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Latest Cheltenham Festival Odds
The top internet bookmaker for Cheltenham betting is Bet365 (£200 free bets). They have odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, World Hurdle and more. Compare latest odds on Cheltenham's big races from the top bookies below:
CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP BETTING ODDS:
March 2014; Click best odds in bold to visit that bookie:
|Sir Des Champs||5/1||6/1||6/1||5/1||7/1||7/1||5/1||13/2||8/1|
|The Giant Bolster||33/1||33/1||33/1||33/1||33/1||33/1|
|Back In Focus||33/1||33/1||33/1||33/1||33/1||50/1|
|Time For Rupert||66/1|
Each-way bet place terms: 1/4 odds 1-2-3.
CHELTENHAM CHAMPION HURDLE BETTING:
March 2014; click best odds in bold for that bookie:
|My Tent Or Yours||6/1||6/1||6/1||6/1||6/1||6/1||5/1||5/1||6/1|
|The New One||7/1||8/1||7/1||7/1||8/1||6/1||7/1||7/1||7/1|
|Rock On Ruby||12/1||14/1||20/1||16/1||12/1||16/1||20/1||12/1|
|Un De Sceaux||25/1||33/1|
|Cinders And Ashes||33/1||50/1||50/1||50/1|
|Up And Go||50/1|
Each-way place terms: 1/4 odds 1-2-3.
QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE BETTING:
March 2014; click biggest odds in bold to visit bookie:
|Sire De Grugy||25/1||16/1||25/1||25/1||33/1||25/1|
|Mail De Bievre||50/1||50/1|
Each-way place terms: 1/4 odds 1-2-3 except Betfred and William Hill 1/5 odds 1-2-3.
WORLD HURDLE BETTING ODDS:
March 2014; click biggest odds in bold to visit that bookie:
|At Fishers Cross||7/2||7/2||4/1||4/1||4/1||9/2||3/1||4/1|
|The New One||8/1||10/1||14/1||14/1||10/1|
|Reve De Sivola||16/1||25/1||25/1||16/1||14/1||20/1||25/1||16/1|
|Get Me Out Of Here||40/1||50/1||50/1||66/1|
Each-way place terms: 1/4 odds 1-2-3.
Cheltenham Festival betting punters' favourite
The four day Cheltenham Festival in March generates the sort of volume of betting revenue that could influence the most robust of City financial markets. Most of it is placed with the top online bookies such as Bet365.
An estimated half billion of Cheltenham betting wagers are placed on the twenty six races that comprise the Cheltenham Festival. Unlike the Grand National which brings non-gamblers out of the woodwork just once a year to have a tiny tryst with fortune, the Cheltenham Festival is a magnet for serious gamblers and jump racing enthusiasts ready to put their betting money where their mouth is.
It is not just the bookmakers that benefit from the betting frenzy, some 260 of which are present at Prestbury Park to gain their share of the fifty million pounds that changes hands on course during the Cheltenham Festival. Another fifty million pounds is generated for the local Gloucestershire economy from the two hundred and fifty thousand potential punters who will attend the Festival. It is divided between the local hotels, pubs, clubs, taxi firms, liquor sellers and even sandwich shops as visitors make it a week to remember.
Gloucestershire in general and Cheltenham in particular is not without a full and varied calendar of other events ranging from the literary to agricultural, but their impact is dwarfed by that of the Cheltenham Festival.
Jump racing enthusiasts worldwide converge on Cheltenham for the Festival, often staying for the week. Worldwide is a slightly misleading term. An extremely large percentage of the invasion is Irish. Two hundred thousand bottles of Guinness are consumed during the Festival.
One well known budget airline schedules an additional thirty flights each day during the four day festival to facilitate the pilgrimage of the Irish to the high church of jump racing.
It is not just the Irish people that come to the Festival as they bring their best horses. While some, like Beef or Salmon, never quite delivered the quality of performances executed within the Emerald Isle at Cheltenham, others have scooped a large percentage of the total of over three million pounds of prizemoney. Irish horses have won The Champion Hurdle 8 of the last 12 occasions.
In 2006, Irish horses claimed the three most highly acclaimed prizes that the festival has to offer and fielded the first three in the Gold Cup, led by the appropriately named War of Attrition, which just happened to fall on St Patricks Day. In that year the Irish celebrated an impressive ten victories.
The rivalry between the Irish and the English tribes contributes to the unique atmosphere of the Cheltenham Festival. It was Cottage Rake’s hat trick from 1948 to 1950 in the Gold Cup that helped create growing impetus behind the Irish invasion of Cheltenham to deny the English of victory on their home turf.
Who knows the impact of the Irish on the Cheltenham Festival betting revenues? There is a story that, in 1998, one Irish man won enough on Istabraq in the Champion Hurdle to pay off his mortgage but then lost his house on Dorans Pride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting forays. Afterwards he is said to have been pragmatic about the outcome as “it was only a small house.”
To win at Cheltenham horses need to be experienced. 22 of the past 26 Champion Hurdle winners won last time out and 16 of the last 21 winners had won at Cheltenham before. While they gain this experience there is substantial ante post betting activity, particularly in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle betting. For racing fans, one downside of the Cheltenham Festival is the tendency of racing journalists and commentators to see every race after the turn of the year as a Cheltenham trial. Good quality hurdle and steeplechase races attracting highly rated runners are often virtually dismissed in their own right and are talked of purely as a Cheltenham trial. The connections of winning horses may well just want to enjoy whatever success they can get.
The first Cheltenham Festival was a two day meeting in 1902. 1924 saw the inaugural Gold Cup with Red Splash claiming the £685 prizemoney. Three years later the Champion Hurdle was established as part of the festival calendar with £365 going to the winner. By 2009 the race offered total prize money of £370,000.
Such is the popularity of the Cheltenham Festival that certain horses that have won the Gold Cup more than once have become household names. Dorothy Paget’s Golden Miller managed five consecutive wins in the 1930s. In 1963, Arkle’s hat-trick of Gold Cups created a legend. Best Mate subsequently became the nation’s favourite racehorse with three consecutive wins in 2002-2004. His death at Exeter was reported on the BBC news.
The current obsession of the battle between the Paul Nicholls trained heavyweights, Denman and Kauto Star (literally in the case of Denman who is nicknamed ‘The Tank’ at Nicholls’ Ditcheat yard) for the Gold Cup has generated enough column inches to scale a pyramid.
From the punters perspective, prices of recent Gold Cup winners have not been astronomical. The longest priced winner ever was back in 1990 when Norton’s Coin brought home the spoils for Welsh dairy farmer and owner trainer, Sirrell Griffiths. In the past ten years five of the winners have been favourites, succeeding at prices varying from 8/11 to 4/1. Similarly, in the Champion Hurdle, 17 of the past 19 winners have started in the first six of the betting. When it comes to Cheltenham betting, it probably pays not to be too greedy.
The other big betting race of the Cheltenham Festival is the championship for the two-milers, The Champion Chase. First run in 1959, there have been many multiple winners of a race that suits specialist two-mile steeplechasers. These include triple winner Badsworth Boy and dual winners Pearlyman, Barnbrook Again (trained by Desert Orchid’s trainer David Elsworth), Viking Flagship and more recently trainer Paul Nicholls’ Master Minded.