Cheltenham Festival 2015 Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching and trainers and owners are busy preparing their teams for the biggest four days in National Hunt racing. The 27 top class races, spread out over four days of superb entertainment, kick off on March 10.
The opening day’s highlight will see the Willie Mullins-trained Faugheen attempt to light up Prestbury Park with victory in the Champion Hurdle, looking to maintain his unbeaten record over timber. Later on in the week there will be a feast of top quality races with the Cheltenham Gold Cup rounding off the Championship action on March 13.
The big race on the opening day is the Champion Hurdle, a grade one event run over two miles and a half a furlong.
Last year’s hero Jezki will be doing his best to retain his crown but he will be facing fierce competition from The New One and upcoming star Faugheen.
The 2015 Champion Hurdle looks set to be one of the most competitive in years with Jezki among the ones to beat, following his win last season.
Faugheen seems to be the favourite for this one, but Jezki and The New One are solid bets with Jezki priced at 9/2 and The New One at 3/1 with Betway.
Wednesday sees the Queen Mother Champion Chase as the feature. The race involves a distance of two miles with twelve fences and it is the most prestigious minimum distance chase in National Hunt racing.
Previous winners are, Sprinter Sacre, Sizing Europe, Master Minded and Moscow Flyer. The sight of the best two-miler flying over the fences is sure to be one of the highlights of the festival.
Another top race on Day 2 is the long distance Neptune Novices Hurdle, which has featured high class horses such as Simonsig, The New One and Faugheen in recent years.
There is also the RSA Chase and the Champion Bumper which is garnering a reputation as one of the best races on the Cheltenham Festival card.
The ones to look out for in the Champion Chase are former champion Sprinter Sacre and last year’s winner Sire De Grugy both priced at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is the big race on Day 3. Running over three miles and twelve hurdles, the race has been dominated by some impressive horses in the past, not least recent winners Inglis Drever and Big Buck’s.
Last year saw two new superstars More Of That and Annie Power battle it up the famous Hill, as More Of That got the better of Annie Power.
Thursday’s feature race looks like it could be an exciting and open contest. With last year’s winner ruled out there’s a great chance for a new star to be born.
Paul Nicholls’s Zarkandar knows what it takes to win at the Cheltenham Festival and is a solid bet, priced at 5/1 with Betway. Other favourites are Saphir Du Rheu 5/1 and previous winner Rock On Ruby at 15/2.
The final day of the Cheltenham Festival is all about the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Run over three miles, two furlongs and 110 yards, the Gold Cup runners have twenty-two jumps to face before a gruelling climb up the Cheltenham hill.
Not only is it the biggest race of the festival, but it is also the most prestigious of the National Hunt season. True legends are made here, with the likes of Long Run, Denman and Kauto Star amongst recent winners.
Silviniaco Conti’s dominant display when winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day has made him a favourite amongst punters, priced at 10/3 with Paddy Power. Other solid bets are last year’s hero Lord Windermere at 10/1 and Road to Riches at 9/1.