Cheltenham Festival Weather
The Cheltenham Festival weather plays a huge part in deciding what to bet on at the Cheltenham Festival as different horses are susceptible to different types of ground. Never will the Cheltenham ground be supremely fast, so if there is little rain in the build up to the four-day Festival, the ground staff will water the course to ensure that there is some cut in the ground. However, trainers of horses with stamina as their main attribute will be hoping for as much rain as possible in the few days before Cheltenham to play to their strengths.
Cheltenham Festival weather could affect ante-post bets
The Cheltenham Festival weather could also play a major role in determining which of two races a specific horse is run in. For example a horse with question marks over its stamina may be entered into the Ryanair Chase over 2m5f. But if it rains heavily, this will only make the race more of a stamina test, effectively weakening the horse’s chances of victory. Therefore, the trainer may instead to run the horse over 2m in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
This may cause problems for keen ante-post punters as a horse they have backed well in advance may end up being withdrawn from his pre-planned race because of the Cheltenham Festival weather.
Shortlisting horses with previous form on wet and boggy ground could prove a wise idea ahead of the Cheltenham Festival as they could become the focus of heavy market support if it rains and obviously the earlier the bet is placed on such a horse, the better the price is likely to be in most circumstances.
Master Minded one horse who may be impacted most by the Cheltenham Festival weather
The Cheltenham Festival weather could be the deciding factor as to whether Master Minded runs in the Ryanair Chase or the Cheltenham Gold Cup. There are big rumours that connections are hopeful of running him over 3m2f in the Gold Cup, but heavy ground will surely mean he will not see out the trip. However, if the ground is relatively fast then he will have fewer problems in this area.