Written 14th November
Horse Racing: Cheltenham Open Day Betting at 21.co.uk
We've been waiting a few months, but 21.co.uk is back previewing national hunt racing, we’re looking forward to seeing some of the biggest names in horse racing leaping over the chase fences and where better to start our journey through the 2019/20 season than Cheltenham, the home of the national hunt.
Here at 21.co.uk, we’ll be keeping a close eye on who is likely to have their first outing of the season at Prestbury Park, which trainers want to stamp their authority on the season early and which jockeys will be looking to cement their place in the limelight. As always, we’ll have the latest horse racing betting odds at the touch of a button so you’ll be able to place a bet whether you’re at home or on-the-go. Head over to 21.co.uk's online betting markets for everything you need, and you’ll also find all the ante-post betting for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham Open Betting at 21.co.uk
12:05 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - Thyme Hill - 7/4
1:15 Novice Chase - Wholestone - 9/4
1:50 Handicap Chase - Pop Rockstar - 5/1
3:30 Handicap Hurdle - Legends Gold - 5/1
Trainers to Watch at Cheltenham
** Paul Nicholls** Paul Nicholls always puts in a strong performance at Cheltenham, and his record over the chase fences boasts a 13.86% strike rate. He’ll be looking to start the 2019 season and will send some of his best runners to Cheltenham to pick up some valuable experience before they head to the King George Chase at Kempton.
Nicky Henderson Nicky Henderson always likes to send his horses for a run out at Cheltenham and with a combined strike rate of 27.1% over the chase fences and hurdles, he certainly isn’t short of top-class chances. We expect to see one of his stable starlets Buveur D’Air head to Newcastle for the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, but that doesn’t mean the trainer will look to have any less an impact this weekend.
Jockeys To Watch at Cheltenham
Harry Skelton Riding partner of his trainer and brother Dan Skelton, Harry Skelton always seems to find himself aboard some of the top chance in races at Cheltenham. Finding more success over hurdles with a 9% strike rate, he’s booked to ride in the Triumph Hurdle trial this weekend, and he has a strong chance in the form of Allmankind.
Daryl Jacob The everywhere man of National Hunt racing, Daryl Jacobs has an impressive record over the chase fences and hurdles at Cheltenham with a combined strike rate of 21.23%. He’s booked to ride Wholestone and Sceau Royal if the meeting goes ahead this weekend, for trainers Nigel Twiston-Davies and Alan King respectively and both could give him a strong chance of finding a winner here.
Robbie Power Making a name for himself aboard Cheltenham Festival winners Power always brings his a-game when he visits Prestbury Park, something evident when he won the Gold Cup with Sizing John two seasons ago. He normally plies his trade in Ireland, but he’s chosen to avoid Punchestown this weekend and partner up with Colin Tizzard for a crack at the Gold Cup Handicap, so we believe he’ll be one to watch here.
Cheltenham Course Guide
Cheltenham is the home of national hunt racing. The host of the biggest festival of the season which lasts four days in March and the place where every horse wants to prove themselves as the best of the best. For trainers and jockeys who can claim victory in the multiple Grade 1 races on offer, it’s a career topping achievement and if it's the Gold Cup, then prepare for the highest acclaim of them all.
The course itself has two tracks, ‘The Old and the New Course’ - both of which are used at different points during the season. Both of the courses run left-handed and are no walk in the park, the last half mile of every race is uphill, so stamina is definitely key if you’re looking for a horse that will go the distance at Cheltenham.
In terms of Chase Fences, it's the fourth last on the new course that's the testing fence for many jumpers as it comes so close to the final bend, but by racing prominently from the outset of a race it can put both horse and rider in the best position for the closing stages. It’s worth noting for this meeting that we’ll see the Old Course in action, which can be slightly quicker, and we’ll also be treated to both hurdles and chase races so punters won’t be short of opportunities to scout out the best chances for their betting tips.
Where Can I Watch The Cheltenham Open Festival
If racing goes ahead then the stands at Prestbury Park are the best vantage point to see runners and riders make their way around the course. But if you’d prefer to watch from the warmth of your lounge, ITV will be covering the biggest races of the day.
Elsewhere in Horse Racing
It isn’t just Cheltenham that’s been treated to top racing action this weekend and over the Irish Sea national hunt preparations are also in Ireland as the seats get off to a bang with the Morgiana Hurdle. The field is dominated by champion trainer Willie Mullins with Gordon Elliot electing to send his runners to other fields.
** Morgiana Hurdle Betting Odds**
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