Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips

Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips

The Cheltenham Festival is the biggest horse racing event of the year. With 4 days of racing at one of the best courses in the country, it’s no surprise that racing fans look forward to March every single year. Here at Bet UK, we’ve got a complete guide to the Cheltenham Festival, as well as betting tips for every race. Make sure to check back to our online blog closer to the Festival for a full list of tips each day.

Cheltenham Day 4 Betting Tips

After a less successful day on Day 3, we are hoping to end the Cheltenham Festival with some wins on Gold Cup day. Yesterday we were treated to a remarkable 50/1, 66/1, 40/1 tricast in the 4:50, but hopefully everything goes a bit smoother today! We are sticking with the Lucky 15 tactic for todays racing. That means we only need 2 winners to end the day in profit.

1:30 - JCB Triumph Hurdle

We start the day off with an odds on favourite in the JCB Triumph Hurdle. Although we’ve normally looked for the value throughout the week, it’s hard to look past Sir Erec. Since switching trainer to Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Sir Erec has won 2 of 2, including a win at Leopardstown where it looked like he hardly broke a sweat. Quel Destin will likely be his closest competition but this will be one of the few times he has stepped up to Class 1, so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

Sir Erec - 10/11*

2:10 - Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle

The County Handicap Hurdle is typically very wide open and this year is no different. With a huge selection of horses in with a shout, this is the one when we will look for an each way shout. Crooks Peak is who we are backing today, after 3 wins in his last 3. His last win at Newbury came at this level and he looks like he has more to give. This will be his first Cheltenham Festival appearance, but with Richard Johnson on his back, he will be fine.

Crooks Peak - 10/1*

3:30 - Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the whole festival and this year, there is an incredible field fighting for Cheltenham’s biggest prize. We are looking for experience in this one and there are few that have been around as long as Thistlecrack. He might not be the horse he once was, but on his day he is capable of beating anyone. His age and recent form have pushed his price out perhaps further than it should be, but we all know what he is capable of. If we see the best Thistlecrack today, then it will be a cracking race.

Thistlecrack - 14/1*

4:50 - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase

Our final tip of the Festival comes in the 4:50 Challenge Cup Handicap Chase. Another wide open race will help to round off an incredible Festival, and what better way to end than with a win. Last year’s winner Le Prezien is racing again but his form has not impressed. Instead, we will be backing Not Another Muddle. Jamie Moore will be riding him, and has found success in 4 of his previous 6 races on the horse. With good form and a jockey who knows how to get the best out of him, he will be one to watch.

Not Another Muddle - 11/2*

Cheltenham Festival Betting at Bet UK

At Bet UK, we offer the latest horse racing betting odds on all Cheltenham Festival races. Right now, we offer Ante Post markets on a selection of the races during the Festival, but as the races draws closer, we will have best odds guaranteed on all races each day. While you wait for the Cheltenham Festival to ge underway, our online betting has odds for races up and down the country every day.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Schedule

Tuesday 12th March

Time Race Grade Length
1:30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle 1 2m 110y
2:10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase 1 2m
2:50 Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase 3 3m 110y
3:30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 1 2m 110y
4:10 OLBG Mares' Hurdle 2 2m 4f
4:50 JT McNamara National Hunt Chase - 4m
5:30 Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase - 2m 4f 110y

Wednesday 13th March

Time Race Grade Length
1:30 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 1 2m 5f
2:10 RSA Steeple Chase 1 3m 110y
2:50 Coral Cup Hurdle 3 2m 5f
3:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 1 2m
4:10 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase - 3m 7f
4:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 3 2m 110y
5:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper 1 2m 110y

Thursday 14th March

Time Race Grade Length
1:30 JLT Novices' Chase 1 2m 4f
2:10 Pertemps Network Final - 3m
2:50 Ryanair Chase 1 2m 5f
3:30 Sun Bet Stayers Hurdle 1 3m
4:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate 3 2m 4f
4:50 Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle 2 2m 1f
5:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase - 3m 1f 110y

Friday 15th March

Time Race Grade Length
1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle 1 2m 1f
2:10 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle 3 2m 1f
2:50 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 3 2m 1f
3:30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup 1 3m 2f 110y
4:10 St James' Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup - 3m 2f 110y
4:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle - 2m 4f 1107
5:30 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase 3 2m 110y

Jockeys at the Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is the first huge event of the calendar and jockeys will be coming to the Festival from around the world. On the biggest stage, jockeys can make a name for themselves or add to an already illustrious career. You can find out more about Cheltenham Festival jockeys on our dedicated blog, but here are 3 you should look out for.

Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh is one of the most successful ever jockeys to grace the Cheltenham Festival. Walsh has won over 150 times at Cheltenham, including taking home the Top Jockey accolade in 8 of the last 10 Festivals. Walsh is expected to choose Laurina from Willie Mullins’ extensive stable. Laurina currently sits as second favourite for the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle, just behind Buveur d’Air.

Barry Geraghty

Although Ruby Walsh might have taken home the Top Jockey in recent years, Barry Geraghty is right behind him with 23 Festival winners since 2009. Only Ruby Walsh has more. A winner in the Champion Hurdle on Buveur d’Air last year, he is much fancied to win the same race in 2019. .

Nico De Boinville

Starting his professional racing career in 2014, Nico De Boinville has emerged as one of horse racing’s most prolific racers. His Cheltenham Festival career got off to a perfect start, with a 2015 Gold Cup win when riding 7/1 outsider Coneygree, beating the likes of Silviniaco Conti, Djakadam and Holywell. Winning the Arkle in 2017 on Altior, he will be expecting to ride him again at this year’s Festival and will undoubtedly have a strong run.

Trainers at the Cheltenham Festival

While the jockeys might get a lot of the plaudits on the day at the Cheltenham Festival, the behind the scenes work by the trainers is the reason for most of the successes. You can take a look at our top Cheltenham Festival trainers on our blog, but here are 3 trainers to consider following in this year's Festival.

Nicky Henderson

Trainer to two of the top jumps horses around at the moment, Nicky Henderson is almost guaranteed to produce a couple of winners at every event he enters into. Buveur d’Air and Altior both come from his stable and are favourites in their respective races, proving that Henderson knows exactly what he is doing. Although it’s clear that they will both be the main favourites for Henderson, it’s worth keeping an eye on his entries as he’s well known for high-value places and shock wins.

Gordon Elliott

One of the younger trainers on the circuit, Elliott was also one of last year’s most successful. Samcro (8/11), Tiger Roll (7/1) and Veneer of Charm (33/1) all won on the opening day of the Festival, setting a precedent for Elliott’s horses that continued for the rest of the week. 8 winning horses overall gave Elliott the top trainer prize for the Festival, just edging out Willie Mullins 8-7 to take home the prize.

Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins is arguably the greatest ever horse trainer and will be looking to regain the Cheltenham Festival top trainer accolade in 2019. Footpad, Yorkhill, Faugheen and Douvan have all ran for Mullins in past Festivals, but with a handful of his recent favourites now getting older, it will be interesting to watch his approach to this year’s racing. Regardless of who he enters, Mullins is always good for a few winners.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Terms

Starting Price (SP) - Betting on the SP doesn’t guarantee you any specific odds. Instead, you will be given the odds that the horse has when the race starts. SP can be useful, particularly if you think a horse’s odds might drift out, handing you bigger odds.

Accumulator - An accumulator is a number of different selections placed into one bet. The odds of each of your selections will be added together. In order for your accumulator to win, all of your selections must be successful.

Each Way - Placing an each way bet on a horse increasing the chance of winning your bet. If you horse places (typically places are the top 4 in each race), then your bet will still result as a win, although it will be at a lower return than a normal win.

Forecast/Tricast - The Forecast and Tricast markets allow you to predict the top 2 or top 3 finishers, rather than just the winner. You can choose to predict a straight 1-2 or 1-2-3, or just pick the horses you think will place in any order. Although forecasts are very hard to predict, a correct choice can have some big returns.

Rule 4 - Rule 4 is a common occurrence in horse racing betting, coming into effect when a horse pulls out of a race after you have placed a bet on that race. Depending on the odds of the horse that pulls out, you will be deducted a certain amount from your returns. With the horse dropping out, this essentially limits the competition so your selection will automatically have more chance of winning, leading to a drop in potential returns.

Cheltenham Festival Ante Post Betting Tips

Horse Race Odds
Buveur d'Air Champion Hurdle 5/2*
Altior Champion Chase 2/5*
Supasundae Stayer's Hurdle 6/1*
Al Boum Photo Gold Cup 16/1*

*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.

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