Cheltenham Festival Tips : Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Annie Power bets proving popular with punters

Latest Cheltenham tips and free bets as Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Annie Power are proving popular at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

The 2014 Cheltenham Festival showpiece is on the horizon and punters are pondering where their hard earned will be going on the four days of monstrous betting action.

As usual, the horses at the head of the championship races have been the ones that have generated most of the attention in the ante post markets. Are they a good thing? Or can they be beaten. Here, we take a look at all the big runner’s chances and decide whether they are a banker or bummer.



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Hurricane Fly 3/1 – Champion Hurdle (Tuesday)

With two Champion Hurdle’s already under his belt to go along with a plethora of Grade One triumphs across the Irish Sea, Willie Mullins’ ferocious animal heads back to Cheltenham looking to defend his crown.

The Irish will back him in their droves again but this year the money looks misplaced as the younger horses coming through the ranks, such as The New One and My Tent Or Yours, are top-class. He’s vulnerable this year.

Verdict – BUMMER

Quevega 8/11 – Mares Hurdle (Tuesday)

Every Tuesday at the last five year’s Festival, the same thing has happened. Quevega rocks up having not run all season and she wins like the super mare that she is. There is nothing in opposition this year that should scare her and she’ll win, and win well.

Verdict – BANKER

Sire De Grugy 11/4 – Champion Chase (Wednesday)

This has to be one of the weakest Champion Chase’s on record but Sire De Grugy is a rock solid favourite in a poor race. He’s no superstar but he wins races, which is an important trait to carry. Gary Moore’s charge jumps and stays well. He’ll do for us.

Verdict – BANKER

Annie Power 7/4 – World Hurdle (Thursday)

The World Hurdle has an intriguing make-up this year super mare Annie Power sailing over to take on the four-time winner Big Buck’s, who has returned from a lengthy layoff. Willie Mullins’ star receives 7lbs off the boys and that in itself should make her hard to beat. However, she has never run over three miles and that has to be a worry.

Verdict – BUMMER

Bobs Worth 7/4 – Gold Cup (Friday)

It takes a special horse to win back-to-back Gold Cup’s and the jury is out whether Nicky Henderson’s chaser is in that class, despite winning every time he’s raced at Cheltenham. It’s not a great Gold Cup this year but Bobs Worth poor run at Haydock does doubt his consistency. Looks ripe for an upset this one.

Verdict – BUMMER

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