The United Kingdom prides itself on it’s amazing and prestigious horse races. The Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival is one of the most prestigious races in the United Kingdom. The Festival is within the calendar of National Hunt Racing. It draws all types of jockeys and their horses, with the amount of prize money being second to the Grand National race. Taking place every year in March, The Festival is held in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. However it is most popular with Irish horse enthusiasts because it coincides with St. Patrick’s Day. Most of horses that race at the festival are British and Irish.

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The third day will be St. Patrick’s Thursday, where jockeys and spectators celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a few competitive races and the last and most important day is Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. Many consider Cheltenham Gold Cup Day as the best betting day at the festival.

As might be expected, 2011 Gold Cup winner Long Run is the early favourite to repeat. However, two-time Cup winner Kauto Star cannot be ignored, especially when remembering the horse’s thirteen-length victory in 2009. Kauto Star is currently second on the board. If Kauto Star will prove a popular winner if he can find his form after a very bad preparation for the race. Outsiders like ‘Weird Al’ also stand a good chance if the ground suits them.

Once the festival is over the National Hunt season only has one big race left – The Grand National! if you can pick a out winning horse in that race you’ll be beating the odds for sure.