Cheltenham match bets another option for punters

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Ladbrokes are offering a host of head-to-head match bets to provide punters with a greater chance of claiming a victory at the Cheltenham Festival.

With many of the world’s best horses taking part in the four-day Festival, it can prove tricky to pick a winner from fields which can regularly involve between 12 and 16 runners.

However, with the Cheltenham match betting odds, punters only need to identify which of two named horses will finish ahead of the other.

With the Champion Hurdle being one of the toughest races to predict on paper, punters may prefer to focus on will win the personal dual between Binocular and Hurricane Fly.

It is 8/11 that last year’s winner Binocular finishes ahead of Hurricane Fly and 1/1 that the Irish horse performs better on his first trip to Cheltenham.

Another eagerly awaited showdown awaits in the Champion Chase when last year’s winner Big Zeb is expected to face a tough challenge with the rejuvenated Master Minded.

Master Minded has won on all of his three racecourse appearances since finishing fourth in the Champion Chase last year and is 4/6 to gain some retribution on Big Zeb.

Meanwhile, it is 11/10 that Big Zeb gets the better of Paul Nicholls’ horse again.

Grandouet is the current favourite for the Triumph Hurdle and therefore 5/6 may be a big price in the Cheltenham betting that he finishes ahead of Unaccompanied.

It is the same price that Unaccompanied crosses the finishing line in front of Grandouet.

The final head-to-head pits Tranquil Sea against Riverside Theatre in the Ryanair Chase.

Both horses have been given a quote of 5/6 to beat the other, but slight preference may be with Tranquil Sea, as he has looked fairly untroubled in claiming two victories already this season.

A £25 stake on Hurricane Fly winning the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival would return £112.50. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.