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2019 Cheltenham Festival tips - Four Festival fancies who are top price with BetVictor

Jonathan Vine in Tips 28 Jan 2019

We take a look through the ante-post betting for the Cheltenham Festival and list four challengers who BetVictor are currently offering top price.

The betting for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival is starting to hot up and all the major bookmakers have differing opinions on who the horse to beat is in their respective markets. Here are four horses who could triumph at the Cheltenham Festival and are currently sitting at a top price with BetVictor.

There have only really been two novice chasers who have wowed over in Ireland and they went head-to-head in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse in December. Delta Work claimed the bragging rights that day, but Le Richebourg lost nothing in defeat, losing out by just half-a-length over two-and-a-half-miles.

A drop in trip did the trick for Joseph O’Brien’s charge over Christmas, as Le Richebourg comfortably saw off some capable rivals to claim a maiden Grade One in the Racing Post Novice Chase. The option of stepping back up in trip to target the JLT is there. However, JP McManus looks likely to send Defi Du Seuil to that Grade One, making the Arkle looks Le Richebourg’s most likely – and suitable – objective and O’Brien’s novice could jump his rivals into submission, should the ground come up favourably good.

I was really impressed with Lostintranslation’s victory in the Dipper on New Years’ Day. Colin Tizzard’s charge looked beaten as Defi Du Seuil took control approaching the second-last, but the seven-year-old battled back, overhauling his rival before surging to a three lengths victory.

After that race, Tizzard waxed Lyrical about this improving novice, claiming he could be just as good as the likes of Native River and Thistlecrack. With Topofthegame, La Bague Au Roi and Le Richebourg destined for other races, Defi Du Seuil could be Lostintranslation’s main competition again and I’ve fancy Tizzard’s charge to frank the Dipper form at the Festival.

Robbie Power smiles after riding Lostintranslation to victory in the Dipper Novices Chase at Cheltenham.

Nicky Henderson’s Epatante (who BetVictor are also going top price on) deservedly leads the way in the betting after an impressive debut victory. However, Willie Mullins has won all three renewal of this race since it’s inception in 2016 and Salsaretta could be dangerously overpriced.

On her first start since arriving from France, Mulling threw Salsaretta into the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, where she finished a long-way behind her imperious stablemate, Laurina. A maiden victory followed in May – meaning she retained novice status for the new campaign – and on her only start during the regular season, Salsaretta easily beat Felix Desjy, who boosted the form with a Grade Two victory two weeks later.

Willie Mullins’ second winner of this race, Let’s Dance was also a second-season novice making her second appearance at the Festival. Salsaretta would clearly stay three miles, but that extra stamina would come in handy over this awkward, 18-furlong trip.

Gordon Elliott has prioritised this race – named in honour of his former mentor – in recently, saddling back-to-back winners over the past two seasons with Champagne Classic and Blow By Blow. His Martin Pipe team this year could be lead by Dallas Des Pictons, who has improved with each run during his novice campaign and looks a potentially smart jumper in the making.

After being well-beaten on his jumping debut, Elliott’s six-year-old looked much more composed at Leopardstown over Christmas, responding well to pressure to finish a staying-on second in a decent two-mile maiden. Dallas Des Pictons continued his progression with a maiden victory at Fairyhouse earlier this month, cruising to victory over two-and-a-half-miles and he could strut his stuff at the Dublin Racing Festival before setting sail for Cheltenham.

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