Cheltenham Festival Coronavirus Betting Update
Despite Coronavirus taking many of the headlines away from the Cheltenham Festival 2020, all races scheduled have gone ahead with it attended in full.
You can still bet on the Gold Cup and it’s been a huge success once again, with extra precautions put in place by the festival to ensure as little risk as possible has been presented to those in attendance.
Rumours had been circulating it would be postponed but all races will go ahead.
March is always an exciting time of year in the world of horse racing. That’s because all eyes turn to Cheltenham for four days of the highest quality racing.
Cheltenham Festival Betting really is like no other and across the week the biggest bookmakers will literally be throwing free bets and offers at you. It’s why we love it here at Oddsmanager and continue to bring you expert previews and predictions.
If you’re wanting to know more about the festival itself, then you have come to the right place. Here you’ll find all you need to know about the Cheltenham Festival and the 2020 edition…
Cheltenham Festival Tips: How To Pick A Winner
Of course, one of the biggest things you me to know about Cheltenham is how to pick a winner. Building up to the week of racing you’ll find dozens of Cheltenham Festival tips, that are well worth taking into account.
We always take into account a range of factors when picking our winners. This includes:
- Form: Checking the racecard for form statistics is one of the more useful factors to consider. A horse that has enjoyed a few recent wins is going to be more likely to win again. Check the grade of the race as stepping up they may find it tougher. Essentially study the form guide and compare the horses to see which is the best runner currently.
- Course & Distance: Another major factor is analysing how a horse has competed on the same course and the same distance (or both) before. Horses that are more comfortable with both will be much more likely to win than a horse running the distance for the very first time.
- Trainer/Jockey: Certain trainers and jockeys have a large amount of success at Cheltenham so they’re always worth keeping an eye out for. Willie Mullins has had a record number of winners at thre Festival while Ruby Walsh has a habit of riding winners.
- Weather/Ground: All horses will have a preference of how hard/soft the ground is and the weather conditions in which they’re racing. Analyse how they’ve done previously on the ground they’ll be competing in at Cheltenham and place your bets accordingly.
- Insider Tips: Take on board knowledge from those in the know. Tipsters will be in regular contact with trainers to check the progress of their contenders, so scouring the web for news and tips from those can be very helpful.
- Trial Days: Every year you’ll find Gold Cup Trials races and they’re always worth taking note of as quite often you’ll find contenders running against each other. They usually take place in the previous November and December and are a good way to see how they’ll do over the distance against each other, even encouraging you to place your bets early. Some of the more popular trials races include the Charlie Hall Chase, the Betfair Chase, the Irish Gold Cup, the Hennessy Gold Cup and the King George VI Chase.
Cheltenham Festival Dress Code
If you’re a punter going to Cheltenham you can generally be a little more relaxed in terms of dress code. It isn’t like Ascot where you’re required to wear a hat, although many ladies do still choose to do so.
Most men will wear a suit, although fancy dress is also accepted as long as it can’t be considered offensive. This is particularly popular during the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
One thing Cheltenham staff are very keen to tell punters is to dress for the weather. March isn’t the warmest time of the year and can often be wet. Car parks are on grass so Festival goers should be aware of this and adjust their attire accordingly.
Cheltenham Festival Live Stream: Don’t Miss A Moment
Cheltenham is one of the most watched horse racing festivals of the year and can be enjoyed in a number of ways.
You’ll find a Cheltenham Festival live stream with most bookmakers and all you’ll need to do to watch a race is place a qualifying bet (usually £1) on a race to be able to watch it.
The likes of Paddy Power, William Hill and Betfair allow you to do this, as well as many more. In fact, most UK bookmakers will offer Cheltenham Festival streaming.
As well as bookmakers, you’ll also find live coverage of every race on ITV, with the main races of the day being shown on ITV 1.
Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day: Here Come The Girls
Ladies Day at Cheltenham falls on March 11 in 2020, and is always the second day of the festival.
It always sees the ladies arrive in true style with a real offering of glamour arriving. There are always some big races on Day Two including the world famous Queen Mother Champion
The Cheltenham Festival lasts for four days, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup taking place on the final day. It’s always a Tuesday to Friday and in 2020 will take place between March 10 and March 13. There’s a full set of racing each and every day, meaning plenty to bet on and plenty of winners to be had.
Cheltenham has suffered cancellations a couple of times, the most notable in 2001 due to the foot & mouth disease outbreak, which was catastrophic for racing and farming within the UK. In 2005, day two had to be cancelled due to heavy rain, but the races scheduled for that day were still ran over day three and four of the festival.
The Cheltenham Festival always takes place at the Cheltenham Racecourse and has done for over 100 years. As mentioned, it takes place between March 10 and 13 in 2020 and is located at Prestbury Park on the outskirts of the Gloucestershire town. It’s one of the biggest racecourses in the country with almost 70,000 packing into the racecourse each day for the festival.