#Cheltfest

By Lewis Wiltshire

Twitter takes you to the heart of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the biggest weeks of the year for horse racing enthusiasts across the UK and Ireland.

Cheltenham Races (@CheltenhamRaces) and The Jockey Club (@TheJockeyClub) will be tweeting with the official hashtag #CheltFest throughout the event, which takes place from the 12-15 March. Hashtags join conversations together and help you discover new content on Twitter.

Here’s a Tweet from earlier today from the organisers as they prepare for the Festival:

@TheJockeyClub will be a great source of content throughout the Festival, with news, results, photos, and audio interviews from race goers, trainers and former jockeys. The Jockey Club account will also use the hashtag #OHCheltFest for reporting snippets of overheard conversation.

The BBC, which broadcasts all 27 races from Cheltenham on Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, kicked off their coverage last week with #CheltPreview, a Twitter only preview night, via @PaddockPreview, a new Twitter account for the occasion. BBC Sport (@BBCSport) will be tweeting about Cheltenham, as will BBC horse racing experts Cornelius Lysaght (@CorneliusRacing) and Frank Keogh (@HonestFrank).

And naturally, with the TV coverage being on Channel 4, the main C4 presenter and nation’s favourite Clare Balding (@ClareBalding) will provide followers with updates from the festival, alongside @Channel4Racing.

Who to Follow:

Official accounts
The Jockey Club (@TheJockeyClub)
Cheltenham Races (@CheltenhamRaces)

Trainers
Mick Fitzgerald (@mickfitzg)
Paul Nicholls (@PFNicholls)
Donald McCain (@donaldmccain)
Philip Hobbs (@PJHobbs1)
David Pipe (@davidpiperacing)
Charlie Longsdon (@CharlieLongsdon)
Willie Mullins (@WillieMullinsNH)

Jockeys 
Tony McCoy (@AP_McCoy)
Ruby Walsh (@Ruby_Walsh)
Robert Thornton (@choc_Thornton)
Sam Twiston-Davies (@samtwiston)
Katie Walsh (@KatieWalsh9)

Media
Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing)
Clare Balding (@ClareBalding)
The Racing Post (@racingpost)
Cornelius Lysaght (@CorneliusRacing)
Frank Keogh (@HonestFrank)
Chris Cook (@claimsfive)
Greg Wood (@greg_wood_)
Nick Luck (@NickLuck)