Waiting Patiently for 2018 Ryanair Chase

Un Des Sceaux
The Cheltenham Festival 2018. The Ryanair Chase (registered as The Festival Trophy) is a Grade 1 National Hunt race open to horses aged five years and older. This race run over 2m 5f has seventeen fences. It takes place on the 15th March at 2:50 Cheltenham.

Inaugurated in 2005, this contest takes part on the new, left-handed course.

The most successful horse to have won this race on two occasion is Albertas Run in 2010, 2011.

The most successful jockey with four wins is Ruby Walsh, ranging from 2005 – 2017. The most recent being Un De Sceaux. Willie Mullins has proved victorious in the last two runs with the above mentioned and Vautour in 2016. Other trainers with two wins include: Paul Nicholls, Jonjo O'Neill, Nicky Henderson & David Pipe.

The youngest horse to win this race is Taranis aged six back in 2007. The oldest being ten-year-old Albertas Run (2011), Fondmort (2006) & Our Vic (2008).

2:50 Cheltenham - The Ryanair Chase (registered as The Festival Trophy). Don't miss these Cheltenham betting tips. I'm really looking forward to this race because it has a nice shape. The betting could be key for a few of the big fancies. I know a lot of punters detest taking anything less than 5/1 for each-way wagers.

The leading contenders:

Un Des Sceaux is trained by Willie Mullins, winner of this race in 2017. This French-bred gelding is a son of Denham Red who has won 20 of his 26 races and achieved total prize money over £1m. This ten-year-old kept on ''gamely'' to win this race last year by just under two lengths. It would be a brave layer to push this horse too far in the betting. With odds of 3/1 he could well start favourite. If touching an each-way price (5/1) this could be a dream bet.

It is worth noting that a lot of these horses have a number of entries across the Cheltenham Festival. It is one reason to take care when considering ante-post bets even if the trainer suggests a particular route. Considering Un Des Sceaux won last year at odds of 7/4f (touching 15/8 in places), so it makes sense he will be heading here once more.

Other horses prominent in the betting for Willie Mullins include: Douvan 8/1, Min 10/1, Yorkhill 10/1, Benie Des Dieux, Djakadam 16/1, Killultagh Vic 20/1, Bachasson 20/1 & Bellshill 25/1. It shows how trainers have many strings to their bow and have horse in waiting if change is needed.

Waiting Patiently is trained by Ruth Jefferson. This handler from Norton, North Yorkshire must be excitement personified with this son of Flemensfirth. This seven-year-old bay gelding races in the ownership of Richard Collins. Seven straight wins have seen an official rating from 120 to 156. This progressive gelding added to his lustre beating Cue Card on last start. Bookmakers have this major hope priced at 4/1. If touching odds of 5/1+ I'd jump in with an each-way bet.

Other horses fancied in the betting include:

Fox Norton who hails from Colin Tizzards yard and 6/1 in the betting. Top Notch, trained by Nicky Henderson, at 8/1. Douvan priced at 8/1. Yorkhill, one of a number of talents for Willie Mullins at 10/1. While Mrs S Ricci's charge, Min, at 10/1. Henry De Bromhead will be hopeful with Balko Des Flos priced 12/1 with leading bookmakers.

At the time of writing, 28 horses are entered at this declaration stage which will be significantly reduced leading up to the race. Until you have firm convictions, I would be very careful taking ante-post prices. However, there are opportunities to make the your betting pay and Waiting Patiently could be a fair each-way bet if touching 5/1+.     

The Official Grand National Office Sweepstake Kit

One of the biggest events of the season is kicking off in just a few weeks, with a massive 40-horse steeplechase as the highlight of the weekend, knowing as the Grand National Gold Cup.

While it’s difficult to really match the sheer spectacle of the day, we can emulate how it feels to put a bet on the Grand National with this brilliant sweepstakes kit below:

The kit consists of three different items - the rules card that lets you know exactly what you need to know in order to run the sweepstake, combined with the racing card which consists of 40 of the horses that are most likely to be running come the big day on Saturday 14 April.
Below is also a sheet of betting slips for you to cut up so you can share them among your friends or colleagues; whoever you are playing with. 

Once printed, select what you are going to put at stake – perhaps chocolate or sweets for you and your colleagues to win? Then, once you have drawn your horses, enjoy the race and cheer on your horse over the finishing line! 

Cheltenham visitors’ guide

It goes without saying that the Cheltenham Festival is one of the highlights of the horseracing calendar, attracting a quarter of a million people every year. But how do you make the very best of your festival experience with so many people around, and how can you beat the crowds to the best parking, the best view, the best restaurants and the biggest post-race party?

A successful day for the Cheltenham Festival visitor takes almost as much planning as it does for the Cheltenham trainers. But with so much of your day pre-bookable online at the Cheltenham Festival website, with a little forethought you can lead the field from the starting gate to the finish line and beyond.

