The Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is all about betting and prizes. The prize pool is second, only behind the Grand National. The next festival will take place on 10 March 2020. That means that online bookies are getting ready to offer the best odds to the people. Since horse racing is one of the most betted on sports, and Cheltenham Festival is a leader in that field, we will start off with the 2020 odds.

Although there are odds for almost every race, we are going to cover a couple of them. Let’s start off with Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle. Midnight Run is the favorite with odds sitting at 20/1. Andy Dufresne and Envoi Allen are also sharing the number one spot with the same odds. Colreevy and Thyme Hill’s odds are 25/1. And finally, King Roland and The Big Getaway have 33/1.

Next up, we have the Triumph Hurdle. Micro Manage and Constantinople are the 2 biggest favorites to win this race. Their odds are 25//1. Gin On Lime and Il Paradiso also have the same odds, 25/1. Eminence, Trueshan, Hipsters, and Beatboxer are sharing the spot with odds sitting at 33/1.

JLT Novices Hurdle has some interesting odds in-store as well. Laurina and Klassical Dream are the 2 favorites to win this race. Both of them have odds at 14/1. Samcro, Reserve Tank, Allaho, and Champ share the same light on the race. All of the contenders have odds sitting at 16/1.

 If these races are not your type, don’t worry, there are 25 other races to choose from. Some of them might be difficult to find, but luckily, if you take a look at Cheltenham Festival free bets & bookie offers from Freebets.uk, you will surely find something to bet on. All of the information that you need is stored in one place, along with some excellent bonuses and promotions.

Lastly, we will cover the Champion Bumper. Young Buck, Heart Of A Lion, and Ferny Hollow are sharing the number 1 spot. All of these contenders share the same odds, 25/1. Bravemansgam, Wide Receiver and Captain Kangaroo have odds sitting at 33/1.

Location and History

Cheltenham Festival is usually held around St. Patrick’s Day, which explains the number of Irish visitors. It is held in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The first-ever Cheltenham Festival was held in 1980 under the name Grand National Hunt Meeting. At its inception, the festival was held for just two days. In 2001, the Festival was cancelled due to the outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease in Britain. 

 After several years of discussing and planning, it was increased to three days. Since 2005, we got the final format that is today. The Cheltenham Festival lasts 4 days. To make the duration successful, the organization also had to debut a lot of new races, which is why in 2005 they presented 5 new races to it.  There are always some fun things happening at every horse racing event, and Cheltenham is really on of the most popular.

Races

The number of races has changed drastically throughout the years at Cheltenham Festival. That’s because instead of being a two-day festival like in the beginning, the Cheltenham Festival is a four-day festival today. The total number of races is 28. The most famous races are Cheltenham Gold Cup,

Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle. It is interesting to mention that 13 out of the 28 races are Grade I.

Top Jockeys and Coaches

The most successful jockey at Cheltenham Festival is the recently retired Ruby Walsh. Since the year 2000, he had the highest number of wins in 11 festivals, which is astonishing. Mick Fitzgerald and Barry Geraghty are at there too, but they have been top jockeys on 2 festivals. During the 80s, Peter Scudamore was the leader at the festival, he had the highest number of wins in 3 festivals.

Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins are the obvious leaders in the coach section. Paul Nicholls has been the leading trainer on 6 festivals, same as Willie Mullins. Nicky Henderson and Gordon Elliott have been leading trainers on 2 festivals each.