With the Cheltenham Races drawing closer each day, people are taking strong notice of the various horses set to run. The races always draw a big crowd of course, but it’s also one of the most popular times for placing bets. With the Bet365 Cheltenham non-runner no bet offer, at least you know you’re guaranteed to get a refund if your horse doesn’t end up running.
So, who is looking good this year? One horse that is standing out as an early contender is Outlander.
Could Outlander Take Top Spot?
Of course, nothing is for certain, but with the race taking place on March 17 it makes sense to start looking at favourites. Many are calling Outlander as the main contender in the race, and he is believed to be able to beat both Don Poli and Empire Of Dirt, who just so happen to be his stablemates. Owned by Michael O’Leary, he sees the horse as their “main chance” at winning the cup as well.
It’s making it much easier for race watchers, and Outlander’s owner, to make these bold statements thanks to the fact that Outlander trains in the same yard as the other top contenders – Empire Of Dirt and Don Poli. It’s easy to make comparisons when they are sharing space and training at the same time.
Outlander is also coming off a career-best performance that happened during Christmas as the Lexus Chase when he won. Obviously, that puts him and his team in a very confident position heading into Cheltenham. As for the odds, right now the nine year old horse is sitting at 14-1 odds heading into the Gold Cup race.
Now despite his odds at looking good for Cheltenham, he won’t run at Aintree.
If you haven’t been following the career of this racehorse, we’ve gathered up all the most important stats for you. His trainer is Gordon Elliott, and the owner is Gigginstown House Stud. Outlander’s most recent win was on Dec. 28, 2016 when he took the top honours at the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Jack Kennedy was the jockey in this race. Cheltenham will mark his first race since that date.
Lifetime stats feature 20 runs, nine wins, and seven places. Outlander’s win percentage is 45%. Earnings to date are €322,082.44.
Others to Watch
Of course, there are always others to watch, and Outlander isn’t the only horse that could take home the cup. You will also want to keep an eye on Colin Tizzard’s Thistlecrack. Djakadam, Cue Card, Sizing John, and Native River are also causing a lot of buzz and are ones to look for. Each has their share of wins and achievements coming into Cheltenham, and all are hoping to come in first. Depending on which site you’re looking at, you’ll find the odds are different for each of the horses. As of right now Bet365 has Thistlecrack’s odds at 13/8.
Stay Up on the News
If you are planning to place some bets on Cheltenham you’ll want to keep a watch on any news and updates regarding the horses, and of course watch what the odds are doing. Don’t forget you’ve always got that non-runner guarantee from Bet365 that will protect you should your horse not run.
With the countdown to the races in full swing, you can bet there will be lots of movement in the odds, plenty of tips and predictions being made, and a whole lot of anticipation building. Fans and supporters of Outlander may just be the ones who walk away happy on March 17.