Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement

Horse Racing

Ruby Walsh’s ONLY Cheltenham Festival bet slashed in odds as ex-jockey eyes up big winner

RUBY WALSH looks to be sitting on a big winner after the odds were slashed on his only Cheltenham Festival ante post bet.

Jockeys are experts at reading races – but can be notoriously bad tipsters.

Will Walsh’s pick get revenge in the Gold Cup this year?

That looks to be far from the case with Walsh, whose sole Festival punt has been gobbled up in the markets.

Walsh, an 11-time leading jockey at the Festival and dual Gold Cup winner, goes back to the big race for his tip.

He put Al Boum Photo up at 16-1 and the horse is into 15-2 with Paddy Power.

The Willie Mullins-trained ten-year-old has won the race twice and finished third last year on the other occasion.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Al Boum Photo stuck with tradition by winning at Tramore on New Year’s Day.

And with that livener in the bag, Walsh reckons there is simply no way the horse finishes out of the money.

Walsh said on the Paddy Power From The Horse’s Mouth podcast: “I’m still happy with Al Boum Photo at 16-1.

“I think last year’s Gold Cup is probably the most solid bit of form we have on offer and I won’t be surprised if the first three in last year’s Gold Cup are the first three again this year, possibly in a different order.

“But I won’t be shocked if they’re the same three horses.

“I still think Al Boum at 8-1 is fine, he’s won two Gold Cups, he was third in the other one.


“I know he’s 10 and he’s not getting any younger but I think he’s fresh and he’s well and I can’t see him out of the money.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Walsh thinks the biggest threat will come in the form of A Plus Tard, last year’s Gold Cup runner-up behind Minella Indo.

He added: “I’m hoping Al Boum Photo wins, but I still think A Plus Tard was brilliant at Haydock, I think on another day could have won at Christmas (when beaten by Galvin in the Savills Chase).

“I think he’s a better horse than he was last year and I think he’s the most likely winner.”


Commercial content notice: Taking one of the bookmaker offers featured in this article may result in a payment to SE. 18+. T&Cs apply.

Remember to gamble responsibly

A responsible gambler is someone who:

  • Establishes time and monetary limits before playing
  • Only gambles with money they can afford to lose
  • Never chases their losses
  • Doesn’t gamble if they’re upset, angry or depressed
  • Gamcare –
  • Gamble Aware –




JAKE PAUL is set to move UP in weight and fight at a career-heaviest against Hasim Rahman Jr. The YouTuber-turned boxer has announced that...

Horse Racing

BRITAIN’S oldest professional jockey landed a £50,000 winner after thrashing rivals half his age. Jimmy Quinn, 55, was unstoppable on 16-1 shot Lethal Levi...


JAKE PAUL has officially announced Hasim Rahman Jr as the replacement for Brit Tommy Fury. The YouTuber turned boxer pulled the plug on his...

Premier League

SUPERYACHTS are the ultimate status symbol for the mega-rich with many splashing over £100million on their luxury vessels. This week Manchester City owner Sheikh...

Premier League

FULHAM and Nottingham Forest are competing to sign £12million Lille midfield ace Yusuf Yazici. The Turkey international helped his French club pip Paris Saint-Germain...


DEREK CHISORA and Kubrat Pulev almost came to blows on stage at their press conference to set the scene for an explosive rematch. The...