Minella Rocco and other 2017 Grand National clues

Minella Rocco

THIS fallow period between Cheltenham and Aintree always feels like being in no man’s land. The dreams of so many were dashed at Prestbury Park but the 2017 Grand National meeting always offers a chance of redemption and compensation for the vanquished. The Aintree Festival starts on April 6, or two weeks on Thursday. For …[Read More]

History makers at the Cheltenham Festival 2017

Cheltenham festival 2017

THE greatest show on turf starts on Tuesday. The constant intertwined whiff of Guinness and pulled pork will fill the air amid the optimistic chatter and bar-room philosophy of punters, some clued–up, others clueless. Cheltenham is the best sporting event in the calendar. Bar none. The preview evenings rumble on. I don’t care much for …[Read More]

Top 10 Cheltenham controversies

THE Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. The roar that will go up at 1.30 on March 14 when the tapes go up for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is one of the defining moments in the calendar. But the four-day event has also got a reputation for controversy and …[Read More]

2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Cue Card

THE absence of so many big names from the Cheltenham Festival seems to have preoccupied many pundits and punters. For this pundit (and punter) I couldn’t care less that horses who we never see during the season will be missing (a la Annie Power and Faugheen). The Champion Hurdle, as a result, is a wide …[Read More]

This year at the Cheltenham Festival 2017

Cheltenham festival 2017

by SHARON KAPLAN ARE you planning on placing a bet on Cheltenham Festival 2017? If yes, you have come to the right place. Read on to find out our top tips, ones to watch, ones to avoid, and a guide to making the best out of one of the highlights of the racing calendar. With …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival novice events take shape

Moon Racer

WITH just under three weeks until the Cheltenham Festival gets underway, the novice chases and hurdles over the four days are taking shape with the unveiling of the latest acceptors following the February 21 scratchings deadline. Tuesday March 14 gets underway with the £125,000 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm), for which there are …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival races explained

by JACK ROSE  The Cheltenham Festival is a major meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar, second only in prize money to the Grand National. It takes place in March and is usually on at the same time as St Patrick’s Day, with many Irish horses taking part in the event and this can create …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival Day One Main Event, Champion Hurdle Preview and Betting Tips

by FABIO SMITH Excitement is gathering and punters are revelling in what is set to be as big an event as ever. The first day of the Cheltenham Festival is on Tuesday March 14 and kick-starts four days of world-class horse racing. The main event on day one is the Stan James Champion Hurdle, a …[Read More]

Five to follow at 2017 Cheltenham Festival

Messire Des Obeaux

I’M confused. Bookies are confused. Punters are probably bemused. The ante-post markets for the 2017  Cheltenham Festival are about as clear as mud. Big stars are falling by the wayside, the latest being Faugheen and Min. But while purists will bemoan a dearth of so-called superstars, punters should be rubbing their hands. Watching odds-on shots …[Read More]

Ziga Boy to do Sky Bet Chase double

Ziga Boy

SATURDAY is the best day’s racing for some time. Probably of the season. Trials day at Cheltenham has gained traction in recent years and the mighty THISTLECRACK will bid to cement his position as wonder horse supreme and Gold Cup favourite in the Cotswold Chase. He should do it although both Smad Place and Many …[Read More]