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
    #1

    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
    #2

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

  3. Cheltenham Festival
    #3

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

  4. Cheltenham Tips
    #4

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

  5. Mike
    #5

    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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