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Cheltenham Festival 2021 Tips – Five horses to back in the Win Any Race special market

  • We take a look at one of the most popular special markets for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival
  • Several bookies have recently launched a Win Any Race market for Cheltenham
  • Easysland, Envoi Allen and Shishkin can be found at the shortest prices
  • Find out which five horses we think offer the greatest amount of value
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Benie Des Dieux (left) goes down narrowly to Honeysuckle in the Mares' Hurdle. (Getty)

We take a look through the newly-opened Win Any Race special market for the Cheltenham Festival and highlight five ante-post Cheltenham Festival tips for punters to jump on now.

As the new National Hunt season kicks into overdrive, many punters will already be searching for 2021 Cheltenham Festival tips. Personally, I won’t place any ante-post bets until Non-Runner No Bet markets are opened. That doesn’t mean I don’t already have a few confident selections, but bad luck can strike at any time in horse racing, and I prefer to bet with a safety net.

One Cheltenham Festival betting market I am going to delve into nice and early, however, is the Win Any Race special market. Place a bet on a horse in this market and, no matter what race it runs in at Cheltenham, you’ll get paid out if it wins.

The task we have now is to find the best value bets in the Win Any Race market. Value in this special market can be determined by two factors; Is the horse good enough to win at the Cheltenham Festival? How wide is the variety of races they could possibly go for at the meeting?

Easysland currently heads the market with most firms. Yet, there’s only one race he will enter, and that’s the Cross Country, and last year’s winner can currently be found at longer odds than 7/4 to win the 2021 Cross Country. Envoi Allen sits second but, while an outing in the RSA is not beyond the realms of possibility, it’s almost certain he’ll run in the Marsh Novices’ Chase.

I’ve take a good look through the Win Any Race special market today, and come up with five horses I feel offer a tremendous amount of value.

2021 Cheltenham Festival Tips – Win Any Race Special Market Tips

Benie Des Dieux 

Willie Mullins’ team tactics certainly didn’t pan out in the Mares’ Hurdle in 2020. Rachael Blackmore outsmarted Mullins’ brigade of jockeys, as Honeysuckle defeated Benie Des Dieux by a very narrow margin. Give the chance to run that race again, I’m confident the outcome would be different, and Benie Des Dieux remains the best mare currently in training.

I would say it’s 90% likely that Benie Des Dieux will return to the Mares’ Hurdle once again in 2021. However, she has won extremely well over three miles before, so a crack at the Stayers’ Hurdle is not out of the question. Benie is also unbeaten in three starts over fences, so Willie could have one eye on the newly-created Mares’ Chase. Whatever race she may eventually enter, Benie Des Dieux is capable of winning, and she’s an obvious Win Any Race tip.

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Appreciate It (left) goes down narrowly to Ferny Hollow in the Champion Bumper. (Getty)

Appreciate It

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Appreciate It may have come out second-best to Ferny Hallow in the Champion Bumper, but Willie Mullins’ star enjoyed an excellent first campaign under rules. Ferny Hollow looked more of a speedy sort, so I’d be surprised if he wasn’t taken down the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle route. Appreciate It, on the other hand, has plenty of options.

This big-powerful six-year-old should take well to jumping, and I have no doubts he’ll stay two-and-a-half, and even three miles. Appreciate It sits prominently in the betting for both the Ballymore and the Albert Bartlett. If things don’t go completely to plan, Mullins can fall back on either the Coral Cup or the Martin Pipe. I’m really excited to see what Appreciate It will produce over hurdles, and he offers excellent value at 9/1.

A Plus Tard

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I was shocked to see A Plus Tard drop so markedly down the betting for both the Champion Chase and the Ryanair, following his reappearance defeat at Navan. Henry De Bromhead’s star went down narrowly to Castlegrace Paddy, when carrying 12-stone to post. On his reappearance in the same race last season, A Plus Tard was beaten a lot further by Ballyoisin, despite a significant weight-for age allowance.

A Plus Tard always needs the run at the start of the season, and I expect to see him challenging for Grade One honours. At the age of just six, he’s still yet to reach his peak as a chaser. The Ryanair Chase looks the obvious objective. I think he has the gears to win over two miles, and De Bromhead has said in the past he’s confident A Plus Tard will stay three, so surprise tilts at the Champion Chase or the Gold Cup cannot be ruled out completely. 

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A Plus Tard winning at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. (Getty)

The Big Getaway

Having disappointed a little on his hurdles debut behind Cobbler’s Way, The Big Getaway hacked up to an effortless maiden win at Naas. Willie Mullins then threw his charge into the Ballymore, where Paul Townend’s mount attempted to make all but made too many mistakes at his hurdles, eventually finishing third behind the impressive Envoi Allen.

This big, strapping son of Getaway will take to chasing like a duck to water. I think he has the speed to win over two-and-a-half miles, but will be much more effective when stepped up to three miles and beyond. The RSA Novices’ Chase would be the obvious target for both The Big Getaway and for Mullins’ Albert Bartlett winner, Monkfish. The National Hunt Chase is an option for both and, after riding him to victory in a bumper last autumn, Patrick Mullins would love the chance to ride The Big Getaway in the former four-miler.

Bob Olinger

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Having bolted up on his only start between the flags, Bob Olinger was similarly impressive on his rules debut, powering to victory in a bumper at Gowran Park. Henry De Bromhead’s charge barely came out of second gear that day, beating an odds-on favourite of Gordon Elliott’s by a wide margin, and clocking a hugely impressive RPR of 135 in the process.

I’m a massive fan of this horse, and I’ll be keen to follow him wherever he goes this season. Henry De Bromhead has him entered up in a two-miler at Gowran Park this weekend, but there’s no doubting he has the engine to stay the trip in both the Ballymore and the Albert Bartlett. Like Appreciate It, Bob Olinger has a wide variety of races he could end up in at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. At 14/1, he offers a tremendous amount of value in the Win Any Race special market.

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