The much-awaited 2019 Cheltenham festival is finally here with us and to kick off the event, there will be 7 races on Tuesday. These include the following; Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Grade 1, Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Grade 1, Ultima Handicap Chase, Unibet Champion Hurdle, OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Grade 1, Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase and the National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase. Nevertheless, since 2015, the average turn up of spectators at the racecourse has decreased by an astonishing 7.8% and the turn up this year is also not expected to go past last year’s. The attendance to the major events such as the Gold Cup is however still intact as the tickets were already sold out even before the first day of the festival. There are concerns that the races are no longer attractive to new competitors and prize money, especially given in the small races, has been going down over the years. This is the result of a study by the University of Liverpool Management School and it paints a picture of a festival whose glory is at stake.
Despite all of that, there is never a better week for any horseracing fan throughout the world to entertain themselves and for all the pundits out there to generate some income than this one. The festival is still a big deal and given the participants expected to take part, the event is promising to bring forth an interesting turn of events. To begin with, at the Champion Hurdle, set to take place at half past three on Tuesday, everyone is waiting to see Buveur D’Air’s performance. The horse is after a hat trick, which is a term used to describe three consecutive successes in sports. However, the competition this year is expected to be stiffer with Apple’s Jade having been pulled out of the Mare’s Hurdle to compete with D’Air. The best odds for this race are 2/1 at Betway and 11/4 at Bet Victor for Jade and D’Air respectively. PaddyPower is also offering 50/1 odds on Buveur D’Air but with some conditions.
To make the best out of this festival in terms of wagering, you not only need to consider sites offering good odds but also Cheltenham Free Bets. These include Money Back Specials, No Deposit, sign-up Enhanced Odds, Free Matched bet and the “Bet this amount and get this amount free”. The latest offers include a £20 Money Back for every £30 lost at the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by MoPlay. At Boylesports, you will receive £40 for every £10 placed on any race. With RaceBets, every time a trainer or jockey you have staked your money on wins, you get a £10 free bet. For the main events, the favorites for the races include the following; Le Richebourg for the Arkle Chase at 13/3 odds with William Hill, Altior for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 36/1 odds at PaddyPower and Presenting Percy for the Gold Cup at 50/1 odds at SportsNation.
To increase your chances in your wagering endeavors, you can also consider wagering on Sir Erec for the JCB Triumph Hurdle on Friday. The horse has been included in the favorites for that race after he showed impressive performance over all obstacles so far. According to John O’ Brien, although the horse had suffered a bruise some time back, he is completely fit for the race. The trainer feels the horse is ready for whatever the weather has in store, as he is quite flexible with regards to the ground.