The Cheltenham Festival event will be held in Prestbury Park located on the outskirts of Gloucestershire spa town. It is so glamorous that the only other event that can measure up to its level in terms of prize money and attendance is the Grand National. The event consists of several races including Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayer’s Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup all held in a span of four days. This year’s event is scheduled to take place between Tuesday, 13th March and Friday, 16th March.
The event this year will be one of the most interesting, especially with the return of big names like Ruby Walsh, the top jockey who has ridden the backs of 56 winners. He has been on an injury break after experiencing a fall during Let’s Dance at Punchestown last year but he is expected to return in good time and feature in the race. He has promised his fans that he will start riding out beginning next week and he will be completely fit by the time of the festival. Given the huge number of favorites for the Gold Cup this year, it will be really hard to predict the outcomes.
As for the ante-post market for the Champion Bumper, Blackbow, trained by Willie Mullins has the best Cheltenham betting odds this year. This follows his two wins at Leopardstown recently and the fact that he beat Rhinestone during the last competition in a Grade II event. In the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Politologue with 5.50 odds at Boyle Sports is number 1 favorite followed by Fox Norton who has 10.0 odds. In the Stayer’s Hurdle, Nichols Canyon (10/1) and Cole Harden (14/1) are the horses to watch since they pulled up amazing performances last year. Finally, when it comes to the Gold Cup, it would be wise to wait until they reveal the weights before making a move.
We cannot leave bookmarkers out of this review, as there are some that have come up with very friendly terms as highlighted below. Betfair is promising a reward of a token that is the same as your stake in terms of value for every bet of at least 4 odds placed on any live Channel 4 race on Friday or Saturday and won. The reward is up to £25. With Coral, if you wager on specific jump races and your horse falls, unseats the rider or is brought down, your stake will be refunded up to£25. William Hill has not been left out in the quest to attract punters. They are giving a 25% bonus to anyone whose runner wins by a minimum of 5 lengths.
There are only a few days left until hundreds of thousands of fans make their way to Cheltenham. The tickets for all the four days are still available at the Cheltenham Racecourse website and you should make a point of acquiring one because waiting for gate-tickets results to disappointments most of the time. There is more than £4.5 million of reward money to be won in addition to silverware, titles and a handful of bragging rights. In addition to races, Taylor and the Mason, The Wicker Man and The Hipcats will entertain the audience.