2018 Cheltenham Festival Betting Update, 19 December 2017

We take a look at the early ante post odds for the championship races at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

The road to Cheltenham has very much begun and ahead of some big National Hunt races over the next few weeks we thought we’d take a look at the key ante post odds.

Read on as we take a look at the betting for each of the four big races at next year’s Cheltenham. March may seem a long way off but once Christmas is out of the way those months will fly by.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting and Odds

The big one will take place, as usual, on the last day of the Festival, Friday 16th March 2018. Obviously, as with all the odds and analysis that follows, it’s very early days. Let’s hope we don’t see anything like the long list of non-runners and big name injuries we had ahead of the 2017 Festival.

Early though it may be, there will be many a punter who has already had a bet or two on the highlight of spring. As things stand we have a fairly warm favouyrite for success in the Gold Cup in the shape of Sizing John.

The 2017 champion is 9/2 with Betfair. Might Bite is 13/2 with the same firm and Yorkhill is 8s with a range of betting sites. Then we have Bristol De Mai (12s at 888sport), Thistlecrack at the same odds with various bookies and Native River at 14/1 with 888sport.

Might Bite could be the one to watch for us but, of course, we’re likely to know a lot more after the King George.

Champion Hurdle Betting and Odds

The first feature race of the Festival is this one, on Tuesday 13th March and Buveur Dair is 2/1 with Betfair and others. A shade further back is the mighty machine, with Faugheen 9/4 at Coral. It’s a big jump then to Melon at odds of 16/1 with Unibet, whilst Defi Du Seuil is 20/1 with Ladbrokes.

This one could be a really interesting race and there will be many just hoping that Faugheen can get back to his best. If there are signs of that over the next few months, those odds will tumble.

Queen Mother Champion Chase Latest Odds

Day two’s championship race is always one of the best of the week and Altior leads the way at 13/8 at a range of online bookmakers. Min is next at a widely available 3/1, with Politologue 5/1 at Boyles.

As with all of these races, exactly who will go to post remains to be seen. We’ll be updating our Cheltenham non-runner no bet feature as soon as the offers come out. You should also bookmark our main Cheltenham offers post for ALL the best Cheltenham Festival betting offers and promotions.

Stayers’ Hurdle Betting

Day Three at the Festival sees the hurdlers take centre stage with this huge race, formerly known as the World Hurdle. There is nothing to match Big Buck’s in the field this year but the likes of Nichols Canyon (7/1 Coral), Unowhatimeanharry (7/1 888sport), Apples Jade (10/1 Betfair), L’ami Serge (16/1 at Betfred) and Lil Rockerfeller (16/1 Betfair) are the main contenders right now.

We will have a much better idea about this one following this weekend’s Long Walk Hurdle and we’ve got Long Walk Hurdle betting tips handily enough!

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