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. Bet UK are also offering Cheltenham betting offers throughout the Festival.
Cheltenham Day 4 Betting Tips
After more shocks in yesterday’s racing, including an incredible 28,000/1 tricast in the Stayers Hurdle, we move onto the final day of racing at the Cheltenham Festival. Of course, the headlines will be dominated by the winner of the Gold Cup at 3:30, but there is still plenty of action to look forward to. We are sticking with a Lucky 15 today, so that’s 1 four fold, four trebles, 6 doubles and 4 singles. If you were to place a £1 EW bet on today’s Lucky 15, you would get a potential return of £810.36.
1:30 - JCB Triumph Hurdle
Allmankind is our first tip of the day at 7/2 in the Triumph Hurdle. He faces tough competition in Goshen and Solo, but Allmankind does have one upper hand on his competitors - a win at Cheltenham racecourse. Especially on a course like Cheltenham, previous experience is always something to look out for in your picks. To back up his win at Cheltenham, Allmankind also has wins at Chepstow and Warwick in his last 3. Those 3 wins have all come since switching trainers to Dan Skelton, with brother Harry riding. When both Skelton brothers combine on a horse, it normally means there’s something to look out for.
2:50 - Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Monkfish is Willie Mullins entry into the Novices’ Hurdle as he looks to win the race for the first time since 2017. In a race that’s relatively wide open, Monkfish is one of 3 early front runners for favourite, sitting at 9/2 at the time of writing. Given his last 3 performances over in Ireland, it’s a price that will tempt a few. His last two wins have came at a combined winning length of 31L, so there are definitely legs to go the full 3m in today’s race. Although Monkfish has been running at a shorter distance recently, he does have a career win at 3m, so that shouldn’t be too much of a worry.
3:30 - Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
Our headline Gold Cup betting tip has always been Al Boum Photo, and we are sticking with our guns on Gold Cup day. Last year, Al Boum Photo was a shock 12/1 winner, but at 3/1 this year, the expectations are very different. Al Boum has only raced twice since his last appearance at Cheltenham, finishing second behind Kemboy and beating Acapella Bourgeois on New Years Day. Regardless of any other racing, the fact that he has been entered into the Gold Cup again proves that Willie Mullins is confident of picking up only his second career Gold Cup win.
4:10 - St James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunter’s Chase
Although the Gold Cup is the obvious attraction on Day 4, the Foxhunter is another race that is always a favourite with the punters. This year, we’re backing Shantou Flyer to go one better than his 2019 performance and win at the Festival. Last year, Shantou Flyer finished 4L behind Hazel Hill, who is also entering again this year. Since that win however, Shantou Flyer has switched to Rose Loxton’s stables and has won his last 2 races, including a 23L win at Fakenham. Loxton clearly has faith in Shantou Flyer to improve on last years result and will be expecting a good performance in today’s race.
|Champion Hurdle||Pentland Hills||5/1|
|Champion Chase||Defi De Seuil||EVS|
|Stayers Hurdle||Summerville Boy||9/1|
|Gold Cup||Delta Work||6/1|
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 odds available on every race. While you wait for the Cheltenham Festival to get underway, our online betting has odds for races up and down the country every day.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Schedule
Tuesday 10th March
|1:30||Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle||1||2m 1/2f|
|2:10||Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase||1||2m|
|2:50||Ultima Handicap Chase||3||3m 1f|
|3:30||Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy||1||2m 1/2f|
|4:10||Festival Mares’ Hurdle||1||2m 4f|
|4:50||Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase||-||2m 4f|
|5:30||National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase||2||3m 6f|
Wednesday 11th March
|1:30||Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle||1||2m|
|2:10||RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase||1||3m 1/2f|
|2:50||Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle||3||2m 5f|
|3:30||Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase||1||2m|
|4:10||Glenfarclas Chase||-||3m 6f|
|4:50||Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle||3||2m 1/2f|
|5:50||Weatherbys Champion Bumper||1||2m 1/2f|
Thursday 12th March
|1:30||Marsh Novices’ Chase||1||2m 4f|
|2:10||Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle||3||3m|
|2:50||Ryanair Chase||1||2m 4 1/2f|
|3:30||Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle||1||3m|
|4:10||Cheltenham||Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase||3||2m 4 1/2f|
|4:50||Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle||2||2m 1f|
|5:30||Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase||-||3m 2f|
Friday 13th March
|1:30||JCB Triumph Hurdle||1||2m 1f|
|2:10||Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle||3||2m 1f|
|2:50||Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle||1||3m|
|3:30||Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase||1||3m 2 1/2f|
|4:10||St James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase||-||3m 2 1/2f|
|4:50||Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase||3||2m 1/2f|
|5:30||Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap||-||2m 4 1/2f|
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.
