Monmiral on his way to victory at Aintree
Monmiral on his way to victory at Aintree

National Hunt Special RequestABets including Cheltenham Festival tips for 2022

Check out our experts' long-range RequestABet specials for the 2021-22 National Hunt season, featuring Fran Berry and Alex Hammond.

Hot on the heels of the Jumps Season Opener at Chepstow, which saw impressive victories for the likes of Bravemansgame, Does He Know and Camprond, this week you'll be able to take advantage of Sky Bet's special National Hunt RequestABets selected by our very own tipsters.

We started on Monday with the Sporting Life team, on Tuesday Alex Hammond gave her advice, on Wednesday it was Irish expert Fran Berry's turn and today it's over to Team Timeform. The team each get the chance to nominate their antepost #RAB and explain the thinking behind their big-priced multiple.

The season-long bets are available via the links below (will automatically populate your betslip) and there is a maximum bet limit of £20 per customer.

Sky Bet are also running a Twitter-chosen RAB on Thursday evening, featuring polls on a variety of selections offered over the last few days.

Head over to the @RequestABet Twitter feed at 5pm Thursday to take part in the poll...

Thursday October 14 - Team Timeform

Monmiral to finish in the top 3 in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Newcastle)

Journey With Me to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival

Gentlemansgame to be placed in any race at the Cheltenham Festival


  • Monmiral was Timeform's highest-rated juvenile hurdler last season and the Fighting Fifth looks the obvious starting point. (8/11)
  • Journey With Me looked like an excellent prospect when winning the same Gowran Park bumper Bob Olinger landed 12 months earlier. (8/1)
  • Winning pointer Gentlemansgame was twice runner-up in Grade 1 hurdles but looks set to do even better in staying novice chases. (5/2)

Wednesday October 13 - Fran Berry

Galopin Des Champs to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival

One 2021 Cheltenham Festival Championship Race winner to follow up

Gordon Elliott to be the Cheltenham Festival’s leading trainer

  • Galopin Des Champs tasted Cheltenham success in the Martin Pipe before ending his season with an impressive Grade One victory at Punchestown. Whether he goes novice chasing or the Stayers’ Hurdle route, he can take a hand. (4/1)
  • As proven time again, it’s no easy task following up at Cheltenham and of the four championship race winners from last season only Honeysuckle looks a truly solid option at this stage. (6/4)
  • Gordon Elliott has more horses numerically than ever before and looks good value against last season’s winner Henry De Bromhead and Cheltenham’s winning-most trainer Willie Mullins. (9/2)

Tuesday October 12 - Alex Hammond

Appreciate It to go unbeaten in the 2021/22 season*

Joe Tizzard to train a Cheltenham Festival winner

Shewearsitwell to be placed in the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival

  • The Sky Bet Supreme winner Appreciate It took everyone (even his trainer) by surprise with the pace he showed over hurdles. He will be a potent force whether he goes chasing, or remains over the smaller obstacles.(5/1)
  • Joe Tizzard takes over from his father Colin this season and, after an underwhelming last couple of years by their high standards, they have a few bright prospects among the ranks and I can see the yard bouncing back this campaign. It would be wonderful to see Joe saddle a Festival winner. (2/1)
  • I’m part of the Closutton Racing Club that race the mare Shewearsitwell and she’s a star. Unbeaten in three starts and I’d love to be part of a Cheltenham-winning owners posse next March. Here’s hoping! (9/4)

*Appreciate It must run & win at least three times in 2021/22 (up to and including the Punchestown Festival) for the bet to be a winner, any loss and the bet will be settled as a loser, if he runs fewer than three times without defeat, selection will be void, rest of the bet will stand.

Monday October 11 - Team Sporting Life

Appreciate It to win the Sporting Life Arkle

James Du Berlais to place in any race at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival

Shishkin to go unbeaten in the 2021/22 season*

One 2021 Championship Race winner to follow up

  • Willie Mullins seemed surprised by the amount of speed his star novice Appreciate It was producing by the end of last season and the trainer’s immediate thoughts after the Sky Bet Supreme were a tilt at the Arkle come March 2022. He’s been known to change his mind before of course, but Mullins looks to have the ace in the pack once again. (3/1)
  • Sporting Life columnist Mullins has always seemingly had a very high opinion of James Du Berlais after he joined from France and last year had the look of an experimental season, featuring just two outings. He enjoyed the move up to three miles at Punchestown, though, and has lots of options going forward into the spring. (6/4)
  • Nicky Henderson is the master at bringing his second-season chasers along steadily and something will have to go badly wrong for Shishkin to have suffered defeat prior to Cheltenham. Then comes the acid test but this horse has all the makings of the latest two-mile star off the Seven Barrows conveyor belt - hot on the heels of Sprinter Sacre and Altior before him. (3/1)
  • The 'How many championship-race winners to follow up' is always an interesting market as the inclination is always to think several can do the double, but while Honeysuckle looks made for another crack at the Champion Hurdle, all the others look well worth taking on at this stage. So backing ‘one’ looks the logical move, and also effectively gives you something of a freebie on one of the others if Henry De Bromhead’s mare doesn’t make it to the Festival. (6/4)

*Shishkin must run & win at least three times in 2021/22 (up to and including the Punchestown Festival) for the bet to be a winner, any loss and the bet will be settled as a loser, if he runs fewer than 3 times without defeat, selection will be void, rest of the bet will stand

Thursday October 14 - Team Timeform

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