Ante-Post Betting Tips – 2018 Cheltenham Supreme Novices’ Hurdle & Ryanair Chase

Seymour Biz looks at two more major Cheltenham races and believes that Willie Mullins can get it right in the 2018 Supreme.

Well the first thing to do this week is to try and make some sense of what is happening with Yanworth after I put him up for the JLT Novices Chase last week.

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Alan King has stated he is going to be entered in a
hurdle race, the Sun Bets Stayers Herdle, along with entries
in the RSA chase and the JLT Novices Chase. He further
states all he is doing is keeping his options open and
ante-post punters should sit tight. He goes on to say that
the staying hurdle division looks wide open as Supersundae
ran Apples Jade close at Leopardstown and Yanworth beat
Suersundae at Aintree in April. The Stayers Hurdle is worth
£325,000 this year so perhaps that has come into the
reckoning when deciding entries, also is King still worried
about Yanworth’s jumping? I don’t think he can beat Apples
Jade, but if his jumping is in question he may well take his
chance over the smaller obstacles.

Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle
Always an exciting race, always very open, and always a chance to find a big price winner. This race looks about Willie Mullins and his team, he has a horse in this I like very much and he is a decent price, Sharjah who fell at Leopardstown last month appears to have all the
right credentials. He inexplicably fell at the last in a race
he would surely have won, he travelled well all the way
round and was mounting his challenge. I don’t trust Mengli
Khan after having run out and his previous victories were
pretty easy races making the form look good. Nicky
Henderson’s horse Claimantakinforgan is a leading contender
and justifies his place at the head of the market but the
price is too short. So I will to get the early price on
Sharjah before Mullins gets another prep race from him,
making him the trainers top string for Cheltenham.
Tip: Sharjah 8/1 RaceBets (Non Runner No Bet) – 2 point win

Ryanair Chase
I really like the look of Fox Norton for this race and hope it is the target for his connections. His trainer, Colin Tizzard, ran him in the King George on Boxing Day, he pulled up before three out and was never travelling. He has been checked out a and apparently they
have found nothing amiss other than the fact he needs to be
freshened up. According to connections he will probably go
straight to Cheltenham without a prep race so will be a
suprise package on the day. He ran well behind Politologue
in the Tingle Creek and although he is more effective on
right handed courses I think Cheltenham will suit him, the
softer the better. Thistlecrack would have every chance if
running here, but I’m sure he will go for the Gold Cup. It
will be a tough race to win against the likes of Yorkhill,
Min, Top Notch and Un De Sceaux, but a fit and well Fox
Norton can take this 2m5f chase, the distance will
suit him at this stage in his career.
Tip: Fox Norton 5/1 RaceBets (Non Runner No Bet) 2 points win


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