Betting Records Smashed at Cheltenham
The popularity of the Cheltenham Festival showed no signs of abating in 2015, with punters staking record levels on the iconic National Hunt meeting.
Bookmakers William Hill reported increased average turnover across all races with the critical Gold Cup – the third biggest race of the year – exceeding £5million.
The best result of the week for punters came courtesy of Nicky Henderson’s Peace And Co in the Triumph Hurdle, who secured a seven figure boost to the bettors’ coffers swiftly followed by the stinging opening victory by Douvan in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
After standing long time antepost favourite Silviniaco Conti for a liability in excess of £3million, William Hill secured their best result of the week in the Gold Cup as Coneygree landed jump racing’s pinnacle contest.
And on Thursday, William Hill were £1million behind but then cheered home a three race consecutive run of £1million+ profit, across the Ryanair Chase, World Hurdle and Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate.
“The Cheltenham Festival must surely be counted as one of sport’s greatest success stories of recent years. Our punters could not get enough of the four day frenzy this year. Turnover grows year-on-year and once again we have smashed through the record books for punter popularity.”
Best Result: Coneygree winning the Gold Cup
Worst Result: Peace And Co winning the Triumph (a seven figure loser)
Top 5 Turnover Races:
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle