The 5 Best Races to Look Forward To At The 2017 Cheltenham Festival

There have been a number of high-profile absentees from the 2017 Cheltenham Festival as Thistlecrack, Faugheen and Annie Power will all miss out on the meeting through injury. Despite the loss of some of the leading stars in national hunt racing, we are still set for four days of fantastic action in the biggest meeting of the year in the sport. Here is a look at the best five races to look forward to at the Festival this year.
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There have been a number of high-profile absentees from the 2017 Cheltenham Festival as Thistlecrack, Faugheen and Annie Power will all miss out on the meeting through injury. Despite the loss of some of the leading stars in national hunt racing, we are still set for four days of fantastic action in the biggest meeting of the year in the sport. Here is a look at the best five races to look forward to at the Festival this year.

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Gold Cup is the Blue Riband event of the meeting and when you look at the roll of honour for the race, it really does feature some of the greatest chasers in history. The betting this year is headed by Colin Tizzard’s Cue Card who is 3/1 in the most sportsbooks covering racing. The 11-year-old was travelling well 12 months ago before coming down at the third fence from home. In what looks to be one of the most competitive Gold Cup in many years, Cue Card will take on his stablemate Native River who has won the Hennessy Gold Cup and Welsh Grand National this season, while last year’s second Djakadam is the leading Irish hope according to the betting at 4-1.

Arkle Trophy

Altior has not put a foot wrong since switching to fences earlier in the campaign. Last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner could be one of the stars of the future in the sport. He should be able to claim his second successive victory at this meeting which may set up a mouth-watering clash with Douvan later in the year.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

If you are lucky enough to be going to the Festival this year, one of the must-dos at the track is to get yourself in a good position for the opening race of the meeting, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle so you enjoy the roar of the crowd as the starter lets the runners go. This year’s contest features another potential Willie Mullins star in the form of Melon. He has only had one run going into this race but if the vibes in Ireland are correct, he could follow in the footsteps of Vautour and Douvan who have both won this race for the Irish Champion Trainer.

Stayers’ Hurdle

Unowhatimeanharry has dominated the 3m stayers’ hurdle division this season and goes into the Festival having won his last eight consecutive races. If you are looking to back Harry Fry’s runner have a look at the Online Casinos Canada’s review of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, which lists sites where you can bet on the action, and you’ll see that Unowhatimeanharry is currently a top price of 7/4. If he prevails in the Stayers’ Hurdle later this month he will add his name to some of the great 3m hurdle horses we have seen in recent years.

Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is most prestigious hurdle contest on the national hunt calendar. The last two winners of the race will miss out through injury which leaves the door open for some of the novices in the sport to take advantage. Connections of Buveur D’Air, Petit Mouchoir and Yanworth will all fancy their chances.

If you are looking to bet on the Festival, all 28 races have now been priced up therefore you can build your own accumulator for the meeting and look to pick out the best value before the action gets underway.