A sure sign of impending Spring in the United Kingdom is building anticipation among horse racing fans of The Cheltenham Festival, held this year on March 13-17.  The Jockey Club-owned Cheltenham Racecourse is situated with the picturesque Cotswolds Hills in the background.  Cheltenham is located about 88 miles from London.

The Cheltenham Festival is, depending on one’s perspective, either a five-day meet of the world’s best jump racing or a social gathering of over a quarter million people that offers blue-ribbon corporate sponsors the opportunity to reach coveted demographic groups.

The Festival cards 28 jump races with £4.5 in purses for spectators to watch and bet on.  The feature of the entire Festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, contested on the final day.  The Gold Cup is one of the two most prestigious jump races in the world, along with the Grand National.  This Group 1 National Hunt race dates back to 1819; it is run over 22 jumps spread out over 3 miles and ½ furlongs, and usually has over 35 entries.

The current favorite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, at 7/2 odds, is the Nicky Henderson-trained 9-year-old Mite Bite.  Mite Bite, winner of nine of 14 lifetime starts, won the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, 2017.  The next best-liked horse for the Gold Cup at 6/1 odds is the 2017 winner Sizing John, who was a badly beaten seventh place in his last start in December 2017.  Many of the possible entries are horses capable of winning at double-digit odds.

Besides the Cheltenham Gold Cup, virtually every one of the other 27 races provides bettors with handicapping challenges and opportunities.  Jump races at Cheltenham attract lots of betting handle because the fields are full of highly rated horses.  Moreover, one misstep or rider error in a jump race and a chalk is out of contention.

All 28 Cheltenham races can be wagered on at one or more of the many online sites identified at the brand-new  This website of websites provides an array of information, including the top 10 betting sites in the United Kingdom, new sites for betting on sports, and customers’ favorite betting sites.

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