Festival fever

Tom's top horse racing tips

We’re coming up to the 10th March and you know what that means, right? It is the biggest week of the whole year and is arguably even more important than Christmas. The Cheltenham festival is the highlight of the jumps season culminating in all of the best National Hunt horses going against each other creating some of the most memorable races of all time. This is where we see the true champions come out on top and showcase their superior qualities and love for racing.

You’ll never find an atmosphere like it, highlighted by the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ to start the festival. This is the moment where all preparation has finished with trainers having done their best to get their horses the fittest possible and punters have done their research and decided who they think will win each race. People from all aspects come together to immerse themselves in the eye watering clashes between the champions. This year in particular looks set to be one of the most competitive festivals in recent times, highlighted by the clash between Altior and Defi Du Seuil in the Champion Chase. All the races divide opinion as to whom they think will come out on top apart from the Stayers Hurdle where Paisley Park looks unbeatable.

The Gold Cup looks wide open with last year’s winner Al Boum Photo heading the market currently at around 4/1. With Santini beating Bristol De Mai at Cheltenham on trials day, he has silenced the doubters and now has obvious claims in the race along with multiple King George winner Clan des Obeaux. Willie Mullins has a very strong hand with Kemboy hoping to return to winning ways after being very impressive at the Aintree festival last year. You can’t forget the youngster amongst them in Lostintranslation who has been very popular among the punters and is looking to bounce back from his defeat in the King George, but he looks to have bags of potential and will surely be a true champion in the years to come. I would love to see Lostintranslation deliver for Colin Tizzard and think he has all the right attributes it takes to win a Gold Cup. He is an 8-year-old, which seems to be the prime age to win the race looking at the past winners with 5 from 8 winners all being 8-year olds. If Colin Tizzard has managed to get him back to his best and put a bad run under his belt, along with the wind operation he has had since his last run, he looks more than capable of a bold run.

No matter whether you have a major interest in racing or not, everyone knows when the Cheltenham festival is on as people are glued to their TV’s looking at the results. I remember in my last year in school, that during festival week, everyone had their phones out with a betting open watching the races urging their horses on and celebrating their winners whether they had a £2 bet on or more. The adrenalin you get from watching these top-class horses run at Cheltenham is unbeatable and if you pick the winner it’s a nice bonus. In the months leading up to the festival, I love to listen to the podcasts and debates over each race and this helps me build a better picture for what horse I think has the best chance. Last year was a very successful week for myself as I found many winners with even William Henry coming in at 28/1. Hopeful it can be another profitable week for me and if you want to get involved and get my tips for the week, then don’t miss out and join now.

The excitement I get from the week with all the research completed you’ve now got to rely on your horses delivering and the anticipation of each race is so exciting. I look forward to this week every year and all my knowledge culminates towards the Cheltenham festival. If you fancy having a few bets for the week to give the racing that edge, don’t look anywhere else as you’ll get your money’s worth with my tips and will have lots of fun whilst following them and getting good returns as well. I’m lucky enough to be going to the festival for all four days this year and I’ll be there picking out the winners for my members!


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