Latest News about the 2017 Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds

Latest News about the 2017 Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds

The Cheltenham Festival 2017 is almost here, and in this article we’ll be focussing on four of the biggest races of the week: the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Arkle, the Ryanair Chase and the JCB Triumph Hurdle. We’ll have news on the runners for each of the races, as well as the latest betting odds, which you can check out using our odds comparison service.

So read on for the analysis and predictions you need to land some winning bets at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

The opening race of the Cheltenham Festival is greeted by the famous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ when it gets going, and this year’s renewal looks to be as exciting as ever. In the 2016 race Nicky Henderson put an end to Willie Mullins’ recent dominance of the contest when Nico de Boinville rode Altior to victory.

It is David Pipe, however, who saddles the current favourite with the bookies, Moon Racer. The eight year old has won five of his six runs to date including the Champion Bumper at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival. He’s available at best betting odds of 6/1 with Betfair, but we think there is better value elsewhere in the odds.

Given that the winner of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 renewals all came from Mullins’ stable, it would be foolish to ignore him this time. As usual he has a number of entries on the card at this early stage but we like the look of seven year old mare Airlie Beach. There is a fair chance she’ll run in one of the mares-only hurdles, but after seven wins from seven, Mullins might just fancy her chances here and odds of 16/1 with Boylesports and others could pay handsome dividends.

The Arkle

On to the Arkle – named after the inimitable triple Gold Cup winner – and the favourite is last year’s Supreme Novices’ winner, Altior. Nicky Henderson’s seven year old has won his last eight races, including his three novices’ chases. He has the pace to cruise clear of most rivals and though he could be pushed here by the likes of Min and Yorkhill, we think he’s got the measure of them. Best betting odds of just 5/4 with Ladbrokes show that the bookies have made up their minds for this year’s Arkle!

There are a couple of other fine-looking entries from the Henderson stable who could offer excellent each way value. For instance, six year old Top Notch is priced at chunky odds of 25/1 with BetVictor (when just 16s elsewhere), and after a hat-trick of victories coupled with a creditable fifth place finish in last year’s Champion Hurdle, he could well finish in the places here.

Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase is one of the big highlights of the Thursday card, and much will depend on which of the runners currently on the card go to post. Mullins’ Un De Sceaux, who was second behind the great Sprinter Sacre in last year’s Champion Chase, is the current favourite. But we feel he’ll be given another tilt at the bigger race.

Instead we think Gordon Elliott’s Empire Of Dirt could be the one to get on here. He looked very solid when winning a handicap chase at last year’s Festival when priced at 16s and stayed on very well to win by four lengths at Navan in November when priced at 12/1. Currently available at odds of 16/1 with William Hill and others, we expect the price to be slashed when better runners are shifted to other races, so get on early.

JCB Triumph Hurdle

Onto one of the better races on Friday’s card and the JCB Triumph Hurdle is always an interesting watch. The current favourite with the bookies is the Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil and the youngster looks like he’s got a great chance of victory at 6/1 with Coral and others. He’s already won five of six races including two trials for this race at Cheltenham. If he has Barry Geraghty in the saddle – who has ridden the last two winners – this is a no-brainer for us.

If you are seeking longer odds options, there are plenty to choose from at this stage. The Paul Nicholls-trained Cliffs Of Dover is our each way pick for the race at tasty betting odds of 20/1 with Paddy Power. He’s won six of his last seven races, all over hurdles, and that includes a victory on this course in which he showed a good turn of pace up the hill on the run-in. At this price we think he offers great value as an each way punt.

Whoever you pick for your Cheltenham bets, be sure to use our odds comparison table to ascertain the best prices from the biggest bookies in the business!