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2019 Cheltenham Festival tips – Banker treble returns 35/1 with BetVictor

Jonathan Vine in Tips 8 Feb 2019

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for the Cheltenham Festival and rolls three of his bankers into this 35/1 treble with BetVictor.

Even a strain of equine influenza can’t quash the excitement around the Cheltenham Festival. As “the greatest show on turf” draws ever closer, punters will be scouring the internet looking for ante-post tips and multiple bets to help them get on top of the pesky bookmakers.

While it’s hard to call any runner a “banker” in the world of horse racing – especially one running at Cheltenham – out writer has highlighted three horses he feels are rock-solid options at the Festival and rolled them into this lucrative treble with BetVictor.

2019 Cheltenham Festival Banker Treble

13/3/19 1:30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m5f

At the start of the season, I expected Willie Mullins to play a strong hand in this year’s Ballymore, but Ireland’s Champion Trainer has been unable to get his two most promising novices – Blackbow and Carefully Selected – out on the track and the best of his youngsters who have appeared look set to clash again in the Supreme.

Of the Irish battalion, Battleoverdoyen boasts the strongest form, having extended his unbeaten record in the Lawlor’s Of Naas back in January. Gordon Elliott will be hopeful this talented young hurdler can follow in the footsteps of Samcro and land the Ballymore, but the form of that Grade One doesn’t look particularly strong and I’d be surprised if he was good enough to topple CHAMP at the Festival.

Nicky Henderson’s second-season novice has now won four races in a row since breaking his maiden tag back in May. A couple of simple, ten-length victories was followed by a handicap triumph at Newbury in December. Aidan Coleman’s mount pulled his way to the front with half-a-mile to travel that day, but still had enough about him to pull clear after the last and win by five lengths.

Champ then made his Grade One debut in the Challow Hurdle, which turned out to be an extremely messy race. Barry Geraghty was forced to sit on the pace for much of the race and a fierce battle ensued after the final flight, with Champ getting his head to the line just before Getaway Trump and Kateson.

It's always promising to see a horse triumph in a race despite showing signs of immaturity and Champ still looked very green during his handicap win. Despite the narrow margin of victory, Henderson will have been delighted with the way his seven-year-old carried himself in the Challow. It was the performance of a classy, maturing horse and, if Champ has improved again between runs – which he most likely has – he could be difficult to deny in the Ballymore.

13/3/19 4:10pm Glenfarclas Chase (A Cross Country Chase) 3m6f

Fact Of The Matter travels to Cheltenham as a lively contender, having finished first and second in the two Cross Country races at Cheltenham earlier in the season. This race, however, will take place off level weights and Jamie Snowden’s chaser will have his work cut out trying to hold the wave of Irish entrants at bay.

Josies’ Orders and Auvergnat hold obvious chances, with the latter being lined up for a tilt at the Grand National after the Festival. Enda Bolger is a name to be feared in this sort of race, but Ireland’s finest Cross Country trainer has a surprisingly poor recent record in this race and both of his top guns were well beaten by TIGER ROLL last season. It’s hard to see how they could reverse the form with the Grand National winner.

Gordon Elliott’s charge secured his third Festival title with a composed display of jumping last year. Tiger Roll built on that success at Aintree three weeks later, surviving a late charge from Next Destination to clinch Grand National glory in dramatic fashion.

Elliott has sent his charge out just once so far this season, shaping well in finishing fifth behind Josies’ Orders in November, when giving well over a stone to the victor. A fourth Cheltenham Festival triumph seems just around the corner for Tiger Roll, now the field will run off level weights. Don’t worry about the long gap between his appearances either, the Tiger beat Missed Approach in the 2017 National Hunt after spending 134 days on the sidelines.

15/3/19 1:30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m1f

Quel Destin has been impressive this season and Paul Nicholls hardy youngster could have a chance. Torpillo looks a fine jumper in the making and Nigel Twiston-Davies' juvenile could rise to the challenge. That being said, all of the evidence we have seen on the track, and the huge disparity between them in the betting, suggests both would have to improve a heck of a lot to get near SIR EREC who - Altior aside - looks to be the banker bet of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

Much was expected of this former flat racer as he made his debut over jumps, but Sir Erec was surprisingly workmanlike. Mark Walsh had to sit tight as his young mount clipped a couple of the hurdles and the short-priced favourite had to use up every ounce of effort to see off Willie Mullins’ Tiger Tap Tap and score a narrow maiden victory.

Things were much more straight-forward in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival. Sir Erec looked head-and-shoulders above his rivals, producing an electrifying jumping display and Walsh could even afford to ease his mount down in the final 100 yards before securing his first Grade One triumph by six lengths.

Joseph O’Brien and his team think a lot of this talented juvenile. So much so, that they’re even planning to reroute Fakir D’Oudairies – who had headed the Triumph betting after winning a key trial at Cheltenham – to the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, as they’re so confident Sir Erec will do the business in the Triumph. It’s hard to see the favourite being beaten!

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