The Cheltenham Festival is here again. One of the most coveted four-day racing events in the UK horse racing calender. Between Tuesday March 16th and Friday March 19th some of the best National Hunt racing horses are showcased. An excellent prelude to the Grand National later in the year. National Hunt horses being those who go over jumps!

The Cheltenham Festival is high profile in the horse racing world and as you’d imagine it is very competitive. This can make it more challenging to choose the best runners to bet on. There are few ‘dead certs’ at the Festival. National Hunt races can be unpredictable and can really take their toll on the horses. On top of the gruelling jumps the horses also have to climb a steep hill at the end of the race which can really tire the horse out.

Cheltenham horse races get a lot of coverage on Channel 4 racing, about four races per day. At the Cheltenham Festival it is unusual for a horse to be odds-on in any of the races and you are guaranteed some bigger price winners.

Back any single winner with bet365 (link) at 4/1 or more on a UK or Irish race televised live on Channel 4 and you can have a free bet to the same stake on the next live Channel 4 race. If your free bet also wins at odds of 4/1 or more, you qualify for a free bet on the next live Channel 4 race. Keep backing those winners and bet365 will keep giving you free bets! There’s everything to gain with bet365’s best odds guaranteed policy; very helpful for finding value prices.

Here’s how to find winners at the Cheltenham Races. Get some tips! First select any newspaper with a racing section. The ‘Sun’ is good for this. Next go to The Racing Post and register. It’s free.

On racing day login to the racing post website and go through the Cheltenham Festival races for that day or before. Find the most likely winner and mark it off in the newspaper. Compare what the papers two tipster predict for that particular race. If the two newspaper tipsters and the Racing Post recommendation are all for the same horse, this is a very powerful indicator of a good Cheltenham Races bet. Find selections with odds of 4/1 or more and the winners can feed into the Bet365 Channel 4/1 offer.

The big race at the Cheltenham horse racing festival is the ‘Cheltenham Gold Cup’. This showcase race is run on Friday and tends to grab most headlines. The prize money is massive for the horse owners. This year two horses featured from the same stable are at the top of the market. Kauto Star has won the race on two occasions and will be favourite, although Denman won the race in 2008 and has the potential to upstage his older stable-mate. Check out these horses with the tipsters.

With so many races at the Cheltenham races this makes makes it more enjoyable for punters than the Grand National, which tends to invite ‘one off’ long shot bets. The Bet365 4/1 offer can really spice up the Cheltenham racing weekend. Every race at the Cheltenham festival is streamed live on Bet365 so you don’t have to miss out on ony of the action. Betting can start from as low at £1.

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