Cheltenham Festival 2018

Cheltenham Festival is a specially thrilling period for fans of horse racing betting. In the course of 4 days, from 13 to 16 March 2018, there will be a plethora of opportunities for enjoying the sport and betting.

The Cheltenham Festival: venue and schedule

The racecourse at Cheltenham is a natural amphitheatre. With the undulating site, and the fences and hurdles, thoroughbred racecourses have sufficient challenges and thus provide plenty of thrills for following and betting.

The old course is used on the first two festival days, and the new course is used on the third and fourth days, including the Gold Cup. The steeplechase course is used for one race in the festival.

The festival will kick off on 13 March. The schedule comprises 28 races of top class, and is as follows:

  • 13 March: Champion Day, comprising the 2018 Champion Hurdle
  • 14 March: Ladies Day, comprising the Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 15 March: Saint Patrick Day, comprising the 2018 Ladbrokes World Hurdle
  • 16 March: Day of Cheltenham Gold Cup, comprising the 2018 Gold Cup

Betting on the Cheltenham Festival races

In excess of 200,000 aficionados of horse racing are expected to throng at the venue, but there are bound to be manyfold online fans ready to gamble over £500 million.

Those keen on gambling should get acquainted with the odds for the races, in order to place the best bets possible. Gamblers will have a palette of free bets, plus enticing special offers, coming from the most prominent UK bookmakers.

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Comparison of the odds

The odds comparison is easy to get after registering with the bookie of your choice. Be aware that many bookmakers will specially up their free bets for the Cheltenham evens. It is particularly worth checking in the week prior to the festival's kickoff.

Of special interest will be the following races:

  • The Champions Hurdle, which will take place on 13 March, Champions Day
  • The Queen Mother Champion Steeple, scheduled to take place on 14 March, Ladies Day
  • The Stayers Hurdle, due to take place on 15 March, Saint Patrick Day
  • The Gold Cup, due to take place on 16 March, Gold Cup Day
  • The Supreme Novices Hurdle, the first festival race, always in the limelight for a plethora of betting

The Champions Hurdle

That is a Grade 1 race, with horses aged four years or over four, also popular as the Stan James Hurdle. The race takes place on the old course, with a distance of 2 miles and half a furlong, with 8 hurdles for the horses to jump.

The Queen Mother Champion Steeple

That race is for horses aged 5 or more years, and is also popular as the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. It takes place on the old course, with a distance of about 2 miles to be covered, and 12 fences to be jumped. That race is also the leading minimum distance one on the National Hunt calendar.

The Stayers' Hurdle

That is a Grade 1 hurdle, for horses aged 4 or more years, run on the new course. The distance to be covered is about 3 miles, with 12 hurdles to be jumped. In the calendar of the National Hunt, it is featured as the leading long distance hurdle.

The Gold Cup

Being a Grade 1 race of the National Hunt.It is run on the new course, with a distance of 3 miles and 2 and a half furlongs to be covered, and 22 fences to be jumped. It is the top race in terms of prestige among the National Hunt events. So another name it is popular by is Blue Riband. That is the prime non handicap event in Britain.

The Supreme Novices Hurdle

That Grade 1 hurdle race of the National Hunt is for horses aged 4 or more years. Run on the old course, it covers a distance of about 2 miles and half a furlong, and there are 8 hurdles to be jumped. Because that is a race featuring novices in hurdle races, it attracts a wide range of attention and bets. Don't wait for the kickoff after the traditional Cheltenham Roar, which is the name for the initial cheer given by the onlookers, to place your bets.

Special offers

The special offers are also very important for online gamblers. Bookies will display the special offers for their customers, comprising enhanced prices on particular runners, etc.

Fans of online gambling ready to bet on the Cheltenham races can check with bookies they are registered on, or register on other bookies which feature especially favourable offers of free bets.

The specials comprise:

  • best odds guaranteed
  • daily money back specials, with refunding of a losing bet as a free bet
  • new customer offers of free bets
  • backing a winner and getting a free bet
  • best prices on all horses running in races shown live on ITV or on ITV4
  • faller insurance: returning losing stakes for fallen horses or their riders brought down, as free bets
  • horse riding outsider specials, with refunding of losing bets as free bets

plus more. Just follow the offers by online bookmakers, and pick the ones that meet your preferences.

Ante post bets

Ante post bets are bets you can place minimum one day prior to the horse racing event. Another expression to denote it is Future Races. Typically you can place an ante post bet by 10am on the day preceding the specific race. Remember the odds you will get with ante post bets will often be better compared on the bets you will make on the day of the specific horse race. But you should be aware, too, that if you select a horse which turns out to be a non runner, then your bet will not be void; in that event your bet will lose.

Free bets on Cheltenham races

You should regularly follow the updated offers of online bookies. Most of them will offer attractive free bets, like non runner, no bet, in the week leading up to the Cheltenham races.