Cheltenham Festival Big Race Betting Tips
The Cheltenham Festival 13th-16th is arguably the greatest exhibition of national hunt horse racing on the planet. 28 races take place across four days, including no less than 14 Grade 1 contests. Each day has its own feature race however, and this piece will look at the betting in each of the Big Ones.
Champion Hurdle – Huge Value Away from the Favourite Buveur D’air has been installed as the odds-on favourite at 4/7 with Paddy Power. While the horse is a class act, its price would only be attractive to those willing to part with large sums of money. Faugheen – arguably one of the all- time great hurdlers – is available at around 5/1, but has suffered some injury and temperament issues of late. The answer may lie in backing Defi Du Seuil at 20/1 each-way. Phillip Hobbs gelding has a record of seven wins from eight, including three Grade 1 wins last year. As the Champions Hurdle usually consists of a field of a dozen runners are less, backing Defi Du Seuil to finish in the top 3 could be good business.
Queen Mother Champion Chase – Excellent Altior It is difficult to ignore Altior in this race. Nicky Henderson’s brilliant horse has already won three races at Cheltenham, including two at the Cheltenham Festival (Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2016, Arkle Chase 2017). 5/4 (Ladbrokes) is the current price for him to step into the history books by winning three different races at the Festival. Value hunters might take a look at last year’s winner, Special Tiara, at 25/1. However, the horse has been disappointing in the three races sincethat victory.
Stayer’s Hurdle – A Very Open Race This long-distance hurdle is something of a puzzle. It will undoubtedly be full of talent, but nearly all the betting favourites have shown some bad form in patches over the last year. It might be worth using a betting promotion to back a couple of long-odds selections, so be sure to click here for the best Cheltenham free bets and betting offers. In that respect, Unowhatimeanharry could be exactly the type of selection to use a free bet on. 14/1 (888 Sport) are the current odds for last year’s favourite. It was only a year ago that he was being talked about as the best long-distance hurdler in horse racing. If he can recapture that form in the coming weeks, that price will be a steal.
Cheltenham Gold Cup – Take a Mighty Bite The biggest race of all takes place at 3.30pm (UK) on Friday 16th March. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is often one of the toughest calls in racing. However, this year’s early favourite, Might Bite, looks to have everything going in his favour. 7/2 are the current odds from William Hill. Might Bite is in brilliant form, having won the King George VI Chase in December. He was unbeaten in all of 2017 too. Last year’s winner, Sizing John, could challenge at 7/1. As could Native River at 12/1. However, Might Bite simply looks imperious and could soon join legendary names like Kauto Star and Golden Miller as a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner.