Wednesday, March 7

Guest article: Four Outside Chances for Feature Races at Cheltenham 2018

The beauty of Cheltenham is that is not defined by a single race in the same manner as, say, the Aintree Grand National Festival or Melbourne Cup Carnival. There are 28 races throughout the four-day Festival, each with its own unique flavour and interesting history. Cheltenham, in a way, is about the whole and is more than just the sum of its parts.
However, the four feature races – Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Gold Cup – do offer some unmissable action. There has been a decent mix of favourites and longshot winners in these events down the years. So, in light of that, four outside chances of an upset in the marque events will be discussed below. If you fancy any of the selections, or have your own in mind, click the link for the best updated Cheltenham free bets in the UK to get even more value from the races.

Champion Hurdle: Tuesday 13th March 3.30pm

Current Favourite: Buveur D’Air 1/2

Longshot Pick: Ch’tibello 33/1 (BetBright)

Ch’tibello was very unlucky to have not done better in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier in the season, after getting sandwiched against the rail by eventual winner My Tent or Yours. He is held in very high regard by connections, who perhaps consider it unfortunate he does not have more wins under his belt. Could be worth an early ante-post each way bet, especially if, as expected, the Champion Hurdle has a small field this year. 

Queen Mother Champion Chase: Wednesday 14th March 3.30pm

Current Favourite: Altior 11/8

Longshot Pick: Ordinary World 50/1 (various)

Ordinary World does not hold a dazzling record, with perhaps his most impressive feat to date being a third-place finish in last year’s Arkle. Doubters will point to the fact that he was a long way behind in 4th to Min (who is likely to start as second-favourite in the Champion Chase) in the recent Dublin Chase. However, Ordinary Word was running a decent race before making a bad mistake towards the last. He is a much, much better horse than his recent record shows.

Stayers’ Hurdle: Thursday 15th March 3.30pm

Current Favourite: Supasundae 3/1

Longshot Pick: The New One 14/1 (William Hill)

The New One’s career stretches all the way back to 2011 when he was the ‘next big thing’ in Nigel Twiston-Davies’ yard. He has won some very good races, such as the Neptune Investment Hurdle, but always come up just short when it came to the really important ones. There are some signs that he is rediscovering some of his old form however, and a finally tilt at glory could be on the cards in a very winnable Stayers’ Hurdle 2018.

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Friday 16th March 3.30pm

Current Favourite: Might Bite 7/2

Longshot Pick: Bachasson 50/1 (Ladbrokes)

Bachasson is one of Willie Mullin’s five entries for the Gold Cup. While there seems to be a clamour to lump on one of Mullins’ other entries, Killultagh Vic, Bachasson may be the one to represent real value. He has shown good form recently and has the qualities and the trainer (Willie Mullins) required to make the step up. Ladbrokes have priced him at 50/1, but he is as low as 25/1 with Hills and others. Lord Windermere showed in 2014 that Gold Cup Winners don’t have to come at single figure odds. Bachasson could do the same.  

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