There has been a number of withdrawals from the festival, including Thistlecrack, Annie Power, Faugheen, Sprinter Sacre, Getabird and Min but it still promises to be quite a spectacle. With the remaining horses still on course for Cheltenham, Oddschecker have taken a look at how the betting breaks down throughout UK regions and how betting behaviour differs between counties. Support from London seems to be with horses that have had recent success, with Ballyandy and Yanworth the most popular bets having won the Betfair Hurdle and Kingwell Hurdle respectively.
'No news is good news’ may not work for newspapers but, a day after Thistlecrack was ruled out of the Gold Cup - highlighting the racehorse’s capacity to injure itself - Nicky Henderson was pleased to begin his annual pre-Cheltenham press morning by announcing, with some relief: “No news”. The proverb is much sought after by trainers in the run up to the festival, but even getting his three Champion Hurdle runners to pose together for photographers with “kicker” Buveur D’Air in the middle is fraught with risk. Less than three weeks out from this year’s festival, Henderson, whose 55 winners at the meeting are more than any other trainer, has assembled yet another formidable team.
Trainer Colin Tizzard's stable star Thistlecrack's hopes of landing the blue riband of jump racing the Cheltenham Gold Cup this year are over as an injury Tuesday ruled him out for the rest of the season. The nine-year-old, who went down to his first defeat in five starts over fences last time out to Many Clouds who then collapsed and died, was found to have a slight tendon tear. "The vet scanned him this morning and it's a slight tendon tear," said Tizzard.