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Cheltenham Returning Heroes

With the Cheltenham Festival 2017 almost upon us, we take a quick look at last year’s winners and the races they are likely to run in this year – plus their odds.

Unfortunately, none of the winners of last year’s four Festival Championship races will be returning to defend their crowns next week, but plenty of other winners will.

Day 1

Tuesday could see a repeat of a winning double from last year, with Altior & Vroum Vroum Mag both set to run on the opening day again this year:

RACE2016 WINNERSPLIKELY 2017 RACEBEST ODDSBOOKMAKER
Supreme NovicesAltior4/1Arkle1/3Sky Bet
ArkleDouvan1/4Champion Chase2/7BetVictor
Festival ChaseUn Temps Pour Tout11/1Ultima Chase16/1Unibet
Champion HurdleAnnie Power5/2NR
Mares’ HurdleVroum Vroum Mag4/6Mares’ Hurdle5/2Paddy Power
National Hunt Chase Minella Rocco8/1Gold Cup25/1BetVictor
Novices’ ChaseBallyalton12/1NR

Day 2

Yorkhill is the most likely of last year’s Wednesday winners to win again, if he runs in the JLT Chase for which he is the 6/4 favourite, but he also has an entry for the Arkle:

RACE2016 WINNERSPLIKELY 2017 RACEBEST ODDSBOOKMAKER
Neptune Hurdle Yorkhill3/1 JLT Novices’ Chase6/4Unibet
RSA ChaseBlaklion8/1NR
Coral Cup Diamond King12/1Brown Advisory Plate 6/1Bet365
Champion Chase Sprinter Sacre 5/1NR
Cross Country Chase Any Currency11/1Cross Country Chase 14/1Paddy Power
Fred Winter HurdleDiego Du Charmil13/2County Hurdle16/1Bet365
Champion Bumper Ballyandy5/1Supreme Novices’7/2Coral

Day 3

Last year’s Mares Novices’ Hurdle winner, Limini, is now the favourite for the Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday:

RACE2016 WINNERSPLIKELY 2017 RACEBEST ODDSBOOKMAKER
 JLT Novices’ Chase Black Hercules 4/1 NR
 Pertemps Hurdle Mall Dini 14/1 Kim Muir Chase8/1Betfair
 Ryanair Chase Vautour Evens NR –
 Stayers’ Hurdle Thistlecrack Evens NR –
 Festival Group Plate Empire Of Dirt 16/1Ryanair Chase4/1Bet365
 Mares Novices’ Hurdle Limini 8/11 Mares’ Hurdle13/8Coral
 Kim Muir Chase Cause Of Causes 9/2 Cross Country4/1Coral

Day 4

2016 Albert Bartlett winner, Unowhatimeanharry, is strongly fancied for this year’s Stayers Hurdle, while On The Fringe is hot favourite to retain his Foxhunters’ crown:

RACE2016 WINNERSPLIKELY 2017 RACEBEST ODDSBOOKMAKER
 Triumph Hurdle Ivanovich Gorbatov9/2County Hurdle14/1Betfred
 County Hurdle Superb Story8/1 NR
 Albert Bartlett HurdleUnowhatimeanharry11/1 Stayers’ Hurdle11/8Sky Bet
 Cheltenham Gold Cup Don Cossack9/4NR
 Foxhunter Chase On The Fringe13/8 Foxhunters’ Chase 6/4Sky Bet
 Martin Pipe Hurdle Ibis Du Rheu 14/1Ultima Chase 14/1Bet365
 Grand Annual Chase Solar Impulse28/1 Grand Annual40/1Bet365