The inaugural running of the Cheltenham festival has now arrived with connections putting the final pieces of work together with their horses ahead of the famous four days. Punters will be looking at the different options on where to bet on Cheltenham 2018 in order to not only get the best odds but also the top offers available. The festival starts with Champions day on the 13th March and the key race is of course the Champion hurdle. The 2017 Champion is Buveur D’Air and he will be looking to defend his crown with Betfair making him the current 8/15 favourite. He was very impressive in last year’s race and a similar performance would likely suffice.
Day two is Ladies day at Cheltenham with the showcase event being the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The market is headed by the Henderson trained Altior who has looked the top horse in training. He put in one of the most stunning performances in the Supreme novices hurdle and followed up again last year in the Arkle. He seems to have returned at the top of his game so is the current short priced favourite. His main rival looks to be Min who seems to have improved following his switch to fences so must go close. There is also still the possible return of the mighty Douvan but it would take some performance to win a Champion Chase following the injury lay off and with no prep run.
Day three is St Patrick’s Day and one for the Irish. It certainly was last year as Ruby Walsh landed an incredible record breaking four timer. The key race is the stayers hurdle and Betfair make Yanworth the 7/2 market leader. He is returning from a fairly underwhelming season over fences but if able to reproduce his Aintree run from last season he would have to be a leading contender.
The final and fourth day is Gold Cup day. The key event itself looks a very open race with another Henderson horse heading the betting in Might Bite. He is the current 4/1 market leader with Betfair and has been there since his King George victory over Christmas. He has several negatives behind him however but he continues to get his head in front so is a deserving favourite. Check out the infographic below which covers the leading jockey title race and the horses heading the chances.