Just a reminder I am tracking my results from this year’s festival using a twofold strategy, which is:
1. To use all the bookies offers, brought together via Profit Maximiser; and
By combining the above two approaches together, this should give me a good chance of beating the bookies this week.
So how did this strategy perform on Wednesday at Cheltenham? Let’s have a look below.
Day Four Results
After some rotten luck on the first three days things had to turn around on the final day – right?
Let’s see how we did on the Friday of this year’s Cheltenham Festival. My stakes were £20 per point once again.
1.30 – Triumph Hurdle
It was a good start to the day with Quentin Franks’ pick Vauban grabbing the win and Bet Alchemist’s tip Fil Dor finishing second.
Profit/Loss from Race: +£44
2.10 – Handicap Hurdle
The Bet Alchemist had two picks in this race and both finished in the places thankfully. Quentin’s tip was third but was win-only so no returns from that.
Profit/Loss from Race: +£20
2.50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Quentin’s tip Hillcrest had to be pulled up whilst Bardenstown Lad from the Bet Alchemist grabbed a nice third place at tasty odds of 33/1.
Profit/Loss from Race: +£36
3.30 – Gold Cup
Both Quentin and the Bet Alchemist were on the same horse, Galvin, who never really looked like winning and ended up fourth.
Profit/Loss from Race: -£60
4.10 – Hunter’s Chase
The Irish Cash Consortium’s first tip of the day, Winged Leader, looked all over the winner and traded as low as 1.14 on Betfair before being pipped on the line. An each-way return though.
Profit/Loss from Race: +£1
5.30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
No bets in the 4.50 so it was on to the last race and the Irish Cash Consortium’s tip Hollow Games finished third for some more each-way returns.
Profit/Loss from Race: +£8
TOTAL PROFIT/LOSS FROM THE DAY: +£49
It was nice to finish with a profit on the final day after some tough days previously.
After a few years in a row of healthy profit at Cheltenham this was a disappointing week however, with a lot of seconds, fallers at the last and horses finishing just outside the places. It was just “one of those weeks” sadly.
Quentin performed well and you can really see the value of his ante-post picks, which all got smashed in by the time of the races. With lots of bookies now offering non-runner no bet for these big races nowadays, it is well worth taking advantage of this early bets and locking in some profit.
The Bet Alchemist had a really tough festival in truth. His record over the years at Cheltenham is very good but he just couldn’t get the rub of the green this year for some reason. Hopefully next year will be better.
The Irish Cash Consortium had a fairly light betting week and could only manage a few places, but no major damage done.
Just a word on the free bets from the bookies – sadly these are not quite what they used to be with nowhere near the kind of value previously. In prior years for example Bet365 had offered £50 free bets but now it is just £5.
Lots of the other bookies have tightened up the terms of their offers too. With Sky bet for example you now need your horse to finish second to qualify for a free bet from the first race for example where as it used to be more generous.
The real value now lies in the extra places which are quite generous, going up to six, seven or even eight places in some races. So those are well worth taking advantage of.
Anyway, that concludes this year’s betting diary from Cheltenham. We hope you enjoyed it and had a little bit more luck than I did!