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18 Mar 17 01:29
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The Friday night of the last day is horrible and Midlands national day (although a Saturday which would otherwise be something to look forward to) doesn't really help much.

Whether you've won or lost is beside the point for me and probably the many enthusiasts on forums like this, I think (at the risk of sounding melodramatic)it's because we invest so much emotionally in the weeks and months leading up to the event, day and night on here debating and exchanging views and then in a flash it's all over it takes a bit of time to get it out of your system. Anyway, roll on AintreeGrin
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Report unclepuncle March 18, 2017 7:02 AM GMT
My bank balance is glad it's over, but I'd happily go through it every week.
Still it's the anticipation and build up that make it what it is so roll on next year - already placed my first bet.Crazy
Report lewisham ranger March 18, 2017 9:02 AM GMT
Whether you've won or lost is beside the point for me

to some extent that's true, but you'd also like to win. I did five bets and lost them all. none of them even came close to winning. Well apart from melon I guess.

when that happens your immediate reaction is, did i spend weeks and months of my life looking forward to this? the whole thing seems ridiculously overblown and the races are so competitive, they're basically designed to steal your money.

I don't care what anyone says, it's very very hard to find winners. is that a good thing for a gambler? not sure.
Report impossible123 March 18, 2017 10:04 AM GMT
Feeling jaded (emotionally), and deflated not getting the winner of the GC even with three silver bullets at my disposal. Just need to recharge battery and be ready for the big races on the Flat (again).
Report rl91 March 18, 2017 10:32 AM GMT
I always take the week off work so the fact that I have to deal with the festival being over and going back to work on Monday is a double blow

Onwards to Aintree and Punchestown before a summer wind down(don't really follow the flat) and I look forward to the first posts in October informing me of the seasons next round of hot pot novices. This year I'll probably strap on a pair and back a couple at big prices instead of waiting just too long and thinking what if
Report Paterson92 March 18, 2017 11:22 AM GMT
Not yet, still getting over the hangover and bankruptcy. I'm sure that will change as of Monday morning in work though.
Report Deptford March 18, 2017 1:47 PM GMT
Its horrible, like when you land on way home from Vegas, was going to cheer myself up and go and see Millwall but thought better of it!! Will sit here and drink some Champagne and watch the races again, its not all about the betting for me, its the build up, the first race roar, the whole lot
Report equine flew March 18, 2017 2:53 PM GMT
Win or lose, I always feel a little releived it is all over and ready for a break.. Not sure if that is because of the racing or the drinking.

Very quiet for 3 weeks now, until I attend Aintree (Thurs and Friday).
Report equine flew March 18, 2017 2:53 PM GMT
Win or lose, I always feel a little releived it is all over and ready for a break.. Not sure if that is because of the racing or the drinking.

Very quiet for 3 weeks now, until I attend Aintree (Thurs and Friday).
Report bankit March 18, 2017 8:34 PM GMT
Only 1 winner all week for me, few places.... worst festival for years (betting wise ) .. you can't win em all.!!! had a blast at the course, met some new people that I'll hopefully meet again at future festivals.... but I'm glad it's over, I'm burnt out!!! the flat won't see much of my cash over summer and I'll be refreshed and ready to start again in October.... highlight of week for me was the rsa, dramatic finish and when course commentator announced the result of the photo he gave it a few seconds before declaring the winner, you could have heard a pin drop, magic!!
Report johnn March 18, 2017 9:11 PM GMT
Profitable week, but blues setting in tonight after beer soaked train journey back to Scotland. Reality tomorrow.
Report windsor knot March 18, 2017 10:27 PM GMT
not at all . used to go every day for 30 years but a much , much changed place now . one day does me and rest on ruk / local pub . lots to look forward to in the summer ; even if you don't like the flat there are days at cartmel for instance . for me ...roll on york .
Report Shrews March 19, 2017 2:19 PM GMT
Always finish work on the Friday before Cheltenham and go back to work on the Monday after. I am heads down dedicated to racing from the Imperial Cup through to the Midlands National and today is usually when reality kicks in.

