Cheltenham Festival – Key Race Odds & Predictions

Tipsters Review - 09-Mar-2020

 

Cheltenham Festival – Key Race Odds & Predictions

 

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is now upon us and despite some fears the annual event might not go ahead, organisers have insisted there will be no cancellation or postponement.

According to Gloucestershire Live reports, the spread of Coronavirus had raised alarm bells. Nevertheless, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Cheltenham Racecourse have reassured racegoers that everything will go ahead as planned.

While many major sporting events have been affected, the famous Prestbury Park venue will feature additional facilities and staff, following government health advice. This will mean the deployment of extra toilet facilities, plus thousands of hand sanitisers and paper towels available to everyone attending.

While it’s fair to say there might be less celebratory hugging and kissing amongst those attending this year, as winning horses and their jockeys go whizzing past the finishing post, the event itself should remain largely unaffected. As such, let’s take at the headline races on each of the four days, along with the favourites and those tipped to challenge.

Champion Day

Among the seven races being held on the opening day, the Champion Hurdle is always the biggest attraction, run on the Old Course over 2 miles and 87 yards. Epatante trained by Nicky Henderson is the 7/2 favourite leading the latest Cheltenham festival odds for this key race, although at 10/1 and fancied as an outside challenger, there’s also plenty of value from Supasundae.

Ladies Day

While some racegoers will be thinking more about their Ladies Day outfits, keen to look their best as they attend this popular second day of the races, the headline for betting action on the day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Having already won in 2018 and 2019, Altior is the 15/8 favourite looking to make it three years in a row, yet A Plus Tard at 7/1 could end up being a party pooper if the Henry De Bromhead trained runner meets expectations.

St Patrick's Day

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Ruby Walsh, the now retired legendary Irish jockey, has chosen A Plus Tard amongst his Cheltenham festival tips for the Ryanair Champion Chase on the third day, believing it’s hard to look beyond the 9/4 favourite for this race. As for the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle, Walsh has tipped another favourite with Paisley Park at 4/6 odds, while fancying 12/1 shot Penhill to provide the closest real challenge.

Gold Cup Day

As the final day of racing at the Festival, all eyes are on the marquee race itself with the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup the main event among the seven races that are scheduled. This one should be particularly interesting, with Al Boum Photo, who brought Willie Mullins his first Gold Cup triumph in 2019, 7/2 favourite for a repeat in 2020. However, with such powerful runners as Santini, Delta Work, Lostintranslation, Clan Des Obeaux and Kemboy.

With the famous Cheltenham Roar from racegoers urging these mighty horses around the New Course, it could be wide open as they romp towards the finishing post. The Gold Cup this year certainly promises to be a thrilling and unmissable race.

 


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