Cheltenham Festival punters getting plastered by playing drinking game at home

Racing revellers are getting plastered on their sofas playing the Cheltenham Festival drinking game.

Punters may not have been able to attend this year's horse racing bonanza live due to anti-Covid laws.

But that has not stopped them getting into the spirit as they watch the famous festival on TV thanks to a head-spinning shots challenge.

The game was dreamed up by frustrated fans in an online racing forum.

They moaned though they could watch the festival on telly they would miss out on supping some of the 300,000 pints of Guinness normally necked at the course during the four-day bash.

To recreate the atmosphere they dreamed up an hilarious boozing competition punters could join in at home.

Viewers were told to neck a Guinness every time they backed a winner – and another if their horse lost.

Another pint had to go down whenever an ITV commentator mentioned no crowds'. Race fans had to sup a shot every time Irish champion jockey-turned-pundit AP McCoy used this trademark phraseso he does'.

More tipples were required whenever anyone referred to McCoy as champ'. And it was shots all round each time commentators mentionedthat special Thursday' in 2019 when Bryony Frost became the first woman jockey to win a Grade 1 Cheltenham Festival race on her famous horse Frodon.

Every Brit winner at an event increasingly dominated by Irish horses prompted a `double shot'.

While it was drinks all round whenever commentator Matt Chapman got excited over a horse's odds narrowly shortening.

One reveller who joined in wrote: "It's not for amateurs this – it's a pro's game. Not sure I'll see the day out.''

Another joked: "What festival?''

"Wobbly – switching over to Columbo,'' added another wag.

Rachael Blackmore was the toast of the opening day when she became the first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle as she romped home on 11-10 favourite Honeysuckle.

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Asked how she felt afterwards the 31-year-old said: "Absolutely incredible – I’m speechless to be honest. I really am. I can’t believe we just won a Champion Hurdle. It’s incredible.''

She will also have had stay-at-home fans celebrating when she finished third in the Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeplechase – on the aptly-named Captain Guinness.

Though fellow jockey Sean Flanagan may have driven a few bookies to drink after landing the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on Jeff Kidder – a rank outsider at odds of 80-1.

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