Horse Racing: 2019 Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds Update
2019 Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds Update
There were lots of great National Hunt racing over the Christmas period. Now that the dust has settled we can take a look at some of the movers and shakers in the latest 2019 Cheltenham Festival betting odds…
Classy Bird beaten
There were some serious 2019 Cheltenham Festival betting market moves following an informative day of jumps racing on Boxing Day or St Stevens Day as it is called over in Ireland. And starting in Ireland, Getabird drifted out to 28/1 with Betfair for the Arkle Chase following defeat in a Grade 1 novice chase at Limerick.
Grade One joy for Keith Donoghue as Getabird fluffs lines at Limerick.https://t.co/KaJlkq6cP7
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) December 27, 2018
In fairness he looked to have the race in safe-keeping before a juddering mistake at the final fence handed the race to Gordon Elliott’s Hardline. That runner is now 20/1 for the JLT Novice Chase while Getabird remains 14/1 (Unibet) for the same contest.
🙀 A bad mistake from Getabird at the last hands victory to Hardline over in Ireland.
— JumpsRacing.co.uk (@jumpsracingcouk) December 26, 2018
Backing Horses to Win any Cheltenham 2019 Race
Le Richebourg is now top-priced 12/1 for the Arkle Chase after his smooth four-and-a-half length victory in a Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown.
Joseph O’Brien’s horse, owned by JP McManus, has alternative Cheltenham Festival targets such as the JLT and RSA Chases – so if you like the rapidly-improving French-bred five-year-old, possibly try to back him to ‘win any race’ at the Festival – something William Hill bookmakers specialise in.
But it was the Kempton defeat of the Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air, at odds of 1/4 in the Christmas Hurdle, that made the two-mile showpiece race look winnable once again while sending the defending champion out to 7/4 (Coral) from odds-on across the bookmakers boards.
His conqueror, stable-mate Verdana Blue who was having her sixth race since the end of September, is now as short as 8/1 (14’s at BetVictor) from the 2019 Cheltenham Festival betting odds of 50/1 that were available prior to Christmas.
Ladies first at Kempton
Also at Kempton and another winning mare… La Bague Au Roi set pulses running with a gutsy win in the 32Red Kauto Star Novices’ Chase. Taking her record to three-from-three over fences she beat off the Paul Nichols-trained Topofthegame and highly-rated Nicky Henderson-trained Santini.
Cheltenham odds makers clearly believe Santini will prefer the more testing Cheltenham circuit as they make him the top-priced 4/1 favourite (Betway) in the Festival’s RSA Chase.
Santini is one to take out of the race for Cheltenham in March as he came home strongly after been outpaced and the uphill finish should suit him.
— The Irish Betting Forum (@TheBettingForu1) December 29, 2018
La Bague Au Roi and Topofthegame can both be backed at 12/1 with Paddy Power in the same race. But La Bague Au Roi may be a more likely runner in the JLT Novice Chase, a race in which she is quoted at 10/1 with firms such as bet365*, Betfred and 888Sport.
* Odds correct at the time of writing
Image credits – Carine06