Horses to Watch in the 2019 Cheltenham Festival

Everything could be all set up for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival only to be disrupted by the weather. From our experience with the weather as human beings, we know that the situation can even get to a point that no race will be conducted. It is for this reason that the weather forecast for the 4 days the Cheltenham event will take place is gaining popularity across the internet. As of Tuesday, the first day, you can expect a windy day with light showers and an average temperature of 90C. There is also a 50-50 chance that there will be rain. On Wednesday, it is expected that it will be partly cloudy during the day as is the expectation for Thursday and the average temperatures for the two days will be 90C and 100C respectively. The likelihood for rain on the Gold Cup Day is sixty percent and the average temperature is expected to be 110C. As of now, there haven’t been any indications of any weather hazards dangerous enough to disrupt the activities planned across the four competition days.

Steeplechase scene black whiteIf you have been updating yourself in the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival this year, you might have heard that Harry Skelton had taken a few days off race-riding. He is expected to participate in the Ultima Handicap Chase on the back of Crucial Role, the Novice’s Hurdle while on Beakstown and the Pertemps Final while on the back of Notwhatiam. Skelton had suffered a series of falls but after that break, he says he feels fine and he intends to go back to riding on Thursday. His last performance was on Saturday at Newbury where he fell off Falcon Sun in a handicap hurdle while at just the third-last flight. He says that given the resources that they channel towards preparation for Cheltenham, he intends on lifting their banner up high one hundred and ten percent. In the jump jockeys’ championship, Skelton is ranked second from Richard Johnson with just 33 wins between them.

If you are on the Internet looking for the best tips to bet on cheltenham festival, you are completely in the right place. To begin with, Apple’s Jade is one of the best bets for the Champion hurdle with an odd of 2/1 on Betfair. For the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday, Altior is leading the market with an odd of 5/2 while Supasundae is the number one favorite in the Stayers’ Hurdle on Thursday with an odd of 7/1. As for the Gold Cup on Friday, the results are usually highly unpredictable but the horse leading the market is Presenting Percy with an odd of 7/2. To place these bets and many others, you can consider several bookies depending on what kind of offers you are looking for. At Coral, in the first race of every day, all winnings will be doubled if the conditions provided are met. You can also consider Bet365, which is giving new customers bet credit of up to £100 for every £5 deposit. Perhaps the most interesting offer is from RaceBets, which is giving a free bet of £10 if you place a bet any day from the 4th of March to the 11th, which is the week before the festival kicks off.

For those attending the event, you may want to pay attention to what you are going to wear especially given the weather forecast given above. The condition is going to be wintry and thus heavy dressing is recommended. Fancy dressing has always been prohibited in the Club Enclosure throughout the festival and this year will not be any different. Nevertheless, you will be allowed to rock your fancy dress in Tattersalls if Cheltenham does not find it offensive. For the others, you can watch the games via ITV, stream them online or follow the results on the Internet.

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Cheltenham Festival: 2019 Champion Hurdle Contenders

We’re now less than two months away from the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and excitement is building in the horse racing community. Arguably the biggest National Hunt racing event of the year in the United Kingdom, the best runners and riders will head to Prestbury Park with the intention of winning one of the most prestigious races on the calendar.

The showpiece race of the opening day is the Champion Hurdle. Tuesday is now known as Champion Day and fans have already started to place ante post bets on the winner of this particular race. Let’s take a look at a few of the leading contenders for the 2019 Champion Hurdle, including defending champion Buveur d’Air.



Buveur D’Air has won the last two renewals of Tuesday’s showpiece race at the Festival and he will take some stopping in his pursuit of a third success. With Barry Geraghty on board yet again, Buveur D’Air should be there or thereabouts as they enter the closing stages of the race.

Punters will be wary of taking the 2/1 for Buveur D’Air to prevail though. He was a beaten favourite at Kempton Park on Boxing Day before scraping past a weak field at Sandown. He is likely to find more at Prestbury Park but is by no means a certainty to win.

Odds: 2/1



Write Apple’s Jade off at your peril. She finished a disappointing third when odds on in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham last year but has since won four in a row. More impressively, the combined distance in these four victories is 73 lengths. And she’s beaten some pretty good horses in the process…

Gordon Elliott will be aiming Apple’s Jade at the Champion Hurdle despite Michael O’Leary refusing to rule out another effort at the Mares race. At her brilliant best, Apple’s Jade will be a tough nut to crack up against the boys.

Odds: 9/4



Laurina will head to Cheltenham with a record of five wins from five races – an impressive feat to say the least. She romped to a 48 length victory over her sole rival at Sandown last time out but question marks remain over the quality of her opponents. Unlike Apple’s Jade and Buveur D’Air, Laurina is yet to beat anyone of note.

Willie Mullins has won this race four times since 2011 and plenty of punters will be piling in on his runners at the Festival. Laurina will almost certainly feature at some point in the horse racing predictions on Betting.Betfair ahead of March’s meeting.

Odds: 5/1



The dark horse of the race. Verdana Blue emerged victorious against Buveur D’Air in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park but was that result simply a fluke? Only time will tell – we haven’t seen her on a racecourse since that triumph and punters will be keeping a close eye on any declarations in the coming weeks.

A prep run ahead of Cheltenham would be ideal. Verdana Blue is an inconsistent type but cannot be dismissed based on that effort on Boxing Day. If she emulates that performance, Apple’s Jade and Laurina will have their hands full.

Odds: 12/1