The Definitive Guide to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner now, spelling good news for those who enjoy watching horse racing, as well as punters looking to bet on the thrilling races. The event is regarded as one of the most prestigious horse racing events around the world, finishing behind only the Grand National in terms of the quantum of prize money offered in the United Kingdom. The festival witnesses a huge participation from the British and Irish horses, considering that the event coincides with the occasion of St. Patrick’s day.

Held on an annual basis at the Cheltenham racecourse, the race consists of a competition amongst the premier horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation. The event will be held over a period of four days, and inevitably gives rise to a number of Cheltenham betting tips, offering exciting opportunities to viewers to start betting on Cheltenham 2018. When you’re not watching the races and placing bets, you can check out the numerous entertaining bands in the Guinness Village, or visit the Trade Stands for a fun-filled shopping experience. In addition, you can also see the McCoy Wall, a tribute the achievements of the incredible jockey, which has thousands of signatures by visitors.

A top notch festival

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most exciting horse racing events in the world, and this is primarily on account of the fact that it witnesses participation from the top racing horses from across the world. Moreover, the festival boasts of one of the highest prize money in horse racing events in the UK – with over £4 million up for winning. During the course of the festival over 250,000 avid fans of the sport walk through the gates to watch a thrilling clash between professional jockeys, horse trainers and owners, besides the gripping betting action during the races.

Apart from traditional horse racing events at Cheltenham, there are other events like the Prestbury Cup held at the festival, drawing fans from across the world, who come to the UK especially for these events. The Prestbury Cup is essentially a challenge between Ireland and the UK in order to determine the winners of the festival. All these exciting events are lined up for yet another exhilarating edition of the festival.

2018 Cheltenham Festival Schedule

The highly sought after Cheltenham Festival is conventionally held in the middle of March, this year it’ll be held between 13th March and 16th March. Despite lasting for only four days, viewers will have the opportunity to witness, and place bets on, several thrilling and high-profile races.

The first day is the Champion Day, featuring the amazing Champion Hurdle, comprising of six races.

Day 2 of the festival is Ladies Day, who have been as adept jockeys as men, with the focus being on the Coral Cup Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase.

The third day is St. Patrick’s Day, catering to the substantial Irish visitors at the festival, and will feature Grade 1 races such as the JLT Novices’ Chase and the RSA Chase.

The last day is the Cheltenham Golden Cup Day, widely regarded as one the premier horse racing events in the world, bringing together a number of thrilling events as a befitting end to a power-packed festival.