That’s right, Cheltenham Festival 2012 is off to a flying start as the crowds enthusiastically scream at an alarming decibel level at the start of today’s first race the William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Just how loud is it this year? You’ll need to ask Chris and Alex who’ll be watching today’s races from the front line.

If, like me, you’re in the unlucky majority who haven’t been able to make it down to Gloucestershire today you can watch it online on Bet365 (just click on the live streaming option in the top right hand corner).

Crowds at the Cheltenham Festival

Before placing your bets on today’s races make sure to check out Sportsbook Guardian’s comprehensive guide on the festival. There you’ll find a detailed guide on how to bet on each race, we discuss trends for all the past races which you’ll need to pick a winner.

Not only that but we also have some great free bet offers from the leading bookmakers so why not check out these leading bookmakers after you’ve madeyour selections: Bet365 £200 free bets, BetVictor £25 free bet, and Stan James £150 free bets.

Champion Day Fixtures

13:30 William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+, Class 1, 2m 110y, 33 runners)

14:05 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade 1) (5yo+, Class 1, 2m, 10 runners)

14:40 JLT Specialty Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+, Class 1, 3m 110y, 41 runners)

15:20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (4yo+, Class 1, 2m 110y, 10 runners)

16:00 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country) (5yo+, Class 2, 3m 7f, 28 runners)

16:40 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson trophy) (Grade 2) (4yo+, Class 1, 2m 4f, 24 runners)

I’m a fairly recent newcomer to the world of gambling. Having landed a job at Hyperion my induction to betting began and just a month later in April 2010 I placed my first bet.

As you may have guessed this was for the Grand National. I walked into my local bookie and placed an exciting £1 stake on Character Building to win; hopeful that Nina Carberry would be the first female jockey to win the Grand National and simultaneously launching my betting career with a bang.

I stuck around the betting shop to watch my horse come in 7th.

Oh well, there’s never a last race.

Aferdita Pacrami+

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