Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Cheltenham Festival 2012

It's in the blood

Cheltenham Festival - The Runners and Riders

The Cheltenham 2012 Festival is the most eagerly awaited event in the National Hunt calendar. There are four days of racing and each day has a great race card that includes a variety of different races ranging from novice races through to Grade 1 featured races. Every year there are spectacular line-ups of runners and riders, and the 2012 festival promises to be no different.

The featured race on Day 1 is the Champion Hurdle which is run over 2 miles and half a furlong. It is anticipated that Hurricane Fly will make a good showing and the horse is a clear ante-post favourite over Grandouet, the winner of the International Hurdle last year. Another horse to look out for is Binocular, the winner of this race in 2010. 

On Day 2 the featured race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase.  Last year the race was won by Sizing Europe who this year is back defending his title. He is the clear ante-post favourite ahead of Big Zeb and the Nicky Henderson horse Finians Rainbow. 

Day 3 features the World Hurdle, which is run over 3 miles and includes 12 hurdles to be jumped. Big Bucks is the clear odds-on ante-post favourite. It is not surprising as over the last three years the horse has made this race his own, having won them all. Such a winning streak can’t last for ever, but there is no reason to suppose that he won’t make 2012 his fourth consecutive win. 

The feature race in Day 4 is of course the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is the most important race in the festival. Long Run was the winner last year and he shows every chance of repeating the victory in 2012. He is a clear ante-post favourite, though it is far too soon to write off Kauto Star, despite his advancing years; he will be 12 years old. 

The leading rider in 2011 was Ruby Walsh, a feat he had previously achieved in 2010 and 2009. Will be repeat it yet again this year? In 2009 he won seven races, in 2010 three and in 2011 four. Currently he is the Irish National Hunt champion jockey and his total of wins is now over 1,400; betting on him to clean up this year at the Cheltenham Festival could be smart money well spent. 

With the upcoming Cheltenham festival 2012 getting closer by the minute, why not come and check out all of the latest betting odds and offers today with


Managed Risk said...


I hear so much about the great cheltenham festival. please keep me informed about the details. i would love to see some pictures, if possible.

Thanks Jason


HCE said...

Hi Jake,

It is certainly something to look forward to. Definitely will make it a feature.

Kind regards,

MadGambler said...

Morning mate, yeah come the fezzie i will be doing a full card every day , excellent meeting !! , hows you today ? , whats your plans?

HCE said...

Hi Clint,

Bit bored to be honest. Nothing much happening - just waiting for the Flat season to start. I don't really know anything beyond the 2yos so pointless thinking about it.

Hope you are having a good day.

Neil said...


That's an interesting site.
Nice write ups for each race and affiliate links a go-go!

I tell you what, the best thing about Cheltenham is the multitude of bookmaker offers. Especially getting your money back if X horse wins, which you can offset against the exchanges. Some good arbs to be had if you play your cards right.

HCE said...

Hi Neil,

Thanks for your comment. I am a Flat racing fan through and through but even I get excited by Cheltenham. For some strange reason I have always like the Triumph Hurdle. I received some good news this evening. Sean Kelsey is going to write a Cheltenham Festival Preview which is a real plus for the blog. Brilliant. To be honest,I have little idea about the National Hunt but with all the Cheltenham fans adding their thoughts it will be something to enjoy - to befit such a racing spectacle. I will probably run a Cheltenham Tipping Competition with some prize money to add an extra twist. If any readers have some winning ideas then let me know :-).

Neil said...

Sounds like a plan.

Hey you'll never guess what promotion I got today from 888?
Money back on your bet if your horse finishes second in the 2.05 this Saturday (trials day)!

HCE said...


Sounds a good bet. I am going to make use of the free bet offers this new flat season. Not really taken advantage of them before so be an ideal time to start.

I really need a big priced winner on

Betmanmike has one hand on the money.