The 2017 Cheltenham Festival is all over and we’re already looking ahead to the 2018 renewal, with many of the superstars we’ve seen over the past week returning in twelve months time.
The bookmakers have already started to price up several of the principal races for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival and let’s summarise what the latest odds are.
2018 Gold Cup
Sizing John was the impressive winner of the 2017 Gold Cup and he’s leapt to the head of next year’s market already, with Jessie Harrington’s horse now 5/1 with bet365 for a repeat. With age on his side, perhaps he will come to dominate this race although there are plenty of others that will be lined up.
Thistlecrack was an absentee at the 2017 Festival, although the Colin Tizzard horse was previously the red-hot favourite to win the Gold Cup and has time on his side when it comes to taking his chances in the blue riband event. At odds of 9/2, he will have his backers.
Less so for Cue Card who will getting somewhat long in the tooth come 2018 and that explains the quotes of 25/1, although Native River might return to line up for this race and Paddy Power go 12/1.
Outside of the Tizzard trio, you can get Djakadam at 14/1 although there are sure to be new additions and that includes Yorkhill who at 14/1 makes plenty of appeal based on what Ruby Walsh has predicted.
2018 Champion Hurdle
Buveur D’air is the 5/1 favourite with betway and the Nicky Henderson horse is likely to be back for another bite of the cherry after triumphing at the 2017 Festival.
He clearly acts at this course, having finished third behind Altior and Min at the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with Faugheen as big as 10/1 with Coral although it will have been three years since the Mullins horse triumphed in this race.
Annie Power probably makes appeal at 16/1 (Ladbrokes) and that could be a knocking price considering that the mare won the race in 2016 and will have a mares’ allowance for this race.
On that front, Apples Jade would not be without her chances, while Labaik is an interesting shout at odds of 16/1 and the Gordon Elliott poke bolted up in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Defi Du Seuil was the impressive winner of the Triumph Hurdle and Paddy Power offer 20/1 that the McManus horse wins the Champion.
2018 Champion Chase
Douvan had an awful time of things in the 2017 Champion Chase, although there were clearly issues with the horse and Sky Bet go 3/1 about the Willie Mullins horse bouncing back.
Altior is the 2/1 favourite with William Hill to build on those wins in the Supreme and Arkle with another win, while Yorkhill is a 7/1 shot although perhaps the horse will plan a further distance in the Gold Cup.