Nowadays you can even bet on the official going of the opening days racing (‘good to soft’ is the 2/5 favourite) and the price of the biggest priced winner. In 2018 there were three Festival winners that went off at 33/1: Veneer Of Charm, Mohaayed and Kilbricken Storm. Suffice to say if HM Queen were to rock-up on an official engagement there would be a betting market on the colour of her Wellington boots.
But that’s the glory of modern-day online sports betting, you can now ‘Request a Bet’ from your favourite bookmaker via Twitter on any bizarre outcome you deem to have a possible chance of happening. Simply tweet the bookies and they will furnish you with a price on pretty much anything!
King Willie the First, Second, Third and Fourth?
In 1983 Michael Dickinson trained the first five horses home in the centrepiece Cheltenham Gold Cup…
Ireland’s Willie Mullins cannot better that record in 2019 as he ‘only’ fields four runners in this year’s showstopper but what price he lands a 1-2-3-4?
1000/1 would do nicely.
18 Straight Wins and 7 Lengths?
Another outcome that has happened before and could definitely happen again is Nicky Henderson’s Altior winning. Ok, since he has won 17 straight races a crystal ball is not required but you are not going to get rich with the odds-on 2/5 quote about him landing the Queen Mother Champion Chase for a second consecutive year.
However, a delve into the Cheltenham formbooks show last year’s victory came at the expense of Min, who was beaten exactly seven lengths into second. This was a repeat of the 2017 result when Min finished second to Altior by an identical margin in the Supreme Novice Hurdle.
So here’s the question, what odds Min comes off second best once again by precisely seven lengths for the third time in as many years?
Is 25/1 too much to ask for?
A Fighting Chance?
And if you like a crazy bet, how about Gloucestershire Police to officially describe an incident at the Cheltenham racecourse as a ‘riot’?
Unfortunately social disturbances at racecourses have become commonplace in recent years. Three weeks ago there was a mass brawl at Haydock Park involving 50 people. Last May there were sickening scenes at Goodwood when at least 25 men were involved in more fighting.
Even Ascot racecourse has seen its share of violence and last summer scuffles in the grandstand.