The Cheltenham Festival is a meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom. It all started way back in 1815 and has since become one of the prominent events to watch for jump racing. It’s considered to be one of the most entertaining venues amongst the English people and in recent years it has managed to bring around 260k people to its ground over the course of the four days. It is an event where many of the best British and Irish-trained horses, race to an extent which is relatively rare during the rest of the season. The first flat-race assemblage debuted in 1815, with it being a one-day competition. Interestingly enough, the winner wasn’t even recorded until three years later.
Cheltenham 2019 is taking place from March 12th to March 15th. The four championship races each ask something different of the competitors and they represent the most prestigious contests at Cheltenham. There are plenty of attractive betting opportunities for bookies to get their hands on with even more interesting events to choose from, but the most anticipated one and the holy grail is the last affair of the Festival, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes place on Friday. Take a look to Cheltenham bookies offers and make right decision with some fun.
Cheltenham Gold Cup
In theory, the Cheltenham Gold Cup should be the race that defines the very best horse in National Hunt racing. Because the Gold Cup winner is heavily influenced by the weather conditions during the time of the competition, it really is anyone’s race until the final day. Some of the greatest horses in history have won this world-famous competition, and this year, the uncertainty has brought us some great betting opportunities. Up to just a few short months before the start of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, there were numerous horses in with a real chance of winning the Gold Cup and with the final date getting closer and closer, three have managed to rise above and separate themselves from the rest.
Three horses have 6/1 odds to win: Might Bite, Native River, and Presenting Percy. All three have triumphed in different events, but only Native River has won gold in unfavorable weather conditions and he is also the 2018 champion of the Gold Cup.
Native River: 8 years old with a record of 11/21 first place wins, 2/21 second place wins, and 5/21 third place wins in jump races.
Presenting Percy: 7 years old with a record of 9/17 first place wins, 2/17 second place wins, and 1/17 third place wins in jump races.
Presenting Percy comes out as one of this year's favorites as he is an excellent jumper and is blessed with cases of stamina. He wastes no time getting up to speed if asked to do so by his jockey. The event is bound to be the biggest challenge of Presenting Percy’s career to this date. Native River did well when finishing second behind Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase whilst Kempton never suited him in the King George VI Chase so we can expect of him to be back to his best at this year’s Cheltenham.
Clan Des Obeaux is another interesting option but it’s the horse who finished just behind him in the King George, Thistlecrack, who excites the racing fans the most. The majority of bookies might be put off backing him at the odds of 14/1, but many will put their guts above their reason and hope that the beloved 11-year-old can stay at his best and deliver great performance at the Cheltenham hill in the Gold Cup.