Pre-booking parking not only saves you time and hassle on the day, it also guarantees you a space for around half the price. Book online for just £8 per day, or you will pay £15 on the gate and risk being turned away when the car parks are full.

The next most important thing is to book your stand to guarantee your spot for the big races. The best value is the Best Mate stand, which is just £40 a day for the first three days and £55 on Gold Cup day. This is opposite the main stand and gives you a great view, although you won’t have the same access to additional areas as other ticket holders do. At £55 / £70, Tattseralls offers grandstand views, as well as access to pre- and post-race areas such as the parade ring and unsaddling area. You’ll also get access to the Hall of Fame and the Shopping Village, making it well worth the extra few pounds.

Top of the line is The Club, the most exclusive enclosure at the Festival, costing £85 (or £110 on Gold Cup Day). This badge includes all areas access, including the very best views, the finest restaurants and much more. The Club badge also allows you access to the famous Final Flight Bar, where you’ll find live music and a great party atmosphere from the moment the final horse crosses the line until late into the night. The Final Flight Bar is a major attraction at The Festival, and if you don’t book in advance, you may not get in at all. Tickets for the bar start at £30, in addition to your Club badge or Annual Membership.

With several restaurants overlooking the course, you can dine in style at Cheltenham without missing a moment of the action. For the best pre-race views, check out Champions Walk (which overlooks the horsewalk) and the Paddock View Restaurant (which overlooks the parade ring). For views of the course itself, try Chez Roux at Cheltenham or the Panoramic Restaurant, both of which have breathtaking views across the course. You can book ticket and restaurant packages in advance to guarantee your table and claim the best possible view.

Of course, you don’t have to pay fancy restaurant prices to satisfy your hunger at Cheltenham, with a huge range of food outlets catering to every budget. That said, if you pick the right horse from the Cheltenham Festival odds, you might just be able to upgrade that beer and a burger to fine wine and a filet steak!

At the end of the day, Cheltenham should be a great day out, with as little stress and hassle as possible, so plan ahead and make sure you make the most of the fantastic Festival experience.

All the facts and figures you need for Cheltenham 2018

Cheltenham 2018
There is now less than a month till the Cheltenham Festival gets underway. With the runners and riders confirmed and the bookmakers studying the form book and how the odds are affected by the latest run outs at Newbury, there is nothing for it but to count down the days till Champions Day kicks everything off on 13 March. To get everyone in the mood, we have assembled the following facts and figures relating to the Cheltenham Festival. 

Record betting 

Ask the average punter what event in the horse racing calendar attracts the most betting, and chances are they will say the Grand National. But of course, that is only one race. The four days and 28 races that encompass the Cheltenham Festival will have more people going online than ever before to place a wager. The Gambling App Store provides a list of Cheltenham horse racing apps where you can bet from your mobile phone. Some of the sites listed will even let you place a bet while the race is underway! 

So how much will be wagered this year? Organisers expect it to be in the region of £600 million – that’s well over double the amount wagered on the Grand National. 

Record attendance

The Festival attracts a global audience, with TV coverage across Europe, Asia and the Americas. With online streaming to boot, it is no exaggeration to say the eyes of the world will be on Cheltenham. But there is nothing quite like being there in person. 

Around 250,000 will visit the racetrack at Prestbury Park over the course of the festival, with the Cheltenham Cup itself expected to attract a capacity crowd of 67,500.  

Record trainers 

There is one trainer who has made the Cheltenham Festival his own. Nicky Henderson has had an incredible 55 winners here over the years. Might Bite, Altior and Buveur D’Air are all trained by Henderson and are among the most fancied runners in the showcase races. With plenty of others in the support races, don’t be surprised if he takes the tally to more than 60 this year. 

Henderson’s closest rival is Willie Mullins, with 48 winners. The battle between these two training legends is always one of the most compelling stories of the festival. 

Record longevity

The Cheltenham festival is one of the most enduring events in horse racing. It has taken place every year at Prestbury Park since 1911, the only exceptions being during the two World Wars and on one other occasion in 2001, when the foot and mouth epidemic meant the event had to be cancelled.

Record hospitality

Cheltenham employs more than 3,000 hospitality staff to keep the refreshment flowing, including 350 chefs who will be working flat out to get the food served piping hot. Over the course of the four days, racegoers will enjoy 18,000 bottles of champagne, 265,000 pints of Guinness, 245,000 pints of beer and cider, 30,000 bottles of wine and 8,000 gallons of tea and coffee.

Sports sponsorship – who are the big names at Cheltenham 2018?

