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What Makes the Cheltenham Festival Special?




Cheltenham Festival

Over in the UK and Ireland, when it comes to national hunt horse racing, the Cheltenham Festival stands out as being the biggest and best meeting on the calendar. Four days, seven races, and all eyes on the even from fans of the sport. But what makes the Cheltenham Festival special?

Although the event takes place over four days in March, talk and excitement are around for 12 months a year. From a betting perspective, the big races can be wagered on all year round, with racing betting available for the Cheltenham Festival whenever you want it for the big races. The biggest of these, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, takes place on the final day of the meeting, and the current favorite is A Plus Tard at 3/1, who finished second in the race last year.


The Biggest Names in UK and Irish Horse Racing

When the festival comes around, it features every possible big name from the racing world, unless they are injured. Big name horses across a variety of different disciplines, the best trainers and the best jockeys steering the runners around the course.

Horse racing is not a sport where people have allegiances, like football, for example. Fans want to see the very best in action, and there is a lot of noise from the crowd at the side of the track when this happens. At the 2021 festival, huge performances from the likes of Honeysuckle, who won the Champion Hurdle, were some of the best moments that horse racing saw across the entire year and a reason why many people love and continue to watch the sport.

Whether you are watching from home, or if you are lucky enough to be at the course itself, when you watch the action from the Cheltenham Festival, you are seeing the very best in the business taking each other on over 28 races and four days.

The Festival Buzz

One of the great aspects of the festival is the buzz that it creates. Fans see a horse win in the early part of the season, and instantly, the talk moves to Cheltenham, and the chances of that horse at the festival.

A typical example of this is the current Gold Cup favorite A Plus Tard. He won nicely at Haydock on seasonal reappearance, and since that race back in November, the talk has all been about whether he can go one better in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2022 and win the race.

This is the same across every festival race, and perhaps even more so for the novice contests that take place. These races see horses doing something for the first time at the start of the season, either jumping a hurdle or a big fence.


When these horses take to the track and put in a great performance, the talk moves to Cheltenham, and betting odds are created for that horse to win a particular Cheltenham race.

The festival takes place over four days, but the talk lasts for 12 months of the year.