It seems to have come around very quiclly this year, but incredibly it is almost time for Cheltenham 2018! And that is fantastic news, because it is the absolute pinnacle of jumps racing anywhere in the world. If you can't make it to Cheltenham racecourse, then make a date with your TV for the full 4 days. It is all being shown live on ITV, and you will see the very best steeplechasers in the world in action. If you miss it, then you miss out and it'll be all your fault!
Horses To Watch
Stephen Harris is a pro punter who we've been following for a while and he clearly knows his stuff. Here he picks out 5 horses to watch at Cheltenham 2018. They all look like decent betting options to us, especially if you can get good ante post prices, or better still enhanced odds from the online bookies (more on that below). Of the 5 we particularly like Altior and will be looking to try and secure a decent price on that bet if we possibly can.
Cheltenham Festival Best Bets / Offers / Odds
As a punter the best part of the Cheltenham festival is that the bookies go crazy with their offers. Obviously for them it is a busy time and they see an opportunity to get new customers, but for us that means we get our pick of juicy bonuses throughoiut the week. In previous years we have bookmarked https://www.latestbettingoffers.com/cheltenham-betting-offers/ which is kept up to date with all the latest Cheltenham offers every day throughout the festival. Be it enhanced odds, extra places, free bets, money back if you lose - you name it, the bookies offer it.
So why miss the chance to be better off? The main thing is whatever you do, don't bet on course or on the high street. You are SO much better off with an online bookie it's not even close.
Cheltenham Trials Day
To whet your appetite for the big week, it's always well worth watching Trials Day. You can often spot some horses that are in form, and clearly like the course. But the market won't know them as well so it's a good opportunity to get some value each way betting options.
If you're going to Cheltenham this year please let us know because we will be there, and always happy to share a drink with some of our readers. If not the enjoy it from wherever you are. Hopefully you'll bag a few winners and keep those bookies looking worried. Have fun!
Goodwood is our favourite flat racing festival of the calendar here in the UK, and Day 5 is the best indivudual set of races within the festival. As always the Equine-Help team managed to blag some tickets and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality and the high class racing.
We'll admit we got a little too, shall we say, carried away to actually take any photos or video of our own. But thankfully Goodwood Racecourse came to our aid yet again. They've published this highlights video which sums up the day better than any of our badly focussed efforts ever could have.
If you have never attended this event then we would seriously recommend that you try to make it in future. In the meantime, here's a small taste of what's in store if you do.
The most popular horse going to the Gold Cup, Big Orange, faces stiff competition at Royal Ascot. Can he overcome the competition and carry away one of the biggest prizes in the flat racing calendar? Sky Bet attempt to find out in the latest Ascot preview video.
Future Stars of Racing Tackle Two of the Countries Finest Racetracks
Talented young riders and their ponies are invited to showcase their Pony Racing skills in two high profile events: the first, a Pony Club Race Day to be held at Towcester Racecourse in Northamptonshire, on Saturday 30th June; and the second, an evening of Pony Races to be held at Barbury Castle Horse Trials near Marlborough, Wiltshire, on Saturday 7th July. There the lucky jockeys will be racing on the wonderful turf of the old Marlborough Cup course on the Barbury Castle Estate.
The races which are open to any Pony Club Member (subject to age) who may be complete novices at racing or may have some considerable experience. At Towcester youngsters can enter one or more of the six races, which are set to be run over between six and eight furlongs. Those interested in competing should send an A5 SAE to: Mrs Tik Saunders, Teeton Grange Farm, Teeton, Northants. NN6 8LW; Telephone: 01604 505739 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org, and entries close promptly on Wednesday 20th June.
Barbury Castle event will feature four races, which are set to be run over between six and 12 furlongs. Those interested should send an A5 SAE to: Mrs R Fuller, Penwood Grange, Penwood, Newbury, Berkshire. RG20 9EW; Telephone: 01635 250658, and entries close at 8pm on Saturday 30th June.
Pony Racing is a relatively new discipline within The Pony Club; it is entirely for amateur riders and is open to all Pony Club Members. Its aims are simply to encourage youngsters to try the discipline of racing, and to identify outstanding talent.
The Pony Club is the biggest youth organisation in the country for both boys and girls with over 48,000 Members spread across its 348 Branches and 417 Centres. For further information on The Pony Club, please see the website at http://www.pcuk.org or ring 02476 698300.
Tamara Warhurst, who is competing in this years Magnolia Cup, takes us to the stables during practice and gives us her insight into how and why it's important to gain a horses trust…beginning with care. 12 novice ladies including Tamara will race during the Qatar Goodwood Festival for the coveted Magnolia Cup.
UK Horse Racing E-Zine
This website is full of information on horses, horse riding and how to care for your horse, no matter what level you are at. Please have a browse around at your leisure.