The 2012 Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner and racing fans throughout the country are beginning to focus their attention on, what is held to be, one of the sporting calendars most captivating events.

The world’s greatest jump horses will be coming to Cheltenham in search of a place in the record books and the heroes from last year’s festival will be waiting in defense of their crowns after exhilarating victories last year.

The Festival is on the 13th to 16th March and it is expected that over 200,000 race fans from around the world will visit and more than £500 million will be gambled during that week.

The bookmakers have been offering antepost markets for the big races at Cheltenham for for some weeks now and there are some great specials on offer. Paddy Power have a money back special on the Racing Post Arkle Chase in which any losers will get their money back if Sprinter Sacre wins!

The Arkle Chase has always been a fiercely contested event and its well worth having a punt and even if the favorite does come in then you get your money back. Great!