Punters are ready to unleash a four-day battle with the bookmakers at the Cheltenham Festival, and the action kicks off this afternoon at 1:30pm with a seven-race card.
The highlight on day one is the Champion Hurdle, which takes centre stage at 3:30pm and it will see Buveur D'Air lock horns with Apple's Jade and Laurina in one of the finest renewals of the two-mile Championship race this decade.
Buveur D'Air has been victorious in the last two renewals of the Champion Hurdle and is looking to emulate the mighty Istabraq by winning three renewals on the bounce, but Irish pair Apple's Jade and Laurina are sure to put up a notable fight in what should be an epic three-way clash.
On day two the feature race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase and it will see another former Cheltenham Festival winner aiming to retain a Grade 1 crown, and in Wednesday's showpiece it will be Altior bidding for glory in the two-mile contest.
Dominant over fences, Altior will be a red-hot favourite to land more festival success, but the Nicky Henderson-trained raider will have to beat Min, who has some smart form in the book and could be a notable adversary for the Seven Barrows inmate.
Henderson's star duo are two of the marquee names at this year's event, and Paddy Power are offering a magnificent 70/1 about the pair winning their respective races over the next couple of days.
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- Buveur D'air to win the Champion Hurdle: 9/4
- Altior to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase: 2/5
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