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Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival features championship races over hurdles and fences. About one third of the Grade 1 races over the season take place over the four days of the Cheltenham Festival in March. There is a major championship race on each day. The most prestigious race for hurdlers is the Champion Hurdle and the most prestigious races for chasers is the Gold Cup. These races take place on the first and fourth and last day of the Cheltenham Festival. These two races attract the highest turnover on the day of the race and in ante post betting. The Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup are the two most famous races run at the Cheltenham Festival. Ante post betting is available up to a year in advance of the race and the markets fluctuate in the months leading up to the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is the feature race of the Tuesday which is the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. A Racing Post survey found that this is the most popular single race day in the UK. There is a massive roar from the crowds at the start of the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival. It’s a two-mile contest for novice hurdlers and the winner often becomes a leading contender for the Champion Hurdle a year later. That race is the fourth race on the card on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. The race distance is two miles and there are eight obstacles on the Old Course. The race lasts about four minutes and it’s over one circuit and a bit. The Champion Hurdle has a history of producing multiple winners and Buveurd’Air was the champion in 2017 and 2018. He is the best two mile hurdler by some distance so a third win is on the cards on the first day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. A leading contender could emerge from the trials in the months leading up to a race but it would take a special horse to dislodge Buveurd’Air from favouritism for the most important race over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup

The Blue Riband race for steeplechasers is the Gold Cup which is the feature of the fourth day of the Cheltenham Festival. The race distance is three miles and two furlongs and there are 22 fences to be jumped. The race takes place over two circuits and a bit of the New Course which is used for racing on the Thursday and Friday of the Cheltenham Festival. The biggest crowd of the four days attend Gold Cup day at the meeting. The race is the most prestigious staying chase in the world. Ante post and race day betting is huge and the Gold Cup is the highest turnover race at the Cheltenham Festival. Native River won the race in 2018 but leading novice from last season, Presenting Percy, is a worthy favourite for the most important race at the Cheltenham Festival.… Read More..

 

 

After their humiliation in the El Clasico, Real Madrid’s quest for a new manager is becoming a poisoned challis which Antonio Conte is perfectly suited

Sunday afternoons drubbing at the hands of bitter rivals FC Barcelona spelled the end for Julen Lopetegui’s disastrous reign as Real Madrid boss.

The 5-1 reverse at Camp Nou was Madrid’s fourth straight La Liga loss and the result has left them languishing in ninth position.

For Lopetegui, the last few months haven’t been favourable to the former Los Blancos goalkeeper after he was sacked as Spain’s manager after their early exit to Russia in the World Cup this summer.

The decision to install him as Zinedine Zidane’s successor was perhaps a knee-jerk reaction, a move which has ultimately failed to pay dividends but Real president Florentino Perez should cast his eye over Antonio Conte.

The Italian was given his P45 from Premier League side Chelsea at the end of last season and is currently without a club, which makes it more tempting for the Spanish giants to make a swoop for Conte’s services. The Italian wasn’t able to lead his Chelsea team to a second consecutive league title, primarily due to the record-breaking Manchester City team who reached 100 points. The current champions are favourites once again according to the Betfair odds on Man City to win Premier League.

Although his second season wasn’t successful, he did cruse to a Premier League title in his first season.

The former Juventus man certainly has the experience and winning mentality that is desired at the Bernabeu but Perez will have to question why Conte fell out with so many players at Chelsea.

According to Betfair, Conte is priced at a juicy 14/1 to become Madrid’s next permanent manager, which does leave much to be desired about how Conte could pick up the reigns and restore Real to their former glories.

Conte does come with his faults as such, which Los Blancos will be more than aware of but after such a fall from grace, the Italian maverick could just be the type of character that needs to be installed into the dressing room to boost morale.

Currently, it appears that there is a lot of player unrest with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Isco and Marcelo are all rumoured to have either been influential in Lopetegui’s sacking or will have a big say in who the new manager is.

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Santiago Solari have all been linked to the vacant hotseat and although the former would be ideally placed to take over, a compensation deal would have to be structed with Pochettino’s current employers, Tottenham Hotspur. Something of which can and most likely will be an arduous, tedious task in itself.

Solari has been given the interim position for now but his lack of experience may come as a hinderance to his chances but at the same time, it’s fresh blood that Madrid could mould and shape into how they … Read More..

Can Anyone Challenge The Patriots?

Can Anyone Challenge The Patriots?

The Patriots are the hot favorites to win at Super Bowl LIV. After winning Super Bowl LIII they looked unbeatable and instantly left people expecting them to grab another title the year after. However, despite being the favorites they still have some issues that could be capitalized on. Tom Brady will be 42 by the time the Super Bowl comes around and if his performance levels drop then the Patriots could suffer. Add in Gronk retiring, who has an incredible link with Brady, and the Patriots could have some weak spots.

The Rams and the Chiefs to come back strong

By the time the football season starts both of these teams will have got over their losses from the Super Bowl and the road to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs almost shocked anyone who is into PA Sports Betting Online when they took the Patriots to over time last year. They had a final place within their grasp, but in the end the quality of the Patriots shone through. Can they take it one step further this year and make it all the way to the Super Bowl? The Rams went even further than the Chiefs. They made it all of the way to Super Bowl LIII, but the Patriots showed their class and let everyone know why they had made the Super Bowl for three years running. The Rams are possibly the only team who can challenge the Patriots this year.If they make the final will they put on a better showing than last time? ���: �… Read More..