Spot the difference between Cheltenham and Barbury!

02-March-2017
02-March-2017 19:03
in General
by Admin

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the world's top racing events, and the highlight for every Pointing enthusiast, who waits hungrily for the St James's Place Wealth Management Foxhunter Chase on Friday. March 17th. Over 220,000 flock to see the four days and 28 races, from all over the UK, Ireland and beyond. The Festival began in 1908 and now lures some £600m in online bets alone.

If the racing alone is not sufficient to make you salivate, then check out these amazing facts.

How much is ate and drunk at Cheltenham?

The Festival brings on a raging hunger among the crowds. Over 2 tons of filet and sirloin beef will be roasted for the event, along with 20,000 fries and 25,000 beefburgers. Guinness, sponsor of the eponymous Guinness Vilage, will pour 220,000 pints of Ireland's national drink, 18,000 bottles of fizz will be downed and the reality check of 8 gallons of coffee per race will bring losing pinters down to Earth.

How much is bet?

£600m will be wagered online and at the course. Betting at Cheltenham itself is estimated at £1m per race. William Hill is a prefered site to check on past results of the Cheltenham Festival.

Bearing in mind the Festival hosts the most valuable Conditions event in the UK Jumps calendar, 10,000 Irish fans are expected to attend each day of the Festival. The maximum capacity is 67,500, which makes you wonder where the other 40,000 Irishmen are to be found. Some of them were certainly at the Barbury International Point-to-Point in January.

Legendary Horses

We all have our Festival favourites, and there are plenty who've found their way back to Barbury at a later juncture in their lives. There are even some headed for Cheltenham from Barbury on the upgrade too. 

Dawn Run remains the only horse to win both the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup, in 1984 and 1986 respectively. The last grey to win was the unforgettable Desert Orchid in 1989. And remember which hoirse was second? Yahoo, owned by none other than our own Steven Astaire, Chairman of Barbury's PPORA meeting in December. 

More recently, Kauto Star made history to become the first horse to regain the Gold Cup from stable mate Denman in 2007, then 2009. 

The prize for the biggest upset has to go to Norton's Coin, trained in Wales by Syrell Griffiths. At 100-1, he is by a long chalk the longest-priced winner. A £100 stake would have won you £10,000!

Quevega ranks in the Pantheon for the most wins, with 6 Festival victories since the advent of the OLBG Mares Hurdle.

But first place still remains with the peerless Arkle. We might not have become rich watching Himself, but we could at least say "We were there". 

Among riders, Ruby Walsh holds the current record for the most wins at a single Festival, with an unsurpassable 7 victories.

Prize money

Even the Barbury International has a little way to go to meet the £3.67m on offer for this month's Festival. Only Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood surpass this in the UK. Cheltenham's spectator attendance is the envy of many, except Royal Ascot, which still outpoints it, but over 5 days. 

Some statistics to help your betting

The Gold Cup is often won by short-odds horses, despite every owner's dream of a Norton's Coin repeat. Larger stakes on well-backed favourites can reap dividends in the blue riband event.

Follow riders you know in the amateur races, especially the Foxhunter. 

Ladies Day is becoming fun and established. Wear a funky hat and encourage your wife or partner to wear one too!

This year's Festival coincides with St Patrick's Day. Will the River Chelt turn green? More probably, the Guinness will flow a little stronger. 

If you can squeeze in a day, go to experience the thrill. There is nowhere like Cheltenham. It's simply the greatest advertisement for our sport. But remember, in the Pointing field, we are just one short step away from the same level of glory!

Place your bets in advance. Recommended online bookmakers like William Hill offer exclusive HD broadcasting for online account holders.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spot the difference between Cheltenham and Barbury!

02-March-2017
02-March-2017 19:03
in General
by Admin

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the world's top racing events, and the highlight for every Pointing enthusiast, who waits hungrily for the St James's Place Wealth Management Foxhunter Chase on Friday. March 17th. Over 220,000 flock to see the four days and 28 races, from all over the UK, Ireland and beyond. The Festival began in 1908 and now lures some £600m in online bets alone.

If the racing alone is not sufficient to make you salivate, then check out these amazing facts.

How much is ate and drunk at Cheltenham?

The Festival brings on a raging hunger among the crowds. Over 2 tons of filet and sirloin beef will be roasted for the event, along with 20,000 fries and 25,000 beefburgers. Guinness, sponsor of the eponymous Guinness Vilage, will pour 220,000 pints of Ireland's national drink, 18,000 bottles of fizz will be downed and the reality check of 8 gallons of coffee per race will bring losing pinters down to Earth.

How much is bet?

£600m will be wagered online and at the course. Betting at Cheltenham itself is estimated at £1m per race. William Hill is a prefered site to check on past results of the Cheltenham Festival.

Bearing in mind the Festival hosts the most valuable Conditions event in the UK Jumps calendar, 10,000 Irish fans are expected to attend each day of the Festival. The maximum capacity is 67,500, which makes you wonder where the other 40,000 Irishmen are to be found. Some of them were certainly at the Barbury International Point-to-Point in January.

Legendary Horses

We all have our Festival favourites, and there are plenty who've found their way back to Barbury at a later juncture in their lives. There are even some headed for Cheltenham from Barbury on the upgrade too. 

Dawn Run remains the only horse to win both the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup, in 1984 and 1986 respectively. The last grey to win was the unforgettable Desert Orchid in 1989. And remember which hoirse was second? Yahoo, owned by none other than our own Steven Astaire, Chairman of Barbury's PPORA meeting in December. 

More recently, Kauto Star made history to become the first horse to regain the Gold Cup from stable mate Denman in 2007, then 2009. 

The prize for the biggest upset has to go to Norton's Coin, trained in Wales by Syrell Griffiths. At 100-1, he is by a long chalk the longest-priced winner. A £100 stake would have won you £10,000!

Quevega ranks in the Pantheon for the most wins, with 6 Festival victories since the advent of the OLBG Mares Hurdle.

But first place still remains with the peerless Arkle. We might not have become rich watching Himself, but we could at least say "We were there". 

Among riders, Ruby Walsh holds the current record for the most wins at a single Festival, with an unsurpassable 7 victories.

Prize money

Even the Barbury International has a little way to go to meet the £3.67m on offer for this month's Festival. Only Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood surpass this in the UK. Cheltenham's spectator attendance is the envy of many, except Royal Ascot, which still outpoints it, but over 5 days. 

Some statistics to help your betting

The Gold Cup is often won by short-odds horses, despite every owner's dream of a Norton's Coin repeat. Larger stakes on well-backed favourites can reap dividends in the blue riband event.

Follow riders you know in the amateur races, especially the Foxhunter. 

Ladies Day is becoming fun and established. Wear a funky hat and encourage your wife or partner to wear one too!

This year's Festival coincides with St Patrick's Day. Will the River Chelt turn green? More probably, the Guinness will flow a little stronger. 

If you can squeeze in a day, go to experience the thrill. There is nowhere like Cheltenham. It's simply the greatest advertisement for our sport. But remember, in the Pointing field, we are just one short step away from the same level of glory!

Place your bets in advance. Recommended online bookmakers like William Hill offer exclusive HD broadcasting for online account holders.

 

 

 

 

 

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