The 2021 Cheltenham Festival is almost here, which will likely be music to the ears of horse racing fans all over the UK. The annual trip over to Cheltenham Festival is a common occurrence for many horse racing fanatics from the Isle of Wight. If you’re planning on following the festival this year, read on through this guide to know how to get involved.

Follow by Watching on TV

The best way of keeping up to date with all things Cheltenham Festival is by watching the events! There’s plenty of races to keep you entertained over the course of the festival, with the highlight of Cheltenham, The Golden Cup, taking place on day 4. According to the latest Cheltenham day 4 tips, Native River could be a horse to challenge Al Baum Photo’s treble bid. Al Baum Photo is currently the favourite to win the Golden Cup at 14/5 and will be hoping to secure his third title in a row after winning the Golden Cup in 2019 and 2020.

Champ is the second favourite at 11/2, with A Plus Tard the third favourite, priced at 21/5. Native River, an outsider at 66/5, has been tipped to potentially pull off a big upset, which would make for some viewing spectacle. If you’re planning on watching the Golden Cup along with other Cheltenham Festival races, you can watch the coverage through ITV, which will allow you to stay up to date with all the updates.

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Follow Through Your Phone

You might not have the time to watch every race live on TV, so a great alternative can be to keep track of all the events through your phone. There are a plethora of apps you can use to follow the coverage, however, if you are interested in Cheltenham betting and decide to place a bet with Betfair, you will have access to watch the race you have bet on through your phone. This means you are able to just tune in to the coverage when it’s time for your race, and you don’t have to sit through the rest of the coverage which might not be of interest to you.

Understandably, not everyone will be able to watch the live events due to work or other commitments, so using racing apps on your phone allows you to track any results that you have missed and keeps you up to date with what’s going on at Cheltenham. Following through your phone also allows you to use apps such as RSA, where you can view stats and data regarding upcoming runners in upcoming races.

Whilst following the festival through your phone and by watching TV coverage doesn’t feel the same as visiting Cheltenham in person, you can still experience all the excitement of the races from the comfort of your own home. It also means you don’t have to travel for hours from the Isle of Wight to get to Cheltenham, which is a bonus if the weather is bad!

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