You’ll probably have realised now, that Cheltenham is here. All eyes are on Prestbury Park for the biggest Festival in racing, and the best way to kick-start the week would be with a bucket-load of winners. If you haven’t done your form study however, or you’re still undecided on who to plump for in the big race, we’ve cracked open Paddy Power’s betting book just for you. Now you can see where everyone else is putting their cash and you can either follow the money or go against the field.
For today’s look at where your money is going, we’ve skipped over the first two races as Paddy’s book is all over the place. That’s because we’re going money back as a free bet on all losers if Douvan wins the Supreme Novices’ and money back as a free bet on all losers if Un De Sceaux wins the Arkle. Yeeehaaa.
For two of the other big races of the day, sit back and take a peek at where punters are putting their dough.
The Handicap Chase, Tuesday 2.40pm
One of the more competitive races of the day is the Handicap Chase at 2.40pm. Pendra (7/1) will have The Champ AP McCoy on board and, for the third Cheltenham Festival in a row, is right up at the head of the betting. He hasn’t won on his previous two appearances at the Festival, however he is coming off a wind operation. The most popular gee-gee in the betting however is Ned Stark (9/1). Alan King’s novice has won three of his four chases this season and looks to be on a reasonable mark. He won a Grade 2 Novice at Wetherby last time out over three miles plus, and punters haven’t been slow in getting involved.
The Champion Hurdle, 3.20pm
Unsurprisingly more than half of all punters money on the Champion Hurdle is going onto Faugheen (Evens). The Willie Mullins superstar may not have beaten anything of too much quality in his Festival preperations, but the Mullins yard is clearly confident, and Ruby Walsh has made a huge statement picking Faugheen over 22-time Grade 1 winner Hurricane Fly. The Machine is unbeaten thus far and has passed every test with flying colours. Punters are clearly confident.
Jezki (5/1) comes second in the most popular punts and comes into the race as reigning Champ. He made a few jumping errors over the winter but punters clearly feel AP McCoy’s ride can do it again. The New One (4/1) is unbeaten in lesser company this season and should be bang in the mix on last year’s effort, while Hurricane Fly (10/1) has also had plenty of support as he keeps defying the years and coming back for more. Can this hero really make it three Champion Hurdle wins?