Cheltenham Festival 2015: Colin 'the Tipster' Onens' race week tips

Colin 'the Tipster' Onens
Colin 'the Tipster' Onens is backing Holywell to win this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's racing guru Colin 'the Tipster' Onens offers a host of tips and horses to watch out for during the 2015 National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham.

Below you can find Colin's picks of the day to follow, complete with their own cautionary notes.

Day One - Tuesday, 10 March

This could be a Willie Mullins - Ruby Walsh hammering of the bookies. It also could be us hammered by the bookies, because they have got four, what you would call, 'bankers'. It's 12-1 for all four to win, which I think is absolutely fabulous value, because I think they are all going to hack up!

13:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle (2m ½f): I'm going for Douvan (7-4). Willie Mullins has won this for the last two years and I expect him to win it again.

Five-year-old Douvan is among a field of 12 for Tuesday's Supreme Novice Hurdle

14:05 Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (2m): There's a horse called Un De Sceaux (4-7). Even I could kick this one home!

15:20 Champion Hurdle (2m ½f): In the champion hurdle, Faugheen (11-10) won the Neptune last year. It is not going to be an easy race to win. The New One will be at him all the time and you have got Hurricane Fly yet again from Mullins' yard, and last year's champion will not be far away, but Faugheen for me. I think he is a bit special.

16:00 Mares Hurdle (2m 4f): Well we know this is a Mullins race because he has won it for the last six years. This year, if, and I say if, Annie Power is in the race, she will win it. She might go for the World Hurdle instead though - her owner likes having a pop at the big races, and good luck to him. I like an owner that gambles.

Mrs Tipster has also got one for you. Sego Success (9-2) is running in the 16:40 Toby Balding National Hunt Steeple Chase (2m 4½f). You know what Mrs Tipster is like - as daft as her husband!

Day Two - Wednesday, 11 March

15:20 Queen Mother Champion Chase (2m): This is going to be a good one. Sprinter Sacre (5-2), will it be back to form? Nicky Henderson is a genius at getting horses ready for the festival. If anybody can do it, he can. There is an 'if, but and maybe' about the horse, but if it comes back to form it will win this pulling the cart!

16:00 Cross Country Chase (3m 7f): Any Currency (6-1) loves the course and knows it backwards, so at these weights I would be mad not to tip it. It is going to win, I have got to tip him!

Day Three - Thursday, 12 March

15:20 World Hurdle: If Annie Power (4-1) turns up, be wary - it could win it.

16:00 Plate (2m 5f): Monetaire (10-1). This is the bet of the whole meeting for me! David Pipe is special. My mate Sean tells me this is a 'fill your boots' time. We have been waiting for this horse to run, so get on it!

Annie Power (left)
Annie Power (left) came second in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham last year

Day Four - Friday, 13 March

I love this day - it is Gold Cup time!

15:20 Cheltenham Gold Cup (3m 2½f): It is probably going to be one of the best you will ever see, there are so many good horses in this race. But, if the ground turns good and quicker, Holywell (10-1) will win this doing handstands. I have been waiting for the ground to dry up just for this horse. I am worried about Many Clouds (8-1) and so many other horses in this race though. It is going to be a belter!

16:00 Foxhunter Chase (3m 2½f): Look out for Two Rockers (12-1) trained by Adrian McGuire. This horse will fly home! He knows how to ride so he is going to know how to train. Get on it.

What the trainers say

Willie Mullins told me, in the Gold Cup, back Djackadam (10-1). Willie thinks this horse will be suited by Cheltenham and he really fancies it big time. It is probably an each-way bet.

I have also spoken to Phillip Hobbs. He always gives us a winner. He is tipping Wait For Me (14-1) in the Champion Bumper on Wednesday. Phillip said this is a lovely horse and will go close.

In the Final Handicap Hurdle on Thursday, he has gone for Big Easy (12-1) who is Gloucestershire-owned by Terry Warner. Phillip likes this horse. He is confident, he is in cracking form, and going well.

Jonjo O'Neill has emailed me and he really is big on Holywell for the Gold Cup, like me. No rain please! He also tips Goodward Mirage which is down for three races this week. Jonjo said it has been an unlucky horse but hopefully it will come right at Cheltenham.

Jonjo O'Neill
Jonjo O'Neill trained 2010 Grand National winner Don't Push it, ridden by AP McCoy

He also fancies Rum and Butter (33-1) in Tuesday's Novices Handicap Chase. Jonjo is sweet on it. He sent me two winners last year.

The Forecast

Everybody knows the going is very important. The forecast is dry for all of Cheltenham week so it is going to get faster and faster. Be careful and make sure you go for horses that like good ground.

Colin Onens was speaking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Paul Furley.

All odds correct as of Monday 9 March.

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