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Fixtures at Cheltenham
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Friday 26th October 2018 Jump - Afternoon - Turf
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Cheltenham festival takes place annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, where the best horses and jockeys come together determined to win this spectacular event. It is the pinnacle of jump racing consisting of the Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle, the Champion Chase and the World Hurdle. It is held over 4 days, with a fantastic festival atmosphere and relaxed vibe from start to finish. Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season in both the UK and Ireland and it is what everyone works towards during the winter months. Kauto Star, Denman, Long Run, Imperial Commander, Best Mate are just some of the great names to have won the Cheltenham Festival.



Cheltenham Gold Cup Guide – Latest Race Card, Odds and Tips

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The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most exciting horse racing events on the yearly calendar, offering seven races on each of the five days, including at least one Grade 1 per day. Over 200,000 racegoers flock to the Prestbury Park racecourse for the festival, which starts on Tuesday, March 3rd this year.

The fourth and final day is Gold Cup Day. The Gold Cup main event always brings the most prestigious racers to the course, and spectators can also catch massively popular races like the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle and Foxhunter Chase. The full race card is as follows:

1.30pm – Triumph Hurdle – 2 mile 1 furlong, Grade 1
2.10pm – County Handicap Hurdle – 2 mile 1 furlong, Grade 3
2.50pm – Spa Novices’ Hurdle – 2 mile 5 furlongs, Grade 1
3.30pm – Cheltenham Gold Cup – 3 mile 2 ½ furlongs, Grade 1
4.10pm – Foxhunter Chase – 3 mile 2 ½ furlongs, Ungraded
4.50pm – Handicap Hurdle – 2 mile ½ furlongs, Ungraded
5.30 – Grand Annual Chase – 2 mile ½ furlong, Grade 3

The Gold Cup itself starts at 3.30pm. It is a Grade 1, 3 mile 2 ½ furlong race with 22 fences to be jumped. Runners and riders have not yet been 100% confirmed, and a lot can change between now and race day, but Sizing John is back to defend his crown, along with last year’s runner up Minella Rocco, Native River, and favourite Might Bite.

Betting on the races at the Cheltenham Festival is extremely popular, and it is estimated that around £500 million worth of bets are made on the event. The fields are notoriously large, and this can make it more difficult to pick a winner when compared to a football match, for example. Yet, Cheltenham Gold Cup betting can offer great value and large payouts.

In terms of who to bet on, that all depends on whether you want a favourite or an outside bet. Last year’s winner Sizing John might seem like the obvious choice, but a poor performance over the Christmas period has lead bookies to reduce odds to around 6/1.

Might Bite has taken its place as the bookies’ favourite, with odds of 3/1 to win the Gold Cup, following a convincing win at the RSA Chase and other races last year. Meanwhile, Native River, winner of the Welsh Grand National and Hennessey Gold Cup, is making a comeback following a very solid win in the Denman Chase at Newbury and could be one to watch with 8/1 odds.

Last year's favourites Djackadam and Cue Card have fallen out of favour and no longer hit the top spot when it comes to odds. They are outsiders, to say the least. Coney Island and Road to Respect have taken up rank near the top, with 10/1 and 11/1 odds, respectively.

Tickets for the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Day are now available from the Jockey Club. They cost around £55 for the Best Mate Enclosure and £110 for the Club Enclosure. You can watch the event on ITV Racing. Tune in at 1.30pm for all races, or at 3.30pm for the Gold Cup.

 

 
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