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The Cheltenham Festival is right around the corner
From Fabio C: March 2018

Itīs one of the most popular festivals amongst Irish people, because of two reasons: first, the date almost always matches Saint Patrickīs day, so it congregates as much as green clover as you can imagine, and second, because of the popularity of horse races in the neighbor of the United Kingdom.

In fact, many owners of Irish horses use this festival as a training ground for the rest of the season and for the "tippy top" of the racing festivals, the Grand National of Aintree. Also, this is a great opportunity to prepare or settle the horses in face of the upcoming season. The length and the fact that it's a fences race make Cheltenham a great way to train.

It all started in 1860 with the first festival of races that took part in Market Harborough, as a National Hunt Chase. Close to the 20th century, the race moved to Warwick Racecourse and later got established in its own racecourse, known plainly as Cheltenham. Now it features quite a few Grade I races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Stayers' Hurdle in four crazy days.

One of those days is called the "Ladies Day" and it's without a doubt the most anticipated day of the festival, especially for the blokes. That's because women wear their best "clover" and itīs surely quite a view. Even men have a part in this fashion display and they also take the best of their drawer to show on this colorful day.

A competitive event

Of course, there is a great prize for the winner of the main event, but also more than 4.5 million pounds in all the races. More than 260,000 people join this event from the terraces, to add just a little bit more pressure to both horses and jockeys. In fact, itīs quite a bit troubled races where horses sometimes fall injured due to the great effort, some courses are more than 4 miles long.

As this is an official set of races, the best horses are subject to a quite complex handicap system that adds weight in a similar way of the Grand National, where the best and faster horses usually receive from 10 to 15 pounds of additional weight. This is in order to assure that these races are as competitive as possible and that you wonīt tune or bet to an event that is "rigged" from the beginning. Be sure to check your chances and place a bet on the winners according to William Hill, one of UK's best bookies.

In an unrelated notice, the Saint Patrickīs Festival in Cheltenham will also have a few bands playing and a lot of beer flowing, so if you are around itīs a great day to visit this legendary races and have one of the best ale in the world. Also, if you placed a bet and you wonīt be traveling to England, you can watch the races via streaming in a lot of online channels.



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