For punters getting ready for the world’s biggest and best jumps race meeting, there’s a great range of Cheltenham festival apps available for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices, so you can keep right on top of the form, place bets, watch race replays and take advantage of a whole host of special offers wherever you are right throughout the Festival.
Cheltenham is a special time for punters, not just because of the quality of the racing, but also because of the huge range of markets on offer on every day of the Festival. No matter what you want to punt on, you’ll find an online sports book willing to lay you odds — from straight up win, place or each-way bets, to multi-leg accumulators, to bets on the official Going on the first day, you can get a price on it.
In terms of offers specific to Cheltenham, Match and Distance Specials are popular — you might have a punt on a combination of horses to win a selection of feature events, for instance, or bet on how many lengths you think a favourite will win by. Other popular specials include Reverse Forecasts, where you back two horses to finish first and second in any order, or bets where you predict which one of two horses will start at the shorter odds.
Let your imagination fly when it comes to punting at Cheltenham, because if you’ve thought of it, you can bet that someone somewhere is offering a market on it.
Known and loved around the globe, the Cheltenham Festival in March is the world’s pre-eminent jumps race meeting, and brings together the very best hurdlers and chasers for four days of high-quality racing amidst the rolling hills of the Gloucestershire countryside.
The roll call of horses who have achieved legendary status as a result of their deeds at Cheltenham is endless — Arkle, Desert Orchid, Best Mate, Denman and Kauto Star, to name but a few. The Festival has also made the reputations of countless trainers, like Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, Willie Mullins and Jonjo O’Neill, while Cheltenham has also long been associated with the greatest ever National Hunt jockeys, such as Peter Scudamore, Richard Dunwoody, Sir AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh.
Each of the four days of the Cheltenham Festival includes several high class feature races and so you can be guaranteed of seeing both well-established champions and up-and-coming superstars every day.
Champion Day on Tuesday is the first day of the Festival, and features the Stan James Champion Hurdle, the biggest hurdle race of the year and which is run over 2m ½f. Wednesday has traditionally been known as Ladies’ Day, and the feature race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, over a distance of 2 miles. The third day of the Festival this year falls on St Patrick’s Day, which is only appropriate given the outstanding contribution that Irish horses, trainers and riders have made over many years to the success of the Festival. The major races on the day are the 2m 5f Ryanair Steeplechase and the Stayers’ Hurdle over 3 miles.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup, held on Friday is the highlight of the Festival, as it pits the very best steeplechasers against each other over 3m 2½f in a race that ultimately determines who will crowned the champion chaser for the year.
For a Cheltenham mobile app to be really useful, it needs to feature a comprehensive form guide so that you can take on the bookies well armed, with everything you need to know about how your tips are likely to run.
It can sometimes be hard to get to every day of the Festival, so if you’re stuck at work but still want to see all the action, make sure the Cheltenham Festival apps you choose include live streaming of races.
Make your own judgements on a horse or rider’s performance, or research your next bet, by watching replays of the races that have gone. Look for Cheltenham race apps that offer the most comprehensive video library of previous races.
In the crush at Cheltenham, the last thing you want to do is waste time because you can’t find the form guide, or you don’t get a bet on in time because your app is not easy to use. Look for intuitive design that lets you access everything you need quickly from the home screen.