlikely candidate but with Graham Lee on board it might be worth a tiny little each way bet @ 50/1 if you feel so inclined.

Wednesday – Coral Cup (4.00pm). Leg Spinner. Like Ian Salisbury back in the day, it has shown a lot of promise but never quite delivered. Keenly priced @ 16/1 but I’m not feeling it. Not won since October 07 so even me – a confirmed each way value kinda guy – isn’t overly interested. Also entered into the Martin Pipe handicap on Friday.

Thursday – Kim Muir Challenge Cup (4.40pm). Flintoff. There are better horses in the race but if we get any more rain and the going heads towards the heavy then it’s a definite sporting each way option at 14/1. Also running in the race is Big Rob and I’m sure the guys at King Cricket will have a cheeky 25p each way on him at 100/1. I, on the other hand, won’t.

I’ll be posting each day with my tips throughout the festival but, if I were you, I’d rush off to the bookies now with your £7 clutched in your sweaty little mitts and get on board my cricketing patent. You’ll thank me in the morning.

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5 comments so far

  1. Mike

    Just placed my bet at Sportingbet and they’ve got better prices than most. Katchit @16/1. Gone To Lunch and Our Vic both at 15/2. Possible return £856.30. Woot!

  2. Woolwich Dave

    Judgin by your performance last year these are probably horses to avoid

  3. Cheltenham Festival

    Some interesting tips, appreciate the reasoning added for each. Lets see how you do :)

  4. Cheltenham Tips

    Katchit at 16/1 is getting a lot of support – hope it wins for everyone!

  5. Mike

    Fair point, Dave. Hard to argue with your logic..You could always put your money where your mouth is and tell us who you’re backing, of course :)

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