Cheltenham 2016: Voice of Value’s JLT Novices Chase Betting Tips

Another cracking day of racing yesterday and some great bookie bashing for me with Yorkhill, Diego Du Charmil and Sprinter Sacre all winning at very nice prices.
We were also so unlucky that Josies Orders didn’t quite get up at the end, beaten only half a length. Another 100 yards and we would have had it.
Not a dry eye in the house though as the old hero Sprinter Sacre regained his crown in the most spectacular of fashion. A sensational performance from a horse that surely now must take his place among the best of all time?
A few more winners today and perhaps we can buy the bronze for his statue.
Can we get the rub of the green on Paddy’s Day? Ah go on, go on, go on…

JLT Novices Chase

  • 1.30pm
  • 2 miles 4 furlongs
  • Mostly first season chasers
  • Looking for a horse who can travel at pace but also has the stamina to  get up the hill at the death
  • Won last year in stunning style by Vautour
A race for novice chasers, similar to the Arkle on Monday but run over a further half mile (four furlongs). I cannot emphasise enough just how wide open this race is. The bookies can hardly split them and on official ratings there is hardly anything between the main protagonists.
With that in mind I am looking for course and distance form, a potential improver and one that will definitely enjoy the good ground. As I pick through the favourites I can’t find one that satisfies those criteria at the top of the betting.
It would be no huge surprise to see Bristol De Mai or Garde Le Victoire bolt up but the prices aren’t particularly attractive, especially when the distance is an unknown for Garde who pulls quite hard at times and might not stay.
With the Twiston-Davies team in exceptional form (Blaklion and Ballyandy today) Bristol De Mai is probably the one who appeals most of the group at the top of the market and he might be worth considering for the placepot and the forecast but I’m going to do what I should have done in the RSA and take a chance on one that I fancy at a bigger price.
ZABANA was absolutely honking last time out at Leopardstown in ground that didn’t suit and Davy Russell wasn’t too pleased with himself at the ride he gave the horse either. Before that he looked a real prospect and with the good ground sure to
suit and a very impressive second place (beaten by a neck) in the Coral Cup here last year he looks like the potential improver to me and therefore the best value pick.
Take the 8/1 just now with Ladbrokes who do Best Odds Guaranteed and he might even drift before the off as the punters target the top of the market.
ZABANA – 1pt each way at 8/1 (Ladbrokes




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