Punters tempted as champion jockey finds “good value”

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Albertas Run looks likely to defend his Ryanair Chase crown at this year’s Cheltenham Festival after jockey AP McCoy talked up the horses chances.

Entered for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Ryanair Chase, Albertas Run is a lot shorter in the betting for the Ryanair at 8/1 compared to his Gold Cup odds of 33/1, and it seems last year’s winner will defend his crown.

With Riverside Theatre ruled out and Somersby now running in the Champion Chase, Poquelin has seen his position as market leader strengthened and is now 5/2 to win the Ryanair Chase.

But the arrival into the market of dual Cheltenham Festival winner Voy Por Ustedes (12/1) has seen the market shaken up and with Albertas Run likely to defend his crown, Poquelin seems a little short.

Poquelin is officially the top-rated horse in the race with a OR of 170, but in the seven-year history of this race, none of the horses who have entered as the top-rated have won the race, with three of them finishing as runners-up.

Kalahari King is second in the betting at 4/1 but has never won at Cheltenham and this is a race that lends well to previous winners at Cheltenham with all six winners and five runners up having won at the course.

Despite a poor run at the Festival last year and a poor showing at Punchestown a month later, Tranquil Sea looks back to his best after two wins in Ireland, and the horse who beat Poquelin in the 2009 Paddy Power Gold Cup looks a great bet at 11/2.

The Paddy Power Gold Cup has proved a great form race with 5 of the 6 winners running well in it, and with 5 of the 6 winners starting in the first six of the betting Tranquil Sea fulfils much of the criteria.

A £25 stake on Tranquil Sea winning the Ryanair would return £162.50. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.