Monday, 26 June 2017

Cheltenham Showcase Meeting Tips and Facts

The Showcase Meeting is the very first race that opens the National Hunt season at the Cheltenham Festival racecourse. It will begin the 27th and 28th of October 2017 and will continue all the way till 2018 before the season ends.

The meeting is one of the most popular in the season with tickets on sale as early as June of 2017. The pot last season was at target of £296,000 spread across 14 races, with two £50,000 handicap chases on the climax of the event during the Saturday. This is a race loved by traditional punters and handicappers that wish to see who the new stars of the season will be and what names to keep track on for the big events throughout the season.

This meeting is usually considered a warm up of future champs aiming to major events, especially for the followings month BetVictor Gold Cup.

As a piece of data to keep in mind: The Outback Way (1999), Shooting Light (2001) and Johns Spirit (2013) were all horses that won both races. So keep your eyes open for a promising champ, be it a selection for BetVictor race or the Meeting.

This is the perfect opportunity to spot a rising star at the very first race of the season.

The season will come to an end in March 2018 with the climax of all races during the Cheltenham Festival. The Festival ranks second in prize pot money just to the Grand National, an event were the best of British and Irish trained horses compete against each other. The meeting coincides with St. Patrick’s Day and is very popular with the Irish fans.

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Buy Your Ticket
For those planning on attending the event tickets are ready for purchase on the official sales stations and online. Secure your preferred spot on this event that lacks the popularity of the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot, but not less fun and far more comfortable for traditional fans of horseracing.

Seats and Packages Available

The Best Mate Enclosure
Ticket Prices: £9 - £19 - Friday and Saturday

It has a great view of the race track from the opposite side of the finish line, so attendees get to witness the final sprint and decisive jumps. The atmosphere is like nothing that you have witnesses before. Includes nearby betting shops, close to the track stands and live band entertainment.

Tattersalls Enclosure

Ticket Prices: £22 - £42 - Friday and Saturday
Be in a more secluded and high point area with extensive viewing steps, a betting hall and access to bars and buffets. The enclosure also has access to the Centaur, paddock and unsaddling enclosure. If you wish to have a full dining experience the location has direct access to the Gold Cup Restaurant.

The hall betting ring includes enough betting shops to place bets.

Restaurant Packages
Ticket Prices: £90 to £190 - Friday and Saturday

Enjoy of a more VIP and private seating location inside the luxurious restaurant overseeing the Cheltenham winning post directly from your dining table. Restaurant packages come on groups and attendees can select their location. The race can also be enjoyed through live televion broadcasts and table bookies will take care of your personal bet selections.

Experience the best dining you will ever have with Albert Roux in 'Chez Roux' at the Cheltenham racecourse.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Gold Cup Memory Lane

It's certainly a good while until the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, but it's such a rich event there is often something to talk about, either with reference to future events or write ups on the rich history of the event. That's a view echoed by many others I'd say, as I've just now been reading a year by year summary of the Gold Cup on the Cheltenham Focus Blog.

It really does bring back countless memories to think back to some of the classic Cheltenham Gold Cup races and wins over the years. It's no doubt the combination of the best of the best, in terms of horses, jockeys and trainers all competing for this prestigious prize that makes it unmissable for many racing fans.

Let us not forget how rooted in history this race is - the first Gold Cup was held way back in July 1819. Highlights of this grade one steeplechase for me over the years include the amazing 'triple' that was Best Mate's wins in 2002, 2003 and 2004, while being ridden by Jim Culloty and the impressive 2015 win by novice Coneygree - the first time in over four decades that a novice had won the race. Let's hope the 2018 race is one of the classics too, time will tell!

Monday, 8 May 2017

You win some, you lose some!

Of course with every Cheltenham Festival there are talking points, and 2017 is no different. One story that stood out for me this year was that of a big money punter with topsy turvy fortunes.  The anonymous gentlemen got off to a stellar start when his bet on Altior in the Arkle Chase on the first day of Cheltenham bagged him a cool £100,000. So far so good right? Well yes, but let's not forget he had to wage an eye watering £400,000 at 1-4 to win that sum.

This guy clearly doesn't like the quiet life and unfortunately lumping big money on odds-ons proved to be his undoing on the second day of the festival. The cash rich punter placed a £375,000 bet on the favourite Douvan in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at stingy odds of 2-9.  What was expected to be an easy two mile win, turned into anything but for Douvan as he struggled, eventually finishing seventh. The loss was actually bigger than the prize money for the race.

Ben Keith, the shrewd and/or brave bookmaker who took the bet through his Star Sports firm will no doubt have been raising a glass as Douvan limped home.

