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Our Dark Horse Bet for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

Author: Roger Stonestreet

January 22 - On Tuesday, March 16 horse racing bettors will make their annual pilgrimage in droves to the Mecca of UK jump racing, Cheltenham Racecourse for a four-day long feast of festival racing that generates incredible betting action.

It's tough to choose only one race to focus on, but there is a horse who leaps out at us in terms of betting value, so we're previewing the 2018 Stayers' Hurdle. The racing authority Timeform had an interesting race preview of their own and they've plumped for Finian's Oscar at the tempting ante-post betting odds of 12-1, but we beg to disagree. And we'll be putting our money where our mouth is too. The real value in this race is Wholestone, and he should be an even bigger price than Finian's Oscar on the day.

Now perhaps you're looking for a bit of value from the bookies when it comes to the tricky world of National Hunt betting, and who can blame you? The fields are large, the races themselves are frantic and filled with uncertainty, and it definitely is never easy to find a winner in the ultra-competitive Cheltenham Festival races. Why not look around for Cheltenham free bets, where bookies will compete for your business with some tempting no-risk offers, and hopefully you can combine that with a sizeable bet on Wholestone! You can also find best deals here like bet £10 and get £30 by Betfair or £20 risk free bet by Paddy Power.

We're firm believers in the sage old maxim, 'Horses for courses', and Cheltenham is a specialist's track first and foremost. Many horses with exemplary form come unstuck here, literally in some cases, and much like Epsom for flat racing it can pay to follow horses who already have decent form here. Wholestone whets the appetite precisely because of the way he romped home at this course earlier this season in the Relkeel Hurdle. His owners, Simon Munir and Isaac Souede never had a moment's worry watching this race, as their horse quickened impressively and was under no pressure whatsoever to win as he liked.

Wholestone is not as exposed as a lot of his potential foes in the Stayers' Hurdle, and while he has to improve more in order to win here it is certainly within his scope to do just that. The Irish horses will pose a massive threat, perhaps no horse more than Supasundae, and the current race favourite Sam Spinner has to be respected as well. But the Cheltenham Festival routinely throws off upset results and this race has a particularly wide-open look to it.

Wholestone is currently trading between 12s and 16s with the high street bookmakers and we recommend placing a large each-way wager on him now before word gets out that we've tipped him!

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