How to Enjoy Cheltenham Gold Cup

This is the big one. If the four day Cheltenham Festival is the culmination of the entire jump racing season, then the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the very pinnacle of this climax. One of the most prestigious races out there, the horse racing world stops to watch the Gold Cup. How can you make sure that you take full advantage of this special sporting occasion? Hopefully the brief guide below will help you to enjoy the spectacle.


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    Understand Gold Cup history. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is not just any race. First run in 1819, Spectre was the winner, taking home a prize of 100 guineas. Since then, horse racing legends have been born at the Gold Cup. Golden Miller for example won five years running in the 1930s, while Arkle was the darling of the race in the 1960s. Best Mate won the Gold Cup three years in a row from 2002 and more recently, the incomparable Kauto Star won the race twice and captured the hearts of the Cheltenham crowd. This is a race of champions, which is run over a notoriously arduous course, which stretches over 22 fences and culminates in a challenging uphill sprint finish. Each year jockeys, trainers and owners hope to triumph in this premier race and with it write their names into the history books.
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    Make a day of it. Although the Gold Cup itself is the finale of the entire Cheltenham Festival, there is plenty more going on during Cheltenham Gold Cup day itself on 14 March, 2014. For a start, there are a further six races to be run during the day, starting with the Triumph Hurdle at 1.30pm and finishing with the Jonny Henderson Grand Annual Steeplechase at 5.15pm. This means that whether you are lucky enough to get a ticket to the Prestbury Park track or whether you are following the action online, your enjoyment can last much longer than just the big race itself. You can be sure of experiencing a special atmosphere on Gold Cup Day as the crowds flock for this special occasion.
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    Bet online safely and securely. The Cheltenham Festival is one of the busiest betting weeks of the year, which makes the Gold Cup itself one of the most popular races to bet on in the entire calendar. However, you can enjoy the thrill of having a punt from the comfort of your own home by betting online. For the simplest betting format and the widest selection of options, it is a good idea to bet at one of the large online betting sites such as William Hill. These popular sites usually offer a very impressive selection of odds. Not only are the odds usually good value for money but you can also place your wager on a wide variety of options even for a single race. You don’t have to simply pick a winner, there are plenty of other options to choose from too. In addition, when you bet online you are usually just a click away from checking out the form of all the runners and riders, helping you to make an informed betting decision.
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    Choose your best bet. Of course, your enjoyment of the big race will be increased hugely if you manage to pick a winner. So, it is a good idea to study the runners and riders carefully. Last year’s champion Bob’s Worth is fancied by many to retain the trophy. Trained by Nicky Henderson, he looks to be in great form following an impressive win in the Lexus Chase. Looking further afield, keep an eye out for Cue Card trained by Colin Tizzard who won the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year. Last Instalment could also be a good bet, having returned from injury to record a very impressive victory to win the Irish Hennessy. A quality outside bet could be the exciting Silviniaco Conti. He triumphed at Kempton to win the King George and will be a big hope for jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Paul Nicholls.
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    Look back. Last year produced one of the classic Gold Cups. Although the Prestbury Park track was soaked, this was about as exciting as it gets with a classic slow-motion finish. In the end, Barry Geraghty pushed Bob’s Worth up the famous hill to pip Sir Des Champs to the line, even with Tony McCoy in the saddle. It looked like a race between Sir Des Champs and Long Run for the majority of the race, but Bob’s Worth timed the final two fences to perfection, giving both trainer Nicky Henderson and Geraghty a second Gold Cup win each.
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    Follow every stride. Placing a wager is just one part of the online betting experience. Most reliable sites also offer extensive coverage of the sport, including the latest news and views from horse racing experts. You can also keep up to date with the best betting tips through articles and podcasts. As a result, you can keep bang up to date with the Gold Cup action from the comfort of your home.

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