Although Cheltenham racing is not part of the horse racing calendar during all months of the year, it is a pivotal part of the National Hunt season between the busy months of October and April. Cheltenham is widely referred to as the home of National Hunt racing, largely as a result of its eight big meetings in this seven-month period.
Cheltenham odds most popular at the Cheltenham Festival
The four-day Cheltenham Festival each March is undoubtedly the biggest of these meetings. Some 27 races make up the Festival and 11 of these are given Grade One status. For punters, picking the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds is certainly the highlight, but there are host of major races for them to bet on. Other highlights include the Champion Hurdle, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase, while the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is greeted with great applause as it is the first race of the whole Festival.
The Cheltenham Festival also attracts many of the biggest horses currently starring on the National Hunt circuit, including Long Run, Master Minded, Denman, Binocular and Big Buck’s.
Other Cheltenham Racing helps with Cheltenham Festival build up
The Cheltenham Open meeting in November also attract a vast amount of Cheltenham betting, with the big attraction of the two-day meet being the Paddy Power Gold Cup. Meanwhile, the Tingle Creek Chase is the marquee event of the Cheltenham International Meeting in December. Some of the horses set to compete at the Cheltenham Festival enjoy their final preparations at the course on Cheltenham Festival Trials Day in late January.