Today marks the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, with the Blue Riband race, the Gold Cup, being held on Friday, the final day. Much fancied horse Clan Des Obeaux is currently the second favourite with odds of 4/1, which is owned by former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. With bookmakers fearing that ‘Fergie’s’ horse, could cost them a small fortune.
Spokesperson for William Hill, Rupert Adams, told the Daily Star newspaper: “Cheltenham is the biggest betting week of the year and it can literally make, or break, our year. Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United cost us millions, now he owns what could be one of the best-backed Gold Cup runners in the history of racing.”
If you are travelling to Cheltenham race course today, you better wrap up warm, as there are strong winds forecast for today, with a few showers too. The Cheltenham Festival kicks off today, on what is known as Champion Day.
The first race starts at 13:30 with the Supreme Novice Hurdles, which is the first of seven races to be held on Tuesday. Tomorrow, Wednesday 13th is Ladies Day, whilst Thursday 14th is St Patrick’s Day. Finally finishing on Friday 15th March, with the Blue Riband event of jumping and the Gold Cup.