Nico de Boinville
Last year, Nico de Boinville was the Cheltenham top jockey and he’ll definitely be wanting to defend his crown this year. Since winning his first Cheltenham race in 2014, and turning professional shortly after, de Boinville has established himself as one of the top National Hunt jockeys in the country. He’s often trusted by Nicky Henderson, leading him to being the main rider for Altior and Might Bite amongst others. Arguably the biggest success of de Boinville’s career was his 2015 Gold Cup win when riding Coneygree. Nicky Henderson’s Santini is currently 4/1 to win the 2020 Gold Cup, and with de Boinville riding him in the past, could we see another success this year?
Nico de Boinville might have been top jockey in 2019, but it was Davy Russell’s 2018 crown that he took. Russell has 22 career Cheltenham Festival wins - only 5 jockeys have more Festival wins. His first of 22 wins came back in 2006, and he has not gone a year without at least one winner since. As well as his success at Cheltenham, Davy Russell will perhaps be most well known for his wins in the Grand National. Russell is a current two time Grand National winner, both times riding Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019. Tiger Roll is currently 13/8 favourite to win Wednesday's Cross Country Chase. Russell can obviously get the best out of Tiger Roll, but will he win again at Cheltenham?
Veteran jockey Barry Geraghty is one of those jockeys with more Festival wins than Davy Russell, clocking in at an impressive 36. Geraghty won his first Festival race back in 2002, making him one of the most experienced jockeys around. Last year, one of Geraghty’s two winners was Defi De Seuil. This year, rumour has it that Philip Hobbs will enter Defi De Seuil into the Champion Chase. There, he will face Altior, but will Barry Geraghty’s experience guide Defi De Seuil to another Cheltenham win? With Bet UK’s ante post betting, you can back Defi De Seuil at 9/4 to win the 2020 Champion Chase.
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.
Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer to every head to the Cheltenham Festival, and in every race it’s always worth looking out for a Mullins trained horse. Along with Gordon Elliott, Mullins holds the record for the amount of winners at a single Cheltenham Festival - 8 in 2015. That was the same year that the first 3 horses in the Champion Hurdle were all trained by Mullins, the first time a single trainer had dominated the race. Last year, he finally won the Gold Cup, the only major race at Cheltenham that had eluded him. Al Boum Photo was his winner last year, and he is 7/2 to defend his title again in 2020.
If Willie Mullins has a poor Cheltenham Festival this year, then Nicky Henderson will surely overtake him in the total winner rankings. He currently sits at 60 wins, just 1 behind Mullins heading into the 2020 Festival. Henderson has been training Cheltenham winners since 1985 and has more experience at the Festival and the rest of the trainers that he’ll be facing in March. Henderson combined with top jockey Nico de Boinville last year, and will be putting his hopes in him again this time around. As with de Boinville, Henderson will have high hopes for Santini at 4/1 in the Gold Cup.
If there is a trainer that both Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins will be looking over their shoulders at, it will be Gordon Elliott. Coming onto the scene with a 33-1 winner in his first ever Grand National, Elliott has established himself as one of the countries top trainers. Elliott has racked up 22 winners in just 8 years, an incredible record for any trainer to attain. One of the top horses in his stable is of course Tiger Roll. The two time Grand National winner has also got a couple of wins at the Festival under his belt. Alongside him, Envoi Allen is another to watch, a runner in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle.
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.
