There’s just over a month to the Cheltenham Festival so it’s time to start getting excited for this year’s jump racing spectacle. The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest horse racing events of the year in the UK and Ireland and spans over four days. With race prize money second only to the Grand National, the race meet attracts many of the best UK and Irish trainers, jockeys and horses.
Dating back all the way to 1860 when the National Hunt Chase was first held, the festival boasts a long and impressive history with many wonderful and absorbing races over the years. The iconic UK horse race meeting has been hosted at a number of different venues and is now that big that it has become synonymous with the Cheltenham Roar, the huge amount of noise coming from the enormous crowd. With Saint Patrick’s Day coinciding with this meeting, the Cheltenham Festival week is especially popular with Irish spectators.
The festival starts Tuesday March 10th, and all eyes will be on the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the World Hurdle, but it all culminates with the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday March 13th.
These are the four big races at this meet, which always attract millions of pounds of betting with punters both on and off the course and extending to online bookmakers. There is something about the Cheltenham Festival that makes both seasoned and casual bettors lay down a lot of money.
If you plan on getting on the excitement of horse betting in a few weeks time, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of Paddy Power’s Non Runner No Bet promotion for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival for all four championship races. This means that should the horse you back fail to take part in the specified race, your stake will be refunded.