Cheltenham Betting Tips: Ante-Post Tip For Racing Post Arkle Chase
With eight weeks to go before the 2018 Cheltenham Festival gets underway several bookmakers are already offering the concession of non-runner-no-bet. With plenty of trials still to be run the ante-post markets are sure to see many changes in the weeks ahead so now is a good time to look for potential value and the first horse to take the eye is the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Ballyandy in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy on the opening day.
Betting on the two mile Grade 1 contest is currently dominated by Footpad from the Willie Mullins stable and it is easy to see why as last year’s Champion Hurdle fourth has looked a natural over the bigger obstacles, winning both his starts in impressive fashion. Whether there is any value in the best price of 13-8 ( Betfred Sportsbook ) about the six-year-old is another thing however as the stable has already suffered several setbacks with it’s stable stars this season.
Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede are also responsible for second favourite Sceau Royal who was an impressive winner of Sandown’s Henry V111 Novices’ Chase last month and holds strong claims but the son of Doctor Dino failed to repel the challenge of potential rival North Hill Harvey over course and distance back in October and the feeling is that the gelding may be vulnerable up the punishing Cheltenham hill.
Champion Hurdle third Petit Mouchoir made a winning start over fences at Punchestown in October but has not been seen since due to a setback and is not guaranteed to make the race while Brian Power was a beaten horse when falling behind Sceau Royal at Sandown. Of the remaining possible runners the one who boasts the strongest credentials and looks excellent each-way value at the 25-1 available with Skybet ( nrnb ) is last season’s Betfair Hurdle winner Ballyandy.
The talented hurdler won his first start over fences when beating 2016 Albert Bartlett runner-up Fagan at Perth in September and almost certainly needed the run when fourth behind Yanworth at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. The seven-year-old will strip fitter on his next start and if, as expected, the Kayf Tara gelding gets back to winning ways the 25-1 currently on offer will soon disappear.
A lovely shot of Ballyandy in full flight on his chasing debut at Perth (copyright: John Grossick) pic.twitter.com/A0keaTDFzs— Racing Post (@RacingPost) September 29, 2017