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Horse Racing betting tips: 25/1 Cheltenham NRNB shot for the Stayers' Hurdle

Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post serves up two wagers from the Non-Runner No Bet races and two from the supporting cast as the Cheltenham Festival looms larger on the horizon.

We are leading the way by offering two different markets for the five Championship races at the Cheltenham Festival, one with Non-Runner No Bet and one without. 

Mister Coffey


National Hunt Chase

1pt each-way

Chacun Pour Soi


Ryanair Chase NRNB

1pt each-way 

Dashel Drasher


Stayers' Hurdle NRNB

1pt each-way

Indigo Breeze


Kim Muir Challenge Cup

1pt win 

Wake up and smell Mister Coffey

Odds compilers are taking no chances by offering 6/5 about Gaillard Du Mesnil for the National Hunt Chase and it is easy to see why, as this Grade 1-winning second-season novice sets a clear standard.

Gaillard Du Mesnil possesses every attribute you would look for in a National Hunt Chase winner. He is classy, experienced, stays, brings course form to the table and will probably have the assistance of Patrick Mullins in the saddle for this amateur riders' contest. 

Still, Gaillard Du Mesnil has also been left in the Brown Advisory at The Festival and while it is odds-on he runs here, I can't see him shortening much before the day.

In a race that could slice up, I'm intrigued by Mister Coffey each-way at 25/1. This is his only novice chase entry at the meeting. 

Mister Coffey lacks the same level of class as Gaillard Du Mesnil as he is officially rated 140, but is another experienced second-season novice with decent track form as he finished runner-up in the Kim Muir last season.

The Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old is still talented in his own right as he chased home L'homme Presse when runner-up in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown last term over a 2m4f trip which was way too sharp.

Mister Coffey has been spoken about as a future Grand National type and the stamina test the National Hunt Chase presents should really suit.

This could be the year he comes alive as a stayer and his seasonal return at Chepstow in December, in which he looked all over the winner in a hot novice handicap before blowing up as if needing the run behind a race-fit rival, suggested as much.

I expect Mister Coffey to go close off the same mark in a lucrative handicap chase at Doncaster at the end of January and if that comes to the fruition, he could be a real springer in the National Hunt Chase market. 

It is also worth mentioning that owner JP McManus is without a runner in the National Hunt Chase this season, and his go-to man in the saddle Derek O'Connor will be seeking a ride.

Henderson has turned to the top amateur in this race before and if O'Connor takes the mount that will be another boost to Mister Coffey's chances on the day.

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Chacun for Ryanair

Two-time Ryanair winner Allaho is a 5/4 NRNB shot to record a hat-trick in the race but his well-being must be a concern.

Allaho picked up a knock at the back-end of last year and reportedly might be arriving at The Festival without a prep run. 

That is a difficult feat to pull off in this day and age and worryingly for Allaho's supporters he does not feature among the entries for the Horse & Jockey Club Hotel Chase at Thurles on Sunday.

Allaho has bagged that prize in each of the last two seasons en route to landing the Ryanair, and it might be worth siding with his elite stablemate Chacun Pour Soi at The Festival.

Chacun Pour Soi is due to deputise for Allaho at Thurles and is available at 14/1 for the Ryanair  in the NRNB market.

If Chacun Pour Soi impresses on his first try at two-and-a-half-miles on Sunday, which I reckon is likely in a winnable heat, his Ryanair odds will plummet.

I see no reason why the new trip won't suit and trainer Willie Mullins suggested as much at the beginning of the season.

Chacun Pour Soi can be marked up for this Grade 1 third at Leopardstown over Christmas on his comeback as a terrible mistake two out cost him second. He might have even threatened the impressive Blue Lord for the victory but for it. 

Chacun Pour Soi is quite low mileage for an 11-year-old and almost won a Champion Chase a couple of years ago, so the course doesn't concern me and he should be considered at the prices.

Stayers' the only option for Dashel

The Stayers' Hurdle looks extremely competitive, and given the juice has disappeared about my long-range fancy Home By The Lee after his Leopardstown success over Christmas, I'm turning my attention to Dashel Drasher.

Jeremy Scott's stable star can be backed at 33/1 in the general market and 25/1 NRNB. 

The old warrior is one of the toughest horses in training and has shown his trademark grit and determination again on his two starts this winter in red-hot company. 

The versatile Dashel Drasher never seems to get the credit his performances warrant and kept on for a solid second behind Gold Cup second favourite Noble Yeats at Aintree in the Many Clouds Chase over 3m1f in December. 

Dashel Drasher then dropped in trip and switched to hurdles in the Relkeel in January, and again held on for a game second behind Marie's Rock, who is clear favourite for the Mares' Hurdle off the back of that performance. 

This front-runner's style of racing is well suited to Cheltenham and a step up in trip from the Relkeel will really suit. 

There is little doubt Dashel Drasher will be tough to pass in a Stayers' which lacks a superstar, so get him in the book as well. 

Indigo could be Kim Muir plot job

Playing in the Festival handicaps without the benefit of the weights is fraught with danger but I'm keen to support Indigo Breeze at 12/1 in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Part of my rationale for playing now is that Indigo Breeze has been removed from all possible novice engagements at The Festival and the Kim Muir must be the nailed-on target.

More compelling still is Indigo Breeze's handicap mark of 133. He is undoubtedly worth more than that as he looked all stamina when almost reeling in subsequent Grade 2 winner The Real Whacker, who is among the favourites for the Brown Advisory, over three-miles here in November. 

Indigo Breeze's previous novice chase form also ties in with Banbridge, another who plundered a Grade 2 next time. 

The British handicappers will have their say and raise his rating for the Kim Muir, but hopefully they don't go overboard and he must be well treated even off half a stone higher. 

That he has already performed at the course, could easily improve for another two-furlongs and has probably been laid out for this by Gordon Elliott solidifies my confidence. 

I'd imagine Elliott will have earmarked leading amateur Jamie Codd to take the ride and, like the National Hunt Chase, having the right jockey aboard is crucial in the Kim Muir.

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