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Cheltenham Festival: Paddy Power’s Supreme Novices Hurdle refund

Forget what Andy Williams was signing about – this, not Christmas, is the most wonderful time of the year. The Cheltenham Festival is on the horizon, bringing with it four days of punting madness.

With this madness also comes a real chance for punters to turn a profit. At this time of year bookmakers lower their guard and offer ridiculously lucrative money back specials, which tip the scales in our favour.

The Festival itself runs from Tuesday March 11 to March 14 as a who’s who of the National Hunt racing world descend to Prestbury Park.

 It’s really all about finding value for your money when betting at the Cheltenham Festival, especially on the first day where nearly all the big bookmakers will be trying to attract custom with some pretty lucrative offers.

As always, Paddy Power have stepped up to the plate.

The Irish firm, who are always good value around this time of year, have announced they will refund selections in the Supreme Novice Hurdle up to a maximum stake of £50, the first race of the Festival, should your horse finish 2nd, 3rd or 4th.

All bets only apply to win bets, so no point going each way with this one.

Remember they also offer a free £20 bet to all new customers to spend on any race at Cheltenham. You only have to bet £5 to receive £20.

Where should the money be going in the opening race then?

With Paddy Power’s offer in mind, this looks a fantastic opportunity to go feet first into the chances of a horse that is all about consistency.

The way we are playing the race is to stick the £20 straight on the chances of the Nicky Henderson-trained Josses Hill at 12/1.

Henderson hasn’t won the opening race of the four day extravaganza for 23 years but boy has he gone close in recent years. My Tent Or Yours finished second last season, Darlan was beat by Cinders And Ashes and even Sprinter Sacre could only finish third behind Al Ferof three years ago.

Josses Hill is his first string for this year’s renewal and looks a rock solid option in terms of Paddy Power’s offer. His form makes it hard to see him being out of the first four. He was only outstayed by a whisker in the Tolworth Hurdle at Kempton, where he and Royal Boy pulled a mile clear of the remainder.

This looks a proper bet to nothing. If he does the business you win £240 and in strong likelihood he finishes in the top four, you get your stake back. Easy money.

Cheers Paddy!

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