PUNTERS can win a lose a fortune at Cheltenham this week without ever backing a horse!
There are so many special bets on offer that if you can think of it, you can have a price on it.
The meeting is very much framed as a match between Britain and Ireland these days for the Prestbury Cup.
It will be interesting to see what effect some of the home side missing prep races due to the flu outbreak will have.
Ireland look hard to beat at 8-11 with GB 6-4 and the draw 6-1.
The top trainer and jockey markets are always popular and Nicky Henderson is doing well to be second favourite with most firms.
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Ladbrokes are offering 6-5 about Gordon Elliott being top dog come Friday afternoon, while the British champion is 9-4 to be taking the prize back to Seven Barrows.
More than a few eyebrows will be raised at the sight of Willie Mullins on offer at 3-1 with the Magic Sign. The old master looks to have plenty of ammo and that price could slide if a couple of his day one fancies do the business.
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It’s 16-1 bar the big three but the jockey’s title is a more open affair and that’s reflected in the betting.
Eleven-time Chelters champ Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty are vying for favouritism at 11-4 and 3s respectively while Cheltenham big-race king Davy Russell looks a bit of value at 9-2.
He did win it last year after all.
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It’s another Irish-based rider in Jack Kennedy at 6-1 while Nico De Boinville heads the home charge at 9-1.
Richard Johnson may be heading for another championship but he’s out with the washing when it comes to the Festival. Ladbrokes will give you 20s about the veteran coming out on top.
There are some tasty specials on offer for the meeting with 6-4 surely appealing about Gordon Elliott training at least six winners over the four days.
He has managed that mark and better for the past two Festivals and has another strong team.