Like a kid whose summer holidays have come to an end and his parents have called him indoors to get scrubbed up for first day back, today is just bloody depressing.

Give it a week and I'll be looking forward to the start of the flat and The Lincoln.

And let's not forget the famous words of Delboy Trotter "This time next year Rodders, we'll be millionaires."
Report MuayThaiClyde March 21, 2017 5:59 PM GMT
Went for all 4 days for the first time, the difference between days is quite stark.

The first 2 days feel more like a proper racing crowd, the other 2 see a very noticeable increase in the type of lads who say 'banter' a lot and take selfies in the gym.

Generally though it is good natured and I saw no real issues apart from a couple of roid monsters acting up in the Centaur dressed like hillbillies on the Thursday.

I do think Gold Cup day is just that little bit too busy now though so i'll be tempted to give it a miss next year.
Report Fenway April 10, 2017 7:08 PM BST
Used to go Wednesday to Friday, this year changed to Tuesday to Thursday. Enjoyed it much more.
Report "Were going to City twice" April 11, 2017 10:17 PM BST
Been to Aintree for 23 years running and went on the Tuesday / Weds of the festival for the first time this year. Only has tatts tickets but walked straight into club (without really realising) and found myself right at the back of the steps with no view at all (ten mins before first race).

Managed to make my way down on to the lawn and watched the first race before returning to the tatts for the rest of the meeting. I found it quite awkward navigating around the course, no obvious bars until we managed to locate the Guinness tents. The course seemed to cater more for the cooperate client which I was quite shocked at.

I managed to get a reasonable view for all the races and whilst I enjoyed the two days, it lacked a certain spark for me. This may have been due to very few hot pots going in and a lot of the favoured runners missing due to injury but I was a little disappointed by it all.

The crowd itself was quite different from Aintree (being a scouser myself) it was nice to mix with a lot of knowledgable racegoers instead of ones who just want to look the part.

Having said that, I much prefer Aintree from a viewing point of view and the ease of getting drinks, food etc. I would go back to Chelts again but maybe not for a few years.
Report duffy March 16, 2018 5:43 PM GMT
Is there a doctor in the houseSadSad
Report impossible123 March 16, 2018 5:48 PM GMT
I'm all geared up for the Flat season, then looking forward to seeing Might Bite in the King George Chase at Kempton. Bring it on!
Report unclepuncle March 16, 2018 6:39 PM GMT
I'm on too much of a high right now but a bit like the Slade song 'I wish it could be Cheltenham every week'. From the going market to the Grand Annual it was a brilliant Festival. I'm actually looking forward to a bit of time away from oddschecker and Betfair.

I now have some nice multiples running on from Cheltenham to the flat Classics so still much to look forward to.Grin
Report Storm Alert March 20, 2018 11:03 AM GMT
I used to get very down after Cheltenham; nowadays I've conditioned myself to look forward to Aintree where there are some excellent races over the three days.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 20, 2018 7:58 PM GMT

Starts in 356days 17hours & 32minutes
Report Deptford March 20, 2018 8:20 PM GMT
Yes, but Tesco and Sainsbury are doing buy 6 get 25% off Champagne, that has cheered me up
Report wondersobright March 20, 2018 8:24 PM GMT

plenty of good racing still to come

aintree, ayr, sandown, fairyhouse, punchestown

not to mention the flat starts this weekend

cheltenham is 4 good, high intensity, enjoyable days of racing but the overkill is tragic
Report Nogoody March 21, 2018 3:39 PM GMT
I console myself by vacuum-packing my Stg. Betting bank and winnings to be kept untouched until the November meeting. Roll on.
Report onehundredandeighty March 21, 2018 7:35 PM GMT
Have you not had the email from Chelters? Tickets are now on sale for next years fez Cool
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