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What to Look for in Your Mobile App Ahead of the Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is the biggest week of the year in horse racing. The meeting in Gloucestershire takes place over four days and it sees the leading horses, jockeys, and trainers compete across 28 races.

With the build-up to this year’s Cheltenham Festival meeting well underway, here is a guide to what to look for in the best mobile apps ahead of the event.

Offers and Promotions

Betting is already available on each of the 28 races at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, including the feature race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, where Galopin des Champs is the 4/6 favourite. Those looking to place a bet should look out for the mobile apps that offer a Cheltenham Festival free bet for the meeting. For example, new customers with bet365 who place £10 on horse racing can get £50 in free bets.

Mobile gaming sites offer generous free bets and promotions on the Cheltenham Festival as they compete against each other to get new customers. Many offer rewards across the four days so punters should keep their eyes peeled for the best of these.


Those who are on the move during the Cheltenham Festival may want to watch the races on their mobile devices. Most of the races will be available free to stream on ITV X, while Racing TV, a subscription channel, has coverage of all 28 races across the week.

Some of the best mobile sportsbook apps also offer streaming of the Cheltenham Festival. Users may need to place a bet on their app to qualify so they need to check the terms and conditions ahead of the race they want to watch.

Race Form

Access to race form is vital for the Cheltenham Festival and other major meetings. With horses from the UK, Ireland, and France, it is important to compare their form to conclude who might win each race.

Some mobile apps allow horse enthusiasts to watch back previous races, read race comments, and get stats such as the jockey’s recent form. For example, the Jockey Club runs its own racecourse app to keep horse fans informed ahead of the meeting.

Mobile Games

Interest in the sport is often hyped on the back of playing one of the leading mobile racing games on Google Play or App Store. One of these is iHorse Racing, a game that is completely free to download. This allows gamers the chance to ride a horse in a race, become a trainer, and experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The latest addition of iHorse Racing was released in September 2023, so it features some of the horses that are likely to run at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival. Many racing fans look forward to the new edition of the game every year, and with tweaks to their graphics and simulation, it appears to improve every time.

Tickets are still available for the Cheltenham Festival in 2024 and they can be purchased as eTickets, so racegoers don’t need to worry about having them posted in time for the meeting in March.

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