The Cheltenham Festival, slated to take place from Tuesday, March 10 to Friday, March 13, is one of the most eagerly awaited horse racing events on the National Hunt racing calendar in the UK. Each day will feature 7 races, with the first starting at 1.30pm GMT, and the last race taking place at 5.30pm GMT.
Punters closely monitoring the racers in the next few weeks and are set to bet on Cheltenham guide bookies the world over. And based on the latest race results traders are scrambling to change their prices on the favorites for the Cheltenham Festival.
The Gold Cup
This race is jump-racing’s Blue Riband, and it the finale for the Cheltenham Festival. Slated to take place on Friday, March 13, this Grade 1 racecourse is 3 miles and 2/5 furlongs long and has 22 fences that need to be jumped.
With a prize of £625,000, the Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap race in the UK, and only the best horses run this course. This year, there are about 28 potential runners, of which, Al Boum Photo is the big favorite, with odds at 7/2 to win the race. Santini has a 5/1 odds of winning the race, Delta Work has a 6/1 chance and Lostintranslation and Kemboy have 7/1 chances of winning.
However, the one horse that everyone has their eye on this year is Native River. According to the report by SportingLife, Native River won the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday, February 8.
Native River’s ranking before Saturday was at 14/1, but after the race, his odds went up to 12/1 for winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the National Hunt’s top minimum-distance chase, and is the main event of Day 2 at the Cheltenham Festival. Slated to take place at 3.30pm on Wednesday on March 11, this race will be run on the Old Course, which is about 2 miles long, and has 13 fences.
The Guardian reported on Altior’s last race, where he won the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. Altior is expected to race in the Queen Mother Championship Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Ridden by jockey Nico de Boinville, and trained by Nicky Henderson, Altior has already won the Queen Mother Championship twice before, and now the odds on him have gone up; he is now at 2/1 joint favorite, along with Defi Du Seuil, to win it again this year. The racer’s previous odds were 3/1.
Cancun Pour Soi will currently be running with odds of 5/2, Cyrname with odds of 8/1, A Plus Tard at odds of 8/1, Cilaos Emery and Min at odds of 10/1, Politologue has odds of 20/1, and Sceau Royal and Dynamite Dollars have odds of 25/1 to win the Chase.
The Brown Advisory Handicap Chase
For this Grade 3 race, Clondaw Castle, who won at the races comfortably on Saturday at Warwick, has finally caught the eyes of punters and traders. Expected to run at the Brown Advisory Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, Clondaw Castle is now a new favorite, and his rating has been cut from 25/1 to 16/1 to win the race.
The Mares Hurdle
The favorite for the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham, Indefatigable, has a current rating of 12/1 after she won her race at Warwick by a massive 6 lengths on Saturday.
Another surprise jump in ratings goes to Rouge Vif, whose odds to win the Arkle Change have gone up from 33/1 to 20/1 after he won the Agetur UK Kingmaker Novices’ Chase on Saturday, February 8, at Warwick. The 6-year old horse won his race by an easy 7 lengths.
The Pertemps Final
One For The Team won his Newbury race, and traders set his odds at 14/1 to win the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham. This will be One For The Team’s first showing at the Festival, so this horse, trained by Nick Williams and ridden by Chester Williams will be one to watch at the big races in March.
Ballymore Novices Hudle and Supreme Novices Hurdle
Chantry House, trained by Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty, won the 2-mile long Betfair Exchange Novice Hurdle in Newbury on Saturday. This 6-year old had made his debut at Cheltenham, and this was his second victory, keeping his record unbroken. Thanks to his victory at Newbury, Chantry House’s odds have jumped up from 20/1 to 10/1 for winning the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham this year.
Chantry House’s chances to win the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham have also gone up to 10/1 after this good performance in the last races.
The one name that is on everyone’s lips for winning the Ballymore Novices Hurdles is Envoi Allen. His odds are stacked at 5/4 to win this race.
The Soccer Master Who Became MMA Legend – Pawel Kozlowski
Pawel Kozlowski was born in 1992, in Gniezno, Poland. The footballer-turned-MMA fighter was born to rule the ring. He was destined to achieve greatness, and he did that in style. Early in his life, at 17, he played soccer to mesmerize the world with his natural talent, but his love and passion for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) never faded. His life took a significant turn during a break from soccer training, triggering an unrelenting interest in MMA. Taking advantage of his football break, he enrolled in a club with facilities for boxing, Thai boxing, wrestling, and Jiu Jitsu. It was a decisive moment in his life. After playing soccer for nine years, he decided to make a professional career in MMA.
The Shift – Training For MMA
When preparing for a professional MMA fight, Pawel takes a strategic approach, planning all the tactics eight weeks ahead of the event. Usually, he trains 2-3 times a day and maintains a balanced and nutritious diet for this purpose. Before going into the ring, he follows a special diet to maintain weight.
The MMA Early Days – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
In 2010, Pawel Kozlowski started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After a year of toil and hard work, he finally tasted success at the Austrian National Championship. Since then, he has never looked back, winning the World Pro Jiu Jitsu Trials and the European Championship. In 2016, Paweł Kozłowski became the national champion of Poland and Austria in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At the WKF World Championships in Italy, he won the runners-up medal in the Sanda category and a Bronze Medal in the MMA category. He also won the Qualification for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championship, which took place in Abu Dhabi. BJJ Fanatics website lists Pawel among the three best BJJ players from Poland for 2016. In 2014, he joined the Vienna edition of the charity action “You will not keep the Master – Sportsmen for Children.” In July 2016, he established the Alpha Jiu-Jitsu Academy to train aspirant individuals.
Pawel’s most significant career moments came at the WKF World Championship, where he won Silver in Sanda and Bronze in MMA. He is a multiple Austrian and Polish National Champion and has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam twice. In MMA, he has 5 professional bouts, all of which he won in the first round and all by Submission. Pawel has also defeated the 2012 European champion twice.
The Pride Of His Parents
Pawel’s father always wanted him to become a soccer player, and he was not very happy with him not playing football anymore. Still, he continued to make a name for himself in MMA, making his parents proud of his unprecedented achievements.
Fighting with an injured knee
The most challenging fight for Pawel was the fight in the final of the Open Championship, held in Croatia in 2012. It was his first fight after sustaining a knee injury, and he only had 10 days to prepare for it. In the final, he was leading his opponent with a 2:0 score line. Unfortunately, his stamina was running out, and the opponent took full advantage and won back-to-back points to lead with a 2: 6 score line. However, he got two more points and eventually won the fight with a 7:6 score line, with only 10 seconds to go for the final whistle.
Pawel Kozlowski – The Legend
At pro-MMA, Pawel Kozlowski is unbeaten with a record of 5-0-0, securing all his wins in the first round. He is also a six-time European Championship medalist in Jiu Jitsu, having won over 400 matches with another 500 Jiu Jitsu fights worldwide. He has won three European titles and the Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi, the most prestigious tournament in this sport. Pawel released an instructional DVD about a technique he has developed called the “GremlinLock,” thus becoming a legend of the sport.
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