A Brief History of the Cheltenham Festival - A Betting Guide
Anyone who is interested in Gold Cup betting at the Cheltenham races should be aware of the rich and illustrious history of the festival. This knowledge gives you the insight into patterns of winners and the types of horse who perform well in different weathers.
The Good Old Days
There have been horse races in Cheltenham for almost 200 years, with the first official recorded event taking place in 1818, and even then the course favoured youngish mares with a 5 year old winning the first title. The following year saw proper stadium seating erected and a three mile course for 3 year olds as part of the Gold Cup. In the following decades, attendance rose to 50,000 or more each year, but by 1856 the event had died out. It wasn't until the last decade of the 19th century that the races became famous again.
Whilst the number of horses who have won the Gold Cup over the years makes for an extensive list, bookmakers for Cheltenham events will always offer lower odds on horses who have won the event previously. A quick look at the form guide of horses who have won repeat events shows a clear trend:
Cheltenham Betting Offers
Armed with a bit of competition history, you should be able to find the right odds at both online betting sites and bookmakers around the Cheltenham racecourse itself. Betting sites will be able to give you a much wider range of markets and offers and in particular look out for trifecta bets and bonuses on accumulators over the course of a few races.