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Wednesday 7th February 2018
5 Horses You Should Back At Cheltenham Festival 2018

Cheltenham Festival is one of the most thrilling sporting events of the year, and after the Grand National, is one of the most popular horse racing events. Held across four separate days (Champions Day, Ladies Day, St. Patrick’s Thursday and Gold Cup Day), there’s plenty for horse racing fans to enjoy. In 2018, the festival will start on March 13th, and will conclude on March 16th. Across these four days, racing fans, punters and betting fans alike will come together with their free horse racing tips, and be treated to 28 individual races which feature some of the most respected horses and jockeys in the sport. Here, we’ve put together 5 of the horses that you should back at Cheltenham this year.

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Footpad has made a brilliant start to his chasing career, and big things are expected from him at Cheltenham festival this year. At just 6 years old, with 13 runs and a win percentage of 46.15%, many eyes will be watching Footpad at Cheltenham this year. Having placed in 10 out of the 13 races this horse has entered, Footpad is certain to be one to watch this year.

Mr Whipped

Mr Whipped is a prodigy of Nicky Henderson and has developed dramatically since starting his racing career. This exciting novice is notable for his win at Warwick, but has previously struggled when testing ground at Musselburgh. Nevertheless, there is a lot of room for improvement, and it’s likely that this horse will be put through his paces at Cheltenham this year.


Ballyhill is an interesting addition to this list, as some bettors may see this horse as somewhat of a liability due to his trip last year. Nevertheless, Ballyhill pulled back from his hard pull and trip, and actually won the race, so many may see this horse as a bet worth risking. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has been working hard with this particular horse and with 1 win and 1 place out of the last five races, there’s a lot of potential for this horse.

Might Bite
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Might Bite

Might Bite

Another potential liability, but a fun horse to watch at that, is Might Bite. Well known for his quirks, this could be the make or break horse of the festival for many punters who decide to go with this thrilling horse. With 9 chase runs, 6 wins and 1 second place, there’s a lot of opportunity that this horse could bring punters this year.


This particular grey gelding has caught the eye of many bettors, and with trainer A W Carroll, it’s easy to see why. While this horse’s win percentage sits at 4.76%, with two 1st places, five 2nd places and seven 3rd places, it’s Spiritoftomintoul’s recent runs that have pricked up interest. Spiritoftomintoul was successful at 1m 6f, and 2m on the all-weather, and is up against some old competition. While his last win was two years ago, this young horse (at age 9), is of optimum weight, and with jockey S W Kelly, the horse is clocking in some good bets, with average odds sitting at around 8/3 for the race at Southwell.

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