Over on the @oddsRacing Twitter channel, we ran a live Q&A with racing expert and oddschecker tipster Andy Holding. He gave some valuable Cheltenham insight and top tips for punters. You can find all the questions and answers there.

Q: To get the Cheltenham festival off to a good start, do you have a nice each way tip for the Supreme please? 

A: Unlike some I believe Appreciate It is a worthy favourite and if he were to drift significantly on the day I would still consider him a bet. That said, with some firms likely to be offering crazy place terms it’s probably a race to tackle from an each way perspective. I’d be looking towards Thedevilscoachman if he were to run here and maybe Fifty Ball if the ground was soft or worse. The latter ran an extraordinary race in the Betfair Hurdle which seems to have been missed by most judges and yet he’s 4 times the price of Soaring Glory.

Q: Andy what would be your lucky 15 each-way bet of the week for Cheltenham?

A: The Bosses Oscar in the Pertemps 

Abacadabras in the Champion Hurdle 

Sire Du Berlais in the Stayers 

Franco De Port in the Arkle

The each-way lucky 15 pays a huge 19,889/1...

Q: On speed figures is Kilcruit a worthy fav for the bumper? 

A: I’d probably favour Sir Gerard but I’d certainly respect Kilcruit.

Q: Shishkin or Energumene in the Arkle?

A: Both have pretty similar time figures so it’ll all boil down to ground and the price on the day. If pressed now I’d say the latter but like most races I’ll probably look to bet something each-way or without the favourite on the day.


Q: How good do you think the Leopardstown Pertemps Qualifier was this year compared to last year's and other years?

A: Similar to last season the Pertemps qualifier was a good deal quicker than the Grade 1 so form is just as strong.

Q: Andy what is your banker of the week, lay of the week & a lively outsider you fancy?

A: Concertista just slightly ahead of Monkfish - lay would have to be Chacun Pour Soi as I believe he faces tougher opposition than his odds suggest and lively outsider would be Franco De Port in the Arkle.

Q: Do you think there is any leeway in The Bosses Oscar's handicap mark in the Pertemps? His run against Flooring Porter must give him a good chance even off this high mark?

A: The UK handicapper will probably take a dim view with the Bosses Oscar - as he will with most of the Irish handicappers - but as we’ve seen time and time again - it makes no difference.

Q: Still confident on Gaillard Du Mesnil for the Ballymore? What’s Bob Olinger done on the speed figures?

A: I think the Ballymore is between the pair as I don’t fancy Bravemansgame. If you have already backed Gaillard then have a saver on Bob Olinger as his speed figure when winning the Lawlors of Naas was very good.

Q: Is there one Horse in particular that you want to keep backing at the current prices?

A: On quicker ground than what he’s faced this season I still maintain Abacadabras will go really well in the Champion Hurdle. I’ve played him at 8/1 so 12/1 would make plenty of appeal on the day especially with some firms likely to be offering four and five places.