The Cheltenham Festival has long been one of the biggest and most prestigious events in UK National Hunt horse racing, generating more than £4 million in prize money over its four days
Cheltenham Festival 2018
The Cheltenham Festival 2018 is ready to take centre stage this March with some of the best horse races in the world featuring many of the biggest stars of the sport. Horses like Best Mate, Arkle, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star made their names in history as well as winning places in the hearts of punters everywhere by winning at the Cheltenham Festival. For fans of British jumps racing, the Cheltenham Festival is what everything has been leading up to, and many will already have bets and ideas in place ahead of the first day of Cheltenham races.
From that famous ‘Cheltenham roar’ at the beginning of the Supreme Novices Hurdle, which never ceases to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, to the swansong that is the Grand Annual Chase, over 260,000 people will pass through the Cheltenham gates for a week of top quality racing action, with hundreds of millions of pounds being spent on Cheltenham Festival tickets and bets.
Cheltenham Festival Highlights
While each and every race at the Festival is a highlight, there are some that particularly stand out and are equalled only by the Grand National when looking back and comparing the true legends of jump racing. Victory in one of the four big grade 1 races, with one held on each day, will make sure that a horse goes down in folklore. The Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle and the Gold Cup are the Cheltenham races with the most prestige and will help to define the greatest sprinters and stayers over hurdles and fences.
The main highlights of the Cheltenham Festival 2018 include the potential return of Faugheen ‘The Machine’, who, at the age of 10, is looking for another shot at one of the major Cheltenham grade 1s. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is always the absolute highlight of the festival, with the very biggest names in chasing coming with the aim of winning the most prestigious race over 3 miles. This year we have a number of returning hopefuls looking to get that elusive first Gold Cup; Sizing John is expected to attempt to defend his title, and Willie Mullins will send an array of talented horses in an effort to finally win that one Festival race he is yet to claim.
Every race at Cheltenham will see plenty of betting action with millions of pounds being bet at the track, in local shops and particularly online, with hundreds of amazing special offers about to take advantage of, making it really hard to lose with your Cheltenham Festival bets if you use the Cheltenham Festival offers available through top10sportsbettingsites.co.uk.
Types of Horse Racing Bets for Cheltenham 2018
For many of us, the hype and excitement that surrounds events like the Cheltenham Festival is what gets us interested in betting on a particular sport in the first place. With so many offers avaible and bets flying around left, right and centre, it’s important to know what you are betting on if you are going to make sure that you get value for your money.
Win and each way bets: The most simple, and the most popular, horse racing bet types are the win and each way bets. Betting on a horse to win is as simple as that - you are backing it to win the race. The general prices you will see quoted at the Cheltenham Festival will be for a horse to win. Betting on a horse each way is like placing two separate wagers. One half of your total bet amount goes on the horse to win, and the other half on the horse to ‘place’. This generally means finishing in the top 3, although this differs depending on the number of runners - races with 5-7 runners have 2 places, races with 16+ generally have 4 places, and races with 4 or less won’t allow you to bet each way. The odds for the place part of the bet are specified as a fraction of the win odds, usually between 1/3 and 1/5. You can also bet on the place only with most firms.
Accumulator bets: Like with other sports, you can accumulate your horse racing bets in order to get some seriously big prices, but more popular are bets like trixies, yankees, Lucky 15s and Lucky 31s, where you make a combination bet with your selections from between two and five of the day’s races (you can go even further using Heinz, Super Heinz and Goliath bets, meaning you can have up to 8 horses). This works by giving you a set of multiples from singles through to four/fivefolds and further made up from your selection in each race. This means you can get the big wins of an accumulator but with the consolation that you get some kind of return if one or more horses win, and some decent profits if you get a few winners from your day of racing. This can be a fun way to enjoy your racing and all in the convenience of one bet. You can find calculators online that will help you work out your winnings, which can be complicated, when using these big bets.
Placepot bets: An equally popular way of betting on a day at the horses is using the placepots. With a placepot we can find ourselves in with a chance of winning big without having to pick a single winner. Players simply have to back a horse to place in the first 6 races of one of the day’s racing. Tickets are usually around £1, and the total prize pot is split based on the number of winning tickets. Of course, if you are backing short-priced favourites and they all come in, the prize isn’t likely to end up that high because you are essentially sharing your winnings with everyone else who is backing the same horses which would generally have been the most popular selections. However, if you manage to throw a few longer odds, less-fancied selections in there, or if you avoid the inevitable short-priced faller, then there is the potential for a big return for your meagre investment.
Betting on the Cheltenham Festival
The Cheltenham Festival is the ultimate battle between the bookmakers and the punters, with a whole year’s anticipation before the first race goes off on 13th March. With so much attention on Cheltenham horse racing, there will be an abundance of Cheltenham Festival tips all over the internet telling you the best prospects for each race. With so much information around, you are sure to find plenty of different opinions on who is the best option for each race, so take the time to make your own mind up and then make use of the best Cheltenham betting offers that will be on all the horse racing betting sites as the big week approaches. We’ll make sure you’re kept up to date with the best offers around so that you can make the most of your Cheltenham Festival betting and make it out a winner from what is sure to be a titanic week of top jumps racing action.