Cheltenham Festival 2017 – Betting on a Budget (4)

What a Cheltenham Festival we have had. From favourites like Douvan failing and outsiders like Labaik and Lil Rockerfeller running races of their lives we have seen it all. Today was no different. It all started when favourite Defi de Seuil eased up to a fantastic win in the JCB Triumph Hurdle all the way to the big race, the Gold Cup. And after a day yesterday where I picked up a measly £1.39 it was a make or break day.

In terms of who I backed today, I knew my selection for the Gold Cup a while ago so was always going to back Sizing John. How would my selections play out? Would they have any impact on the Severn Sport Tipster League? For the latter you can read how my day went and where I finished in the Tipster League here ( In terms of other horses I went for Cheltenham form and one of the better jockeys of the week in Bryan Cooper. It ended up being a mixed day so let’s take a look bet by bet.

Coo Star Sivola 12/1 (4.50pm)
Eastlake 33/1 (5.30pm)
Tommy Rapper 28/1 (2.50pm)

10p each way Patent = £1.40

I wanted to include a patent again after the fun runs I had with them in the last two days. Regrettably I did what I say I should never do and that was change my bet. I originally wanted to include Pacha Du Polder before deciding to do it as a single….this was a single I forgot to do so had I not changed my bet Pacha Du Polder probably wouldn’t have won!! In terms of how this bet performed Tommy Rapper never really troubled in the Albert Bartlett. Coo Star Sivola held on for a much needed 4th place and Eastlake got lost in the field. So a total won of 40p. Bad times

Dinaria des Obeaux 22/1 (1.30pm)
Tell Me More 14/1 (2.10pm)
Outlander 11/1 (3.30pm)
The Game Changer 12/1 (5.30pm

10p each way Lucky 15 = £3.00

This bet was a lucky 15 following Bryan Cooper’s runners for the day other than his favourite in the Albert Bartlett, Death Duty (who went on to fall). As it turned out Bryan Cooper had a bad day at the office. Dinaria des Obeaux looked decent until about 3 out in the opener before fading and Tell Me More never really got into the 2.10. Outlander was hotly tipped in the antepost markets for the Gold Cup better never challenged and The Game Changer disappointed. A poor bet returning zero.

Ivanovich Gorbatov 15/2 (2.10pm)
Constantine Bay 20/1 (2.50pm)
Paint the Clouds 12/1 (4.10pm)
Tagliatelle 25/1 (4.50pm)

10p each way Lucky 15 = £3.00

This was a bet picked on previous winners and runners at Cheltenham. In Ivanovich Gorbatov I had a decent run. Looking good until about 2 from home before being smothered by the chasing pack. Constantine Bay like Coo Star Sivola managed to pinch a 4th place in a wild ending, which saw the leader Wakea smothered by about 6 horses at the end. Paint the Clouds looked good again till a couple of fences out when the chasing pack closed in on the leaders and Paint the Clouds faded to about 6th or 7th. Tagliatelle never really looked in it which is frustrating as it is a previous winner at Cheltenham and the Festival. The place of Constantine Bay won me 50p, annoyingly if I combined that with Coo Star Sivola the total 90p return would have been about £5. A day of missed opportunity was becoming apparent.

Charli Parcs 7/2 (1.30pm)
Death Duty 7/4 (2.50pm)
On The Fringe 13/8 (4.10pm)
Cue Card 4/1 (3.30pm)
Mr Tyrell 2/1 (3.45 Lingfield)

30p each way accumulator = 60p

Again I put on an accumulator covering a few races. I went for four fancied horses at Cheltenham with a short priced favourite at Lingfield. A small filler bet. All 5 failed to place so a cracker!

Now the bet that has saved me…

Sizing John 15/2 (3.30pm)

£1 each way single = £2

Not the biggest stake on the horse I tipped from the start but by Sizing John romping home I was able to cover my days stake by winning £11. The feeling of knowing I had called the favourite in the big race of the meeting was satisfaction enough, especially when I had friends who had followed my advice and backed Sizing John too. So I will happily sit here and take a small win knowing I helped others win too. That is what it is all about, fun and the experience.

The experience of the race itself was emotional and exhausting as I couldn’t believe my eyes as Sizing John charged through the pack to smash the rest of the field. A great win for all involved.

So how do I look at the end of the Cheltenham Festival? My betting on a budget was fun but was it worth it? I placed £11 in bets on each of the 4 days (today’s final £1 bet is on a football accumulator for tonight) meaning I spent in total £44 on bets. On day one I won a poor 48p. Day two I got better after a place on patent, a place on an each way single and three places on a lucky 15 saw me take home £11.89. Yesterday Lil Rockerfeller won me £1.39 by coming second to Nichols Canyon. Now today I have covered my stake again winning £11.90 in total. This means that for the week I won £25.66 in all. In reality this means that I am -£18.34 for the week but when you put into perspective that I have had four days of fun and emotion for less than £20. Now to me that is worth it, 100% worth it.

Hopefully, everyone else has had a wonderful time following the runners and riders at Cheltenham Festival this year and with our attentions now fully turning towards the Grand National next month it is as an important time as ever to remind you all to bet responsibly and when the fun stops, you stop!