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Cheltenham Festival specials: The best bets with Coral

| 13.03.2022

Some alternative bets for the Cheltenham Festival

With the Cheltenham Festival only a week away we have taken a look through the Cheltenham betting specials we have available to highlight some potential winners at Prestbury Park.  

Horse with the biggest winning distance

Allaho was an emphatic winner of the Ryanair last season, storming to a 12-length victory thanks to a devastating display of jumping and galloping under Rachael Blackmore.  

The odds-on shot in this year’s Cheltenham betting is a 12/1 shot in the biggest winning distance market to run out a clear-cut winner once again and with rivals in short supply he could easily oblige in this Cheltenham Festival specials market.  

Allaho, Cheltenham Festival specials

Appreciate It had the biggest winning distance at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and is 40/1 to repeat the dose in the Champion Hurdle, although he will have to conquer Honeysuckle to do so, who herself is a 16/1 chance in this market.  

Tiger Roll was an 18-length scorer in 2021 and could be set for one last hurrah before he picks up his pipe and slippers. It is entirely possible he blows the field away and is also 16/1 in the Cheltenham Festival specials biggest winning distance betting.  

Biggest winning distance

We have just looked at the horses who could be clear-cut Cheltenham Festival winners, but now let’s look at the pure facts and the number of lengths involved.  

Last year Appreciate It’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle victory was the biggest winning distance at 24 lengths and this year it is 8/11 for a winner over 17 lengths.  

For the biggest margin of victory to be between 12-17 lengths you can get 7/4, while shorter than that is 7/2 in our Cheltenham Festival specials.  

Which race will produce the biggest winning distance?

You can also bet on which of the four championship races will produce the biggest winning distance, with Shishkin’s expected dominance in the Champion Chase meaning that is slated as the 15/8 favourite in this Cheltenham Festival specials market.  

The threat of a runaway victory for either Honeysuckle or Appreciate It means the Champion Hurdle comes next at 2/1, while the Gold Cup and Stayers’ Hurdle are both open events and can be backed at 3/1 and 5/1 respectively.  

Honeysuckle, Cheltenham Festival specials

In The Know Cheltenham Festival specials

Here we have picked out some of the best Cheltenham Festival specials highlighted on Coral’s weekly In The Know podcast, which is in association with the Racing Post.  

Knight Salute and Icare Allen to both finish in top 4 in Triumph Hurdle (10/1) 

Knight Salute was described by his rider Paddy Brennan last weekend as the quickest horse he had ridden over hurdles and Icare Allen has won two out of three races this term including a seven-and-a-half-length win last time out. 

Willie Mullins to train the winner of the Mares’ Hurdle (5/4) 

Since the race was established in 2008, Willie Mullins has trained the winner on no fewer than nine occasions, primarily with Quevega (six times). Burning Victory and Stormy Ireland seem his likely leading chances for the race this year. 

Willie Mullins, Cheltenham Festival specials

Nicky Henderson to train the winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (5/4)

The Seven Barrows handler has two of the first three in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market and will be hoping one of either Constitution Hill or Jonbon can follow in the footsteps of Altior and Shishkin.  

A previous winner of the race to win the Gold Cup (10/3) 

Al Boum Photo and Minella Indo have shared three Cheltenham Gold Cups between them and you can get 10/3 for either the two-time winner or reigning champion to land the blue riband once again.  

Run Wild Fred and Stattler to finish 1st and 2nd in either order in the National Hunt Chase (6/1) 

It would be no surprise to see the top two in the National Hunt Chase market fight out the finish and this reverse forecast must have a fantastic chance of landing as one of Coral’s Cheltenham Festival specials.

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