Let’s just assume that you happen to like betting on sports but have never really followed horse racing in general. If that’s the case, you might find all the excitement that the Cheltenham 2014 Festival is generating in the betting community to be a bit strange.
As you’ve undoubtedly gathered, it is a pretty ‘big deal’ in the horse racing calender – and that is actually understating it. Suffice to say, horse racing and the Cheltenham 2014 Festival go hand in hand, with the latter being the 2nd biggest prize pool in the United Kingdom and attracting the very best British and Irish-trained horses!
A big part of the popularity of Cheltenham comes from its history. Over the years since it was first held way back in 1860, the event has built up an absolutely amazing array of traditions that fans have come to love and enjoy participating in on a yearly basis. Some of the races are steeped in tradition and heritage too – with prestige to match it!
On top of that, there is the fact that so many legends have been born at Cheltenham that the competition itself has earned a reputation for turning horses into legends overnight. Some of the world’s most famous champions first burst onto the scene at this event, and every year there are bound to be at least a few surprises.
The dates when Cheltenham is held definitely play a part in its popularity too – particularly among the Irish. Every year, the festival coincides with St. Patrick’s Day, which draws many Irish visitors to the event too.
For bettors in particular, the fact that the 4 day event has so many different races represents an excellent opportunity to place quite a few bets. Because of the coverage and build up to the event, there is more than enough access to news about the latest developments, allowing even inexperienced bettors to follow the participants closely as the starting date nears.
Of course if all of this hasn’t convinced you that the Cheltenham Festival is worth paying attention to, it is worth mentioning that the possibility of upsets is always there. Because of the unpredictable nature of horse racing, you’ll find that the odds invariably end up skewed in favor of the defending champions and current favorites, which means that for those willing to take risks – there are profits to be had!