In spite of the rapidly increasing interest in casino games gambling online, sports gambling remains the most popular form of gambling in Ireland. In particular we still love our horse racing, and although many of us now prefer gambling online, our betting shops still attract large numbers of horse race gambling fans. In Ireland Paddy Power and Ladbrokes both provide an excellent service for their horse race gambling customers in their shops and of course both also offer online gambling facilities through their web sites. Horse racing is of course available most days of the week, but many of us look forward to the big races of the season, and enjoy ante post gambling usually at better odds. January sees two big national hunt races, with the Victor Chandler Chase on Saturday and the Irish Champion Hurdle the following Sunday. Paddy Power have Finian’s Rainbow as favourite for the Victor Chandler Chase, currently at 7/4, with Al Ferof second favourite at 11/4. The Irish Champion Hurdle this year sees Hurricane Fly as an odds on favourite at 4/5 with Paddy Power, followed by Unaccompanied at 9/2. Looking even further ahead, the Cheltenham Festival is only eight weeks away where many believe that the whole of the Irish horse race gambling fraternity cross the water to enjoy their racing. Interestingly, Paddy Power are offering odds on the Champion Hurdle without Hurricane Fly, with both Grandouet and Zarkandar at 4/1. Long Run and Kauto Star make up the two top bets for the Gold Cup with Paddy Power, at 5/2 and 4/1 respectively. Horse race gambling fans always turn out in force for the big races, and we can be sure that even in these difficult economic times, Irish horse race gamblers will try their luck, particularly at Cheltenham.