Horse Racing Cheltenham Festival By Jon Ivan-Duke

Cheltenham: Britain’s Biggest Bookmaker Facing £17MILLION Battering – Worst Day Since Dettori Day

Britain’s biggest bookmakers, William Hill, are preparing for what could be the worst day in Cheltenham Festival history, when jump racing’s biggest fixture gets underway on Tuesday.


Four Irish favourites, which are all trained by Willie Mullins, could be the undoing of bookies with William Hill estimating a payout of some 17 Million pounds – dwarfing the £8 Million on Dettori Day.


“It could be one of the worst days in bookmaking history if the Four Horses Of The Apocalypse all win. In fact we could see some Willie Mullionaires by Tuesday evening,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


William Hill expect to take over 5.2million bets over the four days of the Festival – and a lot of those will be on the fantastic four on Tuesday.


Bets placed throughout the Festival will total around £50million with William Hill, with somewhere in the region of £250million expected across the entire bookmaking industry.


Last year, 236,472 pints of Guinness were drunk at the racecourse during the 2014 Cheltenham Festival and William Hill are offering Even-Money odds that more than 250,000 pints of the black stuff are quaffed this year – which could be more likely if all the Irish favourites win on Tuesday!




1:30pm - Supreme Novices’ : Douvan 6/4

2:05pm - Arkle Chase: Un De Sceaux: 4/7

3:20pm - Champion Hurdle: Faugheen 11/10

4:00pm - Mares’ Hurdle: Annie Power 8/13


Crowds exceeding 250,000 are expected to flock to the Cotswolds for the biggest betting bonanza of the year, to watch 27 Festival races, with a peak approaching 5000 bets-per-minute placed across and the William Hill mobile app in the build-up to Friday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup – one of the biggest races of the season.


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