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27 Feb 13 14:15
Date Joined: 08 Apr 09
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How much does evryone spend on the greatest Show on turf?

Do you allow yourself so much a day?
Do you bet singly on evry race?
Do you spend most of your cash on multiple bets?
Do you invest lots into tHe placepot?
Do you stay away from certain races?

Just intrigued to find some strategies on how best to spread your bets...ive been betting on the cheltenham festival since 2007, more serously the lasr couple of years.
The festival has been profitable last couple of years,i find lots of winners but The winners end upbeing on different multiple bets. Soi feel with a few tweaks the festival could be very more profitable for me.

Look forward to hearing how you spend your festival bank. ExcitedPlain
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Report GAZO February 27, 2013 2:28 PM GMT
bet on every race from small interest bets to larger bets on strongly fancied horses,do a placepot every day and do a few multiple bets over the four days not over a single day.
Report Graeme83 February 27, 2013 2:37 PM GMT
I'm a risk taker. No ante post wins equates to me not having a bean to place another bet.
Report duffy February 27, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
I have a strict plan set in place which I  religiously stick to right up to the point where I start losing!!
Report Ballydoyle February 27, 2013 2:43 PM GMT
I'm not that much of a fan of National Hunt racing as it is far too unpredictable compared to flat racing but the Cheltenham Festival, to my mind, is the easiest 4 days of the year. (here goes 50 posts about how it isn't lol)

80% of the money is made on the non handicaps where the trends stand up and there are only a handful of serious contenders. If you do your homework you can spot these quite easily plus those that are up against it despite being strong favs (this year Dynaste and Oscar Whisky have got it to do for me)

20% is made on handicaps via spotting the plots.

In my opinion anyway.

I've waded in to the Arkle, Champ Hurdle, Neptune, RSA, Champ Chase, Ryanair, Gold Cup from a few months ago but will not look at the handicaps until 5 day declaration stage at the earliest and even then it will probably be when the overnights come out.

I have never ever done a Lucky 15 in my life but I am going to this year
Report Fallen Angel February 27, 2013 2:48 PM GMT
As its traditionally been one of the toughest jumps meetings around surely the best strategy must be to have as few bets as possible with the ones you fancy being a decent size (whatever that means to the individual punter). The one thing you can rely on is the strength of the betting market so if you can play bigger knowing the bet will be accepted at the price.

I am not sure that having a bet in every race is the way forward, if just a £5 maybe but with the races as tough as they are maximum fields for the handicaps and horses all primed to win its hard work when you haven't analysed each race in detail.

The one thing punters do have massively in the favour is the flood of money backs, enhanced and specials that are thrown around. If you can make them pay there' a bit of free cash being passed on by bookmakers looking to get a new punter or two.
Report xmoneyx February 27, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
£50 a day

e/w lucky31
Report gutfeeling February 27, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
LaughLaughLaugh Excellent post Duffy
Report Ming_the_Merciless February 27, 2013 3:45 PM GMT
4 quid on the placepot, 8x50p lines.

if anything all the enjoyment I get from forum reading and form work is shown with the money I have made in that bet alone :)

Turnover approx 100 quid a day. Don't do multiples apart from eway doubles.... I'm a sucker for outragious forecast bets that chip away at my bankroll at 2 quid a pop..... and the more drunk I get the more ridiculous they become.Crazy

I usually go to the festival with 2 or 3 really strong fancies and I press up or back off according to their results.
Report Ekbalco February 27, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
Report duffy February 27, 2013 4:39 PM GMT
and if you do that lot you'll have to start chasing on a couple of outsiders in the arkle!Wink
Report jasey February 27, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
4 grand pot the 4 days.
Grands worth of ante post bets(£40 per point/ selection in every race)
Report ReaseHeath February 27, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
I do tend to bet on all the races (though I'll struggle to get too involved in the Cross Country race, the Bumper and the Mares Hurdle). Cheltenham, Aintree and Royal Ascot are the only meetings all year where I do that.

I'll have a daily limit of £100 for placepot and always do 10p lines - allows me to cover more horses at one of the most competitive meetings of the year and you increase the opportunity for multiple winning lines.

Going on the Wed and Thurs this year and will attempt to have all my business done before I leave home on the Wednesday morning (except the placepots obviously) - might keep a couple of bets back for on course as much for the banter with my mates as anything.

Trick then is obviously not to start having more bets on course if things are going badly!

Experience has taught me not to panic if things don't go my way early in the week - it's a marathon not a sprint.

