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As the Cheltenham Festival is nearing, the excitement is increasing among racing fans. Presenting Percy and Native River are considered as top favorites while Might Bite could also win the important race. If you are a punter, then you will surely be flooded with Cheltenham betting offers and promotions from all the bookmakers. However, you can easily navigate the Cheltenham betting forest by using

Enjoy Cheltenham free bets from the top bookmakers of UK. You can also avail all the best offers, betting tips and predictions about all the Cheltenham races. Some bookmakers are giving the special offer of Non-Runner, No Bet for the festival. You can receive this offer with Betfred on the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle, Champion Hurdle, and Gold Cup races. Paddy Power is covering all the 28 races with this offer while Betfair is offering the Non-Runner, No Bet on all the Championship races.

Native River won the last year's Gold Cup and who is a top favorite to win this year as well. You can bet on Native to win the Gold Cup and receive 2/1 from Paddy Power. If you think that Might Bite (the King George winner) would win this year's race, then you should bet on him and receive 25/1 from Coral.  Betfair is giving 70/1 for Might Bite to win the coveted trophy. Additionally, you can enjoy £20 free bets with Coral while £40 risk-free bet will be yours if you select Paddy Power. You can also claim £100 in bet credits with Bet365.

1- Arkle

Arkle was the first racehorse who became hugely popular even among people outside the racing circle. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for three years in a row. He was given the Timeform rating of 212 which is the highest rating ever given to a steeplechaser. Only the Timeform rating of Flyingbolt (210) comes anywhere near his rating.

He got his name after a mountain in Sutherland called Arkle. Anne Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, was his owner while Pat Taafe rode him during his steeplechasing career.

Mill House was his great rival who beat him the first time for the 1963 Hennessy Gold Cup. Arkle got his revenge by winning the 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup by 5 lengths. He registered even a bigger victory over Mill House the next year. The difference was 20 lengths between the two racehorses at that time.

The racing world was shocked when Arkle claimed his third Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1966 by an unbelievable 30 lengths. Besides the three Gold Cups, he also won the Hennessy Gold Cup, King George VI Chase, and the Irish Grand National.  

2- Red Rum

Red Rum has a big name in the history of the Grand National. He rose from a life of obscurity and got himself among the ranks of great racehorses. In 1977, he achieved the historic treble by winning three Grand Nationals.

His 1973 Grand National victory was a huge surprise for everyone. Crisp was leading by 15 lengths at the last fence, and no one could have expected a victory for Red Rum at that point. Yet Red Rum came thundering to make the impossible happen.

Red Rum won the following year's Grand National too and came in second for the next two years. In 1977, he shocked the world by winning his third Grand National. Red Rum also won the 1974 Scottish Grand National.   

3- Best Mate

It looked like no racehorse could emulate Arkle's feat which he achieved in 1966.  Best Mate changed that view in 2004 by lifting his 3rd Gold Cup trophy in three consecutive years. He was one of the most loved horses in the UK.

He recorded a narrow victory in the 2002 Cheltenham Gold Cup when Commanche Court and See More Business grabbed second and third spots respectively. His victory in the next Gold Cup was more convincing as he left a gap of 10 lengths with the second finisher. In the 2004 Cheltenham Gold Cup, he faced very tough competition but managed to finish ahead of Sir Rembrandt and Harbour Pilot.

Best Mate also won King George VI Chase, Peterborough Chase, and the Ericsson Chase. The amazing horse never fell at a fence or a hurdle and finished first in 14 races while came in second in the other seven races. Henrietta Knight was his trainer while Jim Culloty rode him during his Gold Cup victories.

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