Fast-approaching the start of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, astute punters have already purchased their exclusive festival notepads from Hacked Up Gifts, jotting down the form of the stars who have caught their eye this season.
The numbers will be whittled down in the weeks before the curtain goes up at Prestbury Park but until then we have to take note of all the possible winners at any given chance with our convenient notebooks.
We caught up with the brainchild of Hacked Up Racing Gifts, Lloyd.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Lloyd. I’m from South Devon, England and I’m the owner of Hacked up. I work full time in a Commercial printing business. In my spare, if I’m not working on Hacked up, you will find me watching the Races or enjoying some Football….or eating. I love to cook and eat out as often as I can.
How did you get into racing?
I live in a small town called Newton Abbot. We have a Racecourse here, and lots of pubs, not much else. My local pub organised a coach trip up to Cheltenham one year and I’ve loved racing since.
How did the idea about the notebook come about?
Every year me and my mate like to have a few ante post bets and soak up all the offers the bookies give out before Cheltenham. I was fed up of having to search through all my different apps to keep up to date with what bets I had placed, and remembering which horses I had already backed etc. So, I thought I would make us some little Notebooks to keep us more organised. We could now flick through our books race by race and see what we had bet on, what offers we had used and what betting firms our bets were placed on, simple really.
What benefits do you get from the notebook?
As above, you can keep track of your bets and what horses you have backed so far. I find it really handy to start noting down the eye catchers as soon as the Jumps season starts, it makes it easier to follow and try map out what race your horses will target if they end up at the Festival. Now we have added previous winners and festival trends, this will hopefully help us pick up some more winners.
How much does the book cost?
The book is available for £9 however we run lots of offers throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled. 3 Furlongs out users can use the code 3FO25 at the checkout for 25% off their orders.
Order your notebook – click here
What other products do you sell?
Other than the Notebooks. I sell Mugs, Coasters, Mouse mats and Travel Mugs. I’m currently working on making Ties. I’m trying to get these ready before the festival. In the next few months I will also have pocket squares and socks available.
Give us a few to follow at the festival?
This year is extra tricky. I love Buveur D’air, but I think he may get beat. I will give you an each way lucky 15 for the festival.
Champion Hurdle – Sharjah
RSA – Vinndication
Ultima H/cap – Beware the Bear
Stayers Hurdle – Kilbricken Storm.
Please visit www.hackedup.co.uk to order your notebook in time for the festival preview evenings.