Cheltenham tips: Mick Fitzgerald’s 5 best Festival bets as Paddy goes non runner money back

Mick's got 5 to keep the dream alive as Paddy goes non runner money back ALL races for Cheltenham 2022.

*Paddy Power is non runner money back ALL races at the Cheltenham Festival. 

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

With Paddy Power going non runner money back at the Festival , it’s a good time to try and get some picks in early, safe in the knowledge that if your horse doesn’t run in a particular race you will get your stake back.


Tuesday, March 15

Supreme Novices Hurdle NRMB – Constitution Hill

I am a huge fan of Constitution Hill. He shows plenty of speed and we know he stays really well. He compares really favourably with Nicky Henderson’s last two winners of the Supreme in Altior and Shishkin.

Mares Hurdle NRMB – Royal Kahala (each way)

Royal Kahala is one to avail from the non runner money back offer as she will only run at the Festival if the ground is soft enough. We saw her shine on soft ground when she bolted up in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park beating the then Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle favourite, Klassical Dream. She also has that option at the Festival so non runner money back ALL races covers you against both eventualities of her switching races and also of not running if ground conditions aren’t right.

Wednesday March 16

Cross Country Chase NRMB – Farclas

Farclas has to be of interest in a race like this as he has won and been placed at the Festival before. He was quick enough to be second over 2m 4f last year in the Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase and had the stamina to finish second to Run Wild Fred in the Troytown Handicap Chase over 3m last November. He finished fifth in the Aintree Grand National also, so will appreciate the nature of the Cross Country Chase.

Thursday March 17

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle NRMB – Thyme Hill

Things have not gone that well this season for the eight-year-old Thyme Hill. He was disappointing on his first start of the season running on heavy ground at Auteuil in France and he then ran a very good race at Ascot in the Long Walk Hurdle, finishing second to Champ. He has the luxury of coming into the race a fresh horse compared to some of the opposition. For that reason, he represents the best value in the contest.



Friday March 18

Triumph Hurdle NRMB – Vauban

I was really impressed with Vauban when he beat Fil D’or at Leopardstown last weekend. He was superb. He also has very good Flat form. Even though he got beaten by Pied Piper first time out, he was really unlucky and probably should have got the race in the stewards’ room. He has lots of size and scope and can gain his revenge over Pied Piper in the opener on the Friday of the Festival.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change



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