The U.K’s top horse racing event is nearly upon us! Yes, the Cheltenham Festival makes it’s way to the rolling hills of Gloucester in mid-March, and the four day extravaganza is already getting us excited. As well as entertainment, food, drink and spectating, there’s one other activity that’ll be taking place at Cheltenham that hundreds of thousands will be indulging in over the four days; betting! If you’re already thinking forward to March’s bets, but don’t yet know who to pick, here are some of the competition’s top favourites for you to mull over.
For a whole six years now, Irish trainer Willie Mullins has come out on top at the Mares’ Hurdle with the now-retired steed Quevega, and despite this stellar horse no longer competing in the race, Mullins is lining up the amazing Annie Power (winner in 11 out of 12 career starts). The horse could be an excellent pick for punters wishing to make a penny on Tuesday the 10th, coming head an shoulders above other competitors during the two and a half mile fixture!
Taquin Du Seuil
Ridden by Jonjo O’Neill, Taqin Du Seuil could be a top contender for this year’s Ryanair Chase. The horse wan the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham 2014, and is looking set to be a perfect fit for the two and a half miler, despite having ran in a rather messy manner at the recent Denman Chase. If you’re thinking of betting on Taquin then we’d recommend waiting until the day before you make your wagers; the horse’s upcoming races may provide further insight into his possibilities of winning, and you can always get hold of the latest horse racing news via Coral’s horse racing news section, right up to the moment the race begins!
Un De Sceaux
Attaining a Grade 3 and a Grade 2 over in France towards the end of last season, Un De Sceaux has been truly showcasing a lot of talent during his French races, turning heads with his basic, unobstructed running style. The horse is set to be running in the Arkle come March, and could indeed come at the head of this particular race. Another Mullins horse, this could be a very good bet.
Taught by well known trainer Paul Nicholls, Zarkander has been tipped as the winner for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. The Irish horse has a huge amount of experience behind him, having run eighteen times and come out on the podium during thirteen overall, all being in first and second place.