The dust may have only just settled on the 2016 Cheltenham Festival but with punters walking away with bags of cash in their pockets, some are already being tempted into having an early ante-post poke on next year's four day spectacular.
Ante-post punting is of course fraught with danger but the sport is being dominated by some top class horses at the moment and just maybe there is a little bit of value to be snapped up this far out.
With our pockets bulging from a stunning Festival last week (thanks Douvan, Annie P, Limini and Thistlecrack!) we have taken a closer look at the 2017 markets to pick out one or two potentially decent value punts for the notebook.
Ar Mad - Queen Mother Champion Chase
Ar Mad was clearly one of the best Novice Chasers in the UK before he picked up an injury during his win at Plumpton last month and punters will do well not to forget him when it comes to the new campaign.
Having been beaten at Plumpton on seasonal debut, Ar Mad went on to win his next four starts and in truth he looked better with every single run back down at the minimum trip and the form from those races looks rock solid. His 10 length defeat of subsequent JLT Novices Hurdle 2nd Bristol De Mai is clearly top draw, whilst his defeat of Vaniteux is equally impressive given the way the latter was travelling in the Arkle before falling.
It is true to say that Ar Mad has done most of his best work going right handed and is yet to run at Cheltenham but his jumping impressed when winning at Plumpton last time and his quality is clearly top class which means he should be able to cope at the Festival.
The figure of Douvan is looming large at the head of the ante-post Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting and if he stays healthy he will win the race but Ar Mad has nothing to fear from any other horse given his stunning Novice campaign and as such, the 25/1 currently available could look a big price next March.
Ar Mad - Each-Way @ 25/1 with Bet365 for the 2017 Queen Mother Champion Chase
Thistlecrack - Cheltenham Gold Cop
There were a whole host of impressive winners at Cheltenham last week but the way Thistlecrack won the World Hurdle was particularly stunning. The Colin Tizzard trained horse travelled like a dream before powering clear of Alpha Des Obeaux up the hill with the rest of the field simply blown away.
Tom Scudamore has waxed lyrical about this horse ever since and in truth it was no more than a steering job given the quality of the horse and the world is clearly his oyster.
Colin Tizzard has made it perfectly clear that we should see this horse to best impact over fences and a Novice Chasing career is now in the offing for him with a tilt at the Gold Cup, not the RSA Chase, already on the agenda in 12 months time. Coneygree won the Gold Cup as a Novice in 2015 and given the way Thistlecrack has performed over hurdles, there is no reason to suggest he can't do the same, provided he stays fit and healthy.
He will be nine in 2017 which is the ideal age to have a go at the Gold Cup and Colin Tizzard and the owners deserve a massive slap on the back for the way this horse has developed which means that 10/1 does still appeal for a horse that has everything.
Thistlecrack @ 10/1 with William Hill to win the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup