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Cheltenham 2018 Offering Value to Punters

 

The Cheltenham Festival (13th-16th March) has always been one of the biggest betting events for punters in the UK. In recent years, however, the Festival has grown so much in stature that punters around the world are taking an interest in the national hunt racing showpiece.


For most jumps racing fans, Cheltenham is the place were many legendary horses made their names. From Golden Miller and Arkle right up to modern day heroes like Kauto Star and Big Buck’s, time and time again superstar mounts have given plenty of joy to fans and punters alike.





Some current star horses, many of whom would be the first name on a betting slip, have certain questions hanging over them for the 2018 Festival however. Whether it is a niggling injury, or simply lack of form, some truly great horses are available at really big prices in the 2018 Cheltenham betting odds. This could be an unmissable opportunity for punters.


Three of the more prominent names to fit this bill are discussed below:

Faugheen:

Current Odds: 5/1 (Coral)

Expected Race: Champion Hurdle (13th March)


It’s hard to comprehend that a horse with 13 wins (one 2nd place) from 15 races is considered anything but favourite. However, that is the case for the Faugheen, arguably the greatest middle-distance hurdler to have appeared this century. The reason for the generous price (Buveur D’Air is odds-on favourite) is that Faugheen pulled up in a race just after Christmas. It seemed to be a precautionary move from his team, rather than due to a clear injury. The bottom line is that those odds will tumble should Faugheen be declared fully fit. As it stands, it could be the betting steal of the century.

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Unowhatimeanharry:

Current Odds: 12/1

Expected Race: Stayers’ Hurdle (15th March)


Unowhatimeanharry was priced as the evens favourite for the 2017 Stayers’ Hurdle but could only finish in 3rd. Since pulling up in a race all the way back in March 2015, Unowhatimeanharry has won 11 out of 14 races, never finishing lower than 3rd place. That run included some wins in big races too. A relative lack of form in the back-end of 2017 has raised the price, but Unowhatimeanharry could be an e/w bet that punters talk about being a banker in hindsight.


Douvan:

Current Odds: 6/1

Expected Race: Champion Chase (14th March)


Like stablemate Faugheen, Douvan has rarely been available at odds-against for any race throughout his career. Therefore, the 6/1 is tempting, especially as some major UK bookmakers are currently offering half that price. The problem is twofold: Douvan has not been in a competitive race since Cheltenham 2017, where he suffered the only defeat in his career. Secondly, that defeat came to Altior, who is the 11/8 favourite for this race. At his best, Douvan would probably win against Altior, so the 6/1 odds is a bet on his return to fitness rather than his calibre. A potentially lucrative risk to take.





Massive amounts of betting expected between now and the end of the Festival


The above is just a selection of three intriguing candidates for Cheltenham 2018 glory. All three were considered as the best in the world in their disciplines at one point over the last two years, so there is value to avail of should they shake off recent issues. The betting picture will chop and change from now until the Festival gets underway, so keep a keen eye on the odds and news over the next few weeks. A good word from a trainer, or a slight twang of a tendon, could change things dramatically.


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