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Top horse races for betting list highlights Cheltenham appeal

| 13.03.2023

With the 2023 Cheltenham Festival about to begin, Coral’s parent company, Entain, has issued a list of the top horse races for betting in 2022 that highlight the huge appeal of the four-day meeting to punters, and the significance of the week to both the betting and racing industries.

Most notably, taking online and shop turnover into account, all 28 races staged at the Cheltenham Festival last year appear in the top 35 betting races of 2022.

Six of the seven races staged on the Friday feature in the 11 top horse races for betting last year, including the St James’s Place Hunters’ Chase.

Coral’s David Stevens said: “The turnover figures for last year prove beyond doubt that the Cheltenham Festival is the biggest, most important week of the year for bookmakers and their customers, and well deserving of the attention on it for months leading up to it.

“Betting turnover on Gold Cup day steps up to even greater levels compared to the first three days of the Festival, with six of the seven races on Friday in the top 11 betting races of the year.

“This is a sporting and betting event that builds to a crescendo and ends on a high with a massive final day of betting that can leave us celebrating or counting the cost, but either way, looking forward to doing it all again in 12 months’ time.”

Constitution Hill is 1/3 favourite with Coral for Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle, while Facile Vega is 15/8 market leader for the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The firm cannot split 13/8 joint favourites, El Fabiolo and Jonbon, in the Sporting Life Arkle betting.

Top horse races for betting in 2022

1 The Grand National

2 Cheltenham Gold Cup

3 Derby

4 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

5 Champion Hurdle

6 Champion Chase

7 Triumph Hurdle

8 Hunters’ Chase

9 Ryanair Chase

10 County Hurdle

11 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

12 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

13 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

14 Scottish Grand National

15 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

16 Coral Cup

17 Stayers’ Hurdle

18 Cross Country Chase

19 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

20 Arkle Trophy

21 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase

22 The Plate Handicap Chase

23 Champion Bumper

24 Ultima Handicap Chase

25 Boodles Handicap Hurdle

26 Mares’ Hurdle

27 Mares’ Chase

28 Kim Muir

29 Oaks

30 King George VI Chase

31 Grand Annual

32 2,000 Guineas

33 Irish Grand National

34 Turners Novices’ Chase

35 National Hunt Chase

36 Marsh Chase (Aintree)

37 Platinum Jubilee Stakes

38 King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

39 Ascot Gold Cup

40 Coral-Eclipse

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.