The 2014 Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching, with some of the biggest names in the national hunt racing world ready to do battle over the famous old racecourse. With new horses looking to challenge every year, the older, more experienced campaigners will be looking to defend their titles.
Many horses are proven winners in their disciplines, from hurdling to chasing, and from the shorter races to the longest stamina-tests. The 2014 Cheltenham Festival is no different, with many winners from previous years looking to take victory yet again.
From some of the most well-known names in the national hunt world, to horses who simply dominate at their distance, many of last year’s winners will try to build on their legacy at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.
Champion Hurdle- Hurricane Fly
In the highlight of the first day, Hurricane Fly is a 10/3 second favourite to win the Champion Hurdle. After winning last year’s race, a win here would mean a hat-trick of victories in this event. The New One (3/1) and My Tent Or Yours (7/2) will be trying to stop him.
OLBG Mares’ Hurdle- Quevega
No horse has been as dominant in their chosen race than Quevega. The superstar mare hurdler has won the last five Mares’ Hurdle races at the Cheltenham Festival, and her domination looks set to continue. At 8/11 with Coral, she is a hot favourite.
Queen Mother Champion Chase - Sprinter Sacre
After an extremely impressive win in the 2013 event, Sprinter Sacre had some health problems over the winter. Despite these problems, Sprinter Sacre is a 4/5 favourite to repeat his success in this year’s race.
Ryanair Chase- Cue Card
While also holding an entry in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cue Card looks set to defend his Ryanair Chase title after winning the 2013 race. As a 3/1 favourite with Coral, Cue Card could take victory and keep up his excellent record at the festival.
World Hurdle- Big Bucks
Despite not entering the 2013 World Hurdle due to injury, Big Bucks will be attempting to win his fifth title in this race. After dominating for years, Big Bucks is only a slight favourite, at 9/4, to take victory in the 2014 festival, with Annie Power at 3/1.
Cheltenham Gold Cup- Bobs Worth
The biggest race of the festival, the Gold Cup is the ultimate test for a jumps racer. Bobs Worth excels at Cheltenham and is a 2/1 favourite to repeat his success from last year.
With several horses defending their titles, many will be looking to dominate their divisions, in the style of Quevega and Big Bucks, for years to come.