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2019 Cheltenham Festival tips – Five each-way punts in BetVictor’s extra place races

Elixir De Nutz looks a lively outsider in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

We take a look through the betting for the five races at the Cheltenham Festival where BetVictor are offering extra places and pick out our best bets.

While several bookmakers are offering non-runner no bet on many of the races at the Cheltenham Festival, few have decided to offer ante-post punters extra places. If you are an avid ante-post gambler, then you’ll be pleased to know that BetVictor have bucked that trend, offering all customers four places at 1/5 of the odds on five of the biggest races at this year’s Festival.

Our expert has taken a look through all five of BetVictor’s extra place races at the Cheltenham Festival and picked out five horses he feels offer significant ante-post value.

2019 Cheltenham Festival Each-Way Tips with BetVictor

This year’s Festival opener is looking decidedly open, with entrants from across Britain and Ireland holding obvious chances. That being said, ELIXIR DE NUTZ has clearly been overlooked in the betting - considering the results he has recorded and the way he has progressed throughout his novice campaign.

After losing out to Thomas Darby in October, Elixir De Nutz claimed an impressive victory in the Grade Two Sharps Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, before securing a second course-and-distance victory over a subsequent Listed winner in Jarvey’s Plate at the International Meeting. Colin Tizzard’s charge was then a 3/1 shot in the Tolworth at Sandown, but a fine front-running display and plenty of bottle in the closing stages saw Elixir De Nutz claim a maiden Grade One title.

Summerville Boy won the Tolworth before claiming Supreme glory last season. Elixir De Nutz has course form and a Grade One victory in the bag. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t challenge for the title.

Buveur D’Air, Apple’s Jade and Laurina could have the places locked down in this year’s Champion Hurdle. However, if something was to go wrong for any of the trio at the head of the betting, SUPASUNDAE will likely be on the premises to take advantage.

Jessica Harrington’s charge is the model of consistency, finishing outside the places just three times in the past three seasons. Supasundae’s record over two miles is also extremely good, having won the Irish and Punchestown Champion Hurdle last year and placing second in two Grade Ones this term.

There are faster horses entered into this year’s Champion Hurdle, but to prosper on the stiff, uphill finish at Prestbury Park, you need a little extra staying ability – a quality Supasundae certainly possesses. A two-time Grade One winner and a former Coral Cup champion. Supasundae shouldn’t be underestimated.

Supasundae (right) is narrowly beaten by Penhill (left) in last year's Stayers' Hurdle.

Champ and Battleoverdoyen are the stand-out candidates in the Ballymore betting but, given a clean round of jumping, there’s no reason why BREWIN’UPASTORM can’t give the market leaders a real run for their money.

Olly Murphy’s budding stable star won well on his hurdling debut, but was clearly unconvinced by the sluggish pace in the Challow Hurdle on his second start and did well to finish as close up in fourth as he did. A clash with Birchdale followed in the Classic Hurdle at Cheltenham, where Richard Johnson’s steed was mounting - what looked like being - a winning challenge before coming down at the final flight.

An improving horse who will stay three miles in time, Brewin’Upastorm has the pace to challenge over this length of trip and was jumping nicely around Cheltenham until that error at the last. He’s certainly one for the favourites to fear.

Outside of Paisley Park, none of this current crop of British stayers offer much each-way value. Penhill is clearly Ireland’s best chance, as he bids to retain his crown, but I was mightily impressed with BAPAUME’S performance in the recent Galmoy Hurdle and he could be a big player at the Cheltenham Festival.

Following a couple of decisive defeats behind Apple’s Jade, Bapaume bounced back to top form at Gowran Park, crossing the line less than two lengths behind Gold Cup favourite, Presenting Percy. Willie Mullins’ decided to skip the Festival last year, but Bapaume does have previous at Cheltenham’s big meeting, finishing third behind Defi Du Seuil in the 2017 Triumph Hurdle.

Any extra cut in the ground would work in Bapaume’s favour and Mullins’ six-year-old carried himself like a classy operator in defeat to Presenting Percy. He has the potential to mount a winning challenge in this year’s Stayers.

Despite being beaten in both the Savills Chase and the Irish Gold Cup, I still believe ROAD TO RESPECT is a staying chaser of the highest order and he shouldn’t be discounted in this year’s main event.

Noel Meade’s stable star ran a blinder to finish fourth at Cheltenham last season, on very soft ground which certainly wasn’t to his liking. Road To Respect was installed as the favourite to retain his Savills Chase crown, after a powerful reappearance victory in the JNWine. Two slips on the turn for home put Sean Flanagan’s mount firmly on the back foot and the eight-year-old needed to call upon all his class just to snatch a place.

I was disappointed to see Road To Respect lose out to Bellshill at the Dublin Racing Festival, but we all know the Punchestown Gold Cup winner is capable of a magical performance on his day and there was just a whisker between the pair as they crossed the line. Decent ground is crucial to Road To Respect’s chance, but if the going is favourable on Gold Cup day, I fancy Noel Meade’s charge can improve on the result he recorded in last year’s renewal.

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