Bookmakers gear up for Cheltenham Festival

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Bookmakers across Derbyshire are gearing up for what is set to be one of the busiest days of the horse racing calender as the world famous Cheltenham Festival gets underway this afternoon.

With thousands of people expected at the West Country racecourse and even more betting from home over the next four days bookmakers across the county can expect increased business as racing fever hits with a staggering £6billion expected to be wagered across the festival’s 28 races.

Today will feature what is arguably the most important hurdle race of the festival and the season as a whole, the Stan James Champion Hurdle which takes place at 3.20pm this afternoon with horses Hurricane Fly and My Tent or Yours hot favourites for a first placed finish.


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