The Greatest Racing Show On Turf!
The sporting and betting week is dominated by one word: Cheltenham! Not only is it the biggest betting meeting in racing it is also one of the greatest sporting events in the world. The four day festival is the start of the spring and summer sporting season. It is closely followed by the US Masters, Grand National at Aintree, world snooker, World Cup, Wimbledon tennis and the Open golf… and this year there is a Ryder Cup.
Bookmakers are expecting a betting bonanza this week. There are 28 races at the festival and five odds-on favourites. The bookies love these multiple bets because if they get one favourite beat all the accas are down. The five timer pays over 10/1 and here are the supposed banker bets of the week:
Buveur D’Air – Champion Hurdle
Apple’s Jade – Mares Hurdle
Samcro – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
Altior – Champion Chase
Lurina – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
It’s difficult to find a weak link but SAMCRO is unproven beyond Grade 3 level and has never won at Cheltenham. The horse is more about reputation than form on the track so looks a lay at 1.74 with Betfair.
Only two of the winners of the main championship races can defend their crown. Buveur D’Air and Special Tiara (Champion Chase) are back for more but sadly Nichols Canyon (Stayers’ Hurdle) is no longer with us and Sizing John (Gold Cup) is absent through injury. All four races have a history of producing multiple winners.
A good way to have an interest in most races from one bet is to back a leading trainer and leading jockey contender. Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh are the favourites but with a great team NICKY HENDERSON (trainer) and NICO DE BOINVILLE (jockey) make some appeal at 9/4 with Ladbrokes and 16/1 with Boylesports.
Another meeting-wide market is the Betbright Prestbury Cup. This is a manufactured event that is a battle between Great Britain and Ireland to have most winners at the festival. Potentially heavy ground will favour the visitors so IRELAND should be backed.
Win, lose or draw have a good week and don’t forget to gamble irresponsibly!