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Ladbrokes go NRNB on all four championship races at the Festival

| 25.01.2014

Ladbrokes are now No Runner No Bet on all four championship races at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and that will be music to the ears of ante-post punters wanting to invest early.

With just only two months to pass before the pinnacle of the National Hunt season at Prestbury Park Ladbrokes have now afforded the long-sighted customer with a little peace of mind for their early wagers.

If you back any horse in either the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle or Gold Cup and they are a non-runner or are entered in another contest your bet will be refunded.

This could be particularly pertinent for those wanting an early interest in Wednesday’s highlight, the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Reigning champion and 1/5 shot only two months ago, Sprinter Sacre still heads the market at 1/2 but after being pulled up after only two flights on his reappearance in the Desert Orchid Chase on Boxing Day those wanting to support the ‘Black Aeroplane’ will be delighted to know their funds will be returned if the champion doesn’t make the tape.

The news is also good for those interested in the World Hurdle with plans for Willie Mullins’ unbeaten star Annie Power still undecided.

The hugely impressive six-year-old who slammed Zarkander for the second race running on his latest start at the Festival’s home on New Year’s Day is as short as 3/1 for the World Hurdle but could still be sent to take her chance in the OLBG Mares Hurdle in a bid to dethrone the mighty Quevega.

With NRNB now in place you can be safe in the knowledge that regardless where the wily Mullins’ sends his ammunition there will be nothing lost as a result.

With so much racing still to happen between now and the 11th March all four races are almost certain to be affected by withdrawals and changes in plans.

With NRNB that is now nothing to worry about.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Sam Foster