Cheltenham Festival: Friday betting tips

Here is our overview of all the races on the last day of the Cheltenham Festival.

2.00pm JCB Triumph Hurdle

In the first race of the day, Lounaos is 4/1 favourite in the 2.00 JCB Triumph Hurdle and is hoping to give the Irish something to smile about.

Although Lounaos lost her unbeaten record in January’s AIG Champion Hurdle, she was very impressive in her previous two races over the fences, winning both at a canter.

Lounaos main challenge is likely to come from Katchit. Impressively switching from the flat to fences with ease, conditions look likely to aid Katchit’s chances. A solid performer and jumper at 5/1.

A good each-way bet would be Duty at 10/1. Although conditions don’t seem to be favouring him, he has won his last two races at Cheltenham.

2.35pm Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle

Wichita Lineman is 6/4 favourite going into the race and will take some stopping. However, Hairy Molly at 10/1 and Black Harry at 7/1 provide some value as an outside bet or an each-way in a race with not much depth.

3.15pm Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup

If Kauto Star lives up to the hype and gets round the course, then there will be surely no stopping the stand-out performer in the field. His 6/4 price certainly shows the faith punters have in him.

However, at 4/1 Exotic Dancer could prove a shrewd bet. Jockeyed by Tony McCoy, he has three Cheltenham wins this season and seems to love it round the course.

An each-way bet on Beef Or Salmon at 20/1. He started as 4/1 favourite in last years Gold Cup and has been mostly overlooked.

4.00pm Christie's Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup

Whyso Mayo is 5/2 favourite for this race and looks ready to repeat last years success, following an unbeaten record this term. In a race dominated by Irish horses, Patches will be the main English chance at 8/1. A good each way chance will be First Down Jets at 20/1, who finished second in last years race.

4.40pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Handicap Chase

Saintsaire at 4/1, Hasty Prince at 8/1 and Demi Beau at 9/1 all have credible chances in this race. Demi Beau, who beat Saintsaire at Ascot in November, has been kept fresh and shows good value. Jack’s Craic at 14/1 is a good each-way bet.
5.20pm Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle

In the festival finale which is set to be very competitive, Osana is slight favourite at 13/2. Pedrobob has received some backing from experts and could be nice outsider at 12/1. Ouninpoja at 5/1 could provide trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Ruby Walsh even more reason to smile. Kawagino at 25/1 could be worth a few pennies on an each way.

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Editor, - 2007-03-16 11:16:34

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