The Cheltenham Festival is one of the toughest betting events in the sporting calender, but we think we have found four each-way horses from the Championship races across the four days that would make it a memorable Cheltenham with a winning Lucky 15 bet.
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Grandouet (Champion Hurdle) missed the Champion Hurdle last season and has only had the 1 start during this campaign when he finished 2nd to Zarkandar at Cheltenham. That horse also beat him in the Triumph as a juvenile, but the course this race is run on has less emphasis on stamina and Grandouet’s main asset is his speed. Drying ground will be a help and although he disappointingly had to miss his intended prep race, he is very closely matched on form to his rivals. He travels so strongly in his races and is likely to still be on the bridle at the top of the hill. With no obvious pace angle in the race, a sprint isn’t out of the question which would suit him and he has solid claims of hitting the frame at the very least.
Mail De Bievre (Queen Mother Champion Chase) has only had the one start in Britain when he was well beaten over 3 miles in the Denman Chase at Newbury. He didn’t stay the trip that day but for the first 2 miles or so he jumped exuberantly and on that evidence this sort of trip should suit him. There is likely to be a small field and whilst it seems almost impossible to imagine Sprinter Sacre getting beaten, there are still two more places available for each-way money if we bet ante-post. He jumps well and may well go off hard in front and if he does then he may well still be in the top three come the line.
Smad Place (World Hurdle) ran a huge race in the corresponding event last season when only a 5 year old and looked set for another big run at Aintree before getting brought down. He has disappointed twice this season in testing ground and was no match for Reve De Sivola in the Long Walk Hurdle. Better ground will almost certainly suit him better though and it was in the spring last season that he showed his best form. Still a young horse with the potential for improvement and with lots of doubts about most of the runners, a return to form could see him right in the mix at a decent price.
Considering Long Run (Gold Cup) is a Gold Cup winner and dual King George winner he has been cast into the shadows of his younger pretenders perhaps a little prematurely. He disappointed in the race last season when he ran a little flat and this year despite winning at Kempton, he has looked as if he is holding back a little and not showing the spark he did two seasons ago. However, for all the negatives his record is impressive; he has never finished out of the first 3 in Britain. He stays well and if the cheekpieces he will wear can help him concentrate, he has proven to be a classy performer and if he was at his best he would be a big player
Cheltenham Lucky 15 Betting Tip
0.5pt each-way unit stake (15pts total)
GRANDOUET @ 6/1 (Champion Hurdle)
MAIL DE BIEVRE @ 14/1 (Champion Chase)
SMAD PLACE @ 14/1 (World Hurdle)
LONG RUN @ 6/1 (Gold Cup)
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