The Cheltenham Festival is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading horse racing activities. An impressive 28 races make up this event which takes place annually. In these competitions over 500 horses compete for a prize money of over £ 6 million. As a result, when it comes to prominence in the UK horse racing schedule, Cheltenham competes only with the Grand National. This article will cover the Cheltenham 2020 Runners & Betting Odds
Traditionally, the opening race for Cheltenham festival this year is the Supreme Novices ‘ Hurdle. The outcome of such a race will greatly affect Cheltenham’s betting chances as a whole, irrespective of how many races there are during the festival. The race will be run after the ceremony to begin. The event is open to horses aged 4 or more. It is incredibly difficult to predict the outcome of the race, since after 12 months of training nobody knows the shape of the horses. There are a few favourites, but the betting odds of the Cheltenham festival tend to change a lot because fresh news comes out every day before the festival’s first day.
The Arkle Chase is the second race which could impact betting chances at the Cheltenham festival. Horses are five or more years old in this race and they need to be very athletic and powerful, as the Arkle Chase is a steeplechase of Grade 1. Cheltenham races betting odds are heavily reliant on difficult races like the one and after that the race was called. Horses and jockeys are likely to make a mistake and keep relying into the Arkle Chase, and that is why gambling on them is dangerous but very enriching at the same time. Duc des Genievres is one of the biggest favourites, with trainer P. Townend which won last year’s Arkle Chase in 2019.
Based on the chances for the runners to win as implied by the odds of bookmakers are, Al Boum Photo horse has 19% chance for victory, Santini has 17% , Delta Work has also 17% , Lostintranslation has 13%, Clan Des Obeaux has 11%, Kemboy has also 11% , Native River has 8%, Presenting Percy has 7%, Monalee has 4%, Chris’s Dream has just 3% and Frodon horse also has just 3% chance of victory this year.
Al Boum Picture, winner last year, is in favor of becoming the first horse to win the steeplechasing Blue Riband event in consecutive years since Best Mate in 2003. The eight-year-old Willie Mullins scored at Tramore on New Year’s Day in 2019 and, like Gold Cup rivals Santini, Delta Job, Lostintranslation and King George Champion Clan Des Obeaux, has now run his final race ahead of this year’s Festival. Native River’s triumph in Saturday’s Denman Chase at Newbury was a reminder that we cannot forget the 2018 Gold Cup winner from Colin Tizzard. After that success, his ante-post price came in a few points to 12/1, And for Al Boum Photo 9/2, Santini 5/1, Delta Work 6/1, Lostintranslation 7/1, Clan Des Obeaux 8/1, Kemboy 8/1, Native River 12/1, Presenting Percy 14/1, Monalee 25/1, Chriss Dream 33/1, Frodon 33/1.
RSA Chase looked an outstanding race at Cheltenham in 2019, with the top three in betting, Top of the game, Santini and Delta Work battling a dramatic finish. It was thought likely to prove a very important predictor for the 2020 Gold Cup until the fall, when events diminished hope for the prospects of its participants.
Top of the game, the winner, was ruled out with a leg injury for the season, second-placed Santini raced well below expectations despite winning at Sandown Park, and Delta Work finished fourth of five and off the open company pace on his debut at Down Royal in Grade 1. But a few months fast forward and Santini and Delta Work have franked the RSA Chase form. Delta Work won Grade 1 victories in the December Savills Chase at Leopardstown, and the February Irish Gold Cup. In between Santini lived up to the billing of him by trainer Nicky Henderson when beating Bristol De Mai in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham last year’s Gold Cup third. The concern now is whether the RSA placings with Santini can be reversed a year by Delta Work.
The response will rely on Festival Friday going forward. Only once on the field has Santini run faster than slow. The Gordon Elliott-trained Delta Work has been graded strong to soft / yielding or better for its last four or soil. Eight of just the past 10 Cheltenham Gold Cups were operate on better to soft or good ground. As a consequence, Delta Work could be the bet to overturn the RSA placings with Santini last year, though watching to follow with a fair bit of anxious weather.
Last rode at Aintree in the Grand National, the successful Tiger Roll is a clear favourite to win the Cheltenham Cross Country Chase in 2020. Won the race in 2019 and 2018 and will continue to add to that in order to cement its reputation as one of the best racing ever.