Four Long-Shot Betting Tips for Cheltenham 2018
There are few events in horse racing that punters enjoy more than the Cheltenham Festival. The four-day national hunt (jumps) racing spectacular runs from 13th-16th March with 28 thrilling races, including world class events like the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Stayers’ Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Around £250,000,000 ($350,000,000) is expected to be wagered on the races by punters across the UK and the rest of the world, making it one of the biggest betting events in sports. Below you will find four long-shot tips for the Festival, highlighting some less well-know horses that could spring a surprise at Cheltenham. You can also click here for more Cheltenham betting tips if you want the most up-to-date expert analysis and free bet offers.
Expected Race: Champion Hurdle (13th March):
Current Odds: 33/1 (+3300)
Starting off with a shock in one of the biggest races of the week, the Champion Hurdle. Ch’tibello has not had a brilliant year but has won some good races in the past, including the Scottish Champion Hurdle in 2016. There is an opportunity for trainer Harry Skelton to capitalise on the flaws of some of the favourites, such as Faugheen and Melon. Ch’tibello is an ultra-consistent horse, who has never fallen in a competitive race. A solid each-way bet.
Expected Race: Cross Country Chase (14th March):
Current Odds 10/1 (+1000)
Another horse who has shown inconsistent form recently, Tiger Roll has been poor since winning the National Hunt Challenge Cup at Cheltenham last year. A lot of money will be backing Cause of Causes to win his fourth Festival race of his career, but there is a big chance Tiger Roll steals the headlines. He is a class-act, whose recent form does not do him justice. A true contender if fully-fit.
The New One
Expected Race: Stayers’ Hurdle (15th March):
Current Odds: 14/1 (+1400)
The New One has been around for a while, winning 20 of his 36 races since bursting on to the scene in 2011. Few have doubted his potential as a star horse since that time, yet he never quite got the headline win that his talent merited. He has a wily trainer in Nigel Twiston-Davies, and there are some sure signs that he is working back to his best. A brilliant horse, who would prove to be a popular winner with punters.
Expected Race: Cheltenham Gold Cup:
Current Odds: 16/1 (+1600)
All the talk leading up to the marquee race of the Festival has been about the battle between last year’s winner Sizing John and King George VI winner Might Bite. Killultagh Vic may have been badly overlooked however, winning five races on the trot before falling at Leopardstown recently. He has won plenty of quality races and already has a Festival win under his belt. The fact remains that his trainer, Willie Mullins, has never won the Gold Cup, despite having the most illustrious record at Cheltenham over the last decade. Killultagh Vic could be the surprise horse that finally lands the big one for Mullins.