Festival Betting Odds: The 2008 Champion Hurdle
Cheltenham Festival festivities will open in 2008 with the
Tuesday's featured race - The Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle, and
we have the best betting odds available. The Champion Hurdle is
arguably the most sought after prize anywhere for 2 miles
hurdlers and the British will look to gain some ground, after
the Irish won seven of the last nine races. The Champion Hurdle
is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race in the U.K. for
four-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 2
miles 110 yards on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse with
eight hurdles to be jumped in the race.
As usual, we will look at two online
bookmakers with top odds, one specifically for the U.K. bettors
and another for the rest of the world. Starting with the
Cheltenham Champion Hurdle hosts, here are the best betting odds
offered by the U.K. licensed online bookmaker
Bet365. At this top British
bookie, the favorite to win the 2008 Champion Hurdle is Sizing
Europe with odds sitting at 2/1. Following Sizing Europe comes
the last year's Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity,
listed with betting odds of 4/1 to repeat the success of the
2007 race. Osana is third with odds 11/2, followed by Harchibald
at 6/1 and Katchit paying out on 8/1 odds.
For the rest of the world (U.K.
included) the best odds on the 2008 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle
could be found at the North American online sportsbook
BodogLife. There the favorite
Sizing Europe is listed with odds 9/4 and the last year's champ
Sublimity holds odds to win the 2008 Champion Hurdle of 5/1.
Osana is also paying better at BodogLife with odds 6/1,
Harchibald is sitting at 7/1 and Katchit holds odds of 8/1 on
winning the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle on Tuesday.