The National Hunt season is well and truly over but that doesn’t mean we cannot get excited at the thought of next year’s Cheltenham Festival. For horse racing fans, it is the pinnacle of the horse racing season and tens of thousands of jump racing enthusiasts will travel to the event as they bid to see the best horses, jockeys and owners in the business battle it out.
And there’s nothing better than Cheltenham. Whether it’s hearing the famous Cheltenham roar on the opening day or watching Ruby Walsh win the top jockey award yet again, the four-day meeting is widely regarded as the greatest horse racing event of the spring – even better than the legendary Grand National at Aintree.
In recent years, Willie Mullins has took control of the festival. He is one of the best trainers on the planet and the likes of Douvan, Faugheen, Annie Power and Vroum Vroum Mag are all likely to run well again next year. At the time of writing, Coral are offering 3/1 on Annie Power to do Willie Mullins proud and win back-to-back Champion Hurdles but Faugheen may be the best of his mounts to run in this particular race.
Although the suspense and drama isn’t brilliant for ante post bettors, it does help to build up the excitement ahead of the event. Fans from all over the world will already be planning their trip to the meeting; from London to Lanarkshire, Pembrokeshire to the Peak District and Dublin to Doncaster – the United Kingdom will have all eyes on Cheltenham as of March.
Coral News said that Potternello would win in one of their Windsor horse racing previews last month and writer David Metcalfe was almost spot on as he romped home to finish second. They can keep you up to date with the latest Cheltenham Festival news and odds, as well as information on runners and riders ahead of the famous meeting.
Cheltenham will be here before we know it. The festival is perhaps the greatest sporting event in the spring and horse racing fanatics will already be planning their bets ahead of what could be yet another record-breaking week at the meeting. The Cheltenham Festival hasn’t always been the greatest but in recent times, its popularity has soared and it will only continue to grow in the near future...