If you listen quietly, the buzz of the Cheltenham Festival can be heard.
From the 13th - 16th March, Prestbury Park, Gloucestershire becomes the centre of the National Hunt scene for a very good reason. This racecourse, trainers, horses and punters come here with winners in mind.
With Grade 1 races aplenty, punters can easily feel light headed wondering which race to make as their banker. If you have ever been to the course and part of the crowd, betting at this place is something to behold. The Cheltenham betting experience is like no other. Even watching TV on the box in the corner of the room, shivers go down the spine. The Cheltenham Roar starts what is a day of reckoning. The best horses battling for success. History makers not satisfied with their honours. ''Just one more victory''.
As a novice bettor, you may wonder how to bet on Cheltenham 2018. In truth, unless you have very deep pockets or bet small, you may not want to consider a flutter on every race.
The big races always get the pulse racing.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is for many the most significant National Hunt racing on the calendar. Run over a distance of 3 miles 2 1/2f, this Grade 1 race is open to horses aged five years and older. Twenty-two fences stand between success and failure. There is no easy way to win this class race.
From a historical point of view, there is one horse that stands proudest of all. Golden Miller won this race five time in succession from 1932 – 1936. Can you imagine if a horse achieved that now! It would be the Frankel of the National Hunt.
Modern-day champions don't lack any lustre.
Best Mate is an iconic winner of three races (2002 – 2004). Hard as nails.
Kauto Star sticks in my mind. The only horse to regain the Gold Cup. A truly gallant, majestic and much-loved horse.
Sizing John won last year's Gold Cup for for trainer Jessica Harrington, ridden by Robbie Power, defying Minella Rocco and Native River who finished second and third, respectively.
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16th March - 3:30 Cheltenham – The Gold Cup.
Nicky Henderson could have a real bumper Cheltenham. With a number of leading fancies, this could be a year to remember. Might Bite is a horse hitting the headlines. This gelding is a nine-year-old bay owned by The Knot Again Partnership. An Irish-bred son of Scorpion, he is unbeaten in his last five races. With an official rating of 169, this is a progressive horse. Taking a look at William Hill betting, this horse is available at 3/1. Henderson is no stranger to success in the Gold Cup. Bob's Worth won back in 2013. He started the 11/4f, running out a tidy seven-length winner.
The Gold Cup is a race of old faces, winners and stoic campaigners. Winners often try to defend their hard-fought titles. Sizing John, last year's winner, is a reminder that only a few taste glory. At odds of 6/1, there could value if betting each way.
Who else registers as a live hope?
Colin Tizzard trains Native River. This son of Indian River ran a storming race last year when finishing third. He was pretty strong in the betting but couldn't defy Sizing John. A most recent win, when odds-on at Newbury, saw a classy display. Plenty of punters will be snapping up 11/2 which William Hill offer at this time.
Gold Cup Pointers:
The majority of Gold Cup winners come from the major fancies if not the favourites. Bookmakers have plenty of data to help assess the chance of each runner. With only one horse winning at 20/1 in the last twenty years (Lord Windermere), it suggests you are wise to stick with the first four or five in the market.
Good luck with your bets.