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March 2011 - The Cheltenham Festival

Every year in March, Prestbury Park plays host to the four biggest days in the racing calendar - the Cheltenham Festival. Here you can get all the best cheltenham festival betting advice and tips from Betfair and Timeform's stable of writers.

Kieran Packman: Long Run the one for me!

Long Run: will younger legs be too much for the older brigade to overcome?

There was just a fleeting half second when it seemed as though the wonderful Grands Crus was actually going to go by, but then Big Buck's spied his challenger and asserted his authority as (arguably)...

Cheltenham Placepot: Friday March 18

Bobs Worth: Our Friday banker

Now then, now then; this is a test, this is a real, real test. Graham Taylor's words are ringing through my ears as we approach today's Cheltenham card, which looks nigh-on impossible from a placepot...

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Jamie Lynch

18 Mar 2011

Timeform Betfair Racing Club: Indian Daudaie our first Festival foray

We hope Indian Daudaie (left) can rise to the challenge at Cheltenham.

Whilst green has very much been the colour up until now, we're hoping cerise is in vogue after the 16:40 today as Indian Daudaie lines up in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, and...

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Timeform

18 Mar 2011

Timeform 1-2-3 Tips: Friday March 18

Nicky Henderson: Due a change of luck?

It's the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, and we've got two bets there as well as one for Wolverhampton in the evening......

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Simon Baker

18 Mar 2011

Timeform Daily: Gold Cup, Friday, Cheltenham 15:20

Can young pretender Long Run wrestle the title from the ageing brigade?

The eagerly awaited clash of the generations finally arrives on Friday, and Timeform believe that a changing of the guard is a definite possibility....

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Timeform

18 Mar 2011

The Irish Challenge: Sir des Champs the main hope on Gold Cup day

Wille Mullins is responsible for the best Irish hope on the final day of this year's festival.

Our winning run may have come to an end with the disappointment of Saddlers Storm in the final race of day three, but we're confident we can return to winning ways on Gold Cup day....

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Stuart Jones

18 Mar 2011

Cheltenham Stats: Punting pointers on Gold Cup day

Could Kempes pull off a Cheltenham shock?

The stats aligned with the results for us on Thursday with success for Big Buck's in the World Hurdle and from the three 10-year-olds highlighted in the Ryanair Chase, two of them finished first and...

The Irish Challenge: Saddlers Can Storm Home

There's every chance of more Irish-trained winners to come.

After a superb Wednesday, not least for this column, it's on to day three and another winner or two would be the ideal way to celebrate St Patrick's Day....

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Philip Spink

17 Mar 2011

Cheltenham Placepot: Thursday March 17

Big Buck's: Banker

It's St Patrick's Day, which means Irish people enjoying themselves, English people pretending to be Irish enjoying themselves, everyone at Cheltenham drinking Guinness enjoying themselves, and a field day for my mate pickpocket Eddie. As...

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Jamie Lynch

17 Mar 2011

Kieran Packman: Gordon's alive!

Will Cheltenham-loving Poquelin avenge last year's defeat?

'Pocket talker' is a familiar retort across the plethora of racing forums whenever a complaint about a ride is made. The reasoning seemingly being that the complainer is bias by his financial interest. I do...

Cheltenham Stats: Be on the money with Big Buck's

Been there and done it. Big Buck's and Paul Nicholls have an oustanding Cheltenham record

David Stewart crunches the numbers in order to point us in the right direction ahead of the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and Ryanair Chase....

Timeform 1-2-3 Tips: Thursday March 17

David Pipe will be all smiles if Grands Crus can provide him with his first winner of the meeting

The St Patrick's Day celebrations will have started a day early after the Irish won six out of the seven races at Cheltenham on Wednesday, but Thursday could belong to the home-based trainers, and they...

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Adam Brookes

16 Mar 2011

Timeform Daily: World Hurdle, Thursday, Cheltenham 15:20

Grands Crus: a new King of the World Hurdle?

A mouth-watering World Hurdle in prospect, and Timeform believe a new King could be crowned......

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Timeform

16 Mar 2011

Cheltenham Placepot: Wednesday March 16

Time For Rupert: A Festival Banker for some, and a banker in the placepot

A great day to kick off the Festival yesterday, not only for Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins and vendors of the 'Black Stuff', but also for followers of our Placepot advice, and here's hoping for more...

