The Cheltenham Festival is one of the central horse races in the UK and players bet millions of pounds hoping that their chosen horse will be the winner.
The Cheltenham Festival is the race with the second largest prize after the Grand National in the UK also being a National Hunt meeting, which makes it one of the most favorite ones.
It gathers together some of the best trained British and Irish horses giving the spectators not only great pleasure, but also the opportunity to become rich after wagering on various online sports betting sites.
The festival happens once a year in March at the Cheltenham Racecourse and it usually overlaps with St. Patrick’s Day. Therefore, it is not surprising that Irish spectators are very excited about it.
The Cheltenham Festival is also famous for the special atmosphere in the area and one of its trademarks is the “Cheltenham roar”, which corresponds to the vast number of people who take part in the festival and the crazy amount of noise, which they create during the races, especially at the beginning of each event.
The Cheltenham Festival this year it will take place between 11-14 March and it promises to be remarkable. The schedule includes:
The Champion Day (11th March) – the amazing roar will accompany the first race on Tuesday and it will keep up the spirits and the festive atmosphere in the following days. The first race for each day will start at 1:30 pm and the last race correspondingly will begin at 5:15 pm.
The Ladies Day (12th March) – Wednesday will offer the spectators the opportunity to enjoy the Ladies Day fashion awards in addition to the exciting races.
St. Patrick’s Thursday (13th March) – As already mentioned St. Patrick’s Day is part of the Festival and countless Irish spectators enjoy both the races and their special holiday. The racing will be as electrifying as usual, and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase will be at the center of attention.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Day (14th March) – The last day is of course the most awaited one, which some specialists not surprisingly call “the best day’s racing of the year”. The atmosphere will be amazing as usual, therefore all the visitors have to be ready for a special day.
Brian Ellison, Norton trainer, expressed his predictions that two Ryedale runners – Yesyoucan and Viva Colonia – have serious chances to surprise the bookmakers at the Cheltenham Festival, offering bets according to the UK gambling laws .
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most thrilling horse races in the UK
• It will take place between 11-14 March
• It comes second in prize amounts after the Grand National race
• Trainer Ellison expects great performance from Yesyoucan and Viva Colonia
Yesyoucan is ready for the Coral Cup, a race, which Ellison almost won a few years back with Bothy and Viva Colonia will go for the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase.
Their current positioning is – Yesyoucan at 33/1 and Viva Colonia at 25/1 – but Ellison strongly believes that they can outdo their odds and perform way better.
Ellison commented on Yesyoucan: “He’s a really good horse. We have put him over fences this year and he’s won two races. He probably doesn’t jump well enough to go to Cheltenham over fences so we have entered him in the Coral Cup back over hurdles.”
He added: At the moment, I would say he is in really good form. I think he will run well. I think he’ll enjoy going back over hurdles. He’s in good fettle.”
When it comes to Viva Colonia, Ellison explained that he hopes that it won’t rain at Prestbury Park, so that he will perform at his best.
Ellison said: “We went there last year and a horse fell in front of him, which knocked him out of the race. Then he went to Aintree and finished fifth in a good competitive race (at Grade 3 Red Rum Chase). His profile shows that big races suit him.”
The trainer continued: “He had a great run last time at Musselburgh, even though the ground was a little too much on the soft side for him. He has just been waiting for this ground. We hope it stays fine.”
Brian has also entered another two horses – Streets Of New York and Phase Shift – but none of them will run at the Festival, according to him.
He commented: “We have got some really good young horses. I think Five In A Row is a really good horse. These are horses for next year. The likes of Viva and Yesyoucan are proper handicap horses and they can go there now.”