Cheltenham Festival tips: EXCLUSIVE 22-1 boost on this double featuring British runner looks a steal

TODAY sees the handicap entries for the Festival revealed, with many punters attempting to highlight one that might have been laid out for a certain race… remember, ahem, Buddy Rich?

Alongside that, we saw the Irish continuing their dominance in the UK with their only runner in the Betfair Ascot Chase taking the home the Grade One prize thanks to Fakir D’oudairies running down Two For Gold in the latter stages.

A good bit of placing by trainer Joseph O’Brien, this also gave the form for Allaho to retain his crown in next months Ryanair Chase another boost, as if he needed it.

He was shortened into odds on for the race and will be one of the Irish bankers of the week as long as nothing goes wrong between now and then.

For this week, I’m looking at two races on the final day of the Festival, and I think they could end up making quite an attractive double for punters.

Luckily for you, Paddy Power have boosted it exclusively for us from 18-1 to 22-1.

The first pick comes in the Albert Bartlett, and I’ve been extremely impressed with the Henry Daly-trained HILLCREST.

He ticks an awful lot of boxes for a race such as this. A big, imposing individual, with plenty of hurdling experience and huge scope to progress over the larger obstacles next season, Hillcrest looks as though he could definitely be the one in a fairly average looking renewal.

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With the likes of Ginto and Journey With Me expected to run in the Ballymore, along with the injury to Gerri Colombe, this race could cut up plenty in the next few weeks and I’d be confident Hillcrest could go off favourite after his performance in the mud at Haydock on Saturday.

Fingers crossed that hasn’t left a mark on him, he looks the type to cope with any ground and will be a force to be reckoned with if he stays sound in the next few years.

His trainer has mentioned he won’t do both Cheltenham and Aintree, but I’d be surprised if he missed the Albert Bartlett with the competition set to be on the weak side.

Non-runner no bet he’s a best-price 9/2 and I think that is worth taking at this stage.

Later on in the card on Friday we have the St James’ Palace Hunters' Chase, where the amateurs will take centre stage for the prize they all want to win.

SECOND, SECOND… FIRST?

It might seem unoriginal, but I can’t see past the favourite BILLAWAY here, who has finished second the last two years.

I don’t see that as a negative, and think he could break that spell of seconditis at the Festival this year, having hosed up in his prep race at Naas a few weeks ago.

He was denied by neck in last year's race by Porlock Bay, who disappointed at Bangor on his recent start and his trainer has mentioned the possibility of missing Cheltenham altogether.

Billaway was beaten by the second favourite for this race Winged Leader on seasonal debut, but he stripped much fitter last time out and will come on for that run again you’d feel.

With possibly the greatest amateur jockey ever in Patrick Mullins on his back and father Willie doing the training, you’d be confident of a bold showing and there is still some 10/3 around for this horse.

The Friday double pays 22-1 with our Paddy Power boost and you could have far worse doubles to be backing to conclude this year's Festival.

TODAY’S SELECTION

HILLCREST 9/2 NRNB for the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle

BILLAWAY 10/3 for the Hunters' Chase

Back both in a double at exclusive boosted odds of 22-1 with Paddy Power

PREVIOUSLY ADVISED BETS

20/1 Smoking Gun for the Kim Muir

5/1 L’Homme Press EW for the Turners Novices Chase

12/1 Buddy Rich for the Grand Annual

7/1 Journey With Me in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle

13/2 Tiger Roll in the Cross Country

13/8 Galopin Des Champs in the Brown Advisory Novice Chase

33/1 Britzka Each Way with bet365 (4 places) for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

12/1 Capodanno with William Hill for the National Hunt Chase NON RUNNER

20/1 Saint Sam Each Way for the Turners Novices Chase

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