The 2021 Cheltenham Festival is approaching but what do you need to know about the event? Well, this guide will clear up everything that you need to know.
The Cheltenham Festival in 2020 went ahead as normal at the early onset of the COVID-19 outbreak. This year, things will be quite a bit different. Yes, the festival is scheduled to take place but unless things change dramatically, it is likely that fans will not be able to attend. The Cheltenham Festival usually attracts upwards of 50,000 people, so this is understandable if a little frustrating.
At least it is going ahead and we can all catch it on the television. We will not be able to enjoy the atmosphere but we can still catch the action and place our bets online.
What and When is the Cheltenham Festival?
One of the UK’s most prestigious horse racing festivals, the Cheltenham Festival in 2021 will start on the 16th of March and run until the end of Friday the 19th.
If you are new to the Cheltenham Festival, you should know that it has been running for more than 160 years. There are 28 races that take place (7 per day) with the most prestigious being the Cheltenham Gold Cup which sets off on Friday. In total, those races payout 4.5 million in prize money making it second only to the Grand National.
It is also an event which attracts millions of wagers every year.Horse racing is one of the most popular sports to bet on and the Cheltenham Festival attracts wagers totalling millions each year
The 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup Favourites
The Gold Cup starts at 3.30pm on the Friday and awards £625,000 to the owners of the winning horse.
Although the odds will change the closer we get to the Cheltenham Festival, online sports betting sites and prominent tipsters all have the same horse in mind when it comes to the favourite to win. Having won at the last two Gold Cup’s, Al Boum Photo is rightly that horse. Currently he is 5/1 with most bookies to win this race for the third straight year.
Behind him, Santini at 6/1, Champ at 12/1, and LostinTranslation at 12/1 are the other pre-race favourites. We recommend using the Cheltenham Festival betting tips of popular tipsters to determine whether any other horses in the chasing pack are good value for money and worth a wager.
How to Wager at the Cheltenham Festival
Seeing as we cannot be trackside, we will have to place our Cheltenham Festival bets elsewhere. Most online sports betting sites will be taking bets, so keep an eye out for those giving the best odds on your preferred horse. You just need to sign up, take advantage of special welcome bonuses such as free bets, and away you go.
Do not forget that there are 27 other races at the festival, so there is plenty of opportunity to grab some winnings. For example, there is a Grade 1 race on each day of the festival. The favourites for these are as follows:
Champion Hurdle (Tuesday) – Epatante (3.5/1)
Queen Mother Champion Chase (Wednesday) – Chacun Pour Soi (5/1)
Stayers’ Hurdle (Thursday) – Paisley Park (7/1)
Ready for the Some Cheltenham Cup Action?
It is a shame that the2021 Cheltenham Festival will take place behind closed doors but at least it will take place. There is still plenty of fun to be had and we can still place wagers on the horses we fancy. There is one thing that is certain, and that is that there will be plenty of action to enjoy. We get to witness 28 races, the possibility of Al Boum Photo becoming one of the most successful Cheltenham Gold Cup horses of all time, and everything else that this prestigious event usually throws .