Cheltenham Festival Tips
The cheltenham festival is the biggest UK horse race meeting in the National Hunt calendar. Top quality racing takes place over four days, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup the highlight of the entire Festival and also the race with the biggest prize money.
The Cheltenham Festival starts on a Tuesday when the famous Cheltenham roar can be heard as the Supreme Novices' Hurdle gets the meeting underway. This is always an exciting race contested between horses who are not yet the finished article and therefore open to improvement.
The other big races on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival are the Arkle and the Champion Hurdle, with Hurricane Fly winning the 2011 renewal and justify the market confidence in the Irish raider that was ridden by top jokey Ruby Walsh.
You can get Cheltenham Festival tips on every race at the meeting, with the races coming thick and fast so it helps to have a staking plan if you are betting on a regular basis.
Cheltenham tips could relate to a particular horse winning at the Cheltenham Festival or instead be a Top Jockey or Top Trainer bet, while the bookmakers also create lots of betting specials on the four-day extravaganza such as how many pints of Guinness will be drunk.
The Cheltenham Festival is enormously popular and you can expect crowds of up to 100,000 on each day of the meeting, with race enthusiasts flocking from all over the world to watch the best horses in action.
There are 27 races in total, with the Festival having recently been extended to four days after Cheltenham racecourse decided that there was a demand for more top quality races. This means that the Ladbrokes World Hurdle has become Thursday's showcase race, something which is a stamina-sapping spectacle that has been recently dominated by Big Buck's.
Many people will be including Big Buck's in their Cheltenham tips for 2012 and the Paul Nicholls-trained horse is bidding for a fourth success in this race. It was involved in an exciting showdown with Grands Crus last year and the David Pipe-trained charge briefly got upsides his rival before finishing a close second.
Meanwhile, the highlight race of the Cheltenham Festival on the Wednesday is the Queen Mother Champion Chase which features classy animals such as Big Zeb and Sizing Europe. This is a two-mile encounter with the horses running at great speed over timber.