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Adam Brookes

16 Mar 2011

Timeform 1-2-3 Tips: Wednesday March 16

Ruby Walsh celebrates aboard Al Ferof. Let's hope he's doing the same on Master Minded

It was definitely a Ruby Tuesday at Cheltenham. If you start him up he'll never stop, and, after winning the opener, he went on to complete a treble, including the Champion Hurdle aboard Hurricane Fly,...

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Adam Brookes

16 Mar 2011

The Irish Challenge: Cheer Home Chicago!

Gordon Elliott: could land a first Cheltenham Festival success on Wednesday

Weapon's Amnesty and Big Zeb took Wednesday's two Grade 1s twelve months ago and the second day of the Cheltenham Festival could be a good one for the Irish again....

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Philip Spink

16 Mar 2011

Kieran Packman: Hats off to Ferdy!

Venetia Williams, trainer of Timeform fancy Tenor Nivernais in the Fred Winter

"Doesn't he talk a better game than he trains nowadays?" No, turns out he's still a few steps ahead. Of me at least. Well played Ferdy....

Cheltenham Stats: Punting pointers on Champion Chase day

Can Master Minded do it again at Cheltenham?

David Stewart looks at the stats that count on Day Two at the Cheltenham Festival...

Timeform Daily: Champion Chase, Wednesday, Cheltenham 15:20

Master Minded: Can he regain the Champion Chase crown?

Timeform take you through the field for the Queen Mother Champion Chase......

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Timeform

15 Mar 2011

Cheltenham Stats: Punting pointers for the first day

Nicky Henderson has won the last two Champion Hurdles

We have looked at the historic trends on the big races at Cheltenham this week and bring you the nominations of the horses that fit the stats...

Cheltenham Placepot: Tuesday March 15

Oscar Whisky: Has gone from strength to strength this season

When you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go - to Cheltenham. Rubbish. Who goes to Cheltenham on their own for God's sake, apart from my mate pickpocket Eddie. A more...

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Jamie Lynch

15 Mar 2011

Cheltenham 2011: Graham Cunningham's Day One tips

Menorah and Richard Johnson win last year. Will they have more success in 2011?

Graham Cunningham is on RUK duty at Prestbury Park this week and he's back on familiar territory on betting.betfair.com as he sets out to nominate the ones to be with and his four to swerve...

Timeform 1-2-3 Tips: Tuesday March 15

Cheltenham, not Sedgefield, believe it or not

There's been more than enough talking about Cheltenham, including from me, and there's more to racing life on Tuesday than the Festival, so let's just get on with the likely winners wherever they may lie....

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Dan Barber

15 Mar 2011

The Irish Challenge: Mullins can double up on day one

Quevega bids to complete a hat-trick in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

With an unusually weak hand in the early contests, Stuart Jones thinks Ireland will have to wait until the feature race of the opening day to chalk up their first winner of the 2011 Festival....

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Stuart Jones

15 Mar 2011

Timeform TV Focus: The Cheltenham Festival

Get tips for all Channel 4 races at the Cheltenham Festival with Timeform TV Focus

The biggest races demand the best analysis. Get the expert view on the Cheltenham Festival with new Timeform TV Focus......

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Timeform

14 Mar 2011

Cheltenham Specials: Who will emerge as top trainer?

Willie Mullins: Has a realistic chance of taking the top trainer title back to Ireland

Timeform's Simon Baker looks over the market for this year's leading trainer at the Festival......

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Simon Baker

14 Mar 2011

Cheltenham 2011: Can Knight Pass storm the Champion Bumper?

The Champion Bumper takes place on Day Two of Cheltenham

With Cheltenham 2011 only a week away, Rory Delargy leaves us under no illusions about the Champion Bumper......

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Rory Delargy

14 Mar 2011

Kieran Packman: Good Luck Joe!

Kieran is getting behind Joe Tizzard on this occasion, albeit without parting with any money

Kieran Packman offers his observations on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, as he heads down to Prestbury Park....

