Cheltenham – Tips for your wardrobe & your wallet

This Friday I’m heading to Cheltenham for Gold Cup day. It’s the first time I’ve ever been and I cannot wait. I love a day at the races and find myself at Newbury at least once a year but Cheltenham on Gold Cup day is going to be something special. If you’re off to the festival yourself, I thought I’d pull together a few tips for both your wardrobe and your wallet.

Well when it comes to dressing for a day at the races I think the key is to try and avoid cliches and falling into the traps that so many of the banter boys tend to. Blokes can get a bit over excited for the races and end up wearing trousers that are perhaps just a little too tight and extenuated by sock-less feet and loafers. You want to avoid a cheap suit and the temptation (if there is one) to wear one of those shirts with different coloured collar and cuffs that match your tie. Finally, as much as I love a flat cap they are starting to become common place among “lads” at the races and I think I might steer clear but don’t shoot me if you see me sporting one! Unless you are actually a farmer or from the aristocracy I would avoid dressing head to toe in tweed. If in doubt I think the message is to not look or act like those no mark professional footballers who ended up urinating in plastic glasses on a balcony at the festival last year.

Tips for your wardrobe

So I think I’ll be going for something fairly formal but also understated. I won’t be plumping for a full on suit but instead a really nice pair of smart trousers from Reiss, perhaps a light coloured pair of Chinos like these…


With spring in the air I’d probably match it with a nice soft pink button down shirt from Reiss as well, but not worry about a tie.


To add a bit of glamour and go for something a bit special I can’t resist this faux fur collared camel coat from Topman…


Finally I’ll probably plump for a nice pair of brown brogues like these, again from Reiss…


Tips for your wallet


1.30pm: Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

Melon is getting well talked about and new customers can get him at 20/1 with Betfair but personally I am going to go for Bunk Off Early at 7/1.

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2.10pm: Racing Post Arkle Chase

Hard to see past Altior but I might have an EW punt on Royal Caviar. 

3.30pm: Stan James Champion Hurdle

I’m probably going to go for Yanworth here who will go off favourite, but Moon Racer is a shout as well.

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14:50 Ryanair Chase

Again hard to see past Douvan here but I might go EW on Vroum Vroum Mag.


15:30 Gold Cup

I had ante post bets on Native River to win and Cue Card EW before Thistlecrack got ruled out and I’m still very happy with both of those bets.

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What my mates are saying

I asked a few mates who enjoy a flutter what their best best of the week was and here is what they said…

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