Cheltenham Festival Tips, Predictions & Betting Odds

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The Cheltenham Festival is unique. There’s major international race meetings such as the Breeders Cup, Melbourne Cup, Dubai Carnival and Royal Ascot but ‘Cheltenham’ and Cheltenham betting is something you have probably never heard of while being a bigger spectacle prompting enormous betting turnover.

Exclusively for horses who race over ‘jumps’ – either small hurdles or big fences – with race distances ranging from 2-miles up to 3-miles seven furlongs, it’s estimated that £700 million ($1,195 million CAD) will be wagered on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and the on-track attendance in 2018 was 262,000 horse racing fans spread over four days of action and 28 races.

National Hunt racing, the term used for horse racing over obstacles, is geared around the Cheltenham Festival. Put simply, all roads lead to Cheltenham and every major race during the season beforehand is pretty much considered to be a prep-race by owners, trainers and form experts.

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Cheltenham Betting Offers

Keep your eyes peeled for ‘Price Boosts’ offered by the major online bookmakers and, naturally, always shop around for the best possible prices as this will definitely increase your chances of winning in the long run.  

Most UK online sportsbooks will offer Cheltenham free bet concessions for people unlucky enough to have their horse beaten in a photo finish, fall at the final fence, or simply finish second to the SP favourite.

Also looks out for Price Boosts for big margin winners and free bets for finding a winner at a price of 4/1 or bigger. Bet365 are exceptional for this.

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Cheltenham Betting Tips and Predictions

There’s been a few French trained runners and winners at the Cheltenham Festival but, essentially, the action will involve just two nations, Great Britain and Ireland. In recent years the Irish runners have had the better record plundering more race victories and claiming some of the biggest races.

You can bet on which nation has the most winners (known as the Prestbury Cup) and we predict it will be Ireland again in 2019 with trainers Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott enjoying a glut of winners.

We are also tipping at least two defending champions in one of the four major races to retain their crown. That’s Native River in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Buveur d’Air in the Champion Hurdle, Altior in the Champion Chase and/or Penhill in the Stayers Hurdle.

Cheltenham Betting Odds

The glory of the Cheltenham Festival is the build-up. The moment the horses cross the line in the 4 main Championship races, betting odds are in place for the following year’s races.

Around the turn of Christmas bookmakers tend to remove the ‘ante post’ rules from these markets (meaning if your horse does not run you lose your money) and make them ‘Non Runner No Bet’ (NRNB). This sees betting on the Cheltenham Festival races go into a frenzy and Cheltenham betting odds can and do fluctuate wildly as trainers make plans as to which races their horses will be aimed at.

Unquestionably betting on Cheltenham early will give you the best chance of getting the top prices and in this day and age of ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ you would be mad not to take an early fixed-price. There is nothing to be gained (and a lot to lose) by simply placing your bets at official starting price (SP).

Champion Hurdle Bet365 – Antepost Odds

Champion Chase Bet365 – Antepost Odds

Ryanair Chase Bet365 – Antepost Odds

Stayers’ Hurdle Bet365 – Antepost Odds

Cheltenham Gold Cup Bet365 – Antepost Odds

Cheltenham Live Streaming

Place a small bet on a horse in any Cheltenham betting race and you will be eligible to watch the race for free with most major UK facing online sportsbooks. There’s also a subscription TV channel called Racing TV.

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Cheltenham Schedule

Here is the full schedule:

Day 1


 Champion Day Races – Cheltenham Day 1 Tuesday 12th March

13.30  Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race Hurdle
14.10  Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase Chase
14.50  Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Chase
15.30  Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Hurdle
16.10  David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle Race Hurdle
16.50  National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Chase
17.30  Novices’ Handicap Chase Chase

Day 2


 Ladies Day Races – Cheltenham Day 2 Wednesday 13th March

13.30  Neptune Novices’ Hurdle Race Hurdle
14.10  RSA Steeple Chase Chase
14.50  Coral Cup ( A Handicap Hurdle Race) Hurdle
15.30  Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase Chase
16.10  Cross Country Steeple Chase Chase
16.50  Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Hurdle
17.30  Champion Bumper Bumper

