If you’re trying to decide which day is the most exciting, or fun, to attend at the Cheltenham Festival, the fact of the matter is that there is no right or wrong answer. For many fans of racing, Gold Cup Day is often the day they choose, as this is the very last day in the festival and this is when the winner of the Gold Cup is crowned.
Of course, betting is just part of the fun when it comes to Cheltenham and most seasoned pros know to pace themselves and make sure to save something for Gold Cup Day. Typically, this is when you’ll find the largest bets being made. It’s always wise to research Gold Cup betting information before the festival arrives, so you know exactly how much you want to set aside for the “big event”.
What is Gold Cup Day?
We know that Gold Cup Day is the fourth and final day of the festival, but what exactly is this event that gets so much attention? In this event, the horses will make a three mile two furlong venture with 22 fences standing before them. The 2017 winner will be the 93rd to capture the title. Experts call this day the “climax” of the entire jump racing season, and the crowds tend to be quite large, and quite loud.
For those who plan on attending this event in person, tickets are already on sale with some areas already reporting that they are sold out. Keep in mind the closer to the event we get, the more expensive the tickets become.
The winning horse last year was Gordon Elliott’s Don Cossack, and was ridden by Bryan Cooper. He was able to push ahead of Don Poli and Djakadam while running up the hill in order to capture the 2016 Cheltenham Timico Gold Cup. To say it was an exciting finish to the line is an understatement.
Stats for the Festival
Just to give you a look at how big this festival is, organisers are expecting more than 200,000 attendees to come out and enjoy the action over the four days. The festival features live bands, entertainment, food, and drink to enjoy along with the one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
As far as betting goes, it is expected that over £500 million will be gambled over the course of the four days. That gives you plenty of opportunities to get in there and place some wagers of your own. Of course, you don’t have to attend in person in order to place bets, as there are many online options.
Many online betting sites offer new customer offers and feature non-runner no bet betting offers. This makes it more attractive as a newbie, with less risk to you.
The one thing about the Gold Cup is that it tends to be quite hard to pick a winner in advance, even for the experts. Typically, you need to wait and watch how the first few days of Cheltenham plays out before you start to see the tips pour in. While it doesn’t hurt to start doing your research in advance, make sure you do keep a close eye on the first couple of days of racing action.
Make it a Great Experience
Whether this is your first Cheltenham experience, or you’re a seasoned pro, there is always tons of racing action to be enjoyed, and a fabulous atmosphere to take part in. If you can’t be there in person, you’ve got a number of ways to enjoy it with friends, at a pub, and by placing some wagers online allowing you to still be part of the action.