I think I'll be sticking to fun bets!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Cheltenham Festival 2017 - Day Four Results

1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle - Defi Du Seuil (5/2 fav), 2nd Mega Fortune (D N Russell) 7-1, Bapaume (R Walsh) 10-1.

2.10pm County Hurdle - Arctic Fire (20/1), 2nd L'Ami Serge (D A Jacob) 25-1, 3rd Ozzie The Oscar (T J O'Brien) 50-1, 4th Air Horse One (N D Fehily) 10-1.

2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle - Penhill (16/1), 2nd Monalee (D J Mullins) 8-1, 3rd Wholestone (D A Jacob) 13-2

3.30pm Cheltenham Gold Cup - Sizing John (7/1), 2nd Minella Rocco (N D Fehily) 18-1, 3rd Native River (R Johnson) 7-2

4.10pm Foxhunter Chase - Pacha Du Polder (14/1), 2nd Wonderful Charm (Ms K Walsh) 7-2, 3rd Barel Of Laughs (Mr Alex Edwards) 100-1

4.50pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle - Champagne Classic (12/1), 2nd Verni (T Cheesman) 25-1, 3rd Runfordave (D Meyler) 9-1

5.30pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual - Rock The World (R M Power) 10-1, 2nd Gardefort (D A Jacob) 20-1, 3rd Theinval (J McGrath) 9-1 4th Dandridge (D N Russell) 13-2

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Cheltenham Festival 2017 - Day Three Results

1.30pm - JLT Novices: Yorkhill (6/4 fav), Top Notch 7-2, Disko 4-1

2.10pm - Pertemps Final: Presenting Percy (11/1), Barney Dwan 16-1, Jury Duty 9-1, The Tourard Man

2.50pm - Ryanair Chase: Un De Sceaux (7/4f),  Sub Lieutenant 8-1, Aso 40-1

3.30pm - Stayers' Hurdle: Nichols Canyon (10/1), Lil Rockerfeller 33-1, Unowhatimeanharry 5/6f

4.10pm - Festival Plate: Road To Respect (14/1), Baron Alco 10-1 , Bouvreuil 10-1, Thomas Crapper 7-1

4.50pm - Mares' Novices' Hurdle: Let's Dance (11/8f), Barra 12-1, Dusky Legend 20-1

5.30pm - Kim Muir Challenge CupDomesday Book (40/1), Pendra 16-1, Premier Bond 9-1, Potters Legend 10-1

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cheltenham Festival 2017 - Day Two Results

1.30pm Neptune Novices Hurdle - 1st Willoughby Court (14/1), 2nd Neon Wolf 2-1 Fav, 3rd Messire Des Obeaux 8-1
2.10pm: RSA Chase - 1st Might Bite (7/2), 2nd Whisper 9-2, 3rd Bellshill  5-1
2.50pm: Coral Cup - 1st Supasundae (16/1), 2nd Taquin Du Seuil, 12-1, 3rd Who Dares Wins 33-1
3.30pm: Queen Mother 1st Champion Chase - (11/1), 2nd Fox Norton  7-1, 3rd Sir Valentino  33-1
4.10pm: Cross Country - 1st Cause Of Causes (4/1), 2nd Bless The Wings 10-1, 3rd Cantlow 9-4
4.50pm: Fred Winter Hurdle - 1st Flying Tiger (33/1), 2nd Divin Bere 9-2 Fav, 3rd Nietzsche 12-1
5.30pm: Champion Bumper - 1st Fayonagh (7/1), 2nd Debuchet 10-1, 3rd Claimantakinforgan 22-1

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Cheltenham Festival 2017 - Day One Results

1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle - 1st Labaik 25-1, 2nd Melon 3-1, 3rd River Wylde 8-1

2:10 Arkle Challenge Trophy - 1st Altior 1-4, 2nd Cloudy Dream 12-1, 3rd Ordinary World 25-1

2:50 Festival Handicap Chase - 1st Un Temps Pour Tout 9-1, 2nd Singlefarmpayment 5-1, 3rd Noble Endeavour 15-2, 4th Buywise 33-1

3:30 Champion Hurdle - 1st Buveur D'air, 2nd My Tent Or Yours, 3rd Petit Mouchoir

4:10 David Nicholson Mares Hurdle - 1st Apple's Jade 7-2, 2nd Vroum Vroum Mag 11-4, 3rd Limini 6-4

4:50 National Hunt Chase - 1st Tiger Roll 16-1, 2nd Missed Approach 50-1, 3rd Haymount 33-1

5:30 Novices Handicap Chase - 1st Tully East 8-1, 2nd Gold Present 14-1, 3rd Two Taffs 7-1, 4th Powersbomb 22-1