Day 3


 St. Patrick’s Day Races – Cheltenham Day 3 Thursday 14th March

13.30  JLT Novices’ Chase Chase
14.10  Pertemps Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) Hurdle
14.50  Ryanair Steeple Chase Chase
15.30  Stayers’ Hurdle Hurdle
16.10  Festival Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) Chase
16.50  Mares Novices’ Hurdle Hurdle
17.30  Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase Chase

Day 4


 Gold Cup Day Races – Cheltenham Day 4 Friday 15th March

13.30  JCB Triumph Hurdle Hurdle
14.10  County Handicap Hurdle Race Hurdle
14.50  Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race Hurdle
15.30  Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
16.10  Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup Chase
16.50  Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Hurdle
17.30  Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup Chase

Bet365 Offers for Cheltenham

Bet365 bookmakers always excel when it comes to Cheltenham betting offers. With the Cheltenham Festival being such a big occasion they often devise daily special offers which are not dropped on the betting public until the eve of the meeting or race-day itself.

Most bet365 Cheltenham betting offers reward both winning customers and unlucky losers with free bets and cash refunds.

Cheltenham 2019 Runners

Presenting Percy

Trainer: Patrick G Kelly | Age: 8 | Jockey: Davy Russell

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Native River

Trainer: Colin Tizzard | Age: 9 | Jockey: Richard Johnson

Buveur D’air

Trainer: Nicky Henderson | Age: 8 | Jockey: Barry Geraghty


Trainer: Kayley Woollacott | Age: 7 | Jockey: Richard Johnson


Trainer: Amy Murphy | Age: 6 | Jockey: Jack Quinlan

+1600 for Kalashnikov to Win the JLT Novice Chase
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Apples Jade

Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Age: 7 | Jockey: Jack Kennedy


Trainer: Nicky Henderson | Age: 9 | Jockey: Nico de Boinville

+1400 for Altior to Win the Ryanair Chase
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Tiger Roll

Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Age: 9 | Jockey: Davy Russell


Trainer: Willie Mullins | Age: 8 | Jockey: Paul Townend

+700 for Penhill to Win the Stayers Hurdle
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Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Age: 7 | Jockey: Jack Kennedy


Trainer: Willie Mullins | Age: 7 | Jockey: Ruby Walsh

Might Bite

Trainer: Nicky Henderson | Age: 7 | Jockey: Nico de Boinville

+1600 for Might Bite to Win the Gold Cup
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Trainer: Willie Mullins | Age: 7 | Jockey: Paul Townend

Verdana Blue

Trainer: Nicky Henderson | Age: 7 | Jockey: Nico de Boinville

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Cheltenham Festival FAQ

The Cheltenham Festival is one of Europe’s biggest horse race meetings and unquestionably the premier betting event amongst all sports. Tens of thousands of Irish racing fans make the journey across Irish Sea in an annual pilgrimage to the venue (Prestbury Park in western England) and combined they will drink over a quarter-of-a-million pints of Guinness over the four days racing.
The Cheltenham Festival is always staged towards the end of the second week of March and always starts on a Tuesday. In 2019 that means 12th to 15th March inclusive. The highlight of the opening day is the Unibet sponsored Champion Hurdle, the showpiece Gold Cup is staged on the final day of the meeting. There is a ‘Championship race’ showcasing the days racing on every day although every Cheltenham Festival race generates massive betting turnover and bets of £25,000 ($42,000 CAD) are commonplace at the track.
Cheltenham’s Prestbury Park racecourse stages numerous two day meetings but the Cheltenham Festival now last four days in total. The Festival meeting was first staged way back in 1860.
Alas, neither the Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot or the Epsom Derby constitute ‘public holiday’ status. But countless people take the Festival week off work especially in Ireland. Such is the popularity of the Festival the former Irish currency, the Punt, used to drop in value every March as countrymen purchased British Pounds in preparation for their trip to England to place Cheltenham Festival bets.
For many years Ruby Walsh was the jockey to follow. The Irishman was the leading rider at the Festival nine times between 2008 and 2017 plus he was also the most successful jockey in 2004 and 2006. He claimed an amazing seven winners in 2009 and 2016 thanks to his association with trainer Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins. The Paul Nicholls stable is not as strong as it once was and the emerging Gordon Elliott does not use Ruby Walsh, so it could be worth siding with two of his jockeys, Davy Russell or Bryan Cooper in 2019.