Can Buveur D'air strike for a third time in the Champion Hurdle in day one of the Cheltenham Festival
The tape goes up on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at 1.30pm on Tuesday the 12th March. If you're not living inside a Cheltenham bubble like we all are at Jumps Racing, or you're new to the sport and want to get involved in this year's Festival we've put a bit of a guide together for this year's event.
The Cheltenham Festival is a four day event that could be described as the World Championships of jumps racing. It takes place every year at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucester, an amazing amphitheatre of a course that will see 28 races run over four days in front of packed stands.
Where to watch the Cheltenham Festival
If you're not lucky enough to get a ticket to go in person, the majority of the races will be screened live on ITV. The first five races each day will be on the terrestrial channel with the other two races a day screened on Racing TV. If you've not got a subscription to Racing TV you can watch the race via most bookmakers by placing a bet of at least £1 via their website. Click on any bookie link on the Jumps Racing site to get access to the bookies.
What Will The Weather Be At Cheltenham?
Like any outdoor event, the weather is an important consideration. More so with racing however as different horses perform better or worst depending on the condition of the ground. The more rain, the softer the ground, or 'going' gets and that may be seen as a positive for some horses or a negative. Get reading the form books!
At the time of writing, the forecast is set to rain heavily on Tuesday morning and that could well effect the going. After a very dry and mild winter, the course is not too wet to start with and although it could get soft pretty quick, Cheltenham also drains very quickly.
It's also set to be pretty windy, with 40mph winds forecast over the first two days.
Best Of The Cheltenham Bookmaker Offers
Cheltenham is the busiest week of the year for the bookies and they're readying themselves with a host of new account offers for customers. We've listed the top ones here:
The kind offer differs from straight out free bets to enhanced prices about a well fancied horse. Make sure you read all of the terms and conditions.
Cheltenham Festival Tips
Jumps Racing have enlisted the help of Tom Lee. The former Channel 4 racing man is the betting correspondent on Ireland's RTE racing coverage and brother to National Hunt trainer Kerry Lee. Racing is in Tom's blood and we'll have his daily Cheltenham tips videos here on the site so make sure you visit the site each day or follow our @JumpsRacing twitter account for details.