2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for sports. For the best part of a year, landmark events like the Olympics and international football tournaments were either canceled, postponed, or forced behind closed doors, supplanting the roar of fans with an eerie and soulless silence.
Fortunately for followers of the Cheltenham Festival, the four-day event was hosted at full capacity just before restrictions forced a national lockdown and effectively ended all sports back in March. Whilst organizers faced criticism for hosting such a busy event in a time of rising infection rates, most fans were doubtless grateful for the opportunity to witness some racing action before it was ripped away for so long.
The good news is that, with positive news on the horizon, Cheltenham Festival 2021 has a real chance of inviting large capacity crowds again, and all this excitement has led to followers contemplating their betting strategy for next year.
When is the Cheltenham Festival 2021?
The festival is due to be held from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th March 2021, and the eternally optimistic racing crowd are already planning how they will enjoy the event. The famous Ladies day is scheduled for day two of the festival before the Gold Cup spectacle rounds off festivities on the 19th.
More dedicated racing fans are also pre-emptively plotting their betting strategy for next year, and there’s a wealth of bet types, offers, betting events, and tips available. If you like a flutter, it’s best to acquaint yourself with the best insider knowledge and information before you hedge your bets, or waste all your chances on a rank outsider.
How to bet on the Cheltenham Festival 2021
Whether you make it to the festival in person or watch from the comfort of your home, Cheltenham would not truly be complete without a bet on a horse that takes your fancy. However, if you want to get the most out of your betting experience, it’s worth bearing a few things in mind before making your wager.
If you’re attending the event in person, then you’ll know that you’re never far away from a bookie, and these individuals often offer the most up to date and accurate information, However, be aware that racecourse bookmakers are often solo operators, and therefore it’s wise to shop around to get the most competitive rates.
If, like the majority of us, will be looking to back our Gold Cup favourites and more from home there are a myriad of online betting sites and platforms where you can make your bet. Most online bookies are household names these days, including the likes of PaddyPower, William Hill, and Betfair, and you can even now make Cheltenham festival wagers from the convenience of your smartphone, it’s never been simpler.
As we head into early next year, online bookies will also be heavily promoting offers and promotions tailored specifically for the event so make sure you check out and study a list of Cheltenham festival free bet offers particularly as we near the festival start date in March.
Types of bets for Cheltenham 2021
Horse racing has been around for centuries in Britain and has thus birthed a complex dictionary of terms that can often be confusing to the uninitiated bettor. The most common bet is a “Single” which is a straight win. If your horse wins the race, you win your bet, and if not, you lose.
“Each-Way“ betting is also popular, and means you essentially place two-part bets; half your stake to win and half to place, usually 2nd or 3rd. It’s more expensive but gives you a better chance of victory.
Other bet types like accumulators and match betting will be familiar to experienced bettors, but if you’re unsure, bookies are normally more than happy to explain what each type of bet involves and there is a wealth of horse racing guides available online.