With Ireland’s economy reeling, the number of national hunt fans traveling to the Cheltenham Festival is expected to take a dramatic dip. Those who can’t make it to the real thing will make the most of the Home Cheltenham, which lasts for the duration of the Festival and pumps a lot of badly needed liquidity into Irish merchants, money that otherwise would have been spent abroad. So even if your horse loses, your country still wins. Come to think of it, have another pint and your country wins too. ‘Tis a grand life. Read more.