Without a shadow of doubt, the Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season, attracting attention from all corners of the globe. Some of the best and most successful horses from the UK & Ireland line up to battle it out in the most iconic meetings in the British racing calendar. With the 28 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival offering a total prize money of over £6.12 million, it is little wonder that some 500 horses compete for their share.
With only the Grand National able to compete in terms of prize money, punters too see the Festival as the perfect opportunity to get in on the action, although it can be a dangerous meeting for even the most experiences individuals. The horse racing betting odds from bookmakers can often be too close to call, although many of the top trainers often come out on top. Despite not being regarded by many as one of the highlights of the Festival by many, the Supreme Novices Hurdle is the opening race of the first day, and ran over a distance of two miles and 110 yards, is greeted by the traditional ‘Cheltenham roar’ upon its start.
Having won the recent Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, it comes as little surprise that the David Price trained Moon Racer currently heads the horse racing betting odds with bookmakers Coral. Despite the seven-year-old missing the majority of last season due to injury, he returned at Punchestown in April to claim victory in the Champion Bumper. However, in what is set to be an extremely tight race to call among the bookies, Nicky Henderson is also among the favourites, with odds of 8/1 from Coral.
With famous past winners including the likes of Vautour, Douvan and Champagne Fever, many horses will be hoping to write their names into the record books, whilst at the same time increasing their chances of entering the likes of the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup in years to come. Willie Mullins’ Douvan is now favourite for the upcoming Champion Chase, with horse racing betting odds of just 4/7 with Coral, with the likes of Fox Norton, Un De Sceaux and God’s Own out to cause a shock on day two of the Festival.