Hardly do any antepost and have done less than ever this year but there are some good contributors with opinions worth listening to on the forum hence why I'm here.
Report Steamship February 27, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
Similar to ReaseHeath I have a different set of rules for this Festival. I do bet in all the races and in most of the Handicaps I bet more than 1 horse. I use Paul Jones trends, look at Mark Howard's book and check the tips from the RP. The past few years have been really good to me at Cheltenham.
Report FOYLESWAR February 27, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
i have a fair few bets on here over the months leading up to the festival ,and will have more when  nrnb comes into effect! i try to have a fair sized bank for the handicaps and novice races ,i tend  to avoid the crosscountry and the bumper and i usually have a few quid on seagals selections as the market is strong as you can get the prices ! last few festivals have worked out well !
Report yeast February 27, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
Cracked open the terramundi last night: £800 plus about £150 worth of AP.
Report alleged22 February 27, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
i try to form an opinion as soon as possible, i pick 3 0r 4 horses and back them as much as i can, win lose or draw trust my own judgement!, i then take chances on horses with multiple entries and try and guess which race they will contest (dynaste jewson 1st lieutenant ryanair and african gold pertemps) are a few examples this year, i then try to decipher the value in the handicaps and bet accordingly, i always like to do a fair few E/W trebles and most my betting is done antepost, but i do keep back some to cover on the day, appox spend antepost so far £900 i avoid the x country and mares and the WH usually but its actually a race to have a bet on this year Happy
Report bluebirdfan February 28, 2013 10:22 AM GMT
My antepost book is stupidly empty compared to most years so going to have to bet more on the day this year. Will have a bet in every race
Report xmoneyx February 28, 2013 11:28 AM GMT
Is is only RUK that's showing every race?
Report Makybe_Diva February 28, 2013 4:11 PM GMT
I think so, money.

Hopefully C4 will be showing 5 races each day, as they did last year.
Report ronnie rails February 28, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
just looked at my ledger for this years festival, first 3 bets I've laid 20 ponies my tent or yours supreme, 20 ponies Empircle in the bumper and 500/2 simonsig in the arcle.

when you go to bed tonight say a pray for Ronnie
Report xmoneyx February 28, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
Hope you dodging bullets Love
Report IanD83 February 28, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
About 50 a day I guess. Do an 8 or so line placepot. Might chuck in a lucky 15 or something for pennies stakes for fun.

Arkle,Champ Hurdle,RSA,QMCC,Ryanair,WH,GoldCup,Triumph,Neptune: Main bets as normally I will have seen the principles races during the season. No ATR or Racing UK for me :/ If there is a very short priced favourite who I fancy to defo win (eg Sprinter Sacre, annual Bucksy procession) I leave the race alone unless there is something stupidly overpriced e/w which I fancy for a place.

Supreme: Normally got a couple I can't split. Back both and pray.

Mares: No bet. Just watch Quevega smash up and clap. May change in future ;)

CrossCountry: a small ew bet on something for fun. No real conviction on this race as a general rule really but can be a good spectacle from middle of the course.

NH Chase, Bumper, Jewson, Foxhunters, Bartlett: Small ew on something.

All Handicaps: Take on a race per race basis. Depends if something sticks out as well handicapped/or sometimes I'll just back an old fave as I'm a sentimental idiot.

Just what works for me I guess, just love the racing!
Report jimmy777 February 28, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
Heres my plan

I bet about £25-£50 every Saturday of the National Hunt season. Any returns I use in antepost bets. ie if i end up with a tenner I bet on chelt, if i win £200 i bet it on Cheltenham.

This has given me £1,280 worth of antepost exposure. I then add £100 a day over the festival.

So i never take a penny all year till after Cheltenham.

Its about now that the excitement starts to interfere with my sleep!!
Report IanD83 February 28, 2013 10:29 PM GMT
That's a fun piggy bank!
Report .Fidway. March 1, 2013 6:36 PM GMT
jimmy777.whats the main ante post bet for you?
Report robbo69 March 1, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
On those numbers jimmy sounds like you need to find a few winners cos your already at least £20 down on your minimum saturday stake.
Report Makybe_Diva March 2, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
I will be having a very small bet in the last race of each day so that I can watch online.

I've just been having a look and it all looks different from last year.
Report marychain1 March 2, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
I normally have about £400-£800 worth of antepost bets but I have been very restrained this year and haven't had a single one.
My bank for the four days would normally be £1000 or so, including beer, food taxis etc.

This year my bank for the first three days will be £100, and there wont be any beer, food or taxis because I'll be watching it at home.
I get paid on GC Friday and it includes a backdated payrise, so I'm heading to the usual Gold Cup pub in central Liverpool and my spend on booze and punting will increase accordingly.
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