Cheltenham Festival 2017 Betting Odds, Ante Post Tips and Latest News

Cheltenham Festival 2017 Betting Odds, Ante Post Tips and Latest News

The biggest event in National Hunt racing, the Cheltenham Festival 2017 runs from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th March 2017 and – as always – it promises to be a fantastic occasion for racing fans and punters.

For those who like to bet on the horses, you’ve come to the right place as our betting odds comparison tables will allow to you quickly assess the prices from the best bookies around. But in order to pick the right bets, you need to know about the runners who have a chance of winning. Here we’ll take a look at the runners most likely to triumph as we give our predictions for the four Championship races, the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Stayers’ Hurdle (changed from the World Hurdle) and the biggest of them all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Champion Hurdle Betting Odds

This year’s Champion Hurdle is something of a conundrum at this stage as many of the leading contenders in the betting are also entered into other races at the Festival. Much will therefore depend on which runners line up at the post, but one thing is for sure: Willie Mullins has a very strong hand once again.

The Irish trainer has saddled four of the last six winners of the Champion Hurdle and few would bet against him doing so again this time around. The last two winners – both from the Mullins yard – were Annie Power and Faugheen and both are on the card as things stand this year, priced at betting odds of 5/1 and 9/4 respectively with Sky Bet, Faugheen being the favourite.

Faugheen looked supreme when destroying the field in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day in 2015 (which he won by seven lengths) and the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in January 2016, but he hasn’t raced since. He will need a run before Cheltenham, but if he finds his form his odds will be slashed for this one. If he doesn’t make this race, it’s Annie Power for us.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Odds

The big race on day two of the Festival is one of the easiest to call of the whole week: Douvan is the massive favourite and we simply can’t see anyone getting near him. Another of Mullins’ superstars, the seven year old Douvan has won 13 of his 14 races to date and he stormed to victory in the Arkle by seven lengths last year.

In short, it’s all about getting as good a price you can on Douvan for the win, which is where our odds comparison comes in! At present the best you can get is 4/9 with Sky Bet, but keep an eye out for any fluctuations.

If you are looking for each way value, Un De Sceaux looks a solid option at 14/1 with Betfair after finishing second behind the great Sprinter Sacre last year.

Stayers’ Hurdle Betting Odds

This race might have changed its name (from the World Hurdle), but it promises to be as exciting as ever. Last year’s winner, Thistlecrack, if the strong favourite for this year’s Gold Cup (see below), but which horse will do the business in the Stayers’ Hurdle this year?

The current favourite at odds of 5/2 with Ladbrokes and others is Harry Fry’s nine year old Unowhatimeanharry. He has won his last seven races and that includes the Albert Bartlett at last year’s Festival. We fancy he’s just a little too short, however, and we prefer the value offered by the Mullins’ mare Vroum Vroum Mag, who won the Mares’ Hurdle in some style last March.

Priced at best betting odds of 7/1 with Betfair, Vroum Vroum Mag could have enough pace and stamina to get the better of the favourite in our eyes.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Odds

On to the big one, the Gold Cup, and – as mentioned – it is Colin Tizzard’s Thistlecrack that heads the betting. After fine victories in the King George VI Chase and three novices’ chases this season, Thistlecrack is priced at best betting odds of just evens with Sky Bet and others, with some going as short as 4/6. Can he justify those prices? Well it has to be said he’s surpassed all expectations so far over fences, and he had already shown great strength and staying power over the smaller obstacles. He’s certainly a worthy favourite.

If you can’t stomach a price that short for a race as difficult to call as the Gold Cup, you could do worse than opt for an each way bet on Gordon Elliott’s eight year old, Don Poli, at odds of 33/1 with William Hill and others. He looked decent enough when second in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown in late December and he was third in a very competitive Gold Cup last year. He’s also won both the RSA Chase and the Martin Pipe Conditional at previous Cheltenham Festivals, so he certainly knows his way around the course. He looks the value pick to us!

We’ll be back with more Cheltenham news and tips soon, but if you’re looking to get your Cheltenham bets on early, it’s worth noting that Bet365 are offering Non Runner No Bet on the four Championship races plus the Ryanair Chase!