4 to Watch – Cheltenham Featival 2013
This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Forget Easter – this is the only festival in the Spring
Tuesday – The Stan James Champion Hurdle
All the main contenders in this one have demonstrated their ability to run fast, and to run well at Cheltenham. Of the five or six favourites however, we really like Zarkandar at around 5.3 with Betfair. He posted a fast time on soft ground in the International three months ago, and a repeat performance here would surely be good enough to win.
Wednesday – sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
This year’s Champion Chase is a particularly stark example of the power top-level racing can have when treated as raw sport. Few will be licking their lips at this race as a betting prospect, but most will regard it as one of the must-see events of this year’s Festival. Sprinter Sacre will win (1/4 with Bet365), so this is a race about which to say, “I was there,” rather than, “I backed that winner”.
Thursday – Ladbrokes World Hurdle
Time to talk stats folks. A top-two placing in the Cleeve Hurdle has led to 80.4% of rivals beaten, whilst a win in the Long Walk Hurdle has led to 85.1% of rivals seen off. Reve de Sivola – the winner of both the Cleeve and the Long Walk this term, and a French-bred for good measure – comes out of this particular statistical deluge very well, and he is a nice 7/2 with our good friends at BlueSQ.
Friday – BetFred Gold Cup
Long Run at 6/1 with Ladbrokes is an extraordinarily generous price – get right on it!