Cheltenham Festival Betting: All Eyes on the Champion Hurdle

Published March 10, 2015 by Amir G

Cheltenham Festival Betting: All Eyes on the Champion Hurdle

The 2015 Cheltenham Festival gets underway with a bang in today's Champion Hurdle chase (15:20 UK time).

Today marks the beginning of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the year's biggest horseraces that brings together the UK's best jump horses and jockeys, thousands of spectators from all over the world and a wealth of betting opportunities. In total there will be 28 races taking place throughout the festival's three days, with the gem of the festival taking place on the third and last day – the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Champion Hurdle

The beauty of this festival is that every day at the races includes a highlight chase, and today's big event will be the Stan James Champion Hurdle shooting off at 15:20 local time. Open to horses only four years old and up, the Champion Hurdle is run over about 3,319 metres with eight hurdles to be jumped. The stakes as high, as last year's total purse was £400,000, the first place winner taking home £238k.

Faugheen for the Win?

The sweetheart of the chase is the Willie Mullins-trained Faugheen which is coming in hot with jockey Ruby Walsh after seven unbeaten hurdle runs. Faugheen proved a good ability in races over 2m, but his bigger challenge will be facing the tough competitors going up against him – he was 11/10 in fixed odds to win at bet365 Sports.

Jezki vs. The New One

Defending champion, the 7-year old Jessica Harrington-trained Jezki was 9/2 to win – a strong horse with good tactical speed, he could ruin Faugheen's party if he avoids mistakes. The New One is another talked-about entrant, especially after his bad luck last year when Our Conor fell in front of him, yet he managed to finish third. Odds for The New One were 7/2 and he is a good bet overall.

Live at bet365 Sports

The Cheltenham Festival is also a festive time for online gambling as punters from all over the world sharpen their horserace betting senses and place a wager on one of the runners. The festival will be covered and aired live at bet365 Sports throughout its three days, with live coverage on Channel 4.

Horse racing punters love bet365's offers including the Channel 4/1 offer that gives them risk free bets for backing any single winner at 4/1 in a chase that was televised. This is joined by the Price Promise that simply gives the best prices on all horses – together with Best Odds Guaranteed which guarantees that punters will be paid out at the bigger odds if the SP was bigger on their selection. You can't allow yourself to miss this day at the races!

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