Cheltenham Festival 2019 tips: Why the bookmakers aren’t happy at the start of St Patrick’s Thursday

Punters won’t forget Ladies Day 2019 in a long time after a winning run of four favourites.

Festival ‘bankers’ Altior (4/11) and Tiger Roll (5/4) had the bookmakers on the back foot on day two, but worse was to come.

The heavily supported Band Of Outlaws (7/2) came with a surging late run in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, while Envoi Allen (2/1) and the unstoppable Jamie Codd were too strong for their opposition in the finale.

Supporters of the market leaders tossed scarves and newspapers into the air following the last race, as queues formed at the bookmakers’ pitches.

The incredible day for many racegoers came after just a single favourite won on day one in seven races, giving the layers the upper hand.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “It’s amazing how quickly the battle between bookies and punters can swing at Cheltenham.

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“We couldn’t have been in a much better spot after the Festival’s first 10 races, but wins for Altior, Tiger Roll, Band Of Outlaws and Envoi Allen have pegged us right back on the day, and it’s back to square one at the halfway stage.

“Punters have that all important momentum heading into Thursday, where Paisley Park is the one we need to get beat, while Sir Erec in the Triumph on Friday will play a big part in deciding how the rest of the Festival goes for us.”

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Altior justified his short odds in the Queen Mother Champion Chase

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said ‘punters have drawn level, if not 2-1 up’ at the conclusion of the second day.

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Lee Westwood was one racegoer who was counting his winnings, £48,200 from a £240 stake as detailed on Instagram.

At the other end of the scale, another punter turned £2 into £182,000.

He revealed how he only bets once a year.

 

 

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