When it comes to trying to pick out some Cheltenham winners, looking through the history books can often be a useful guide.

They can help you to spot trends regarding the profile of horses that win certain races, or maybe certain trainers have an excellent record in a particular race.

Take the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, for example. It is a race which has been run seven times and, for the past six renewals, been won by jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins with the mare Quevega. Now that Quevega is retired, you might want to look at who will be representing the Walsh/Mullins combination this time.

Alternatively, the RSA Chase has been used as a stepping stone for the last two winners of the Gold Cup – Bobs Worth and Lord Windermere.

Using historical data can really inform your betting choices, even more so when you are using a specialised betting app for your betting and trading.

If you like to play the exchanges at the Cheltenham Festival with providers such as Betfair, then it is possible to examine the data from previous Festivals to boost your prospects of success.

You can see how a market has reacted in a particular race at the Festival. This will give you the chance to see what the best in-running strategy may be for a certain race. For example, certain races may favour front-runners.

Or, if you fancy a particular horse, you can have a look back at that horse’s performance on the exchanges throughout its career. If it has run at the Festival before as well, then you can gauge what the best approach would be regarding the best time to back or lay that selection.

And, to make sure your betting strategy is primed and ready to go for the Festival, you can spend time beforehand doing a little experimenting by placing some virtual bets.

All this should ensure that, by the time the Festival starts, you’re in the best position possible to make money from your selections.