The Cheltenham Open - 2016
One of the major highlights of the racing calendar, The Cheltenham Open, begins this Friday, November 11th, with 3 days of quality horse racing action to bet on.
As well as the bookmaker signup offers that you're able to claim when you register a new account and bet on The Cheltenham Open, there's also a range of betting offers and attractive price boosts that they're also offering on the event.
Cheltenham Open Betting Guide
There are 19 races over the 3 days of the 2016 Cheltenham Open and we've taken a look at some of the highlights of each days racing action, and which bookmakers offer the best odds on some of the favourites for the biggest races.
Bet Victor Handicap Chase
The Cheltenham Open kicks off on Friday 11th with the famous Countryside Day. This is one of the most popular days of the festival due to its unique country fair atmosphere.
There are 6 races taking place on the opening day of The Cheltenham Open, with the highlight race, The Bet Victor Handicap Chase, running at 14:05pm.
Sizing Codelco, and Irish 7 year old trained by Colin Tizzard is the favourite to win (3/1 at BetVictor.com), although there are some other strong contenders in the line up.
Bold Henry, a 10 year old owned by J.P.McManus is also in the top 4 runners (11/2 at Bet365.com), even though he pulled up in his last race.
Pairofbrowneyes, an Irish 7 year old trained by Barry J Murphy, and Impulsive American, a 4 year old trained by David Pipe are also among the top runners expected to perform well.
DAY 1 - CHELTENHAM OPEN - FRIDAY
Bet Victor Gold Cup
Bet Victor Gold Cup day takes place on Saturday 12th November, with 7 top quality races being run. The highlight of it’s namesake day is the Bet Victor Gold Cup, a Grade 3 National Hunt Chase open to horses aged 4 years and over.
Annacotty, who won this in 2015, is running again, but isn’t one of the favourites this time! This year, bookmakers offer Frodon, an American 4 year old Bay Gelding trained by Paul Nicholls as the favourite to win the race (6/1 at PaddyPower.com).
Frodon won at Wincanton earlier this month and looks in top form after 3 successive wins.
More of That, an Irish 8 year old Bay Gelding trained by Jonjo O'Neill with a 77.78% win ratio (6/1 at SportingBet.com), and Double Shuffle, the 6 year old Irish runner trained by Tom George are also in the top 3 for the race (8/1 at WilliamHill.com).
Both Jonjo O’Neill’s Taquin Du Seuil, a 7-year-old French horse and Art Mauresque, another French horse trained by Paul Nicholls are also amongst the top 5.
DAY 2 - CHELTENHAM OPEN - SATURDAY
- 12:40 - JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
- 13.15 - Mallard Jewellers Steeplechase
- 13.50 - Open Handicap Steeplechase
- 14.25 - Bet Victor Gold Cup Steeplechase
- 15.00 - November Handicap Hurdle
- 15.35 - Martin & Co Jewellers Handicap
- 16.05 - Jockey Club Mares’ National Hunt
Stan James Greatwood Hurdle
The highlight of the final day of the 2016 Cheltenham Open on Sunday 13th is the Stan James Greatwood Hurdle, which takes place at 14:30pm.
Bookmakers offer Winter Escape, an Irish 5 year old with a 100% win trained by Alan King out of J. P. McManus’s stable as the firm favourite to win (3/1 at Bet365.com).
Dan Skelton also has Ch'Tibello, a French 5 year old runner in the top 5, while Brain Power, the Irish 5 year old trained by Nicky Henderson completes the top runners.
DAY 3 - CHELTENHAM OPEN - SUNDAY
- 12.45 - SkyBet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
- 13.20 - Racing Post Arkle Steeplechase
- 13.55 - Shloer Cheltenham Steeplechase
- 14.30 - Stan James Greatwood Hurdle
- 15.05 - Open Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap
- 15.40 - High Sheriff Open National Hunt
NB: Cheltenahm Open odds correct at the time this article went live. Bookmakers tend to shorten odds closer to race day so bet early to get the best odds!