Lastest odds and news about the Cheltenham Festival
The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching and only February stands in our way. Have you picked the winner of the Arkle or Gold Cup yet?
So what’s happening in the lead up to March’s Festival?
Nicky Henderson’s Mr. Whipped is a contender after winning in Warwick, and is 16/1 with 888Sport and a generous 25/1 with Betfair for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle, which is the first race of day 2 at the festival.
Malcolm Jefferson’s 7-year-old, Waiting Patiently, kept his unbeaten record over fences intact with an impressive win in the 32Red Casino Chase at Kempton Park. Betfair currently offer 6/1 in the Ryan Air Chase with William Hill offering 7/1, with some practice for Cheltenham to be had at the Ascot Chase in February.
Mine Now is likely to head straight to Cheltenham for the Pertemps Final on day 3. Peter Fahey is looking to give the 10-year-old a fresh shot at Cheltenham with the rest time. Prices are currently unavailable for the race but should appear shortly.
With 2018’s Cheltenham Festival, you have four days of action which all start with a flourish on March the 13th in the heart of Gloucestershire.
Spread across the 4 days you can take your pick and if the luck of the Irish is something that appeals to you, why not have a flutter on day 3 which is St. Patrick’s Day at the festival?
If you’re looking for some exquisite feminine class and style, then perhaps day 2 and Ladies Day will tickle your fancy?
For me the pinnacle of the event is the Gold Cup, and this takes place on Friday the 16th of March. I can’t make it to the course this year but will book a corner table in a rather dingy local establishment. I haven’t yet made my mind up as I am an indecisive so and so, my head says Mite Bite which is the 3/1 favourite with SportingBet and 10/3 with 10Bet, but my heart and an affinity for the name pulls me towards Minella Rocco which is between 16/1 and 20/1 across the board.
Who are you leaning towards for the 2018 Gold Cup?