All eyes on rugby and Cheltenham

It’s another bumper weekend of sporting action and the penultimate round of fixtures in the Six Nations Rugby Championship takes place. The big game is at Croke Park between Ireland and Wales. Match odds as follows: Ireland 8/13 v Wales 6/4; Draw 20/1. Other games – handicap betting: Scotland (+9 points) 1/1 v England (-9 points) 1/1; Handicap Draw 15/1. France (-20 points) 1/1 v Italy (+ 20 points) 1/1; Handicap Draw 20/1.   Next week sees the 2008 Cheltenham Festival take place. Here are the odds for the two big races on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday the Champion Hurdle – odds as follows: 9/4 Sizing Europe, 9/2 Sublimity, 6/1 Osana, 6/1 Harchibald, 9/1 Katchit, 16/1 Bar.   Special bet: Irish Horses to fill the first three places: 4/1.   The Champion Chase on Wednesday: odds as follows: 5/2 Master Minded, 11/4 Twist Magic, 7/2 Voy Pur Estedes, 9/2 Tamarin Bleu, 14/1 Fair Along 20/1 bar.   Jockeys Championship: 1/1 Ruby Walsh, 5/1 Robert ‘Chocolate’ Thornton, 6/1 AP McCoy, 9/1 Mick Fitzgerald, 11/1 Sam Thomas, 14/1 bar. Bet of the week: Last weekend our bet on Blackburn Rovers to beat Newcastle (at 7/4) clicked so we are now €46 ahead on the year to date.   This week’s bet is €10 each-way on Harchibald in the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday. We think he has the class to win the race at his third attempt. New Service: Try our new Dial-a-Bet service by calling free on 1-800-600-800.