Cheltenham Festival 2016: Colin 'the Tipster' Onens' National Hunt Festival tips

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

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's racing pundit Colin 'the Tipster' Onens gives his tips for the 2016 National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham.

Below, Colin tells us which horses you should be looking out for and also gives us his thoughts on Victoria Pendleton's involvement in the Foxhunter Chase on Thursday.

Champion Day, Tuesday, 15 March

13:30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle: There's three bankers in this one, can you believe, three bankers in one race? This is a bookmaker's dream. But for me Altior from Nicky Henderson's yard at 7/2 has to be the best of the day, this horse is superb. Don't believe the hype on Min - it's just hype.

15:30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy: The big race of the day. We're not sure what's going to show up yet - will Annie Power turn up for this race, or will it go later on in the week? If she does, she'll go close. But, trust me, The New One, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davis - it's going to be their year. Sam Twiston-Davis will kick this one home.

I'm as convinced as I can be from Nigel that Sam will ride The New One and not Old Guard. If his dad thinks it'll win, he'll ride it.

16:50 National Hunt Chase: Local Show from Ben Pauling's yard at 16/1. This really does look a good bet to me and the way Ben's horses are going out, he could send a rocking horse out and it'll win. Get on it.

Ladies Day, Wednesday, 16 March

14:10 RSA Chase: This is going to be one of my bankers of the whole meeting. More Of That. You know how good the horse is. It won the World Hurdle in 2014, it can't lose this. Mrs Tipster says there's no such thing as can't, but you know me, I think it's an absolute cert.

Sprinter Sacre
Barry Geraghty won the 2013 Queen Mother Champion Chase on Sprinter Sacre in 2013

15:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase: The favourite, Un De Sceaux, does look good in this, but at 4/6 it's not for me. I'm a man that very rarely uses my heart and not my wallet, but Sprinter Sacre - one of my favourite horses - I've got to say I'd love to see it win. Will it be fit enough? I think so. Go for Sprinter Sacre at 9/2 each way.

As my old dad said, 'back each way, back another day'.

17:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper: This is one of the hardest races to win at Cheltenham and one of the most fun ones. But for me, New To This Town coming over from Ireland at 10/1 had all the vibes about this. My Irish friends have been going bonkers, but 10/1 - look out for it in a very hard race.

St Patrick's Thursday, 17 March

15:30 Ryanair World Hurdle: You can call me mad, most people do, but I've got a 20/1 shot in this for you. It's called Kilcooley from Charlie Longsdon's yard. This horse is the forgotten horse, an absolute beauty it is. One little concern, it does need soft ground, so keep an eye on the weather.

16:50 Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle: Limini, 5/6 favourite, this is going to be the Irish banker of the whole meeting. I've been told it can't lose. Yeah, we've heard that one before.

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase: Silvergrove, it's a 14/1 shot. I think this horse is going to run a massive race. Ben Pauling's the trainer and I think this boy's going right to the top. He'll need a bit of luck, but don't we all.

Gold Cup Day, Friday, 18 March

Victoria Pendleton on Pacha Du Polder
Victoria Pendleton won her first race as an amateur jockey on Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton on 2 March

15:30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: It's Gold Cup time, everybody's favourite race. I did expect a big run from Holywell at 50/1 if the ground was good, but that won't run.

To win the race, I'm going for Cue Card. 5/1 it is, they're going for the million pound jackpot. And you couldn't have a better jockey for them than Paddy Brennan, one of the best riders I've ever seen ride at Cheltenham.

16:10 Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase: Victoria Pendleton. Should she race or shouldn't she? A big yes from me. Anything that can get people talking about horse racing, reading about it, watching it, going to see it - it's got to be great for the sport. I do accept things can go wrong, but they can go wrong in any sport, and the wonderful trainer Paul Nicholls will have Pacha Du Polder bang on for her.

Trust me, it's going to go close. I'm not tipping it, because I wouldn't wish that on anybody, but good luck to the girl.

Trainers' Tips

Jonjo O'Neill

Jonjo O'Neill
Jonjo O'Neill trained Synchronised to victory in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Jonjo's got three for us and his banker of the meeting is More of That in the RSA chase at 14:10 on the Wednesday.

Jonjo's also given us two in the same race believe it or not. If the ground's soft, Taquin de Seuil, but he needs soft ground. He's also tipped Johns Spirit in the same race, which needs good ground. They go in the Brown Advisory & Merribelle Stable Plate on the Thursday.

There you go, Jonjo's hedging his bets. He also said that all three horses are going grand at home and will go close.

Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls, he never lets us down and he's come up with a beauty for us. Clan Des Obeaux in the JCB Triumph Hurdle on Friday. Paul tells me he's a lovely four-year-old and will run a really good race. At 16/1 each way, what a smashing price.

Philip Hobbs:

Philip Hobbs - he's sent me five to look out for.

Kruzhlinin goes in the Ultima Handicap Chase on Tuesday, expecting a big run.

Rock The Kasbah goes in the Coral Cup on Wednesday and the next one is If In Doubt in the Pertemps Network Final on Thursday.

He's also tipping Wait For Me in the County Handicap Hurdle on Friday and Balthazar King in the Cross Country Chase on Wednesday, which is also Mrs Tipster's nap of the week.

All odds were correct as of Monday 14 March.

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