Will Armitage is co-founder of BestOdds.com affiliate. Gambling InsiderHis thoughts on next week’s highly anticipated Cheltenham Festival.
Jump racing enthusiasts from each side of the Irish Sea will descend upon Prestbury Park, Cheltenham’s outskirts next week for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. The world has seen a lot change in the past two years, when thousands attended the races together for four days before the Government closed the nation down.
The importance of Cheltenham to bookmakers’ coffers and annual budgets cannot be underestimated. Should the Irish be given a bloody nose by their English, Scottish and Welsh counterparts, bookmakers everywhere will be dancing for joy!
We can assume that the multiple and accumulator betting on Irish hot-pots will be high. If they do, then we can expect PR representatives and spokeswomen to make huge losses.
In terms bet volumes, last year was a record-breaking year for Grand National, while the Investec Derby fell to last in the Top 10. The Cheltenham Festival hosted races two to nine. In terms of volume and bets, the industry anticipates new records. It will be fascinating to see who has come out on top by the time the dust settles at 5.45pm on Friday 18th March and the last winner has been cheered across the line!
The Irish will take control of their beloved Gloucestershire. Will punters for once have the upper hand on the bookmakers and leave their CEOs explaining away “adverse results” to their shareholders for impacting their revenues?!
For what it’s worth, my banker of the week is Vauban in the first race on Friday, 275,000 pints of Guinness will be drunk over the week and Non-Irish trained horses will only win seven races of the 28 over the week, leading to a record volume of “Liffey Water” being consumed…
Take in the sights and be there if possible.