Cheltenham Festival Preview

With only about a week to this year's Cheltenham Festival, there is a lot of tension in the atmosphere. This is mainly because any last-minute decision changes may have a great impact not only to the racers, trainers, and horses, but also to the pundits. Given the flexibility of the event, it is important that you keep yourself posted especially if you want to reap huge benefits from the sport. The entries to the races have already been confirmed, but that does not mean that all of them will participate.

The most notable horses expected to compete include Altior, who won the Queen Mother Champion Chase last year and is out to defend his title. There is also Paisley Park, who portrayed impeccable performance during the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham a few weeks back and his trainer, Emma Lavelle, has never been more confident of the horse. For the very first time, Paisley Park will participate in the Stayer's Hurdle and he will be competing against several horses, including Faugheen, who took away the Champion Hurdle in 2015. Other big names this year include Buveur D'Air in the Champion Hurdle, Min in the Ryanair Chase, and Presenting Percy in the Gold Cup.

Penhill was also set to be among the big names competing in 2019, but unfortunately, he was reported to be out of form by Willie Mullins. If you can recall, the horse has emerged top in several races including Stayer's Hurdle last year and the Albert Bartlett in 2017. About a week ago, Mullins had given a warning concerning the state of the horse and it was therefore not entirely surprising when the name was finally scrapped off the list for health concerns. The odd for the horse's victory was 6/1 and he was the second favorite after Paisley Park. His ruling out elevated Samcro to the second favorite position and strengthened Park's favorite odd to 2/1.

In addition to being a source of entertainment, the Cheltenham Festival is also an opportunity to generate some income in wagers. Every £10 bet in Betvictor will earn you £50. The No Runner No Bet, Each Way bet and Tote betting on the Cheltenham Festival are some of the betting highlights of the event. Skybet has almost all these offers at good prices. Bet365 is offering a sign-up offer of bet credit going up to £100. With Unibet, if your initial wager in the festival is not successful, you will receive your cash back up to £30. ''

For some of the best odds for the each way singles and wins, you can consider wagering with Ladbrokes. The Supreme Novice Hurdle is known to make history and the fact that it is usually the first race of the event makes it one of the big races of the event. The favorite horse is Al Dancer trading at 11 in Unibet, followed closely by Angels Breath trading at 7 with Betfair. For the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Kemboy is a favorite this year and the best bookie for this bet is William Hill giving an odd of 11. Native River is also a horse to watch in this race and it has an odd of 5.5 at Coral.

With a total of about 825 entries, Irish-trained horses are expected to breathe fire in this year's festival. In almost all races, most odds tend to be against the Cheltenham home team and it will be interesting to see the turn of events. For the last three years, the Prestbury Cup, given to the country with the most winners in the festival, has been going to Ireland and with their record-breaking team of about 45% of all the entries, it seems the horse racing fanatics in the country are not leaving anything to chance in 2019, as well.

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