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Betting at the Cheltenham Festival

Jan 23, 2008
The Cheltenham Festival is, after the Grand National, arguably the most important horse racing event in Great Britain. As the Festival takes up four days in March and often falls on St. Patrick's Day, it has gained in popularity not only with Brits but with visiting Irish as well. Over the course of the four day event, millions of pounds are bet, lost and won, many injuries are sustained and it isn't uncommon for one or even several of the champion level horses to die.

The Cheltenham Festival is a controversial event every year with animal rights groups, but the less squeamish of spectators flock to the Cheltenham Racecourse in such high numbers that the sound they make when the racehorses take the final stretch has been dubbed the 'Cheltenham roar'.

Cheltenham betting is not only appealing because of the elements of surprise and danger in the races themselves, or just because Irish spectators fill the stands more than usual in a tribute to the largely Irish field of jockeying; this Festival is also a time when regular people can dress up and play with their money even if they aren't big betting types. There's just something alluring about an event so full of prestige; the event seems to combine a fun and frivolous pastime with the traditional, formal setting of Victorian England.

People love to put on their best clothes, ladies love shopping for hats, and at the end of the day there is a lot of money to be earned if you've got a little luck and a bit of knowledge on the horses and their jockeys.

There are 24 races in total during the four day Cheltenham Festival, with the feature being the Cheltenham Gold Cup. In the run up to the Festival events, different bookies will create unique bets for adventurous gamblers, such as the percentage of Irish winners, or the leading jockey or trainer with the most wins. Cheltenham bets can be among the most diverse of any event simply because of the popularity of the event and the many different facets that horseracing encompasses.

Not only does the audience want to consider winning horses, winning jockeys and top trainers, but random elements like which long-shot horse will pull through and make it into the top three or win it all.

The diversity of the crowd at the Festival makes Cheltenham betting a unique experience for betters and bookies alike; the almost whimsical element of many bets is a big pull for those once-in-awhile gamblers who just want to experience the atmosphere and see if they've got any luck in betting.

Of course, this is the playing field of professional gamblers, too, and the sheer amount of money being thrown around at the racetrack is enough to lure in Britain's wealthy elite from miles around. Whatever your spending limit or your experience with racing or gambling, there is something for you at the Cheltenham Festival.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been involved with Cheltenham betting/ for several years now. For more information visit Free Betting Online/
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