The 2014 Cheltenham Festival is now less than a month away and racing fans everywhere will be looking forward to national hunt racing’s biggest event of the season.
With 27 top quality races to take place over the four days of the festival, punters will be figuring out just who they will bet on.
Although the odds of most races are now set, there will still be some changes as the last Cheltenham trial races take place.
One race which has gone through a change is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with the odds last updated after the Irish Hennessey, which Last Instalment won in style.
After such an impressive victory, Last Instalment’s odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup have been slashed to 6/1 with Coral.
Getting Ready For The Festival
As trainers make the final plans for their horses, races can be studied in an effort to see how they could unfold.
As with any Cheltenham Festival there will always be surprise winners and hot favourites who don’t live up to their hype, but with thorough preparation you can limit this risk.
After the festival expanded to four days in 2005 the organisers made sure that on every single day there was a championship race.
These races often feature the most well known names and will be the most prestigious to win.
The Biggest Races
The championship race of the first day is the Champion Hurdle and The New One is the current favourite with Coral at 3/1.
Hoping to challenge him will be the famous Hurricane Fly who is priced at 11/4. This race features many of the very best hurdlers.
The highlight of the second day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the current favourite is Sprinter Sacre.
With odds of 4/5 Sprinter Sacre is a heavy favourite and should win with style if he can reproduce the performance that won him this race last year.
On the third day crowd favourite Big Buck’s will attempt to win his fifth World Hurdle title in six years.
However he will face a tough challenge in the up and coming Irish hurdler Annie Power. With both priced at 5/2 it will be hard to pick between them.
Finally the biggest race of the festival takes place on the last day with the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Last year’s winner Bobs Worth is this year’s favourite at 2/1 although Silvianico Conti is expected to go close.