Cheltenham

Cheltenham Day One: Finding the ‘edge’ through larger priced contenders

Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, has highlighted Lalor – running in the 2:10 on the first day at Cheltenham – as just one of the “terrific betting opportunities” for those seeking value away from horses trained by the biggest names in the sport.

Harris is providing a full preview on the eve of each day at the Festival, casting his expert eye over any late developments or market movements for each of the day’s races.

“Of course, the price is always everything in betting,” said Harris, “but it is more important than ever at Cheltenham to play when there is an ‘edge’ by betting on horses with a price bigger than their true chance of winning.

“That can often be away from the obvious at the front of the market, trained or ridden by the biggest names in the sport like Willie Mullins or Ruby Walsh. There is often some terrific betting opportunities if you play each-way on some of the larger priced contenders from smaller stables.

“Lalor is a good example of this, priced generally at over 4/1. Kayley Woollacott’s useful hurdler made a brilliant transition to chasing when winning over this course and distance in November, jumping and travelling strongly before asserting up the hill under a motionless Richard Johnson.

“He was not at his best on testing ground at Sandown last time, but should relish a return to this track. A strong run race in this big field should bring his stamina into play when it really counts.”

Despite his commitment to delivering users with the best value bets and dark horses, Harris urged those enjoying the action with a bet or two to “maintain betting discipline”.

He explained: “It is all too easy to get carried away, betting in every race regardless of price or value, and listening to the massive hype around all the horses rather than using your judgement and discretion. It’s really important not to get carried away, chasing  losses or playing too big in relation to your betting bank.”

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