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Cheltenham Festival 2016 – 5 Apps to Help You Keep Track

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It’s a very important week in the National Hunt racing calendar as Cheltenham Festival kicks off tomorrow. The festival, which takes place over four days, sees some of the finest British and Irish bred horses show what they’re made of as they compete for coveted places in famous races such as the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup and drawings from the £4,100,000 prize money pot.

Whether you are going to the track or would like to keep track from afar, we’ve narrowed down 5 apps you should download before the first race commences tomorrow afternoon:

Racing Post – An offshoot of the authoritative daily Racing Post newspaper,  this app quite simply has it all.  From a nationwide racing calendar, race cards, write-ups on the form and track records  (literally), odds and betting links, no other racing app packs such an extensive range of features and information into a rectangular screen.  You can view the race cards in the order of form too which allows for a clear overview of your potential returns (should you have a flutter) but remember to consider the ground too, which is forecast to be good to soft this week…

Accuweather – Speaking of ground, it is best to have an accurate measure of the weather at your fingertips.  We know how contrary the weather gods are in this country so just because the ground is officially announced as good to soft doesn’t mean it will stay like that… Always keep your eye on the sky or an accurate weather app like Acuweather so if the heavens decide to open, you will have hedged your bets on a horse that is good on soft…

ITV Hub – This year, the TV broadcasting of British racing has changed hands from Channel 4 so be sure to have ITV Hub at the ready to stream the races live.

Racing UK is another great app for keeping tabs on the horses, jockeys and form.  It also offers unrivalled access to high definition streaming of all 28 races this week.  We’re sold on that alone!

Betfair: While we do not advocate gambling, if you must, we’d recommend Betfair for its disruptive democratic take on betting.  Unlike traditional trackside bookies and high street bookmakers, the company offers a platform for a betting exchange to take place between punters so instead of offering lower odds to protect its profits, it merely takes a 5% profit on winnings that are exchanged between its members.  Therefore, if you do win, you are likely to get a higher return… No matter what facility you use to place a bet, however, we’d recommend you follow one very strict rule of thumb… Never bet more than you can afford to lose because the odds, in the grand scheme of things are usually stacked against the punters.  See it as merely purchasing an extra adrenalin rush before you watch the race.  Oh, and if you do get lucky, make sure to quit while you’re ahead!

For more information and tickets, visit the Cheltenham Festival website and if you would like to learn more, here’s a good beginners guide on the festival.



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