Looking Ahead to the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2023: What Will Be The Hottest Races?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is an annual horse racing-based meeting on the UK Grade I National Hunt calendar that takes place during the Cheltenham Festival – a four-day event that’s held in March on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Several Grade I races are featured during the event, and some of the most notable ones are the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Stayers’ Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and the Champion Hurdle. Take a closer look at some of the other races right here. 

Hottest races to watch at the upcoming 2023 Cheltenham Festival 

The upcoming 2023 Cheltenham Festival is scheduled to get underway on Tuesday, March 14th, 2023, and will end on Friday, March 17th. If you can make it to the Cheltenham Racecourse between these dates, or if you can watch any of the live racing action as it unfolds on television, some of the hottest races to keep an eye out for are the following:

  • The Cheltenham Gold Cup (the main event)
  • The Champion Hurdle
  • The Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • The Stayers’ Hurdle

For Horse Racing betting on any of the featured races at the upcoming 2023 Cheltenham Festival, one of the most trusted sports betting sites you can turn to is Unibet. It’s free to sign up to and already has some of the latest and most competitive betting markets for the Cheltenham Festival

On the 14th, the other races you can also bet are the Willie Mullins Cheltenham Acca, the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the Mares Hurdle, the National Hunt Chase, the Arkle Chase, and the Ultima Handicap Chase. You also have the following races:

  • March 15th – Brown Advisory Novices Chase, Cross Country Chase, Champion Chase, Ballymore Novices Hurdle, Champion Bumper, and the Grand Annual Handicap Race
  • March 16th – Stayers’ Hurdle, Turners Novices Chase, Ryanair Chase, Mares Novice Hurdle, The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plater Handicap Chase, Kim Muir Challenge Cup, and Pertemps Network Final
  • March 17th – Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle, Mares Chase, Gold Cup, Triumph Hurdle, St James’s Palace Festival Hunters Chase, Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle, and the County Hurdle

Although the odds for some of these races are out now, these prices can still change a great deal from now until race day. In the Cheltenham Gold Cup, for example, here are some of the following odds:

  • The current odds-on favourite to win the Gold Cup is ‘Galopin Des Champ.’ This horse currently has a 38.00% implied probability rate of winning the race outright. In fractional odds, this works out to 1.63/1. In European decimal odds, it’s 2.63, and in American/moneyline odds, it’s 163

In comparison, the second odds-on favourite to win, ‘L’homme Presse,’ is currently priced at 6/1, which is 7.00 (decimal odds) or 600 (American/moneyline) with a 14.30% implied probability rate of winning. You then have ‘A Plus Tard,’ ‘Protektorat.’ And Noble Yeats,’ who are all currently priced at 9.00 (8/1, or 900) with an 11.10% implied probability rate. At most sites, each way pays 1/5 odds for 1, 2, and 3 places. 

There are 27 horses currently in the running, and some of the other horses you may want to place a wager on include Bravemansgame, Stattler, Conflated, Minella Indo, Hewick, Monkfish, Capodanno, Shishkin, Royale Pagaille, or The Real Whacker, to name just a few. 

Suppose you’re looking for an outsider/longshot bet with 100/1 odds (101.00 or 10,000) and only a 1.00% implied probability rate of winning. In that case, you may want to place a wager on one of the following horses: Ga Law, Angels Breath, Sounds Russia, The Big Breakaway, Coole Cody, Frodon, or Galvin. Don’t forget that although these odds are accurate at the time of writing, they change a great deal from now until the start of the Cheltenham Festival.

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