Cheltenham Festival for National Hunt fans is like Christmas all over again. Four days of the highest calibre of jump racing where Britain and Ireland’s top horses go head to head. The atmosphere is electric. The 2019 meeting begins on Tuesday 12th March with 28 top class races beginning with the Supreme Novices Hurdle. It is at this point that the infamous Cheltenham roar will go up as punters begin another battle with the bookmakers.
Each day includes a feature race as follows:
Tue – Champion Hurdle
Wed- Queen Mother Champion Chase
Thu – Stayers Hurdle
Fri – Gold Cup
Cheltenham Welcome Bonuses, Specials, Bonuses & Promotions
Increased Welcome Bonuses are par for the course during Cheltenham festival. Bookmakers realise that numerous new accounts will be opened throughout the four days. As such they provide enticing offers more than at any time of year in an attempt to get your business. It is worthwhile to take advantage of these offers and in some instances to open multiple accounts.
There will also be a wide array of special, bonuses and promotions throughout the festival such as money back if you horse finishes second, massive price enhancements and multiple bonuses. Just remember to keep your eyes peeled throughout the chaos which is Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham has had a huge amount of memorable moments over the years with notable names etching their names into the meetings history. Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Kauto Star are some memorable winners of the Gold Cup. A look back further in time and you can also add Golden Miller and Arkle to that list. Both of those horses won the race on multiple occasions and are considered two of the greatest horses ever to see a fence.
The best of the world’s hurdlers also run at Cheltenham and famous names such as Hurricane Fly, Big Bucks and Istabraq have all won at the festival.
If truth be told, a horse’s career is judged on its exploits at Cheltenham and any trainer will prioritise this meeting ahead of any other if victory is considered in anyway feasible.
Each day of Cheltenham starts at 13:30 with the feature race taking place at 15:30. There are seven races on each day with the final race taking place at 5:30. There are a total of twelve Grade 1 races throughout the meeting and this is unrivalled throughout the sport. There are also some unique races in the schedule. One of which is the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Also known as the Cross Country Chase). This takes places in the centre of the race track and involves horses having to jump a huge amount of fences over 3 miles an 7 furlongs. This takes place on the Wednesday of the meeting.
Antepost Betting At Cheltenham Festival
Many of the bookmakers try to out do each other when it comes to antepost betting. Antepost bets involves you backing a horse in the months or weeks leading up to the festival before the official runners have been declared. The biggest bonus out of this is the fact you are able to back the horses at more attractive odds. Unfortunately their is a downside. Unlike normal bets, if your horse fails to run in the race your stake will not be returned.
What bookmakers now do is go “Non-Runner No Bet” earlier than ever before. This can now occur up to two weeks prior to the festival beginning and minimises the risk of losing your stake. It is worth shopping around and looking for which bookmakers are the first to offer this.