Friday February 26, 2016
The Cheltenham Festival is famous enough to be known by people who have no interest at all in horse racing. Alongside other revered events like the Grand National, this festival packs in exciting races and specific days to enjoy.
This year the festival will begin on 15th March and end four days later on the 18th. It runs from a Tuesday to a Friday, and each day brings forth new themes and races. For example, things get underway on Tuesday with Champion Day. This is followed by Ladies Day on the Wednesday. St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on the Thursday, and races will finally end on Gold Cup Day on the Friday.
Millions of pounds in prize money will be given out over the course of the four days. There will also be plenty of punters making bets on the runners and riders they believe could win the races and bring them good luck – and prizes – in the process.
It’s not too soon to start looking at the runners and riders for each race, either. While things can potentially change in the run-up to the races, it is possible to start looking at who you might want to place a bet on. People make their choices in all kinds of ways. Maybe you have a good feeling about a particular horse or rider. Maybe you choose them according to the colours they are wearing, or even because someone else in your family has chosen them and been lucky in the past as a result.
It doesn’t matter how you choose, but you might like to check the odds before you do so. Some people like a long shot and pick those with longer odds because they stand a chance of winning a bigger prize if they win.
If you want to see the runners before the race, make sure you head over to the Parade Ring. This is where you can see the horses and decide which ones to bet on. Of course, if you are watching on television you’ll be restricted to the coverage provided. However, you can also find essential information online – and of course, you can make your bets there too.