Horse racing has long been one of the most popular sports when it comes to wagering within the UK, with few bookmakers offering better coverage than Paddy Power. The Irish betting organisation offer markets in a range of areas, including the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, two of the biggest events in the calendar for punters and bookies alike. With pre-race favourite Mike Bite having recently won the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on boxing day, many are looking to pick winners in high-profile meetings over the coming months.
Paddy Power provide horse racing betting markets from the UK & Ireland, across Europe, Australia, South America and Asia, ensuring that there a day rarely goes by when there is nothing for horse racing fans to wager on. As well as this, Paddy Power offer their customers vital information in the build-up to races, including both the in-form jockeys and trainers. The likes of Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls are among the favourites to win the UK trainers championship this year, while the battle between Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins in Ireland is always worth placing a bet on. Let’s take a closer look at some of the national hunt and flat races coming up in 2018, perfect for those looking to win big from such meetings.
Paddy Power Horse Racing: Cheltenham Festival
The 2018 Cheltenham Festival takes place between the 13th-16th March this year, with races such as the Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Supreme Novices Chase and Arkle Chase helping to make up the biggest horse racing event of the year. Having won the King George VI Chase recently, Nicky Henderson’s Might Bite is the favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup at this early stage, with Paddy Power offering the eight-year-old odds of just 3/1 to claim victory. Elsewhere, the likes of reigning champion Sizing John, Native River and Thistlecrack are all worth considering for an outside bet.
Elsewhere, the National Hunt Chase is one of the headline races on day one of the festival, with the likes of Presenting Percy and Elegant Escape among the leading contenders at present. The duo are available at respective odds of 8/1 and 10/1 with Paddy Power, with Tiger Roll having won in 2017.
Paddy Power Horse Racing: The Grand National
The Grand National takes place at Aintree Racecourse on April 14th, with a whole host of big names looking to emulate the achievement of One For Arthur last time around. There is currently little to separate the likes of Blaklion, Minella Rocco, Native River and Definitly Red in the horse racing odds from Paddy Power, with the complete line-up for the famous race unlikely to be named until a matter of weeks before the meeting. The battle to be the winning trainer at Aintree is also another popular betting market, with the likes of Willie Mullins and Mouse Morris having come out on top in recent times.
Paddy Power Horse Racing: Around the World
As well as action from the UK, Paddy Power also cover all major races from around the world, including the Melbourne Cup, Breeders’ Cup Classic and Prix de larc de Triomphe. Horses such as Rekindling, Enable and West Coast are among the biggest names expected to compete in 2018, with Paddy Power offering some of the best odds around on such races. As well as such meetings, fans of in-play markets will certainly not be disappointed with the offerings found at Paddy Power, as well as their virtual options.