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2019 Cheltenham Festival tips - Five horses to back in William Hill’s “To Win Any Race” market

Our expert takes a look through the prices in William Hill’s “To Win Any Race at the Cheltenham Festival” market and lists five horses who offer excellent value to ante-post punters.

With just seven weeks to go until the “greatest show on turf”, ante-post betting for the Cheltenham Festival is starting to ramp up. Huge bets are already being placed on races like the Gold Cup and the Champion Chase, but it’s to the special markets where many punters look for value and William Hill have plenty to chose from.

One of William Hill’s most interesting markets is the “To Win Any Race” and they offer a lengthy list of horses for punters to bet on. Here are five horses who caught our expert's eye and could turn out to be excellent value bets when the Cheltenham Festival eventually arrives.


Victory in the Neville Hotels' over Christmas saw Delta Work leap to the top of the betting for the RSA Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. Gordon Elliott has made the decision to drop his charge down in trip and run in the Flogas Novices’ Chase before traveling to Cheltenham, so the door must still be open for a run in the JLT.

Last year, Elliott decided to drop Shattered Love back in trip after winning the Neville Hotels' and that tactic proven fruitful as his mare triumphed in the JLT. Delta Work is currently a 9/2 shot in the standard RSA betting and would surely be shorter than 3/1 should he be declared to run in either that or the JLT - making William Hill’s price in the “Win Any Race” market look mightily appealing.


Nigel Twiston-Davies star secured a really impressive handicap victory at Cheltenham back in November, storming clear of some capable rivals after tanking through the contest. Before setting out on the road to Cheltenham, Al Dancer will take his chance in the Betfair Hurdle – a race won by Kalashnikov last year, before Amy Murphy’s charge finished second in the Supreme.

Al Dancer is a prominent figure in the betting for the Supreme,  but with his owners already boasting Supreme favourite Angels Breath, Al Dancer may have another target. Twiston-Davies has handed his charge an entry in the Ballymore and is winning handicap experience also opens the door to races like the County Hurdle and the Coral Cup, for which he holds odds of 16/1 and 20/1 respectively. 

With four races looking like realistic options for this talented novice, backing Al Dancer in this market could be the safest way to go.

Harry Cobden riding Quel Destin (red cap) clear the last to win The JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham.



Paul Nicholls’ youngster has won four of his five starts over hurdles, a run which has seen him collect two Grade Twos and the Grade One Finale Hurdle at Chepstow. Quel Destin has also gained valuable experience at Cheltenham, grinding out an impressive victory in the JCB Triumph Trial during the November meeting. 

You could back Quel Destin at 10/1 in the Triumph Hurdle, 12/1 in the Fred Winter, or at 8/1 in the “Win Any Race” market. I know which one I think offers the best value.


A comfortable winner on his opening two bumper appearances, Carefully Selected came up just short during Festival season, narrowly losing out to Relegate in the Champion Bumper here at Cheltenham, before a third-place finish in the equivalent at Punchestown. 

I could easily have included Blackbow – who finished fifth in the Champion Bumper and second at Punchestown – in this section. He too is yet to appear this term and looks the ideal type to prosper in either the Ballymore or the wide-open Albert Bartlett. Carefully Selected’s run in the Champion Bumper, however, just gave him the edge over his stablemate and 11/1 could look excellent value if this talented young stayer makes it to the Festival.


Impulsive Star made the most of his lowly handicap mark to open his account over fences in the Classic Chase at Warwick. Neil Mulholland has sent his nine-year-old to the Cheltenham Festival for the past two seasons and options remain well-and-truly open for his inevitable return to Prestbury Park in the spring.

Sam Waley-Cohen was in the saddle as Impulsive Star finished fourth in the National Hunt Chase and, after retaining his novice status, a return to the four-miler looks his most likely target. Mulholland also has the option of the Kim Muir and a mark of 139 would see Impulsive Star carrying a competitive weight. 

You could back Impulsive Star at 14/1 in either the National Hunt or the Kim Muir with William Hill. Or you could hedge your bets and give yourself a safety net by taking the 12/1 price on offer in the “Win Any Race” market.

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2019 Cheltenham Festival tips - Five horses to back in William Hill’s “To Win Any Race” market

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