Do Cheltenham jockeys and footballers have anything in common?

In may seem like a strange question to ask, if jockeys and footballers have much in common, but in the sporting sense they certainly do. While racing and football are clearly very different sports, and a footballer and jockey entirely different disciplines, when it comes to a winning mindset there are similarities. To be an elite sportsperson requires a very competitive nature, a natural talent and the ability to adapt to whatever sporting circumstances are thrown your way.

The Betway racing fun yet factual ‘Trading Places’ feature on what it takes to be a winning jockey, demonstrates the above cross over of mentality well. Riding your horse to victory in the big race is little different from the feeling of scoring a winning goal in a cup final. In the clip some of West Ham’s finest converse with racing great Katie Walsh over what it takes to prepare for and win the big occasion.

It’s perfectly timed for this years Cheltenham Festival, which has now once again come around. This year the Cheltenham Roar will sound loud and proud as all covid restrictions have now thankfully been lifted. Consequently it’s now all about the four days (with seven highly anticipated races per day) of the cream of the crop of racing, duking it out before the fans and punters, to see who comes out on top.

Like most racing fans I’m sure it’s the jewel in the crown that is the Cheltenham Gold Cup that you’re especially looking forward to. On the 18th we’ll get to see whether Minella Indo (currently 5/1) can make it back to back Gold Cup wins. Stiff competition is there from the likes of Galvin and A Plus Tard (both at 7/2). This, along with the entire Cheltenham Festival is bound to be unmissable. Place your bets now please!!