No Runner No Bet (NRNB) - No Runner No Bet is a term that is specifically used when betting on the ante post. The main risk of betting on the ante post is worrying whether or not your horse will actually run in the race that you have chosen. But if No Runner No Bet is offered, then if your horse doesn't end up running, your bet will be fully refunded. Bet UK are offering No Runner No Bet on the feature race of each day leading up to the Festival.
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.
Bet On The Cheltenham Festival at Bet UK
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Cheltenham Day 1 Betting Tips
1:30 - Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle
The first race of the Cheltenham Festival is famous for the ‘Cheltenham Roar’, but we also normally see a good race to open the Festival. Going off this year’s racecards, it will be different on Tuesday. We are going for Abacadabras, who is a stablemate of Cheltenham winner Envoi Allen, and also trained by Gordon Elliott. In last year’s Champion Bumper, Abacadabras finished 4th at 14/1 and with 3 wins under his belt since then, he looks a good bet for the Novices’ Hurdle.
2:10 - Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase
Notebook is the favourite in the Arkle for good reason and given recent form, it’s tough to look past him. His form this season has been unparalleled. 4 wins from 4 runs since October put him in perfect stead heading into Cheltenham. Elsewhere, Brewin’upastorm and Cash Back are worth a look, but we can’t look past the favourite.
2:50 - Ultima Handicap Chase
We’ve looked a bit further down the field in the Handicap Chase, with no clear favourite. Who Dares Wins is a winner at a higher grade than this and it’s surprising to see his odds drift so far. A win at Kempton in a Grade 2 race at 10/1 was convincing back in February, so another similar run could see a result for Alan King.
3:30 - Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
We tipped Pentland Hills in our early Champion Hurdle betting tips and we are sticking with him on race day. Since his Triumph Hurdle win in last year’s Festival, Pentland Hills hasn’t been in the greatest form. But, his run was so impressive at last year’s Festival that at a price of 9/1, it’s hard not to back him. Epatante is the favourite at 2/1 and it’s fair to see him at those odds, but Pentland Hills is more than worth an each way shout.
4:10 - Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
Honeysuckle is our pick for the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle, despite being up against stern competition in Benie Des Dieux. It will be the first time racing outside of Ireland for Honeysuckle, but is there a better place for your first English run than Cheltneham? Her impressive form in Ireland is the reason his price is so low, even against an odds-on favourite. Unbeaten in 7 careers races at the likes of Fairyhouse and Leopardstown, Honeysuckle clearly has the experience for a potential Cheltenham win.
4:50 - Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase
Another open field in the Handicap Chase means we can look a bit further down the card to Hold The Note at 8/1. I would recommend an each way shout for Hold The Note, as although his form isn’t all together convincing, he does always finish amongst the front. With 3 places and a win from his last 6 races, Mick Channon will be hoping for a slight upturn in form that could take him to the front of the pack.
5:30 - National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase
Again, we are avoiding the heavy favourite in Carefully Selected and backing Lord Du Mesnil at 5/1. As we’ve looked into at Bet UK, the favourite doesn't always win at the Cheltenham Festival, so looking elsewhere might be a viable strategy. In the longest race of the opening day at the Festival, it’s always important to check that your horse has experience of running for long distances. With 2 wins and a place in his last 3 runs, all over 3m 4f, then Lord Du Mesnil clearly has what it takes to last the run at Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Day 2 Betting Tips
After a semi-successful start to the Cheltenham Festival yesterday, our tipster correctly tipped 3 places and a winner in Honeysuckle. After picking 4 winning results, we thought we’d opt for a lucky 15 instead today and boost our odds a little bit. A Lucky 15 is one of the most popular forms of horse racing betting. Your bet includes four singles, six doubles, four trebles and one four fold accumulator. So even if just one of the horses wins, you’ll still get some money back. A £1 EW Lucky 15 bet on our selections has a potential return of £3113.43.
2:10 - RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase
Our first bet of the day comes in the Novices’ Chase, and instead of going for favourite Minella Indo, we’re backing Allaho. At last year’s Cheltenham Festival, Allaho finished third to Minella Indo, but since then, he has improved in every race. A win at Fairyhouse in his last race was as impressive as it gets, winning by 21L in a literal one horse race. It is a step up in length for Allaho, but Willie Mullins will surely have prepared him to go the distance.
