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2021 Cheltenham Festival Tips - Five horses to back NRNB

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  • We bring you five horses to back for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival
  • Paddy Power were the first to attach Non-Runner No Bet stipulations to all of their Cheltenham Festival markets this week
  • We highlight five horses that offer excellent value in NRNB markets
  • Honeysuckle, A Plus Tard and The Big Getaway feature amongst our tips
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Both Honeysuckle (right) and Benie Des Dieux (left) feature on our list of best NRNB Cheltenham Festival tips. (Getty)

This week, Paddy Power became the first bookie to go Non-Runner No Bet on all of their 2021 Cheltenham Festival markets. NRNB gives ante-post punters an insurance policy. Back a horse NRNB and, if it doesn't make it into that race for whatever reason, your full stake will be refunded.

We've taken a look through Paddy Power's Cheltenham Festival betting and highlighted five horses who are perfect to back NRNB.

Cheltenham Festival Tips - Non-Runner No Bet Top Tips

5. Honeysuckle - Champion Hurdle

Last year's Mares' Hurdle winner remains unbeaten, having held on to win her second Hatton's Grace on her only start so far. Honeysuckle will now head back to the Irish Champion Hurdle, before making the trip back to the Cheltenham Festival.

Last year, after winning at the Dublin Racing Festival, De Bromhead decided the Mares' Hurdle was the best option and Honeysuckle will probably return to that race to defend her crown. Yet, she's been handed an entry in the Champion Hurdle, and with Sharjah the only contender in that race to impress over Christmas, team Honeysuckle might just spy an opportunity.

4. The Conditional - Ultima Handicap Chase

David Bridgewater's star won a really classy renewal of the Ultima 12 months ago, beating Kildisart, Discorama and Vinndication off a mark of 139. This season, The Conditional has finished third behind the ridiculously well handicapped Cloth Cap in the Ladbrokes Trophy, and gone down narrowly to Mister Malarkey on his first start around a right-handed track in Britain.

The plan, currently, is to have a crack at the Gold Cup before going onto the Grand National. The Conditional will have his pre-Festival prep-run in the Cotswold Chase, but if he doesn't come up to standard there, then Bridgewater may fancy going back to the Ultima off his current mark of 149.

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The Conditional (right) could return to the Ultima, instead of the Gold Cup. (Getty)

3. A Plus Tard - Ryanair Chase

Henry De Bromhead's charge proved he could stay three miles in the Savills' Chase over Christmas. As Melon and Kemboy slugged it out at the head of affairs, Darragh O'Keeffe's smuggled A Plus Tard into contention, and stole victory from Willie Mullins in the strides before the line.

A Plus Tard now sits prominently in the Gold Cup betting, and it seems very likely De Bromhead will go down that route. He does, however, have an out-and-out stayer in Minella Indo to prime for the Gold Cup. A Plus Tard got there a little too soon in the Ryanair Chase last year, and Rachael Blackmore may fancy another crack at Min.

2. Benie Des Dieux - Mares' Chase 

Willie Mullins' top mare has run in the last three renewals of the Mares' Hurdle. Having won that race in 2018, Benie Des Dieux fell when in the process of winning in 2019, and was narrowly beaten by Honeysuckle last year, who saved vital ground coming around the final bend.

In an interview earlier in the season, where most were expecting Mullins to nominate the Mares' Hurdle again, Willie said he was likely to send Benie Des Dieux back over fences when she returns. Benie is unbeaten in three starts in chases, and jumps like a natural. If she does make her reappearance over fences, then Benie Des Dieux will be odds-on for the Mares' Chase.

1. The Big Breakaway - National Hunt Chase

Having fluffed his lines on his first start over fences, The Big Breakaway made amends at Leopardstown over Christmas, cruising to an impressive ten-length win. Both his chase starts have come over two-and-a-half miles, and Willie Mullins could throw his star back in with Envoi Allen in the Marsh, having been beaten just eight-lengths by Gordon Elliott's star in last year's Ballymore.

That being said, The Big Breakaway is clearly a stayer, and he's only going to improve as he's stepped up in trip. With stablemate Monkfish dominating the betting for the Festival Novices' Chase, Patrick Mullins - who rode him three times in bumpers - could partner The Big Breakaway in the National Hunt Chase instead. 

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