Known as the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’, the Cheltenham Festival is to the horse racing betting fan the equivalent of the World Cup - the highlight of the jumps season and the ultimate battleground for bookmaker vs punter. Terms & conditions apply to each of the offers below; click "Bet Now" for further information. New customers only. Age 18+
After all of the anticipation, all of the buildup, the Cheltenham Festival gets underway every year with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a race which, in recent years, has seen some of the future stars of jumps racing make their first big statement. From a top novice hurdle, we move to a top novices’ chase with the Arkle, but there is no doubting the highlight of the day: the Champion Hurdle. Top picks for the hurdle include last year’s winner Buveur D’Air, last year’s Triumph Hurdle winner Defi Du Seuil and Faugheen ‘The Machine’.
Day two kicks off with another top-class novices’ hurdle with the Neptune before moving onto the RSA Chase, which often draws some of the top staying chasers away from the Gold Cup. This year’s favourites for the RSA Chase include Yanworth and Death Duty. The key race of day two is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which features the best chasers in class over 2 miles. Last year’s Arkle winner Altior is expected to face Douvan, with one of them likely to take the crown. The day ends with three interesting and unusual races in the Cross Country Chase, the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race and the Champion Bumper.
Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival starts off with The JLT Novices’ Chase and the Pertemps Final before a couple of beauties in the middle of the card. The Ryanair Chase has featured huge quality over the last few renewals, putting it in a league with the ‘big four’ races at The Festival. This year’s Ryanair Chase features the likes of Fox Norton, Un De Sceaux and Min. Following that is the highlight of the day with the Stayers’ Hurdle - the top race for staying hurdlers. Be sure to look out for Unowhatimeanharry, Nichols Canyon and Faugheen. The Stable Plate, Mare Novices’ Hurdle and the Kim Muir close out the penultimate day.
Day four gets started with a trio of hurdles, with the Triumph Hurdle followed by the County Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. After these comes the real highlight of The Festival - The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Sizing John was last year’s Gold Cup winner; other favourites from last year, including Thistlecrack, Native River and Djakadam, are expected to be in the running for the Cup as well as Might Bite, last year’s RSA Chase winner. Day four and The Festival as a whole close out with the Foxhunter Chase, the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle and the Grand Annual Chase as the final swansong of what is sure to be another fantastic festival.