The first day of the Cheltenham Festival is the most anticipated day of the year for all horse racing enthusiasts and with less than 2 weeks to the big day punters and bookmakers alike are making plans for a week of outstanding racing and a typical carnival atmosphere .
The 2011 Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday 15th March with Centenary Day marking the 100th anniversary of the National Hunt Festival taking place at Prestbury Park on a permanent basis . This year each day of the meeting has a seperate theme and the Wednesday is Ladies Day where the women have the opportunity to parade themselves in the limelight in their finest winter gear .
The racing at Cheltenham of course always takes centre stage and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle is the feature race on the third day of the Festival which falls on St Patricks Day , a great traditional day and will feature a special St Patricks Day parade , live music and dancing and Irish Fashion Awards .
The final day of the meeting is Gold Cup Day with the Cheltenham Gold Cup the star attraction as the very best chasers in training battle it out for the top prize of the Festival .
Many of the races at this year’s Cheltenham Festival are very open and as usual there are bound to be a few suprise results but the Festival generally brings with it a host of new offers and concessions from bookmakers looking to encourage racegoers to open accounts with them .
By taking advantage of some of these free bet offers , shrewd punters are able to enjoy betting on many of the great Cheltenham races with very little or no risk .