Cheltenham Festival favorites including Allaho and Shishkin have proved popular in betting. We asked bookies including Coral and Ladbrokes which runners they fear winning
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Cheltenham Festival is a week of the year where everyone wants to support the winner.
Whether they’re a casual runner or a once-a-year jockey, fans hope to celebrate after the races.
Around £500m in stakes were placed on the four-day meeting, which begins on March 15.
This year, attendees will see if short-price favorites like Honeysuckle and Allaho can repeat their 2021 successes.
Bookies also keep an eye out for gambles on certain runners, as wise supporters look for value.
The pros often pick out the bigger-priced horses to watch in the main event preview.
But in the run-up to the race there can be a number of important market dynamics, taking into account background and opposition.
We asked the bookies about the most popular front and back bets before the final preparations were completed.
Undoubtedly which favorite has become the most popular post, Allaho has been very famous for a repeat success in Ryanair Chase.
All chances to counter disappear some time ago and he will be competing for the title of shortest price runner of the week, with Honeysuckle and Shishkin.
Vauban, his Willie Mullins-trained stablemate, has been the best-supported of the market leaders in the JCB Triumph Hurdle and has a clear preference for Pied Piper.
The latter’s trainer, Gordon Elliott, was responsible for another rock favorite, Tiger Roll, as he bid for another cross-country win.
With higher prices, Death Duty (Ultima), Winter Fog (Pertemps) and State Man (County Hurdle) have garnered eye-popping backing in handicaps.
Irish athletes certainly win the famous competition. The four most popular horse species are Honeysuckle, Allaho, Tiger Roll and Facile Vega.
It’s always been clear what race they’re going to be in and they’ve been a mainstay in everyone’s accas for a long time.
That support is starting to grow, with particular interest in the Allaho/Honeysuckle double 6-4.
The most famous Brit is Shishkin, who will also be one of the week’s worst performers.
Telmesomethinggirl is already very popular and it’s easy to see why she wasn’t defeated last time in Leopardstown.
As a former Cheltenham winner, she is perhaps a better fit for the famous Prestbury Park hill.
Langer Dan just missed out on Festival in the Martin Pipe glory last year when he was turned down by Galopin Des Champs.
Bettors have lured him with a similar handicap with the expectation that nothing of that caliber will come against him this season.
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In the Gold Cup, Galvin was backed on the Betfair Exchange with a high ratio of around 80-1.
Arkle is a very active market and Edwardstone has been very well supported. He was 38-1 and is now at the top of the bet.
While in Champion Hurdle, Honeysuckle continues to shorten.
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