It doesn’t come any bigger than the Cheltenham Festival in horse racing and there is something so special about the atmosphere at this four-day meeting that you will not find at any other course or meeting across the year.
Cheltenham Spa is two hours and 38 minutes away from Leeds train station, therefore, a trip down to the Festival is definitely doable in one day. If you have never experienced this meeting before, give it a go this year.
Here are some of the races to look out for this year.
Presenting Percy Puts Reputation On The Line In Gold Cup
One of the star performers at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival was Presenting Percy. He was such an impressive winner of the RSA Chase, to the delight of many punters as he was the well-backed favourite for the leading novice race over three miles.
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This season, the Irish horse is having his first taste of the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he tops the betting, despite only having one run since last March. Many of his rivals for the race have failed to impress in their campaigns so far, therefore, punters are sticking with the inexperienced horse to claim the Blue Riband event of the Festival.
King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux is Presenting Percy’s nearest challenger in the ante-post market and has had his fair share of Cheltenham Gold Cup betting tips following his latest success at Ascot in the Denman Chase. The Gold Cup could be a race battled out by the younger horses this year and the first chapter in the era of these future stars.
Buveur D’Air The Star Attraction On Day One
Buveur D’Air is once again one of the star attractions on day one of the Festival if you are travelling down to Cheltenham on the Tuesday. This could be an opportunity to see Nicky Henderson’s runner enter the history books if he wins a hat-trick of Champion Hurdles.
This season has not been perfect for the reigning Champion Hurdle winner as he was beaten at Kempton in the Christmas Hurdle by Verdana Blue. That was his first defeat since the 2016 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle where he finished behind Altior and Min respectively.
The eight-year-old did get back on track recently in the Contenders Hurdle, therefore, he is sure to be back to his best for the premier 2m hurdle contest where he is the 7/4 favourite in the betting for the race.
Grand National Hero Tiger Roll Returns For Cross Country Chase
No horse has arguably done more in National Hunt racing in the last 12 months than Tiger Roll as he was successful in the 2018 Cross Country Chase and then, a month later, he prevailed in the most famous steeplechase in the world, the Grand National.
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Gordon Elliott’s horse has a huge following now and horse racing fans will have the opportunity to see him again on day two of the Festival as he looks to retain his crown in the Cross Country Chase, the most unique of the 28 races across the four days, given the obstacles the horses have to jump.
Enjoy your trip to the home of jumps racing if you are planning a visit next month, if not, all 28 races will be on television so you book some time off work and soak up the action across the week.