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A look ahead to the Cheltenham Festival
on 05 March 2019


The hotly contested Cheltenham Festival is almost here with us. Set to begin on March 12th, everyone, from the organizers to the trainers is racing against time to ensure that the competition is a success. Whether you are following the events as a fan or for income-generating purposes, you should feel at home because all the current news will be shared in this article.

Might Bite, one of the leading contenders this year showed style on top of style on Sunday morning.

In preparation for the competition, Nico de Boinville guided the horse through ten fence jumps. The horse is expected to participate in the Gold Cup and given that he was the runners up last year, his trainer’s expectation for his victory cannot be said to be far-fetched.

A few of the owners of Might Bite from the Knot Again Partnership were there to witness the horse go through schooling. They followed him in cars and given the fact that his performance was impressive during a Kempton gallop, they are confident that he is in better form than he was during King George and the Betfair Chase. In the former, the horse is reported to have fallen short of peak fitness and in the latter; unfortunately, blood started oozing from his nose.

With the Cheltenham festival comes good tidings and wagering is the greatest of them all. If you have never considered staking because you feel you have never had the opportunity, there can never be a better chance for you to try your luck. Still, for those who have been in this industry for quite some time, you know there is nothing as good as the ability to get the best Cheltenham free bets and that is why we are here. BetVictor is offering £50 for every £10 placed and this is split into 5 bets each carrying £10.

You can also sign up at Bet365 and receive up to £100 in terms of betting credit. Again, Unibet is among the bookies with the best offers and in its website, the bookie has promised to return your cash up to £30 as a bonus if you get to lose your first bet. Presenting Percy is the 2019 ante-post favorite for the Gold Cup and he is currently trading at 7.00. Native River is also expected to confirm his epic performance last year and he is trading at 8.00 with most bookies.

The use of whips has been a hotly contested topic in the horseracing business. This year, the British Horseracing Authority(BHA) has vowed to thoroughly scrutinize the jockeys’ whipping of the horses. According to a spokesman from BHA, the institution will go out of its way to ensure that the jockeys are reminded of their roles concerning the whipping issue a few days to the event. BHA is also considering the broadening of the provisions for penalty but it insists that this will only be a temporary measure during the Cheltenham Festival. Moreover, the consideration will only be implemented if the institution deems it necessary to pass a greater warning to the jockeys. Nevertheless, not long ago, the British government endorsed the use of whips stating that it feels the rules in place are enough to control their use. The BHA spokesman stated that the institution acknowledged the government’s endorsement but it feels that a general welfare strategy should be established in order to deal with the issue once and for all. It will be interesting to see the measures that the institution will put in place concerning this issue and fortunately, we only have a few days to do so.

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