Racebooks Take A Look at Cheltenham FestivalPosted by: Mike Davis
Online horse betting fans can rejoice as March 14th will hail the start of the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ and no, this isn’t a reference to the record-breaking offense the Rams wielded in the early 2000s. Rather, it’s in regards to the thrilling racebook action that will commence at Prestbury Park this upcoming Tuesday, also known as the Cheltenham Festival.
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The Cheltenham Festival is a meeting, held over four days, in the National Hunt racing calendar in the UK whose prize money is only exceeded by the Grand National. Many of the best British- and Irish-trained horses compete at the Cheltenham Festival and since the event coincides with St. Patrick’s Day, it is particularly popular with the Irish.
Several events are slated for this year’s action, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, and World Hurdle with the action officially beginning on the 14th. The most important event is the Gold Cup, to be held on Friday, but there are plenty of intriguing contests for online horse betting fans to tune in for.
Day One: Tuesday, March 14th
1:30 pm: Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
2:10 pm: Arkle Chase
2:50 pm: Ultima Handicap Chase
3:30 pm: Champion Hurdle
4:10 pm: OLBG Mares Hurdle
4:50 pm: National Hunt Chase
5:30 pm: Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase
Day Two: Wednesday, March 15th
1:30 pm: Neptune Novices’ Hurdle
2:10 pm: RSA Chase
2:50 pm: Coral Cup
3:30 pm: Queen Mother Champion Chase
4:10 pm: Cross Country Chase
4:50 pm: Fred Winter Handicap Chase
5:30 pm: Cheltenham Champion Bumper
Day Three: Thursday, March 16th
1:30 pm: JLT Novices Chase
2:10 pm: Pertempts Final Handicap Hurdle
2:50 pm: Ryanair Chase
3:30 pm: Stayers Hurdle
4:10 pm: Brown Advisory Plate
4:50 pm: Trull House Stud Mares Novices Hurdle
5:30 pm: Kim Muir Handicap Chase
Day Four: Friday, March 17th
1:30 pm: Triumph Hurdle
2:10 pm: County Hurdle
2:50 pm: Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle
3:30 pm: Cheltenham Cup Gold 2017
Best Online Horse Betting Options for Cheltenham Festival
Alpha Des Obeaux– RSA Chase (Wednesday)
Accounting for Might Bite’s inability to follow up his win at Doncaster with anything significant, most racebook players will be favoring Alpha Des Obeaux ahead of this event. Granted, it might seem hypocritical to favor Alpha Des Obeaux over Might Bite since the former hasn’t been in the public eye since pulling-up at Leopardstown last December. However, trainer Mouse Morris’ booming confidence ahead of this event should convince any on-the-fence punters that Alpha Des Obeaux is as solid a pick as any.
Yanworth – Stan James Champion Hurdle (Tuesday)
Yanworth wasn’t turning heads last time he competed at Wincanton, nor was he exemplary at Kemptom, but those events are vastly different than the Champion Hurdle, where Yanworth’s staying power will propel him to victory.
Djakadam – Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup (Friday)
The Gold Cup could be difficult to predict this year but it will likely end up going to Cue Card, Native River, or Djakadam.