Cheltenham Festival 2018
Sponsorship is a big deal in every sport, and when it’s done right, it brings kudos and brand recognition by the bucketload. Decades after cigarette advertising was banned, we can still picture those Marlboro McLarens and JPS Lotuses duking it out on the track. These days, the Vodafone logo has become synonymous with Lewis Hamilton’s success. 

We see the same in the world of football – Emirates Stadium isn’t just the home of Arsenal, it is an institution, and has made the UAE-based airline synonymous with the regeneration around the Holloway and Finsbury Park area. 

The world of horse racing is no different – many in racing still think of the Martell Grand National, even though the cognac house ended its 13 year association with the race back in 2005. John Smith’s never quite had the same ring to it.

Cheltenham sponsors 

In some respects, the Cheltenham Festival is an even bigger deal for sponsors than the Grand National. After all, it involves four full days of product placement on TVs across the globe. Who are the names that are seeking to become synonymous with Cheltenham this year? 

Lead sponsor - Timico 

The lead sponsor is Timico, a managed cloud service provider. The company is UK based and provides connectivity, IT and data centre services to various blue chip companies, including Jimmy Choo, Greene King and Hobbs. 

Betting companies on board 

A look beyond the lead sponsor reveals a whole list of famous bookmakers and sports betting companies, not to mention a few that are not so well-known. This says plenty about the role of not just bookmakers but all types of online betting sites in today’s world. Online Casino Info is a site that assesses and compares everything from 888 casino games to the Ladbrokes betting site. These might sound like diverse topics, but the site owners say they are seeing a growing trend in gamers moving across to sports betting and vice versa. 

With the industry generating millions in revenue and becoming increasingly crowded, it is perhaps unsurprising that so many have chosen to spend a large part of their marketing budget on sponsoring the Cheltenham Festival. Unibet, BetWay, SkyBet, Sun Bets, Coral and OLBG are just some of the names from the betting world that will be in attendance and have put their names to some of the races. 

Is Guinness good for you? 

St Patrick’s Day is unofficially celebrated on the third day of the festival, and for race fans that means only one thing – and it comes in a pint glass with a frothy head. Heaven only knows what the festival organisers would do if Ireland’s most famous brewer ended its 25 year partnership with the Cheltenham Festival

Albert Bartlett 

A good sponsorship deal is one where the sponsor becomes almost symbiotically attached to the event. Ask most people who or what Albert Bartlett is and they will tell you it’s the race that precedes the Gold Cup on the last day of the festival. This is true, although it is also one of the UK’s biggest potato growers.

A quick guide to the Cheltenham Festival 2018

The Cheltenham Festival, regarded by many as the most prestigious horse racing event throughout the world, is around the corner and is being keenly being looked forward to by the horse racing enthusiasts throughout the world. It stands next to only the Grand National in the UK, if we talk about the amount of prize money offered to the winners. Furthermore, it coincides with St Patrick’s Day, with a fairly good number of Irish and British horses take part in it.

A yearly affair held at the Cheltenham racecourse, the Cheltenham Festival is essentially a high-level competition between premier trainers, jockeys and horses in Britain and Ireland. It happens over four days and attracts a good amount of betting activity. If you too are looking forward to the exciting betting opportunities offered by Cheltenham festival, you could go through the Cheltenham Festival 2018 – Free Bets, Tips & Offers, and make the most of freebies and advice available online. When not watching any of the races, one could enjoy the entertaining bands performing at the Guinness village or indulge in some fun shopping at the trade stands.

A highly-rated Festival

One of the reasons why Cheltenham is counted amongst the most exciting horseracing events in the world is because it involves participation of some of the world’s best racing horses. The prize money offered to the winners is also amongst the highest for such events in the United Kingdom, with more than £ 4 million up for grabs. As many as 250,000+ fans attend the festival each year and relish the thrilling competition between the owners, professional jockeys and horse trainers first-hand.

Other than the conventional horseracing at the Cheltenham Festival, you get to see other events such as the Prestbury Cup which is essentially about a challenge between the UK and Ireland to decide the festival winners.

Schedule of the Cheltenham Festival, 2018

The keenly look forward to Cheltenham Festival, 2018 will be held from March 13 to March 16 this year. Regardless of running for just four days, viewers would still get the chance to see and punt on a good number of high-profile horse races.

The first day would be the Champion Day, featuring Champion hurdle, involving 6 races. The second day of the festival is essentially a Ladies Day, with the lady jockeys taking charge of the affairs. The focus stays primarily on the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase and the Coral Cup Hurdle.

The third day of the festival would coincide with the St Patrick’s Day, attracting a large number of Irish visitors, and featuring grade 1 was races like the RSA Chase and the JLT novices Chase.

The final day of the Cheltenham Festival is known as the Golden cup day. It is widely considered to be one of the most premium horseracing events throughout the world, which brings together many thrilling events, proving to be the right way to conclude a power packed horseracing festival.