Cheltenham 2016 betting tips: Vautour, Thistlecrack enhanced odds and race times

We look ahead to Thursday at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, with Vautour and Thistlecrack among the top horses in action

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By The Tipster
Can Thistlecrack cap a stunning season on Thursday? Photo: 888sport

The 2016 Cheltenham Festival reaches Day Three on Thursday as Willie Mullins hopes to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style.

The aptly named Ryanair Chase will garner plenty of interest with Vautour named on the race card after the Rich Ricci horse was controversially withdrawn from the Gold Cup.

Vautour, who will be ridden by Kildare man Ruby Walsh, is priced at 10/11 to win the Ryanair Chase but will face tough competition from Road To Riches.

Another outside could be Village Vic given his past history at the Cheltenham Festival.

Following the Ryanair Chase will be the Ryanair World Hurdle, which features Thistlecrack, who is heavily fancied to win the Grade One race.

Tom Scudamore’s horse is easily the favourite to win at 6/5 with his closest-priced rival Cole Harden a large 7/1.

And with the luck of the Irish on your side on St Patrick’s Day, we have a number of tempting offers for new Paddy Power and 888 sport customers.

Please note: All of the Cheltenham betting offers featured in this post are time-limited and are subject to removal.

Vautour to win the Ryanair Chase – 5/1

Vautour was withdrawn from the Gold Cup due to concerns over his form, with Ricci declaring the seven-year-old at 90 per cent. But such is his quality, the Mullins-trained horse should have no trouble seeing off the opposition. The Tipster is offering new Paddy Power customers enhanced odds of 5/1 on Thistlecrack to win. Click here to sign up for this offer.

For those with Paddy Power account already, new Betfair customers can get 12/1 on Vautour to win the Ryanair Chase. Click here to sign up for this offer.

Thistlecrack to win the Ryanair World Hurdle – 7/1

Thistlecrack has been in imperious form in the lead up to the Cheltenham Festival. The eight-year-old will have competition from Paul Nicholls’ duo Saphir Du Rheu and Aux Ptits Soins, but Thistlecrack’s quality over three miles should shine through. The Tipster is offering new 888sport customers a massive enhancement of 7/1 on Thistlecrack to win the Ryanair World Hurdle. Click here to sign up for this offer.

Vautour, Thistlecrack and Limini all to win – 20/1

For those who fancy a bit more bang for their buck, Paddy Power are offering some very tempting enhanced odds of 20/1 on Vautour, Thistlecrack and Limini all to win their races on Thursday. Limini runs in the Dawn Run Novices’ Hurdle, Vautour is in action in the Ryanair Chase, and Thistlecrack is the favourite for the Ryanair World Hurdle. Click here to sign up for this offer now.

Thistlecrack to win the Ryanair World Hurdle – 5/1

Given how heavily fancied Thistlecrack is to secure Cheltenham glory, this is still an extremely generous offer from Paddy Power despite 888sport’s huge enhancement. Colin Tizzard’s horse has been in scintillating form ahead of the festival and the eight-year-old will hope to crown a special season with victory on Thursday. Paddy Power are offering new customers enhanced odds of 5/1 on Thistlecrack to win. Click here to sign up for this offer.

For those with Paddy Power and 888 Sport accounts already, new Betfair customers can get 14/1 on Thistlecrack to win the Ryanair World Hurdle. The max bet for this enhancement is £5. Click here to sign up for this offer.

Alternatively, for those who prefer a tasty accumulator, Betfair are offering all new customers enhanced odds of 25/1 on Vautour and Thistlecrack to win on Thursday. The max bet for this enhancement is £5. Click here to sign up for this offer.

Limini to win the Dawn Novices’ Mares Hurdle – 15/1

If you’re not exhausted after the excitement of the Ryanair Chase and Ryanair World Hurdle, Betfair have an offer on the penultimate race on St Patrick’s Day. Limini has an excellent reputation as a flat racer but the five-year-old raced well at Punchestown last year in her first time over the hurdles. New Betfair customers can get 15/1 on Limini to win the Dawn Novices Mares Hurdle. The max bet for this enhancement is £5. Click here to sign up for this offer.

Cheltenham Festival race times: Thursday March 2016

13:30 JLT Novices’ Chase
14:10 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle
14:50 Ryanair Chase
15:30 Ryanair World Hurdle
16:10 Brown Advisory Plate Handicap
16:50 Dawn Run Novices’ Hurdle
17:30 Kim Muir Handicap Hurdle
(all times GMT)

Terms and conditions apply in relation to all of the betting offers detailed in this post. See websites for full T&Cs.

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