The National Hunt season is fast approaching, with jumps fans opening their notebooks to pin down some potential Cheltenham Festival contenders.
It may well be just over six months until the four-day meeting gets underway at Prestbury Park, but the National Hunt showpiece is something racing fans really look forward to.
Our team have picked out a few RequestABets specials that could be of interest over the next few months.
Here are three specials to consider for next year’s Cheltenham Festival.
Billaway to win the Foxhunters Chase (6/1 – Sky Bet)
Surely you can’t place second in the same race three times? That could be the case for Billaway should Willie Mullins target him for the Foxhunters Chase once again this season.
The nine-year-old was soundly beaten by 10 lengths in the 2020 renewal by 66/1 It Came To Pass before being agonizingly losing out by a short head to Porlock Bay in the contest back in March.
The gelding clearly has ability in this company and he could well be third time lucky next time around if he’s given another crack at it.
Bob Olinger + Ferny Hollow to win any race (25/1 – Sky Bet)
Two promising sorts hailing from across the Irish Sea, the 25/1 price tag on offer for both these runners to claim success at the Cheltenham Festival is too much to ignore at this stage.
Bob Olinger was an impressive winner of the Ballymore back in March, and he could well be a tough nut in whichever route his connections opt to take next season.
The only runner that has got the better of Henry De Bromhead’s rising star is Ferny Hollow, who beat him over hurdles on his last start back in November.
It is unclear at this stage if Willie Mullins’ recruit will remain over the smaller obstacles after sustaining an injury early on last season, but he could prove to be a threat in any level of company.
The 25/1 price tag for both of these Cheltenham contenders to win is massive value at this stage and it could well shorten in the next few months.
Appreciate It, Bob Olinger & Honeysuckle to win any race, Al Boum Photo & Jonbon to place in any race (150/1 – Sky Bet)
A huge price on offer here for this RequestABet, which could prove to be a costly mistake for the bookmakers.
Four of the five runners mentioned have claimed success at the Cheltenham Festival already, with Jonbon still yet to make his bow at the Gloucestershire track.
The first three could well strike in their respective contests while Al Boum Photo could be in the frame of the Gold Cup once again.
Jonbon is the real gamble here, but it wouldn’t hurt to throw a couple of quid on this should all five head to Prestbury Park in flying form.