The biggest festival week of the year in British horse racing gets underway next week as the world of sports betting and horse racing collide in a town that is actually physically asleep for the rest of the year.
Aside from speculating as to what Paddy Power’s stunt will be at this year’s festival and deciding who to hedge your bets on in the Gold Cup, there’s one other distraction that is the bane of most people’s lives – snow.
Whether it’s simply because we haven’t had any this year so far or that they’ve been studying the weather patterns like a pre-pubescent Michael Fish, Boylesports are proud to offer odds on whether we’ll see a white Cheltenham Festival this year.
“The British weather is always unpredictable but as unthinkable as it sounds, people will be taking the threat of snow seriously down at Prestbury Park,” said Boylesports.com Public Relations Executive, Nicola McGeady.
It’s not the first time that the Cheltenham course has had to worry about the weather after day two in 2008 was cancelled due to high winds at the course.
McGeady continued, “Everybody will be hoping for four days of fantastic racing but the weather could play a major part in proceedings next week.”
Boyles are offering 12/1 that snow falls at any point throughout the four day spectacular and with rain being forecast it may be worth a cheeky £10 bet. It does make you wonder that if they offered an each way bet on it, what would you get for the other way?