Cheltenham’s Festival is a Fun Packed Orgy

The Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us. Quite simply this four day betting extravaganza is to National Hunt racing fans, what Glastonbury is to music fans and mud lovers.

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An average daily attendance of 60,000 people will combine to drink 250,000 pints of Guinness, consume 45,000 rounds of sandwiches and eat 35,000 corporate hospitality meals. And, unsurprisingly, they will do some serious gambling too!

Uninitiated armchair punters, tea and toast at hand, could no worse than identify all the free bet offers online bookmakers, eager to attract new business during this feast, put forward.

A site such as Betfinder.co.uk is the ideal one-stop shop for such shenanigans as they highlight all the free bets which can give casual punters a chance to win big at a limited or no cost.

Of course casual punters will know that form and stats are all-important when trying to identify winner’s at the Cheltenham Festival and they have combined to make Ireland’s Un De Sceaux the odds-on favourite for Wednesday’s feature race, The Queen Mother Champion Chase.

But the home squad have their own banker bet with Thistlecrack expected to trounce his rival’s in Thursday’s three-mile hurdle contest, the World Hurdle.

The England versus Ireland theme is part of the stitching in Cheltenham’s fabric. More than 10,000 Irish racegoers will visit the Festival this year much to the delight of Ryanair and their CEO Michael O’Leary who happens to own the favourite for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, the showpiece event of the Festival, Don Cossack.

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At 4/1 he is not a bad bet, he has won five of his last six starts after all, but a safer option could be a flutter on the accolade as to which country supplies the most winners.

The home squad’s record was like that of American teams in Baseball’s World Series but something outrageous happened in 2013 – Irish runners won 14 of the meeting’s 27 races.

A competition was subsequently made out of this rivalry with the Prestbury Cup introduced in 2014. It has been narrowly won by the Brits ever since.

But this time around the Irish have a tremendous squad, look out for some of these names in your newspaper headlines: Min, Douvan, Annie Power, Bellshill, Vautour, Un De Sceaux, Killultagh Vic, Limini, Vroum Vroum Mag, No More Heroes, Don Cossack, Don Poli, Josies Orders and On The Fringe.

And, given their strength and depth, odds of 6/4 about Ireland lifting the Prestbury Cup for the first time looks a great proposition and also a fun bet which can keep your fingernails trim for four full days of racing.

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2 responses to “Cheltenham’s Festival is a Fun Packed Orgy

  1. Cheltenham can be a graveyard for hotpots, So as usual, i shall be backing some big priced unfancied runners for a bit of fun, Think about Annie Power last fence last year !!!!!

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