It’s the finest meeting in the world of horse racing and many punters would have been filled with excitement for a whole 12 months in preparation for the Cheltenham Festival 2012. With 27 races making up four days of action, there are certainly no shortage of Cheltenham betting opportunities and it is the one meeting where all of the big guns of the season arrive at one place to prove once and for all who is best.
Cheltenham Gold Cup leads the way for Cheltenham betting
The marquee event comes on the final day when Long Run will be out to defend his crown in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. There is little doubt that Long Run will be favourite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds again, but he can be expected to be given a stiff examination from the likes of Time For Rupert and potentially Master Minded.
Champion Hurdle also a key part of the Cheltenham betting
While the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the big event over fences, it is the Champion Hurdle that is the standout showdown over the smaller obstacles. Hurricane Fly won the race on his first visit to Cheltenham last year and will also not have it all his own way. Zarkandar will be among the youngsters looking to make a big impression, while Binocular will be well fancied after missing the last Cheltenham Festival.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle are just two of the 11 Grade One races that feature at the Cheltenham Festival. Among the others are the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, where Big Buck’s has his sights set on an unprecedented fourth victory, the Queen Mother Champions Chase, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle that kicks off the meeting and the Ryanair Chase.