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Our Five Best Bets for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is just days away, with punters shaping up for what is one of the biggest betting events on the sports calendar. As we know, the festival can be a nightmare for the bookmakers, but there is also the chance that bettors lose out. As such, it’s on a knife-edge each year, with the margins between profit and loss as fine as they can get.

Who, then, do you back over those 28 races from 10th-13th March? Everyone will have an opinion, but we have made five selections here that we believe offer some real value. Some are hot-favourites, others not so hot on the betting markets, but both can deliver profit. Moreover, if you want to back them for free, here is the place to find the top Cheltenham 2020 free bets from top bookmakers. Without further ado, here are our picks:

Paisley Park – Stayers’ Hurdle – 8/11 Bet365

Yes, we are starting with an obvious one, but our picks will get braver as we go down the list. Look, not many horses start races at odds-on at Cheltenham, but Paisley Park looks like the lock of the week and should perhaps form the cornerstone of an Acca or Lucky 15. He is so good over this distance, and his form over the last year and a half has ensured that likely contenders with a bit of talent have been placed elsewhere. In short, he has scared off any opposition. Paisley Park wins this.

Bristol De Mai – Cheltenham Gold Cup – E/W 25/1 Betfair

This is a brave one given that talent at the top of the field, but many – including his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies – believe that Bristol De Mai has been badly overlooked in the markets. Of course, he showed he could handle the trip and gruelling finish in the Gold Cup by finishing third last year, but we could see him improve on that this time around. Cover yourself with an each-way bet, and try to take advantage of any bookie paying extra places in the most high-profile event of the week.

Min – Ryanair Chase – 3/1 William Hill

Min is one of those horses who seem to have been around forever, and yet he has still plenty of years ahead of him as a 9yo. He does frustrate at times, but his record is broadly excellent. Three losses from three races at Cheltenham should not put you off when you consider that hat-trick of defeats all came at the hands of Altior. Min has what it takes here to see off the 5/2 favourite Chacun Pour Soi.

Envoi Allen – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – 6/4 Betway

Envoi Allen is odds-on with some betting companies, so the 6/4 with Betway certainly looks like a gift. Indeed, Envoi Allen would look snug sitting beside Paisley Park in an all-but-guaranteed double for the week. Plenty of love has come in late for the talented Sporting John (6/1) of late, but Envoi Allen is of a different class. It would be one of the week’s biggest shocks if he does not waltz to a comfortable victory here.

Altior – Queen Mother Champion Chase – 2/1 various

Forget that Altior tasted defeat for the first time in years in November; after all, it wasn’t his preferred trip. Instead, consider that Altior is still 20 from 20 in races in and around the two-mile mark. In light of that, it defies belief that he is 2/1 for the Champion Chase. Yes, Defi Du Seuil and (perhaps) Chacun Pour Soi are decent challengers, but the king of middle-distance chasing has the chance to make everyone look foolish for doubting him, and reward those who did not.