Prestbury Park in the United Kingdom will become the place to be on March 13-16, 2018, when the foremost National Hunt horses, jockeys, and trainers from the UK and Ireland compete in Cheltenham, against the scenic background of the Cotswolds.  Avid and casual fans alike look forward to the hugely popular Cheltenham Festival.

Last year, Sizing John won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Festival’s feature chase.  He is retuning as the favorite to repeat in 2018, but this time the competition is likely to be more formidable, especially with Might Bite and Native River in the mix.

Leading bookmakers are once again extending attractive offers, which can be seen at Freebets.  In addition, the latest updates and Cheltenham betting tips are available.  For example, 888Sport has a Bet £10 Get £30 offer and Coral has a Bet £5 Get £20 play.  On all 28 of the Cheltenham Festival races, Paddy Power is tendering a £20 Risk Free Bet and a Non Runner No Bet.  Similarly, William Hill, Betvictor, and Ladbrokes also have appealing offers.

The approach of the Cheltenham Festival always brings to mind a few of the courageous horses that have competed there and etched their names into the annals of racing history.

Arkle is the most famous National Hunt horse of all time in the UK and Ireland, with a career record of 27 wins from 35 starts.   Indeed, Racing Post readers voted him as such.   Among the gelding’s many other achievements in the 1960s, he won the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup for three consecutive years, plus he won the Hennessy Gold Cup twice and the Irish Grand National and the King George VI Chase.

The most successful mare in National Hunt history is arguably the Irish-bred Dawn Run.  Her victories included the Champion Hurdle in 1984 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1986.  She was one of only four mares to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the second mare to take the Champion Hurdle.  Dawn Run also won the Ascot Hurdle (1983), Christmas Hurdle (1983), Aintree Hurdle (1984), and French Champion Hurdle (1984).

More recently, Synchronised gained fame for winning the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup, while defeating a talented field that included Long Run and Kauto Star.  Some of his previous victories were the Midlands Grand National (2010), the Welsh National (2010) and the Lexus Chase (2011).

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival may elevate one or more horses to such renowned company.

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