Cheltenham Festival – a beginner’s guide

Taking place over a four-day period every March, Cheltenham Festival entertains thousands of people throughout the UK

Cheltenham Festival – a beginner’s guide
Taking place over a four-day period every March, Cheltenham Festival entertains thousands of people throughout the UK, both for those lucky enough to attend the event in person, and the many fans who follow every race through the extensive coverage from sports channels. Although the Cheltenham Festival 2019 is focused on the sport of horse racing, it isn’t exclusively closed off to merely experienced fans of the sport, allowing for anyone to get involved with all of the drama and excitement which come with it.

Originally starting in 1860, Cheltenham Festival has grown in prestige every year until reaching a point where it’s become the one festival throughout the year that catches the attention of sports fans across the UK and Ireland. Unlike other horse racing events, it involves several grade one races, with more than one opportunity to pick a winner over the eighteen race meetings, which in itself makes it more appealing than betting on other races with far less at stake.

Getting involved with The Festival

You might feel unnerved by the prospect of indulging in Cheltenham Festival at first, especially with so many people around the country carrying an extensive knowledge of horse racing and each involved horse, but you’re able to enjoy the festival as much as anyone else. It’s possible to do this by buying a Cheltenham ticket and visiting the racecourse over one of the four days, being in attendance during one of the lesser events like the November Meeting, or even choosing to watch it unfold from the comfort of your own home, where you’re able to make Cheltenham tips with help from tipster websites, backing them through the variety of available bookmaker apps on your mobile phone.

Opting to make Cheltenham tips

We’ve already briefly touched upon the opportunity to create Cheltenham tips for the festival, but there’s far more potential with betting at the event than you’ll find anywhere else. You shouldn’t feel forced into betting on Cheltenham Festival, but it certainly livens up the enjoyment factor, with key races such as The Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Champion Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase and The Stayers’ Hurdle facilitating thousands of bets in each edition. You’re able to bet ante post, which refers to betting early while the odds are still at their peak, on horses to win, where you’ll be handed returns if your horse wins the race, or each-way, allowing for a percentage of your winnings if the horse you’ve backed finishes in the top few places of the race.

Updated Date: 17 December 2018, 09:59

John Thunberbold

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