Cheltenham Festival: Blow a dent in the bookies’ pockets with these tips for Ladies Day 

Not only did they have to battle the elements throughout the day – the rain was Chelting it down – they also got a hammering from the bookies.

As ever the smug big betting firms were lapping it up and cheering favourites losing as if they’d just had the all clear from a cancer diagnosis.

It was going well for fans of Willie Mullins as he picked up the first two winners.

But it started to go wrong soon after as a series of well fancied horses flopped like Theresa May‘s Brexit bill.

Espoir D‘Allen, a 16/1 shot romped home in the Champion Hurdle.

STRONG: Rachael Robins riding Laurina (Pic: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

FAVOURITE: Keith Donoghue riding Apple‘s Jade (Pic: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The horse became only the second five-year-old to win the race in 34 years.

Fancied Apple Jade and Laurina obviously didn’t fancy the conditions either and looked as if they would have rather been in the stable, as they performed dismally.

Cue dancing of jigs and gloating from the bookmakers.

It got better for them when they dodged a huge bullet in the Mares’ Hurdle, when Ruby Walsh, on odds-on jolly Benie Des Dieux, fell at the last.

Water was streaming down the face of grown men at this point – and the rain had long since stopped.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes crowed: “We have dodged a real bullet today, particularly in the Mares’ Hurdle where Benie Des Dieux replicated Annie Power’s dramatic fall in 2015. The result has saved the industry millions of pounds, but it is only day one, so we won’t be counting our chickens yet.”

Let’s hope the big bookies’ cluck will run out as we head into day two.

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RACE: Today is Ladies Day (Pic: GETTY)

LADIES DAY

It’s forecasted to be windy today so let’s blow a dent into the bookies‘ vast pockets with some winners on Cheltenham Windsday.

It’s Ladies Day so I expect the course to be filled with glitz and glamour. But if you’re going to the track, be careful with your garments in the wind. If it gets really blowy, flat caps and fascinators could well be flying into orbit and girls will be recreating Marilyn Monroe’s famous air vent scene in the Seven Year Itch.

Tips of the day: 

1.30 – Take the easy way out of a betting slump with – EASY GAME.

His style suggests he will be suited by today‘s stiffer test and is fancied to take a big step forward. Back him each way.

2.10 – Work yourself up an appetite for cash with a bet on DELTA WORK. He has a great attitude, stamina and is one tough customer.

2.50 – The cracking bet of the day has to be on CRACKING SMART in the Coral Cup. Gordon Elliott’s charge should love this trip and a big field and soft ground should suit. 

3.30 – Be a good man yourself Paddy with an each way punt on Castlegrace Paddy. ALTIOR is odds on for this Queen Mother’s Champion Chase, and truth be told he could fall at a fence and still get up to win. That’s how good this horse is. But for value I can see jockey Davy Russell steer Paddy to a place.

5.30 – It‘s about time for a big winner with THYME HILL in the Champion Bumper. A cracking-looking horse with a fine jumps‘ pedigree and can stay all day.

Gambling Tip of the Day.

Skybet are offering up to a £20 free bet on the first race each day at Cheltenham. If it loses, you could you £20 back!!

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