Cheltenham Specials: Walsh vs Geraghty

Ruby Walsh (left) has another strong book of rides at next week's Cheltenham Festival

Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty lie first and fourth in the post-war list of winning-most Cheltenham Festival jockeys, having amassed forty-six winners between them over the years. The score for the top jockey award stands...

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Patrick Jupp

14 Mar 2011

A working person's guide to Cheltenham: Part Two

Jack believes Long Run is a lay in the Gold Cup place market

Even if you can't catch the action live at Cheltenham 2011, there's no need to feel beleaguered, as Jack Houghton explains in part two of his festival betting guide for the workers....

A Working Person's Guide to Cheltenham

With Jack's tips you can bet and work

Even if you can't swan off to Prestbury Park for the week, or even watch the action on TV, you can still have a profitable Cheltenham. Here's Jack Houghton's tips for the work bound bettor....

Timeform Daily: Champion Hurdle, Tuesday, Cheltenham 15:20

Hurricane Fly: A seven-time Grade 1 winner in Ireland

Timeform take you through the field for what is shaping up to be the most competitive Champion Hurdle in many a year......

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Timeform

14 Mar 2011

Cheltenham Specials: Nicholls vs Henderson

Who do you think will have the most Festival winners - NIcholls or Henderson?

Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls are the two most successful current trainers at the Festival and, with Betfair offering markets on how many winners they will train at this year's meeting, Timeform's Billy Nash takes...

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Billy Nash

11 Mar 2011

Cheltenham 2011: Medermit leads the Arkle challenge

Medermit: Has scope to do even better over fences judged on his hurdling form

Run on Cheltenham's Old Course over a distance of two miles, the Arkle provides the ultimate test of speed and jumping technique for novice chasers, but who looks the best equipped to prove up to...

Cheltenham Festival Specials: Will Irish eyes be smiling?

Willie Mullins: Spearheads the Irish challenge at this year's Festival

Timeform's Billy Nash tries to locate the value in the Cheltenham Festival 'Number of Irish-Trained Winners' market......

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Billy Nash

7 Mar 2011

Simon Rowlands: Official going, winning distances and longest SP

What will the going be described as on day one?

Our blogger takes a look at three of the Cheltenham Festival Specials markets available on Betfair......

Cheltenham Festival 2011: Binocular to defend Champion Hurdle crown?

Binocular has more than just Peddlers Cross to worry about in the Champion Hurdle.

With only two weeks to the day before the cream of the hurdling crop navigate their way around Prestbury Park, before rising to the top of that famous hill, the shape of the race is...

Cheltenham 2011 Podcast: The Novice Chases

Time For Rupert: This year's Festival banker?

Timeform's Phil Turner joins Alan Dudman to discuss the Arkle, the Jewson and the RSA Chase....

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Timeform

4 Mar 2011

Cheltenham 2011 Podcast: The Novice Hurdles

Dermot Weld: Has the filly Unaccompanied for the Triumph Hurdle

Timeform's Harry Bowles joins Alan Dudman to run his eye over the four Grade 1 novice hurdles at the Festival....

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Timeform

4 Mar 2011

Cheltenham 2011 Podcast: Champion Hurdle & World Hurdle

Binocular winning his prep race at Sandown

Timeform's Dan Barber joins Alan Dudman to discuss the two Championship hurdling events at the Festival, the Champion Hurdle and the World Hurdle....

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Timeform

4 Mar 2011

Cheltenham 2011 Podcast: The Champion Chase, Ryanair & Gold Cup

Can Imperial Commander win the Gold Cup again?

Timeform's Simon Walker joins Alan Dudman to discuss the three open Grade 1 chases at this year's Festival....

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Timeform

4 Mar 2011

Cheltenham Festival Specials: The outlook bleak for McCoy?

AP McCoy: Binocular his only major chance of the week?

Timeform's Martin Dixon previews what might be in store for AP McCoy at Cheltenham 2011......

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Timeform

1 Mar 2011

Cheltenham Festival Specials: Even the Odd bets could tempt you this year

Top jockey contender Robert Thornton looks to have his best chance with Medermit

Whilst you may not be able to see past Binocular winning his second Champion Hurdle, or superstar stayer Big Buck's dominating once again in the World Hurdle, you may have also decided that the current...

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