It’s The Day Of The Famous Cheltenham Roar
One of the greatest sporting events in the world is upon us because the 2019 Cheltenham Festival starts today. There are 28 races over the next four days in what is called the Olympics of National Hunt racing. The meeting brings together the best horses trained in Britain and Ireland in championship races over hurdles and fences and a variety of distances. There is also the champion bumper and cross country race. Fourteen of the 40 Grade 1 races this season take place at Cheltenham this week.
There are betting markets for the leading trainer and jockey and we have already suggested Paul Nicholls is a backable price to train most winners. If he has a good week than Harry Cobden will ride several winners. He has the ride on Clan Des Obeaux in the Gold Cup and several other nice horses in the handicaps. He might have to ride at least four winners but HARRY COBDEN is the bet to be the top rider at Cheltenham at 16/1 with Coral.
There has just been a wonderful week of Champions League football in which three of the four away teams won on the night and qualified for the quarter-finals. Two of the three winners were big outsiders to move into the last eight after the first leg of the ties. Manchester City will be hoping history does not repeat itself as they have a 3-2 lead over Schalke ahead of the home leg. However, they should join Manchester United and Tottenham in the next round after a match for which BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE is the best bet at 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
Juventus host Atletico Madrid in the other Champions League fixture tonight but face a tough task in overturning a 2-0 defeat from the first leg. The final of the competition is being played at Atletico’s new stadium at the start of June but it won’t be a Madrid derby because Real were knocked out by Ajax last week. It could be an all-Manchester final which has never happened in any competition before. Atletico can keep things tight in Turin where UNDER 2.5 GOALS is the bet at 4/6 with Coral.