With somewhere in the region of 400 horses running in the 27 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham betting possibilities are almost endless for punters and hundreds of millions will be spent over the four days of action. Some 11 of these races are classified as Grade One encounters, bringing together not only the best National Hunt horses from Great Britain and Ireland, but also elsewhere around the world.
Grade One races take centre stage in the Cheltenham odds
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle kicks off the Cheltenham Festival and when the tape goes up big roars often greet the horses and jockeys from the stands. The biggest race of the opening day of Cheltenham is undoubtedly the Champion Hurdle and will result in some detailed studying of the Cheltenham odds. The Arkle and the Cross Country Handicap are other notable races on day one.
Some major races also feature on the middle two days of the Cheltenham Festival. The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the standout contest on day two, while the Champion Bumper will also generate a lot of Cheltenham betting interest. There are two particularly lucrative races on the third day, with favourite backers keen to check the Cheltenham odds for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, while market leaders also tend to fare well in the Ryainair Chase.
Cheltenham Gold Cup odds likely to be busy
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is unarguably the centrepiece of the Festival, with some familiar names having witnessed success in the race in the past, including Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is also the leading event of on the final day of the Festival, but is ably supported by the likes of the Triumph Hurdle and the Foxhunters Chase, while the Grand Annual Chase brings the Festival to a close.