Day one of this year’s Cheltenham festival is over and here is an update on how I got on during the opening day.
Just to recap that my strategy this year is the same as the last few years and is twofold:
1. Take advantage of all the bookies’ offers and bonuses this week.
There are some fantastic offers this week with extra places, money back and free bets being thrown around by the bookies like confetti. I am using Profit Maximiser to see each day’s offers and make sure I use them to extract the most profit possible.
2. Use some top tipsters.
I am using three of my favourite tipsters:
- Quentin Franks Racing
- Bet Alchemist
- Irish Cash Consortium
They all specialise in finding winners at Cheltenham and the top two have done me very well in previous years at the festival so hopefully they can do so again this year!
By combining these tipsters with the best bookmaker offers, this should give me a great chance of beating the bookies at Cheltenham.
So how did this strategy get on today? Let’s have a look below.
Day One Results
So here are the results from Tuesday at Cheltenham. My stakes were £20 per point.
1.30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
Quentin Franks got the festival off to a strong start, with his ante-post pick Constitution Hill winning impressively at advised odds of 5.00. Sadly there was nothing “mighty” about the Bet Alchemist’s pick Mighty Potter, who had to be pulled up.
Profit/Loss from Race: +£60
2.10 Arkle Challenge Trophy
Quentin continued his positive start with another winner in the form of Edwardstone at advised odds of 4.00.
Sadly the Bet Alchemist’s pick, Haut En Couleurs, finished just outside the places in sixth.
Profit/Loss from Race: +£40
2.50 Ultima Handicap Chase
Whilst it was a blank for Quentin in this race with Tea Clipper finishing down the field, the Bet Alchemist landed an each-way return with Oscar Elite at 23.0 (BOG).
His other pick, Lostintranslation, finished just one spot outside the places.
Profit/Loss from Race: -£6
3.30 Champion Hurdle
Just the one bet in this race and it was from the Bet Alchemist who tipped Adagio without the favourite, which unfortunately finished well down the field.
Profit/Loss from Race: -£20
4.10 Mares Hurdle
Both Quentin and the Bet Alchemist tipped the same horse in this race, Telmesomethinggirl, who was annoyingly brought down by another runner, putting paid to its chances.
The Irish Cash Consortium got their festival bets underway but also picked a loser in the shape of Echoes of Rain, who never really got into contention.
Profit/Loss from Race: -£80
4.50 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
The story of the day for the Bet Alchemist was their pick finishing just outside the places and it happened again here with Iberique Du Seuil at 40/1.
Meanwhile Quentin’s pick Gaelic Warrior was narrowly beaten by a short head, adding to the frustration in this race.
The ICC’s pick Britzka finished dead last 🙁
Profit/Loss from Race: -£60
5.30 Ukraine Appeal National Hunt Challenge Cup
Just the one bet in this race and that was from Quentin with Run Wild Fred. Again it was a runner-up finish, which just sums up the day really!
Profit/Loss from Race: -£40
TOTAL PROFIT/LOSS FROM THE DAY ON OFFICIAL BETS: -£106
A disappointing day in the end after it started so promisingly with two winners in the first two races.
It was a tale of frustration with a host of seconds and horses finishing just one position outside the places at big odds.
So it was a day of what might have been, but we soldier on and hope for better luck on day 2 of the festival.