2018 Cheltenham Festival Betting Lineup and Racebook Preview
Posted by: Mike Davis
With the start of the New Year, racebooks and punters alike are sizing up this year’s racing schedule. Naturally, the horse racing latest betting eyes will gravitate to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival betting opportunities. As usual, the Cheltenham festival is slated to take place in March and will be one of the highlights of this year’s racing calendar. The festival is known for attracting over 200,000 race-goers and over $600 million in bets. With this in mind, punters know beyond doubt that this year’s Cheltenham is one of the best wagering opportunities of 2018. Let’s take a look at what the festival will be offering this time around.
2018 Cheltenham Festival Betting Lineup
Champions Day – March 13th
The 13th of March will mark the Champions Day at the Cheltenham, as well as the first of the 4-day event. Moreover, the main race that punters will be attracted to is the Unibet Champion Hurdle. One horse to keep an eye out for in this event is Buveur D’Air, trained by Nicky Henderson, who won the race last year and will be looking for a consecutive title. Additionally, Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in this event. But then again, anything can happen on race day.
The doors open at 10:30 am for Champions Day event, with the first race kicking off at 1:30 pm. The day will conclude with the final race, starting at 5:30 pm.
Ladies Day – March 14th
This day is traditionally reserved for Ladies Day. For those unfamiliar, this event is when groups of ladies, downed in their finest garbs, show up for a day at the track. Surprisingly, this event is superbly popular with an award given out for the best dressed lady, along with a 10,000 Euro payout.
Ladies Day will feature opening and race times that exactly mirror Champions Day.
St. Patrick’s Thursday – March 15th
It might not coincide with the actual holiday, but Thursday at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival betting week will feature St. Patrick’s Thursday. Obviously, this day is focused on celebrating everything to do with Green, White and Orange; the colors representing Ireland’s own. Naturally, the day will be filled to the brim with Guinness and a myriad of Irish music playing ‘round dee track’. The highlight of the day will be the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.
Like Ladies Day and Champions Day, St. Patrick’s Day will feature the same starting and closing times. However, this day usually features a higher price for punters looking to attend the event in person.
Gold Cup Day – March 16th
The pinnacle of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival betting festivities is Gold Cup Day. It is by far the most desired day of the entire event.
Without a doubt, the results from this day’s races go down in history and there are more puts placed on this event than the other three.
Unquestionably, the race to look out for is the Timico Gold Cup. Over the past few years we’ve witnessed several big names with this event; Dawn Run, Kauto Star, and even Arkle.
This is the most expensive day to attend in person. As the other events, the starting and closing times are the same.
Betting on the 2018 Cheltenham Festival
As with most other events on the 2018 horse betting calendar, it’s quite difficult to bet on this event in advance. The reason being, that it’s all too common for jockeys and horses to drop out of the lineup leading up to the event. Nevertheless, this year’s Cheltenham Festival is slated to be one of the best in recent years. Getting an early look at the lineup, as well as the odds and lines, will help punters make line up some great parlay and picks.