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Cheltenham Festival 2018 facts you should know
From Nicky Mirando: January 2018

The Cheltenham Festival for the year 2018 will happen in March this year at the Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, UK. The festival as usual will span over 4 days, starting on Tuesday, March 13 and ending on Friday, March 16 with the Cheltenham Gold cup. The Cheltenham horse races normally coincide with the St. Patrick's Day that makes it even more special for the Irish visitors.

The festival attracts a great amount of betting action from not just UK and Ireland and takes centre place in the horse racing news across the world. For those that want to inject a little more excitement into race day, betting is a fantastic way to do so. If you fancy having a punt on any worldwide horse racing events, not just Cheltenham then there are a good number of free bets for Cheltenham Festival 2018 available on the Internet, something that every interested punter must take advantage of and maximise his/her gains.

As the event is not too far now, Cheltenham gossip has already started happening, with Samcro, Sizing John and Native River being constantly discussed ahead of this year's races.

Betting action

A good number of websites have also sprung up to keep horse racing enthusiasts constantly updated about the festival-related happenings, bringing the best Cheltenham betting offers to their screens.

As mentioned earlier, Cheltenham Festival attracts a great deal of betting action, in fact more than 600 million exchanging hands during the races. For the upcoming festival, the featured horse race would be the fourth race on the card on each race day, supported by handicaps and grade one races.

An announcement made in September 2017 made it clear that all the races would happen with 48-hour declarations. This was an excellent news for horse race bettors who'd now get ample time to study different riders and runners, including their race form. Let's delve into the different race days now.

Day 1

Cheltenham Festival's first day would feature the popular Champion Hurdle as the main race. Supreme Novices Hurdle and the Arkle Trophy constitute the other major first-day races. Novices Handicap Chase and the Festival Handicap Chase are some of the keenly looked forward to handicaps. The former gives the first season runners a fairly good shot at fame.

Day 2

The second day of the Cheltenham Festival, that is March 14, would have the Queen Mother Champion Chase as the featured race. This one's another major favourite among the horse race bettors, and you can see them being pretty busy shopping for the best odds. Neptune Novices Hurdle is the second popular race of the day 2, and is mainly a long distance hurdle. It involves a distance of around 3 miles and is a big test for the interested punters, as there is plenty of money involved. If you recall the last year's race winner Nichols Canyon, you'd know what we're talking about.

Day 3

Day 3 of the festival, Thursday, March 15, would have the Ryanair Chase as the featured race. Willie Mullins has been winning this race for the past two years and is expected to make it three times in a row.

Day 4

Cheltenham Festival's final race day, Friday, March 16, would have the Cheltenham Gold Cup as the highlight race. This is arguably the biggest race in the horseracing calendar each year. Sizing John trained by Jessica Harrington won the race in 2017. Bookmakers from all parts of the world, both online and off-line, offer all kinds of promotions and free bets for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.



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