1pt ante-post win Fast Buck to win the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at 40/1 non-runner no bet

We’ve only advised one ante-post bet so far for the Cheltenham Festival – Clan Des Obeaux to win the Gold Cup at 10/1 – and it’s high time for another with just three weeks to go.

The Supreme Novices’ and Ballymore Novices’ hurdles are open betting markets – and perhaps the most surprising thing is Willie Mullins, who perennially trains the favourites of each race, has very little heading to either race that’s really fancied with his shortest top price in either heat currently 12/1.

Mullins has said he’s kept back a lot of his novices this season because of the prevalent good ground, but I find it difficult to believe, even just three weeks out, that we’ve seen his full hand.

One I’ve been looking for information on is FAST BUCK, who is entered in both the Supreme and Ballymore and chased Supreme favourite Fakir D’oudairies on his sole start this season since switching from the flat.

I’m not sure why he’s not been seen since but he is entered at Naas this Sunday in a maiden and is available at 40/1 non-runner no bet for the Supreme and Ballymore, and 33/1 for the Albert Bartlett.

Given he’s entered over two miles this weekend and has only run once over hurdles, I can’t see him running in the Albert Bartlett as it’s never been won by anything with fewer than five hurdle starts, and Mullins is already fairly well represented for the Supreme which leaves the Ballymore as a logical target.

His price can only go one way from where it is – in – and he would be an unlikely runner at the Festival if performing poorly this weekend, so it’s a safe bet with the NRNB concession.

1pt ante-post win Fast Buck to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at 40/1 non-runner no bet with Bet365

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