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Cheltenham fever is in full swing and with the Festival fast approaching there are preview nights aplenty in which racing pundits and professionals are on hand to share their insight.
Horse racing’s leading lights come together to pick out the best bets, and in hope of guiding punters in the right direction we have carefully picked out some selections from the leading voices.
Below you can see all five best bet selections, which can all be backed with bet365. Don’t forget that if you haven’t opened a bet365 account yet you can get £30 in free bets when you bet £10 with the link below!
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Jamie Codd, jockey for Gordon Elliott
Best bet – Gerri Colombe to win the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (Wednesday, 14:10)
Jamie Codd is one of the best amateur jockeys in the business and with ten Cheltenham Festival winners to his name, the most recent being Ravenhill’s success in the National Hunt Chase in 2020, he knows exactly what it takes to strike in the Cotswolds.
Codd rides predominantly for Gordon Elliott and, with the Irish challenge always a strong one, will be expecting his team to make their presence felt.
Elliott has plenty of ammunition for Cheltenham yet Codd believes Gerri Colombe is the best bet of the week to win the Brown Advisory on Wednesday.
Talking on the At The Races Cheltenham preview night, Codd said he loves the novices’ attitude and his will to win is going to make him tough to live with.
The seven-year-old remains unbeaten after seven starts and the step up to three miles, on a stiff track, promises to bring about even further mprovement.
Tom Segal, Racing Post tipster
Best bet – Impaire Et Passe to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Wednesday, 13:30)
Tom Segal, also known as Pricewise, is the Racing Post’s leading horse racing tipster so his opinion is always valued, and he reckons Impaire Et Passe will take some beating in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.
Unbeaten in three starts, Impaire Et Passe comes with a massive reputation and this is a race Willie Mullins won last year with Sir Gerhard.
Tom believes the five-year-old is in a totally different class to his rivals and is the best novice hurdler around, so expects him to take all the beating despite this being his first run over the trip.
David Casey, former jockey and staff of Willie Mullins
Best bet – Blood Destiny to win the Triumph Hurdle (Friday, 13:30)
Former jockey David Casey is now an important part of the Willie Mullins training operation and he thinks Blood Destiny could be the standout selection in Friday’s win the Triumph Hurdle.
Given Mullins also trains Lossiemouth and Gala Marceau, two of the other top three in the betting for the Triumph Hurdle, it seems quite important that Casey believes Blood Destiny is the best horse in the race.
The four-year-old French bred is two from two since arriving at Mullins’ Closutton yard, first winning a maiden hurdle by five lengths before an all-the-way 18-length romp at Fairyhouse.
Robbie Power, jockey
Best bet – Three Card Brag each-way in Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Friday 14:50)
Gold Cup-winning jockey Robbie Power has recently retired but he is still heavily involved in the game and believes Three Card Brag is an excellent each-way bet in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
This is the race Ireland have won in each of the last four years and Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old appears to hold strong claims of extending that record.
The son of Jet Away looks an out-and-out stayer so should be suited by this step up to three miles and Elliott has plenty of options for this race which makes his entry even more noteworthy.
Paul Kealy, Racing Post tipster
Best bet – An Tailliur to win the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Thursday, 14:10)
Paul Kealy is one of the game’s leading horse racing tipsters and the Racing Post expert thinks he has found a touch of value in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle with the Jonjo O’Neill-trained An Tailliur.
The seven-year-old was a staying on third in a course-and-distance qualifier in October but has been kept fresh since, something that probably aids his chances given his form figures after 100 or more days off is 113.
An Tailliur appears to have been primed for this race and it is a contest O’Neill has won in the past, so everything looks in place for this grey gelding to be super competitive.
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