The Cheltenham Festival is a highlight of the horse racing year and it’s a time when those with a casual interest in the sport also take notice. In 2021, the meeting will begin on Tuesday March the 16th with the final day of the festival set to take place on the following Friday.
As always, there is a packed schedule of major group one renewals alongside some lesser races. This time around, the success of one particular horse has added significant interest in the most important race of them all.
A Historic Treble?
The main focus this year, as in any Cheltenham Festival season, will be on the Gold Cup. This prestigious race brings the curtain down on the meeting and many serious racegoers consider this to be a more important race than the Aintree Grand National. In 2021, there is added interest in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Al Boum Photo expected to attempt a third win in succession.
In 2019, the Willie Mullins trained horse came through as a 12/1 option before starting the 2020 renewal as the 100/30 favourite. This year, Al Boum Photo is up with the favourites once again but, as we will see, there may be far more tangible competition in 2021.
Since the race was first held back in 1924, only four horses have ever achieved the feat of three straight wins and the last of these was Best Mate in 2004. It’s unlikely that any runner will ever match the performance of Golden Miller who won an incredible five consecutive Gold Cups in the 1930s but Al Boum Photo certainly has a great chance of writing himself into Cheltenham Festival history.
Al Boum Photo’s Chances Rated
The horse racing betting markets never sleep and odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup have been in place for some time. Going for his third consecutive win, Al Boum Photo is clearly one to watch and the Willie Mullins trained horse is currently the favourite at a general 5/1. Just behind the market leader are Minella Indo and Santini before the field drifts out to the 11/1 shot Champ.
There’s plenty of racing to take place between now and the 2021 running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 19th and those odds will continue to fluctuate. You can keep up with news from the best betting sites via SBO.net and there will be tips in place in relation to one of the UK’s most prestigious horse races.
Completing the Card
It’s not all about the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the festival has a high density of group one renewals across all four days of the meeting. The action gets underway on Tuesday March 16th with the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle which is one of four grade one races on the opening day.
Moving through the card, Wednesday’s highlights include the RSA Chase, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Champion Bumper. Thursday is Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival and it becomes a great social occasion but there’s a serious set of races on the card. Highlights here include the Festival Trophy and the Stayers Hurdle.
Friday is, of course, the biggest day of the festival but there are some big races outside of the Gold Cup. The card begins with the Grade One Triumph Hurdle while the Spa Novices’ Hurdle is also guaranteed to attract a competitive field.
The 2021 festival will hopefully see some crowds back onto the course to allow for that special atmosphere but the quality of the racing is guaranteed. Another supreme four days are in store with the prospect of Al Boum Photo going for three straight Gold Cup wins an undoubted focal point.