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Finding ways to enjoy the Cheltenham Festival if you can’t attend

The Cheltenham Festival will take place again this March with four days of the finest jump racing culminating with the prestigious Gold Cup.

The annual extravaganza regularly attracts more than 250,000 attendees who get to enjoy entertainment at The Park, wine and dine in restaurants and bars, and place bets and watch all of the action unfold on the Cheltenham Racecourse.

However, even if you can’t attend the festival in person this year, you can still make the most of each race from the comfort of your own home.

Bet on every race

With 28 races across four days and a selection of the finest trainers, jockeys and horses on show, Cheltenham Festival is one of the most popular sporting events. Even if you can’t attend, placing a bet online or via a smartphone app will add to the excitement of the spectacle and you may even have some winnings. You can even take advantage of the free bet offers from cheltenhamfestival.net, should you fancy a flutter without wanting to put your money on the line.

You can find information online about each of the runners and riders at Cheltenham Festival. Before betting on a horse, you should consider their recent form, current odds, past record in big events, as well as the “going” and weather conditions for the race.

Enjoy multiple live feeds

You can arguably get a better view of the action by watching the coverage of the Cheltenham Festival live on TV or online. You will be able to watch each race from start to finish with a perfect view, something that would be much more difficult when actually at the racecourse.

You could use a PC or laptop to view live feeds for a multi-screen experience and to make in-play bets on one of the many betting markets available during the week.

Get in special food and drink

The Cheltenham Festival is renowned for its food and drink options for attendees so why not replicate the experience at home with a buffet or bevvy of snacks complete with plenty of ale and wine to wash it down.

Cheltenham often coincides with St. Patrick’s Day so you could also run with the Irish theme and get dressed up for the occasion and drink Guinness. In 2021, St. Patrick’s Day will take place on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Watch with friends online

While you might miss out on attending this year, you can still get together with friends and family to watch the most exciting races using a video conferencing service like Zoom. You could even run a horse racing-based quiz beforehand.

Social media is another excellent outlet for social interaction during race week, so be sure to follow some of your favourite jockeys and trainers and tweet and share exciting content with others. Even if you can’t be there in person, there are still many ways you can enjoy the Cheltenham Festival.