Cheltenham Festival betting tips – Four Paddy Power NRNB selections
Brian Healy picks out four Cheltenham Festival betting tips with leading bookmaker Paddy Power who are now offering ‘non-runner no bet’ terms on all 28 races at the greatest show on turf.
Top bookmaker Paddy Power has announced that it is offering antepost ‘non-runner no-bet’ terms on all 28 races that will go to post at the Cheltenham Festival in March. ‘Non-runner no bet’offers a fantastic ante-post concession for early punters and provides a safety net in the event their selection doesn’t make the line-up in the intended race.
We pick out four Cheltenham Festival betting tips that takes advantage of the popular betting clause utilising the ‘non-runner no bet’ concession.
WHAT IS NON-RUNNER NO BET ANYWAY?
Typically in ante-post betting, if a selection that is backed ante-post doesn’t run then the bet is lost and the bookmaker pockets the money. However, when ‘non-runner no bet’ is active on a betting market it means that should the backed ante-post selection not run then it is treated as a non-runner and stakes are refunded in the normal way.
It is a safety net for punters who want to take advantage of ante-post prices well in advance of the race, but are wary that their chosen selection might not run for whatever reason, such as injury or perhaps even being balloted out if they fail to make the qualification criteria for their intended race.
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL BETTING TIPS – NON-RUNNER NO BET SELECTIONS
GALVIN (20/1, Paddy Power, NRNB) – National Hunt Challenge Cup (Tuesday)
DIESEL D’ALLIER (12/1, Paddy Power, NRNB) – Glenfarclas Cross-country Chase (Wednesday)
THE STORYTELLER (7/1, Paddy Power, NRNB) – Pertemps Network Final (Thursday)
BOB AND CO (10/1, Paddy Power, NRNB) – Foxhunters’ Challenge Cup (Friday)
National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase (TUESDAY)
GALVIN progressed well over hurdles last term, winning his first three starts over timber following back-to-back successes in bumpers. Gordon Elliott’s charge lost his unbeaten record in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle behind City Island, but he was far from disgraced in crossing the line in sixth and ended the season chasing home the smart Getaway Trump at Ayr.
The Gold Well gelding could prove to be at least as progressive over fences and he has improved with each start since falling on his debut behind Battleoverdoyen at Galway last October. He has since finished a good third behind Ronald Pump at Fairyhouse where he might have found heavy ground too much; but he found only Salsaretta too strong when last seen at Punchestown in November.
He caught the eye that day finishing off the race well under some hands and heels riding, no match for the winner but claiming a comfortable silver medal in the runner-up spot.
Lack of a run shouldn’t be a concern as he won first time up last term following a break, while potential drying conditions will strengthen his hand so he could be interesting if lining up and a thorough test of stamina presented by the National Hunt Chase might well prove a catalyst for better.
Glenfarclas Cross-country Chase (WEDNESDAY)
Tiger Roll will bid for a third win in this race and Gordon Elliott’s popular dual-Grand National winner will be the one to beat.
However in recent seasons the French raiders have become more and more noteworthy in this discipline and DIESEL D’ALLIER could be worth an interest if lining up.
Emmanuel Clayeux’s Kap Rock gelding made a big impact in this sphere when running out a four lengths’ victor over Urgent De Gregaine over course and distance during the November Meeting where he won readily over his stablemate.
He was getting plenty of weight on that occasion due to that race being a handicap in nature; he’d get no such concession in March which is run from a level-weights scenario, but he showed the victory to be no fluke when denied only by Branle Bas over the banks at Pau on his next outing on Christmas Day.
He has a very good record in his native France in this Cross-country Chase discipline and he appeared well suited by the extra distance when tackling the Cheltenham equivalent so he could well find improvement if returning in March although he would certainly face his toughest test to date locking horns on level weight terms with Tiger Roll.
Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (THURSDAY)
Gordon Elliott’s THE STORYTELLER has already tasted Cheltenham Festival success, winning the 2018 Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate from Splash Of Ginge.
That win propelled the Shantou gelding into Grade One company and having finished fifth to Al Boum Photo in the Ryanair Gold Cup on his next start he rounded off that campaign by winning the Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.
He ran well over fences last term without adding to his tally, but this term he has reverted to the smaller obstacles where he has acquitted himsef really well in all three starts. He looked set to win the United States Grand National only to unseat his rider; but he made no mistake next time at Clonmel and then caught the eye running on late at Leopardstown over the Christmas period to finish sixth behind Treacysenniscorthy under a big weight in a Pertemps Final qualifier.
That contest is usually a decent pointer towards the March final, and he could prove fairly treated at the weights depending on how the handicapper reacts. His Punchestown run came from 142 which leaves him plenty of scope to do better on the pick of his chase efforts with his 2018 Festival win over fences coming from 147.
It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see him go well if turning out in the March final. He could prove a popular choice in many punters’ Cheltenham Festival betting tips lists given he remains relatively unexposed as a hurdler and could yet improve on his current mark.
St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase (FRIDAY)
David Maxwell has done really well with his ex-French purchases and BOB AND CO could be worth a second look in the market for the amateur riders’ Gold Cup.
A smart performer in France prior to being snapped up by Maxwell and sent to Paul Nicholls’ Ditcheat yard, he had plenty go wrong for him on his return from a ten-month absence at Warwick where he was trying to give former Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco 8lbs.
He was pulled up there but the Dom Alco gelding had refused to settle and burnt his energies out. However he had jumped well up until the point his rider managed to pull him up, and he showed what he was capable off when blitzing Ballynagour at Bangor on his next outing.
He again set off keenly but jumping well, although his rider was able to keep a better tab on his energies. A big-field scenarion such as the Foxhunters’ Chase may well help to settle him and the race is usually run at a decent pace which could well suit.
It would be a big ask to win the race on just his third chase outing, but he could prove an ideal type for a race of this nature. Paul Nicholls has won the Foxhunters’ Chase four times so knows what it takes to win this contest and the Dom Alco looks to hold solid claims if turning out in the race.