The Cheltenham Festival is the focal point of the National Hunt racing season and come the Christmas period and early New Year, action begins for Cheltenham Festival betting 2017 as punters go in search of the early value.
The 2017 Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday 14th of March and the first day - Champion Hurdle day - is one of the most eagerly anticipated days of racing on the calendar. The day begins with the famous roar for the opening Supreme Novices Hurdle, and progresses to the showpiece Champion Hurdle itself, which will see 2016 champion Annie Power defend her crown in the two mile contest.
Day 2 sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take centre stage, where the Willie Mullins trained Douvan is sure to be a hot favourite to fulfill his destiny and become the two mile steeplechase King. The seven-year-old has been near-flawless through his novice hurdle and chase campaigns to date and is just a very special talent who we should enjoy every time he performs on the track.
The Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle could also see a Willie Mullins horse dominate, with both Vroum Vroum Mag and former Champion Hurdler Faugheen in the picture for top honours in this division, which following the departure of King George and 2016 winner Thistlecrack is now open for a new star to fill his shoes.
The Ryanair Chase is always a highly competitive Grade 1 chase on St Patrick’s Day Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival, but attentions then turn to the fourth and final day, where the Cheltenham Gold Cup provides the highlight race of the week for fans of National Hunt racing.
The blue riband steeplechase is a highly charged betting heat and Colin Tizzard has a strong hand with Thistlecrack the favourite backed up by Cue Card and the hugely progressive stayer Native River.
Willie Mullins will be represented by Valseur Lido and/or Djakadam and you can be sure plenty of dark horses will emerge on the day. Cheltenham Festival betting 2017 is underway, so make sure you keep an eye on the markets for some stand out prices as we build toward March. Bookmakers are always offering enhanced odds prices on the big name horses too, so look out for those and ‘non-runner no bet’ concessions as well. Good luck!