Almost 200,000 people visit Cheltenham to enjoy four days of racing with some of the world’s best horses and jockeys. It’s not just the experienced and gamblers who have a great time here. In fact, you can just come along to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks whilst trying to spot a celebrity.
If you’re going to this year’s Cheltenham Festival for the first time, here are a few essential do’s and don’ts to make sure you have a great and enjoyable time.
Do Make Sure You Eat a Good Breakfast:
Newbies often forget this with all of the excitement. Veterans always have a hearty breakfast before the race. The food is ridiculously expensive and not exactly the best quality. It’s also a good idea to make sure your stomach is full if you’re planning to enjoy a few drinks.
Don’t Drink too Much:
After Cheltenham, the tabloids are always full of people who were too drunk to stand or passed out on the floor. We’ve all seen them and tutted at their outrageous behaviour. But, it’s easier than you think to fall into this trap if you’re drinking one after another all day.
And always, always, always be careful when you’re on a losing streak with a stomach full of alcohol. You’re more likely to chase losses by making careless bets.
Do Learn How to Make a Bet:
Make sure you know where and how to place a bet. The etiquette on race day is different from what you would imagine. People don’t line up and are shouting back and forth. Be patient with the people who are pushing and in our eyes are being downright rude.
This is especially the case in the most prestigious race, the Gold Cup. Don’t listen to the whispers and tips on race day because they’re just rumours. Check out the Gold Cup best odds at William Hill for up-to-date info and tips.
Don’t Waste All of Your Money:
The rule here is simple. It’s your money and you’re here to have an awesome time. Betting isn’t obligatory. You don’t have to bet on every single race if you don’t want to. Just because the person in front has just placed a large one, it doesn’t mean you should too.
Do Dress for the Occasion:
Cheltenham doesn’t have a strict dress code. So, you can come to the festival wearing whatever you please. At the same time, there’s no harm in trying to make an effort to look smart or elegant.
Don’t Wear Fancy Dress:
You may think that dressing up is hilarious, but the other 199,990 people won’t. Just imagine the poor punter standing behind you whose view you’re blocking with your outfit. Be considerate.
Important Points to Remember:
The most important thing is to enjoy yourself whilst at the same time drinking and betting responsibly. Dress up and look good, but don’t go over the top. Good luck and I hope you have an amazing time at the races!