Cheltenham Festival 2018, from the 13th of March – the 16th of March

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If you didn’t know, and I’m sure you do, the Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season and is only 2 months away. I am already getting that Cheltenham festival tingle and have always loved an underdog – an underhorse? – but let’s see what happens at Prestbury Park in the middle of March.

Leading owner Rich Ricci is hoping that strong contender Faugheen will still run in the Champion Hurdle despite being pulled up on his last start, and the odds seem to suggest he’s in with a shout.

Faugheen is still a pretty strong 2nd favourite with Stan James, William Hill and 888Sport all offering between 5/1 and 6/1. Other bookmakers have seen some strong support as they offer 11/4.

The shiny Gold Cup has to intrigue you

The highlight of the event among many is the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase which kicks off at 15.30 on Friday, the 17th of March – the last day of this four-day event.

Nicky Henderson’s Mite Bite seems to be the one to beat and is favourite with the likes of Sportingbet and Ladbrokes all offering between 3/1 and 4/1. Mite Bite’s King George success at Kempton on Boxing day has seemingly paved the way for both his Gold Cup presence, as well as his tag as favourite.

If, like me, an ‘underhorse’ is something you wish to put your backing behind, look no further than Thistlecrack. Stamina and some misdemeanors seemed to be his downfall previously, but at between 10/1 and 12/1 on the offering at William Hill, Ladbrokes and Stan James, he seems worth a punt – on your head be it of course.

Some extra info we should all know

Prestbury Park in Gloucestershire has been home to this historic event since 1902, with the festival actually dating back to 1860. Let us hope that the local cheese is somewhat more youthful.

Celebrities and dignitaries rub shoulders with average joes like myself, and this four-day festival is jam packed with both high class racing and entertainment. So put on your glad rags, lend me a hat and I hope to see you there in March.

Cheltenham Festival is the most known event of horse racing and at Betting Top 10 we are very excited about it.


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