The Cheltenham Festival is quickly approaching, and the greatest festival over the jumps will entice millions into betting during the four-days. Most punters have been watching the season progress since the early stages and have been carefully making notes of the runners that they will be supporting when the festival starts on the 10th March.
If you are keeping track of the Kentucky Derby odds on Twinspires.com, then take a gamble too at the very competitive British Cheltenham Festival.
There are several Grade 1
Notebook (Arkle Chase)
The first big race of the festival takes place on the opening day, as Notebook will be looking to maintain his reputation as the best two-mile novice chaser. The Henry De Bromhead-trained horse has enjoyed a season to remember to this point as he is unbeaten this season.
His last defeat came at the end of last season when he was beaten at Punchestown by Gardens of Babylon.
Since his return to the track, he has won on all four runs, but Notebook will be looking to improve on his last run at Cheltenham. On that occasion, he finished 12th.
This season’s form has made him a popular pick for the Arkle Chase, as he has beaten the other leading contender Fakir D’Oudairies already this season. Notebook’s odds will continue to tumble, so punters will have to move quickly to get decent odds.
Champ (RSA Chase)
If punters are looking for one horse that will have a minimal chance of losing, then Champ is the pick. The eight-year-old was named after the legendary jockey A P McCoy. Champ’s record is exceptional, as he has lost just four times in 12 runs. The most recent of those came on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham as it fell for the first time.
However, that should deter punters from how good he really is. He showcased his talent at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals last year. He won the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle by two lengths, before going to Aintree and winning the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle by three lengths from Emitom.
Very few horses in training have the change in gear that Champ possesses, and that is highlighted by the winning margins that he has been able to achieve throughout his career. The fall last time out may put off punters, but it shouldn’t. Champ is a class act.
Min (Ryanair Chase)
The Ryanair Chase is renowned for being one of the most competitive races during the festival, and this year’s instalment offers to be no different. Frodon will be back to defend his crown, but the preference this year would be for Min, who has been one of the unlikely stars of the season so far. Bookmakers makes him the favourite to win this race as Min has shown throughout his career that he is a high-calibre chaser. Throughout his career, he has won five Grade 1’s, but that Cheltenham Festival win is still missing from his CV, but this is the year that will change.
The Ryanair Chase looks to be his preferred route this year after finding success over the distance this season. He showcased his credentials at Punchestown in December to win by two and a quarter lengths from Hardline, before putting up an excellent challenge against the formidable Chacun Pour Soi at Leopardstown in February. Min will be the horse to watch in the Ryanair Chase, and if he can find his Grade 1 form, there will be no stopping him from getting his first, and well deserved, Cheltenham Festival win.