The 2017 Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching as we get ready for four days of enthralling and exhilerating horse racing action.
The King George has been and gone, Cheltenham Trials Day has passed and its now onto the main event, and this year looks to be just as spectacular as years gone by.
It should be an absolute belter next week, and for racing fans not to be missed as punters can pick up a wealth of offers and the latest Cheltenham tips or read our cheltenham free bets page to pick up.
Its sure to be yet another exhilerating week at Prestbury Park so there’s good reason to pick up an exclusive or two.
Day One sees the Supreme Novices kicking off proceedings, with the famous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ sure to send tingles down the spines as punters and fans drool in anticipation. The much faniced Willie Mullins horse Min is well fancied to take the opener with Ruby Walsh on board.
Having won the race in the last three years, it would certainly be an upset if Min didnt come home first, although there has been support for the Nicky Henderson flyer Altior at 4/1. Another from the Wille Mullins yard, Yorkill has also seen plenty of attention, with 5/1 available in places.
The Arkle Trophy sees one of the bankers of the Festival take centre stage, with Douvan almost unbackable at a shortish looking 2/5.
The feature race of Day One is the Champion Hurdle, which looks wide open this time around. Willie Mullins’s Annie Power will be looking to justify her position at the top of the market, while old favourite The New One could go close for Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies at a decent looking price of 6/1.
Wednesday sees the Champion Chase with another Willie Mullins flyer Un De Sceaux heading the market. Rumours are that if the horse stays up, it wins the race, however jumping has been suspect, although if he gets around Prestbury Park in one piece he should win.
Nicky Henderson’s Sprinter Sacre, a previous winner of this race makes a comeback in the race after injury, and there won’t be a dry eye in the house if the old stager can recapture his form of old and take the race at 4/1.
Thursday sees Thistlecrack looking to justify his position as everyone’s tip of the Festival as he takes centre stage in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. If you want to double your money then take a punt on Colin Tizzard’s runner.
Having won the King George at Kempton at Christmas its the horse that is on the lips of everyone. However, having been beaten into second place by the tragic Many Clouds at Cheltenham trials day in January, he may not be as nailed on as some expect.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup rounds things off on Friday, and it looks wide open this year, with the two dons, Don Cossack and Don Poli go head to head, with Cue Card and Djakadam sandwiched in between.
King George winner Cue Card has seen plenty of interest and after a successful wind op Colin Tizzard could yet taste Gold Cup glory at a handy price of 11/2.
It should be a four day extravaganza of top quality racing.