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Cheltenham betting wakes up with the Festival just a day away

| 14.03.2011

It’s just over 24 hours until the Cheltenham roar fills the natural amphitheatre that is Cheltenham racecourse, and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle will be the start of a incredible betting week for punters.

A quick glance at the stats tells you that since the first Cheltenham Festival of the Millennium there have been, on average, five winning favourites at the Festival.

With four relatively short favourites in Tuesday’s Cheltenham Festival betting, the quartet of Cue Card (2/1), Medermit (11/4), Garde Champetre (4/1) and Quevega (4/5) will have to defy the trends if all are to win their races.

Which means punters can find plenty of each-way value in the Cheltenham races with short favourites, and a £10 each way stake on Magen’s Star in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at 25/1 would return £332.50 is she were to win, and £72.50 should she place.

New customers can take advantage of a free bet offer worth up to £60 by signing up here.

Four days of top quality National Hunt racing means there are plenty of opportunities for punters to make a strong profit, and with 27 Cheltenham races, Tuesday is just the start of some incredible racing action.

Wednesday sees Master Minded (3/1) and Big Zeb (3/1) line-up in the Champion Chase, but Somersby (13/2) and Woolcombe Folly (7/1) will be hoping to upset the two market leaders.

Thursday sees Big Buck’s (6/5) attempt to win the World Hurdle for the third consecutive year, but the emergence of Grands Crus (2/1) and the Irish challenge of Mourad (7/1) and Timeforthree (11/1) could see the reigning champion relinquish the throne.

Friday offers up the greatest race in National Hunt racing, and this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup promises to be a cracker.

Imperial Commander still heads the market at 7/2, followed closely by Kauto Star and Long Run at 5/1, and Denman at 11/2.

It’s a tough race to call but there is plenty of value to be found across the next four days and Ladbrokes.com offers punters an easy way to get involved in the action.

A £20 stake on Kauto Star winning the Gold Cup would return £120. New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham bet.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.