The Cheltenham Festival is days away. Punters are already wagering on odds being offered by sportsbooks and hope to lock in great prices ahead of the festival. The festival will feature 28 races spread out over four days. That is seven races a day, if you didn’t know. What are the five best Cheltenham Festival bets? Let’s look closely at them and then head to your favourite online sportsbook to wager on them.
Sizing John to win Gold Cup
Sizing John won last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup and collected three Gold Cups during his brilliant season. Unfortunately, Sizing John hasn’t continued his form this season, and goes into the Cheltenham Festival with little fanfare for a past winner. Currently the third favourite to win the Gold Cup, Sizing John is a great bet at 6/1.
BuveurDair to win Champion Hurdle
BuveurDair is the odds on favourite to win the Champion Hurdle. The horse, trained by Nicky Henderson, won the race a year ago. Currently at odds of 4/9 to win, it is difficult to look past BuveurDair to win the Champion Hurdle. BuveurDair is a strong horse, and punters can make some cash on a sure bet from one of the best trainers around.
Nicky Henderson’s horses
Famed Irish trainer Henderson has racked up wins at Cheltenham over the years. Henderson has three horses favoured to win their events. BuveurDair (Champion Hurdle), Altior (Champion Chase) and Might Bite (Gold Cup) are all expected to win their respective races. Will it happen? Well, experts believe it could. With Henderson’s track record, punters should have a wager on these three horses. BetVictor is offering a Henderson horse special. Punters can wager on Henderson to have trained five or more winners this year at odds of 15/8.
While Henderson could very well train five or more winners this year, Willie Mullins is predicted to be the top trainer at the festival. Mullins has dominated the top trainer award, as he has won it five out of the last seven years. Mullins is 6/5 to take the top trainer award again in 2018. Gordan Elliot is 2/1 while Henderson is 9/4. It is going to be a shootout between the three trainers and it is difficult to predict which one will come out on top.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdles
The first race of the Cheltenham Festival is always great. Not only is the excitement at fever pitch, but the nerves of the riders are high as they kickoff the four-day festival. Add in the running surface is a higher quality than later on during the week. This year’s hurdles is wide-open for the most part. FavouriteGetabird is 6/4 to win. Punters could start off the festival with a big cash win by wagering on a horse down the odds table. Be sure to check out past Cheltenham results and bet on your favourites to win at this year’s festival.