The build-up to the Cheltenham Festival is well and truly underway and we are offering Non-Runner No Bet on every race at this year's Cotswolds spectacle.
Commencing Tuesday 12th March, four days of racing will see 14 Grade 1s across 28 races as the highlight of the National Hunt calendar is set to be greeted by that long-awaited roar to get the week underway.
After Rachael Blackmore took the headlines in 2022, she steered Honeysuckle to victory in the mare's final race at the 2023 Festival, taking the Mares' Hurdle for the second time.
Willie Mullins has been the leading trainer in each of the last five years and nine of the last 11 and will be well fancied with a stable including the likes of Lossiemouth, Ballyburn, El Fabiolo and Gold Cup favourite Galopin Des Champs.
The week will see a number of returning horses looking for repeat success at the Festival.
Marine Nationale, who took the Supreme Novices' Hurdle comfortably from favourite Facile Vega, is odds-on to win the 2024 Arkle, while Allaho, who won the 2022 and 2023 Ryanair Chases by a combined 26 lengths, will look to complete the hat-trick in 2024.
And of course Galopin Des Champs, who won the Savills Chase by half a track at Leopardstown over Christmas, is favourite for a second consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Each of the four days sees one of the traditional Championship races take place, and where better to start than the Champion Hurdle? Tuesday’s Championship race saw Constitution Hill maintain his unbeaten record over hurdles, with trainer Nicky Henderson defying calls to go chasing in 2024, opting to go for back-to-back Champion Hurdles.
His primary competition will likely come in the form of State Man, whose only defeat in 10 races came via Constitution Hill in last year's Champion Hurdle, but it's extremely difficult to see past the Henderson-trained superstar.
Onto Ladies’ Day where it looks like a straight shootout between El Fabiolo and Jonbon. Jonbon had an impressive novice chasing season with form figures of 111211 - the 2 coming in the Arkle where El Fabiolo ran out a comfortable winner, and it's Mullins who's favoured to come out on top, with El Fabiolo to take the Champion Chase ahead of 9/2 Jonbon.
Thursday will see two Championship races as Allaho looks to complete a hat-trick of Ryanair Chase wins. The 10-year-old has won twice over 2m5f at the Festival, winning over 3m at the Punchestown Gold Cup before going for King George glory in December.
Allaho came up short at Kempton but looks well placed for another Ryanair triumph, with Banbridge second favourite after his win at Kempton in the Silviniaco Conti chase earlier in the month.
Thursday will also see a competitive-looking Stayers' Hurdle after Sire Du Berlais landed one for the bookies last year at 33/1, edging out Dashel Drasher and favourite Teahupoo.
Teahupoo will be well fancied once again, but there were further question marks after finishing four lengths behind Klassical Dream in the Punchestown Champion Stayers' Hurdle a month after his Cheltenham showing.
Theleme was the joint-second-favourite despite having been exclusively raced in France, but a setback has ruled him out of the contest, meaning Irish Point and Teahupoo are the 11/4 joint favourites.
And finally, the showpiece event of the British racing calendar, the world’s most prestigious jumps race.
From Golden Miller, to Arkle, to Best Mate, the winners’ list features some of the greatest names in racing, with one more writing their name into racing immortality this March.
Galopin Des Champs obliged for the punters last year, winning the Gold Cup by seven lengths, and despite twice being beaten at Punchestown by second favourite Fastorslow, his 23-length win in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown will see Willie Mullins' charge go off a deserved favourite once again.
(Odds correct at time of publishing. Best Odds Guaranteed applies to the Non-Runner No Bet markets in all of this year's Cheltenham Festival Races).