The Cheltenham Festival 2022 is slated to take place from the 15th till the 19th of March and will see all the world’s best hurdlers competing in national hunt races of varying distances and horse specifications. Online betting providers and tipsters prepare for months prior to the four day event, knowing that punters will be thinking hard about which horses and jockeys they should be using Cheltenham Festival oddschecker free bets on, before the action then gets underway at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire. As is the case before all Cheltenham Festivals, part of the fun is in the build-up, as stories rise to the surface that add extra spice to what is already a special celebration of equestrianism and sports betting at its very best.
The Return of Gordon Elliott
This famous racing trainer out of Ireland was thrown into a storm of controversy back in 2021 with him eventually being banned from the sport for six months. Now back on his very best behaviour, Elliott’s horses make a return in 2022, with the Gold Cup being a particular target. In that race he has the much-fancied Galvin and the very talented Conflated, while he also has several strong runners in other races across the four days.
Honeysuckle Too Sweet for Champion Hurdle Rivals
Another darling of Irish racing is the star mare called Honeysuckle, who wowed once again at the Irish Gold Cup and is now the odds-on favourite to win the Champion Hurdle. That race has been made a little trickier by the fact that Nicky Henderson has decided to switch out Sharjah for Champ, who will now race in the Champion Hurdle rather than in the Gold Cup.
Paul Nicholls’ Form is an Issue
At the time of writing, Paul Nicholls’ strike rate is languishing at a measly 5%, a stat that few in the business ever thought would be seen anywhere near the revered trainer’s stables in Somerset. Many in the know believe that Nicholls is simply biding his time and that come Cheltenham his steeds will be firing on all cylinders, but that is not stopping betting punters from abandoning Nicholls’ horses wholesale. Will those who bet against him pay the price or will his horses be also-rans throughout the festival week?
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