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The excitement on race day is palpable. Racehorses bred to perfection through long lines of winning Thoroughbreds stamp their hooves and champ at the bit, itching to get onto the track. Trainers have last-minute whispered strategy discussions with intensely focused jockeys. Crowds dressed up in their finest threads mill around, waiting impatiently for the race to begin. It’s a sport that dates back as far as the earliest Olympic Games.

The Cheltenham Festival becomes the center of the horse racing universe for four days every March, and it’s fast approaching.

Championship races come thick and fast throughout the Festival and there are plenty of chances to have a bet if a horse catches your eye. In this year’s main events at Cheltenham, what are the pros and cons that come with supporting market leaders? Let’s take a look.

It’s now less than two months to the biggest event in the U.K. jumps racing calendar – the Cheltenham Festival on March 12-15. The heavy racing schedule over the holidays normally has a big impact on the ante-post markets, and the last month has been no different. Indeed, several big-name horses had some disappointments, whereas others inserted themselves into the frame for Cheltenham’s biggest prizes. Below is a quick look at the current state of play for Cheltenham’s four feature races.

It’s just over 100 days until the U.K.’s most famous horse race, the Randox Health Grand National, gets underway, and there have already been some positive and some disappointing indicators that are helping to shape the betting markets for Europe’s most valuable national hunt race. Of course, there is still a long time to wait until April 6; but with each passing day, the contenders and betting become a little clearer.

If you’re a keen equestrian or just have a passion for betting on the racetrack, you might be wondering if you should name the newest addition to your family to reflect your favorite pastime! There are lots of wonderful human names for both boys and girls which are linked to horses, equestrianism, and horsemanship, so if you’re expecting a baby, you might want to have a look through our list to find inspiration for naming your little one.

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