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Horses to follow – Five of Ben Pauling’s top jumpers to track this season

Our expert takes a look through Ben Pauling’s yard and highlights five horses who are well worth tracking during the 2019/20 National Hunt season. If I was to select one “under the radar” trainer who could have a fantastic campaign in 2019/20, it would be Ben Pauling. Pauling had to push through some tough times […]

Eye on Cheltenham – Five new Festival favourites after huge weekend of racing

We bring you all the latest betting and developments in the ante-post markets for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival after a huge weekend of racing at Sandown and Leopardstown. Sub-zero temperatures couldn’t dampen the buzz over in Ireland this weekend, as Leopardstown hosted the second annual Dublin Racing Festival. Saturday’s action started with a bang and […]

Eye on Cheltenham – Apple’s Jade slides down all Festival markets after surprising flop at Navan

We run through the major market movers in the ante-post Cheltenham Festival betting, after a busy weekend of racing culminated with major meetings at Wincanton, Sandown, and Ireland on Sunday 10th November. The two previous campaigns, Apple’s Jade has run roughshod through the competition at home in Ireland during the Autumn and Winter months, collecting […]

For four days in the middle of March, Prestbury Park will open its gates and allow the world to enjoy the incredible spectacle that is the Cheltenham Festival. Every horse racing enthusiast yearns to be part of the Gloucestershire festivities and to be in attendance on any day of the meeting will sit highly on most sports fan’s bucket lists.

If you are a fledgling fan of the sport, new to horse racing, or just want an adrenaline-packed day filled with fun and sporting drama, here are five reasons why you should attend this years’ Cheltenham Festival.

The History

The Festival was created back in 1860, but it wasn’t until 1902 that it was moved to the newly opened track at Prestbury Park and it’s remained there ever since. Prestbury Park is affectionately known as the home of British jumps racing and the Cheltenham Festival is the sports flagship event.

Over the past 150 years, all of the greatest names in the history of the sport have traveled to the Cheltenham Festival in search of fame, fortune, and eternal glory, from trainers like Martin Pipe to riders running in his legacy. You cannot be considered a legend in the world of jumps racing until you have tasted success at the Cheltenham Festival and many of the best hurdlers and chasers have established their legacy on the hallowed, Prestbury Park turf.

The Stadium

You cannot scale a single staircase, fling open a single door, or walk down a single corridor around Prestbury Park racecourse without being reminded of the incredible history that has been written here at the Festival and being filled with a spine-tingling sense of grandeur.

Whether you want to rub shoulders with punters along the rails, take your seat in the state-of-the-art stands or even enjoy the action from your very own private box, there is no better view in horse racing than watching a battalion of equine athletes thundering round the final bend of the Cheltenham track and bolting up the home straight towards the finishing post.

The Cheltenham Festival remains the pinnacle of any horse’s, trainer’s or owner’s career, which means they all make the annual pilgrimage to Gloucestershire during the spring. The world’s press flock to Cheltenham that week to document the incredible sporting action and anyone who is anyone within the National Hunt racing fraternity will clear their schedule to make sure they are in attendance.

Celebrities and dignitaries rub shoulders with average punters alike across Cheltenham enclosures and racecourses, as they all find a comfy spot to watch the action unfold. The best trainers in Ireland will also make the journey over to Cheltenham, bringing with them an army of passionate, knowledgeable supporters, all hoping their countrymen can get the better of the British in the race for the Prestbury Cup.

The Atmosphere

Having such an eclectic mix of people packed into Prestbury Park is not only a wonderful spectacle to behold, but it also aids in creating a unique atmosphere that will have you craving a return to the Cheltenham Festival as you make your way home on Friday evening.

Excitement and anticipation courses through the stands as punters prepare for the upcoming race and rush to the Cheltenham betting tips ring to place their final wagers. As the starter sets the horses on their merry way, the stands erupt into a feverish frenzy, which continues throughout the entire race and only dies down when the victor has finished drinking in the applause in the winners’ enclosure.

The Racing

Whether you purchase tickets for the first day of the Festival or the last, you will experience some of the best action National Hunt racing has to offer.

Day one kicks off in thrilling fashion with the Supreme Novices Hurdle. Young chasers then take center stage in the Arkle Challenge Trophy, before the best two-mile hurdlers in the business do battle in the feature contest on Tuesday, the Champion Hurdle.

Wednesday’s festivities are highlighted by the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a contest which is surrounded by prestigious races like the three-mile RSA Chase and the vastly popular and unusual Cross Country Chase.

The third day of the Cheltenham Festival features the oldest race of the week, the Stayers’ Hurdle. Thursday’s card also features two other prestigious Grade One contests, the JLT Novices Chase and the two-and-a-half-mile Ryanair Chase.

A field of talented juveniles will get the final day of festivities off to a fitting start as they battle it out in the Triumph Hurdle, before some of the strongest first-season hurdlers in the sport fight it out over three miles in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle.

The final Group One of the meetings is also the most famous, most lucrative, most sought-after prize in the world of National Hunt racing – the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The entire sporting stratosphere will come to a stand-still when the starter drops their flag at 3:20pm and it will take a horse of the highest caliber to navigate three-and-a-quarter miles of turf, scale 22 fearsome fences and win the furious sprint to the line to earn the right to be called the best staying chaser on the planet.

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2020 Nothern Trust Handicap Chase Tips All three of the 0-145 handicaps – the Northern Trust, Kim Muir and Martin Pipe – have been dominated by horses at the top end of the weights. You can see more key trends in my stand-alone Northern Trust preview. The entire field in this novices’ chase will likely […]

Cheltenham day four tips – Friday’s Placepot picks

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A picture of the Placepot slips you can find with your highstreet bookmaker.

Brian Healy teams up with the Tote to bring you his Cheltenham day four tips and Placepot picks on Gold Cup day at the Festival on Friday 13th March. It is the fourth and final day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and another top-class day of horse racing action awaits, headed by the Cheltenham Gold […]

Cheltenham day 4 tips – Make £450 from £30 with Betway

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Robbie Power gives Lostintranslation a pat after winning the Mildmay at Aintree last season.

We show you how you could make £450 from £30 using this Betway welcome offer and our Cheltenham day 4 tips on Friday 13th March. Gold Cup day is one of the most looked-forward to in the entire world of sport and punters can expect a thrilling renewal of this great race on Friday. To […]

Cheltenham day 3 tips – Make £300 from £20 with 888Sport

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The Storyteller winning a Grade One at Punchestown in April 2018.

We show you how you could make £300 from £10 using this 888Sport welcome offer and out Cheltenham day 3 tips on Thursday 11th March. To celebrate the start of another Cheltenham Festival, 888Sport launched this fantastic welcome offer on Tuesday. Sign up with 888Sport by following the link above and use the promo code […]

Cheltenham day four decs – Gold Cup day fields confirmed

The entrants tackle one of Cheltenham’s fearsome fences in the 2019 Gold Cup.

We bring you the full Cheltenham day four decs after the final fields for the Gold Cup day at the Festival were confirmed for Friday 13th March. 12 runners were confirmed in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, and viewers are all-but guaranteed a memorable renewal of National Hunt racing’s most famous prestigious race. Let’s take […]

Paddy Power Cheltenham Offers – Four Day Two Specials

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The runners scale a fence in the Cross Country on day two at the Cheltenham Festival.

We bring you the four special offers Paddy Power is offering new and existing customers on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. Paddy Power is one of the most popular bookmakers in the sport, thanks to their excellent sportsbook and cult television adverts. Here’s a collection of the free bet special offers Paddy Power is […]