2:50 - Coral Cup Handicap Chase
The Coral Cup Handicap Chase is typically a wide open race and this year is no different, with a 5/1 favourite ahead of a very open field. So, we are looking further down the card and going for Alfa Mix at 12/1. Since making the step up to 2m 4f at Navan back in December, Alfa Mix has finished second and picked up a win. Both the distance and the ground should suit Alfa Mix and in a wide open race, a large priced each way bet could be the way to go.
3:30 - Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
Our Champion Chase betting tip was originally Altior, but after he pulled out on Monday afternoon, we’ve gone for Defi De Seuil. In any other race at the Festival, Defi De Seuil would have likely have been favourite regardless of opposition. In the last two years at Cheltenham, Defi De Seuil has comfortably won twice, including a win in the Novices’ Chase last year. He’ll come up against Chacun Pour Soi today who looks like he could be a future star, but a lack of Cheltenham experience slightly puts us off for this year.
4:50 - Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
The Juvenile Handicap Hurdle is always one to watch for the future. This year, we’re backing Thyme White who has looked impressive so far this season. Ridden by Harry Cobden, Thyme White has picked up a win and two second place finishes over the hurdles since the start of December. That came just a month after a change in trainer to Paul Nicholls, who clearly saw something in the horse. With Nicholls’ impressive Cheltenham record, it would be no surprise to see him pick up a win in the Handicap Hurdle.
Cheltenham Day 3 Betting Tips
Yesterday’s Lucky 15 didn’t go to plan and overall only two of the days favourites managed to pick up a win. Today, the Stayers Hurdle might be the feature race, but the Ryanair Chase is also always a favourite amongst punters at 2:50. We’re going for another Lucky 15 bet today, so that means you’ll be backing a four fold accumulator, four trebles, six doubles and four singles. A £1 EW bet on our Lucky 15 would return £1265.96.
1:30 - Marsh Novices’ Chase
Our first tip is in the opening race of the day, the Marsh Novices’ Chase. Although it’s billed as a ‘Novices’ Chase’, there are plenty of experienced Festival runners in Samcro, Faugheen, Melon and Annie Mc. But, regardless of their previous experience, we are backing a true novice in Itchy Feet. Itchy Feet was a 25/1 runner in last years’ Supreme Novices Hurdle, finishing 3rd behind Klassical Dream. A couple of poor runs was then followed by 2 finishes, at Sandown and Leicester. Given his recent form, and past Cheltenham runs, Itchy Feet looks like he could beat out the old guard to start today off.
2:50 - Ryanair Chase
The first big race of the day is the Ryanair Chase, which is arguably on par with the 3:30 Stayers Hurdle. This year, Min, Saint Calvados and Frodon will be recognisable to all racing fans, but we can’t look past A Plus Tard. A Plus Tard might be the favourite, but looking at all the factors, it’s tough to argue against it at 13/8. In one career run at the Cheltenham Festival, A Plus Tard won last years’ Novices’ Handicap Chase by a massive 16L. Any resemblance of that performance will see another win for Henry de Bromhead.
3:30 - Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle
There are few horses with as much Cheltenham racecourse experience as Summerville Boy. 6 of his 14 career races have come at Cheltenham, with an average finish of 2nd. Even this year, Summerville Boy has ran twice, both at Cheltenham. With experience at this unique course always playing a big factor in Festival racing. All signs point toward Tom George completely preparing Summerville Boy for success in the Stayers Hurdle. Paisley Park is the odds on favourite, but if anyone can shock him on Thursday afternoon, it’ll be Summerville Boy.
4:50 - Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
Concertista is back in the Novices’ Hurdle for a second year running, following her second place finish in 2019. As with a few horses today, Concertista is qualifying for a race that she might have too much quality for. She has plenty of experience, but is yet to win a race, which grants her qualification to the Novices’ Hurdle. It was a much stronger field last year, and although she has Minella Melody to compete against, Concertista should build on her experience and claim a first career win.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.
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