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Cheltenham Special Bets Bigger Than Ever Ahead Of Festival

Wednesday 9th March 2011

The Cheltenham Festival for this season is now just a matter of days away and as well as the usual race markets there are a number of Cheltenham Specials for punters to get stuck into. All of the major bookmakers go into overdrive the week before the Festival and that is the case this season with all sorts of exciting markets to have a bet on aside from the big races during the week. There is always an intense battle between the Irish and the British at the Festival and a cracking Cheltenham special bet is to have a punt on how many Irish Trained winners there will be during the four days. The Irish always have a strong team and the trainer to watch will be Willie Mullins as he will be bringing the likes of Hurricane Fly, Zaidpour and Golden Silver among others. Other potential Irish trained winners could include Big Zeb in the Champion Chase, Pandorama in the Gold Cup and Realt Dubh in the Arkle so they really do have some big chances this season making it a great market to play in.

One Trainer who is expected to have a massive Cheltenham Festival this season is Nicky Henderson whose yard has been bang in form through most of the winter. With that in mind punters may want to have a bet on how many winners Henderson will have during the four days next week. It is worth looking into his Cheltenham team and with the likes of Binocular in the Champion Hurdle, Spirit Son and Sprinter Sacre in the Supreme and Long Run in the Gold Cup among many others he could have a brilliant week. There are of course similar markets for the likes of Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins and there can be some great value here and across all the Cheltenham Festival Special Bets this season. There are even one or two more light hearted bets for punters to get involved with and one that is becoming somewhat of a Cheltenham tradition is the Total Pints of Guinness Sold during the week. The benchmark for the total pints sold during the Festival sits around the 225,000 figure and punters can have a go at guessing higher or lower than that amount. There is no surprise to reveal that the number of units sold is always significantly boosted by the Irish contingent on St Patricks Day!

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