ARF Cheltenham Ante Post Forum

Aracingfirst Cheltenham Ante Post Update:

As is the case this time of year with just 2 weeks until Cheltenham, we’ll have slightly fewer bets, which isn’t a bad thing with the increased number of bets advised over the 4 days of the Festival. Here’s an update on our Ante Post position.

12 To Follow Ante Post Bets:

Anthony Honeyball: Acey Milan – Ballymore Novices Hurdle – generally 33/1
Also 20/1 with William Hill to win any race at the Festival.

Has been disappointing over hurdles considering his high level NH Flat form from last season. He did win last time and could be on the up, so an initial handicap mark of 127 could prove very workable. He doesn’t hold any entries for Cheltenham.

Willie Mullins: Chant Neige – Mares Novice Hurdle – 12/1 with Ladbrokes, William Hill & Corals (N/R)
Also 8/1 with William Hill to win any race at the Festival.
Has yet to race this season and doesn’t hold any immediate entries. We’re still very much in the dark until the actual entries for the Mares Novice Hurdle are made, although current exchange prices unfortunately suggest she’s unlikely to figure at Cheltenham.
Non Runner.

Paul Nicholls: Clan Des ObeauxGold Cup– 50/1 with Skybet (Now 4/1)
Also 25/1 with Ladbrokes to win any race at the Festival.
A brilliant season so far winning the King George and hacking up in the Denman Chase.
For us he looks the most likely winner of the Gold Cup and a price of 4/1 is about right in a decent looking renewal.
Ran a Great race in 5th, just didn’t get home in the soft ground.

Gordon Elliott: Cracking Smart – RSA Chase – 20/1 with Bet365 & Skybet – Non Runner.
Also 16/1 with William Hill to win any race at the Festival.
Has been campaigned over hurdles following a return from injury, and has progressed with each race. He holds entries in the Stayers Hurdle, Coral Cup and Martin Pipe Hurdle. The two later races would make him a potentially interesting contender.
Ran in the Coral Cup, but wasn’t competitive.

Henry De Bromhead: Paloma BlueArkle Chase – 25/1 with William Hill (Now 10/1)
Also 16/1 with William Hill to win any race at the Festival.
A winner on his 2nd chase start and with a number of high profile contenders now due to miss the race, it’s starting to look vert winnable. He’s now best price 10/1.
A little disappointing in the Arkle, perhaps last years Supreme was substandard.

Noel Meade: Road To Respect Gold Cup – generally 25/1 (Now 12/1)
Also 16/1 with William Hill to win any race at the Festival.
A decent season so far, winning well before an unlucky 3rd in the Christmas Chase. Just beaten last time in the Irish Gold Cup, he’s around 12/1 for the Gold Cup and has sound claims.
Re-routed to the Ryanair and ran a cracker in 3rd.

Nicky Henderson: Santini – RSA Chase – generally 8/1 (Now 3/1)
Also 7/1 with William Hill to win any race at the Festival.
A winner of his chase debut, he was the a decent staying on 3rd at Kempton, a track that didn’t suit. He’s 3/1 Fav for the RSA and is a leading contender, albeit without the proven winning chase form as yet.
Ran really well in the RSA Chase, 2nd to Topofthegame.


Tom George: Summerville Boy – Champion Hurdle – generally 14/1 (Non-Runner)
Also 8/1 with Paddy Power to win any race at the Festival.

Is unfortunately out for the season through injury.


As the Season Progresses – Ante Post Bets: Cheltenham:

Bun Doran, Grand Annual – 25/1 Bet365, William Hill, Paddy Power, Unibet.
A really good winner on his return and then a decent 2nd, both at Cheltenham. He looks primed and laid out for the Grand Annual.
Ran a cracking race, just beaten into 2nd by a very game winner.

Battleoverdoyen, Ballymore Novices Hurdle – 16/1 Bet365, Boylesports, generally 14/1 (Now 9/2)
Has looked very good on both his hurdle outings, winning a Grade 1 last time. He’s a leading contender and around 9/2 for Cheltenham.
Disappointed, he still looked very inexperienced.

Fakir D’Oudairies, Supreme Novices Hurdle – 5/1 – Cheltenham Maximum Bet:
(Now 4/1)
Looked very very good at Cheltenham, this looks his most likely target and at around 7/2 or 4/1 is the one to beat for us.
Didn’t quite live up to our expectations, but still ran a decent race staying on into 4th.

Just 2 weeks to go now until Cheltenham and although we have a couple of non-runners which you’d have to expect having advised at the start of the season, we’ve also a few really nice prices, most notably Clan Des Obeaux, Paloma Blue, Road To Respect and Battleoverdoyen, plus our MAX BET Fakir D’Oudairies who looks likely to take up that Supreme engagement.



Best of Luck




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