The biggest events in the calendar always stand out for any sport. With horse racing, we have big races like the Grand National and Epsom Derby but as an overall week, the Cheltenham Festival is the biggest event.
Royal Ascot may have their week of glamour, but for racing purists and gamblers, the week of action from Cheltenham is certainly the biggest.
Build up for the meeting begins as soon as the meeting ends a year before, and really hots up as the jumps season progresses from October onwards.
Whether you bet on the day or months in advance via the ante post markets that are available, you will always find something to help you place those wagers, such is the interest from both punters and bookmakers.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers
Being the biggest betting week in horse racing, there is no shortage of Cheltenham betting offers out there for punters. Bookmakers are more than happy to extend their offers and make them a little better than usual, because they know how important this week is.
Offers listed on the freebets.uk Cheltenham Festival page give you a flavour of what to expect and these are often some of the biggest free bet offers of the entire year, across any sport.
With money back offers, enhanced odds, welcome bonuses and each way betting deals, there is something for every type of punter out there, another reason why Cheltenham is special.
You can bet any way you like, picking favourites or big outsiders, and you will be able to find a betting offer that matches your style.
The type of betting service that many people crave from the bookmakers is pretty much what we receive from them during Cheltenham week.
What a Cheltenham Winner Feels Like
There is a fact of racing that many people will be quick to tell you about. A 3/1 winner at the Cheltenham Festival will pay out exactly the same as a 3/1 winner at any other course in the UK.
This is of course very true, and punters should remember it but there is no doubt that when you back a winner at Cheltenham, it feels a little different. You will see social media channels full of people celebrating when they land a winner at the festival.
One of the reasons for this is because when you bet at Cheltenham, you know you are betting on a race that brings together the very best in horse racing.
Trainers, jockeys and horses all target this meeting, and they will arrive on the day 100% ready. This isn’t a prep race, this is the real deal that they have been working towards, sometimes for months.
With the best lining up, all trying to win, picking the winner offers a great feeling.
The Full Season Build Up
One of the great things about Cheltenham is that the entire season revolves around the meeting.
Even when we have races right at the beginning of the season, months before the festival, if a horse wins well, they are immediately spoken about as a potential festival runner and winner. After Epatante won the Fighting Fifth in style recently, talk instantly turned to her defending the Champion Hurdle crown she won in March.
This is exactly the same for any of the other championship races at the meeting, and also the same for young horses who make their debut. We could see a horse run for the first time in public and straight after, talk is focused on Cheltenham and people will be queueing up to place a bet.
This all makes the festival something we love to get involved in, and what helps to make it the biggest betting week in horse racing.