The Cheltenham Festival is getting closer by the day.
From the 13th - 16th March, National Hunt racing goes crazy at Prestbury Park, Gloucestershire.
With a plethora of Grade 1 races, punters are spoiled for choice. Let's face it, this occasion of equine brilliance is all about winning. The Cheltenham betting experience is like no other. They say money talks and that is often the case for many victories which see an enthusiastic crowd caught up in the moment of watching some of the greatest horses making history.
For many, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the National Hunt racing calendar. This contest is run over a distance of 3 miles 2 1/2f. This Grade 1 race is open to horses aged five years and older. Twenty-two fences make the difference between success and failure.
Remember the horses which made history and set the standard for others to follow.
The likes of Golden Miller, who won the race on five consecutive years from 1932 - 1936. In this modern era, we have seen exceptions to the rule.
Best Mate - three-time winner from 2002 - 2004.
Who could forget Kauto Star, Denman & Long Run.
Last year, it was the turn of Sizing John who won for trainer Jessica Harrington, ridden by Robbie Power. Owners, Ann and Allan Potts rejoicing the victory with a vocal crowd when defying Minella Rocco and Native River.
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This years renewal sees the Cheltenham betting warming up by the day. Come the big race on 16th March - 3:30 Cheltenham will you be holding the winning betting slip?
One trainer who has a number of leading hopes for this festival is Nicky Henderson. His leading challenger for the Gold Cup is Might Bite. This nine-year-old bay gelding is owned by The Knot Again Partnership. This Irish-bred son of Scorpion is very much a new face compared with many annual campaigners of this steeplechase. Unbeaten in his last five races, favourite on these starts as short as 1/7f. His official rating has increased with each success to 169. Can this gelding hit the headlines for Henderson like Bob's Worth back in 2013? Remember that day when he started 11/4f to run out a tidy seven-length victor.
This race has always taken some winning. With Sizing John, last year's winner, coming back for more, it would be a brave punter to not fear a number of opponents.
Other leading hope, as far as the betting is concerned, include:
Native River, trained by Colin Tizzard. This son of Indian River finished third last year when strong in the betting. He made a winning return when odds-on at Newbury beating the field with a touch of class. This looks a challenger who could go very well for each-way bettors.
In general, the Gold Cup is won by a horse fancied in the betting. It may be wise to keep that in mind. The biggest priced winner in the last twenty years being 20-1 shot Lord Windermere, who scrambled home by a short head in 2014.
Fingers crossed your bet goes well.