Cheltenham Festival 2015: Track Records and Betting Tips

The 2015 Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival, which will be held from March 10th through March 13th, celebrates the finest and the best of Jump racing anywhere. It's an occasion to wear your most fetching attire and, if luck is with you, to see racing records broken and win a little money for yourself.

The Records

During the Festival every March, many Cheltenham track records are made and broken. In 2011, for example, the nine-year-old Sizing Australia won the demanding Cross Country race, breaking the old record by ending with a time of 8m 6.2sec. Meanwhile, that same year, Long Run, a promising six-year-old, set a new record in the prestigious Gold Cup when he won in a 6m 29.7sec run.

4 Days to Place Your Cheltenham Races Bets

Champion Day - Tuesday, March 10th, 10:30 - 18:00 - Day One

This will be the rather grand opening of the Festival presenting the Stan James Champion Hurdle race, the most prestigious hurdle race of the entire season. There are an additional six races to be held that day which affords you many opportunities for race betting.

Ladies' Day - Wednesday, March 11th, 10:30 - 18:00 - Day Two

This will be your opportunity to shine and present your best face in your most fashionable attire. There are seven races scheduled, five of which are set to be televised. The featured race is the two-mile Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, considered by some to be the high point of the Festival.

St. Patrick's Thursday - Thursday, March 12th, 10:30 - 18:00 - Day Three

This featured races this day will be the Ryanair Chase and the Ladbrokers World Hurdle along with the St. Patrick's Derby charity race, from which proceeds will go to the Injured Jockeys Fund. Amid the Irish-style revelry will be many more chances to talk with bookmakers and have a bet or two.

Gold Cup Day - Friday, March 13th, 10:30 - 18:00 - Day Four

Another seven races, including several Grade 1 events and three handicap races, will bring the extraordinary happenings to a close. The central event of the day will be the long-anticipated running of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup. There will be a profusion of betting, both online and at the Cheltenham betting sites.

Having a Good Bet

You really should have a good, long look at the horses competing in the races on each day before you have your first bet. When you're ready, there are a multitude of Cheltenham betting offers for online and on-site bet placement, but it's strongly recommended that you shop around before making any final decisions.

Three Ways of Betting at the Cheltenham Races

1. The Tote

Cheltenham does provide access to Britain's only bookmaker permitted to offer a parimutuel betting on horse races, the Tote. Totepool betting points may be spotted all around the racecourse grounds. This includes points at most of the dining and hospitality accommodations.

There are many ways to have a good bet through the Tote. Here are your choices for wagers: Win, Place, Exacta, Trifecta, Quadpot, Placepot, Jackpot, Scoop6, and Swinger.

2. The Betting Ring

Cheltenham races betting offers two main betting rings for your convenience. One is located in front of the Tattersalls and the other can be found in front of the Best Mate Grandstands. Before making a wager in either ring, be sure to compare bookmakers' odds to find your best bet. Bookmakers can be easily found in these areas.

Placing a Bet

You simply need to call out your favored pick's number and your stake to the bookmaker who will repeat it back to you. When you confirm your bet's correctness, you give the bookmaker your stake, and then you will receive a ticket receipt detailing the items of your bet and any winnings due. Be certain the information on the ticket is right and alert the bookmaker of any errors. Keep the ticket in a safe place, then, if your horse wins, return the ticket to the bookmaker to retrieve your rewards.


DO NOT destroy the ticket until after you've heard the "Weighed In" announcement. Even though your horse may not have won, a Steward's Enquiry may be conducted and wins or places could be invalidated, meaning you may end up a winner, after all.

Betting Ring Bet Types

There are two ways to win in the rings. One is to bet to Win, which means your horse must win, obviously. The second is to place an Each Way bet. This is basically two bets in one; one for Win and one for Place, which does allow you a greater chance of success.

3. The Betfred Betting Shops

There are three Betfred Betting Shops at Cheltenham, located close to the parade ring, near the Centaur, and in the Best Mate area. These shops offer all the usual bets found in any high street betting shop, including chances at Cheltenham races betting.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting

Betting is fierce and copious for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. A valuable suggestion to help improve your odds in making a wager on the Cup is to utilize some of the online betting tips and odds sites. Check out the additional Cheltenham race articles to learn more. Or, if you're feeling confident, find, and compare, the top bookies and place your bet now.

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