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Four punting pointers to help you have a profitable Cheltenham

It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

The Cheltenham Festival provides drama, interest and money making opportunities like no other. Over the four days there will be an estimated £800million exchanged across the bookmaking industry as punters go to war with the enemy.

Here’s four things to consider to help you come out smiling.

Rule One: Take advantage of all the free bets, offers and enhanced odds with various online bookmakers

Punters around this time of the year have never had it so good.

With such competitiveness for your custom, the offers being put on the table by bookmakers for the Festival are one to sit up and notice. In some cases it’s actually harder to lose money than win it such is the terms that some bookmakers offer up at this time of year.

Not only is it relevant for new customers, bookmakers regularly take each other on at this time of the year and offer up some juicy prices on horses they want to take on, which is a rare thing in the modern day. They want your custom and are willing to take an initial hit to get you onside.

Make sure you have accounts set up and funded with every bookmaker possible, and take advantage of all the offers, free bets and cashback over the four days.

Here’s our list of updated offers:

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Rule Two: Previous Cheltenham Festival form needs to be respected

Horses aren’t robots – like humans they have their own personalities. Some thrive in certain conditions and some don’t. This is especially relevant for the Festival, where previous form from previous meetings comes to fore time and time again.

Cheltenham is a unique track, which suits a certain type of horse – one that usually travels, jumps and also stays the trip. If you’re weighing up a couple of horses that look to have a fine chance, then go with the horse that has done it before at the Festival – it’s an edge that pays to follow.

Rule Three: Don’t be put off by the big field handicaps

Having to plough your way through 30 runners in a tightly contested handicap is a very arduous task – but don’t be put off by it.

Finding a winner or two over the four days in these types of races can make your week.

It’ll be worth the hard graft – trust me. Using a process of elimination to eradicate the no hopers in the race is a good place to start. Using trends regarding age and running style is a good place to start.

Rule Four: This is the most important rule for me. Don’t chase. Don’t chase. Don’t chase.

Discipline is absolutely key to making the Festival a profitable and enjoyable one. Four days of punting is a slog and emotions will run high and low on the Cheltenham rollercoaster.

Stick your plan, only bet what you can afford to lose and never go chasing after suffering a bad beat.

It’s what the bookmakers want you to do.

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