Paul Nicholls is The Trainer In Form Heading In To Cheltenham
It’s the jumps meeting that matters most and the Olympics of National Hunt racing. The Cheltenham Festival dominates a sport like no other single event in any other sport. Most of the biggest betting races of the year take place at Cheltenham over the next four days. There are 40 Grade 1 jumps races each season and 14 are run at the Festival which features the main championship races over hurdles and fences.
The betting for the leading trainer is dominated by the Irish contingent of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott who are a combined price of 4/6 to be the top trainer. The shortest priced British trainer is Nicky Henderson but the man in form is PAUL NICHOLLS who can be backed at 14/1 with bet365 to train most winners at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.
By hook or by crook Manchester United and Tottenham are through to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Manchester City take a lead into the home leg of their last 16 tie against Schalke and should progress. Liverpool have a tough task in beating Bayern Munich in Germany after a goalless draw at Anfield in the first match. Real Madrid and PSG are out of the competition after being prominent in the outright betting. ENGLAND should have three representatives in the last eight and it could still be four so look interesting at 4/5 with Coral to be the winning nation.
The Players Championship is known as golf’s fifth major due to the quality of the field it attracts. There are rarely any absentees from the top 50 players in the world rankings and it is the prize players crave the most after the four majors. The championship has a fixed home at TPC Sawgrass which is famous for the island green on the 17th hole. It is a course that puts a premium on accuracy over distance and suits JUSTIN ROSE who is 16/1 with bet365 to win the title.
It’s the final match day in the Six Nations which has come down to a showdown between Wales and Ireland in Cardiff. Only a draw would let England in to win the title and they are rare in the sport. Wales have a superior average point’s difference of three over Ireland and home advantage is worth about six points. On that basis WALES -2 is the bet at 10/11 with Coral.