Popular Events That People Bet On at the Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is among the most famous horse racing festivals in the world. It is actually the best horse racing competition in Europe. The festival occurs every year in March. It is the period the when punters dip deep into their pockets. Analysis shows that about £150,000,000 is spent on placing bets during this festival. Here are some of the popular events that people bet on at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Champion Hurdle

This race takes place on the first day of the festival. All the horses in this race are required to be of the age of four years or above. The race is of an approximate length of two and a half miles. It may be referred to as ‘the race of the day’ since the first day of the festival is named after this race. This is the race that determines the Hurdles Division champion of the season.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase

Horses taking part in this competition are supposed to be of five years and above. It happens over a distance of about two miles. Horses in this race are expected to tackle twelve fences. This makes it quite challenging to pick the horse to place your money on.

The Stayers’ Hurdle

It is an open race to qualifying horses that are aged four years and above. Horses in this event are required to race for a distance of about three miles. There are twelve hurdles in this race to challenge the horses. These hurdles may end up slowing down some horses. You therefore need to know how good a horse is before placing a bet.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup

This is the biggest race of the festival. Horses have to cover a distance of above three miles in this race. It has twenty-two fences. Betting enthusiasts have to be very careful when placing bets on this race.