Bookmakers already counting losses ahead of potential Cheltenham Festival day two bashing

Tipsters Review - 02-Mar-2020

Bookmakers already counting losses ahead of potential Cheltenham Festival day two bashing

The much-anticipated Cheltenham Festival is just a matter of weeks away and as the excitement builds for the Prestbury Park meeting, punters are already scrambling for form guides and scouring the internet for the best 2020 Cheltenham odds.

The four-day festival in the Cotswolds starts on March 10th and concludes on the superstitious Friday 13th. The meeting boasts at least one top-class race a day, including the Champion Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase.However, the biggest race of the meeting lands on the final day – the illustrious Gold Cup.

There is usually one day throughout the festival that the red-hot favourites line-up to help the punters give the bookies a bashing, although often it doesn’t go to plan. Cast your mind back to 2015, when Irish-duo Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh were tipped to prevail in the first four grade one races of the meeting and thousands of people backed them to do so.

Douvan, Un De Sceaux and the legendary Faugheen won their respective races and it all came down to Annie Power. The odds-on favourite was four lengths clear but agonisingly fell at the last hurdle, saving the bookies an estimated £100m pay-out.

Last year, the punters were let down by favourites Battleoverdoyen and Delta Work in the opening races on the Wednesday. However, consecutive victories later in the card from favourites Altior, Tiger Roll, Bank Of Outlaws and Envoi Allen saved the backers more woe, beating 2018’s day two tally of three ‘bankers.’

If you’re looking for Cheltenham Festival predictions, this year the layers are dreading the second day of the festival with four of the shortest-priced favourites of the four days tipped to win their races. Last year’s winners Envoi Allen, who is outright favourite in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, Altior, who is heavily backed to win the Champion Chase, and Tiger Roll, who is expected to win his third Cross Country Chase, are all going off at 2/1 or below, whilst Appreciate It is also trading at 7/4F in the Champion Bumper.

11/8 favourite Envoi Allen, who is trained by Gordon Elliott, looks certain for success in the Novices’ Hurdle having won all eight of his races to date, whilst two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll, also trained by Elliott, is best priced 11/10 to win his third-successive Cross Country Chases. Nicky Henderson’s Altior is the furthest out at 2/1 as he looks for his third-successive Champion Chase and his fifth win at the festival.

Irish bookie Paddy Power could be hit with three six-figure pay-outs for the lucrative second day of the festival.

"At the moment the Wednesday looks the most dangerous of the four. Altior, Tiger Roll and Copperhead in the RSA are all relatively significant six-figure losers, although the ante-post amounts pale in comparison to what we’ll take on the day,” spokesman Paul Binfield said on behalf of Paddy Power.

Referring to last year’s disappointing start to day two, Binfield added: "Last year we started off brilliantly on the Wednesday with the first two favourites beaten, but then Altior won and started a significant turn with the last three jollies winning and closing the card brilliantly for punters. That led into a terrible Thursday."


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