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Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips
Betting Tips

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. With crowds back, punters will be able to hear or partake in the famous Cheltenham Roar and with all eye on the main event 'The Cheltenham Gold Cup', we'll be browsing the UK Horse Racing Betting markets and taking a look at the top Cheltenham Betting Odds. Not only that, we'll also have the top Cheltenham Tips for each day.

Cheltenham Festival Betting at Bet UK

At Bet UK, we offer the latest UK 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 draw 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 16th March

Time Race Grade Length Ante Post Tip
1:30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle 1 2m 1/2f Dysart Dynamo
2:10 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase 1 2m Edwardstone
2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase 3 3m 1f
3:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 1 2m 1/2f Honeysuckle
4:10 Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle 1 2m 4f Telmesomethingood
4:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 3 2m 1/2f Knight Salute
5:30 National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Novices' Chase 2 3m 6f Stattler

Read our Champion Hurdle Betting Preview

Wednesday 17th March

Time Race Grade Length Ante Post Tip
1:30 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 1 2m 5f Sir Gerhard
2:10 Brown Advisory Novices' Chase 1 3m 1/2f Galopin Des Champs
2:50 Coral Cup Handicap 3 2m 5f Saint Felicien
3:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 1 2m Shishkin
4:10 Cross Country Chase - 3m 6f Prengarde
4:50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup 3 2m 1/2f Ciel De Neige
5:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper 1 2m 1/2f Redemption Day

Read our Champion Chase Betting Preview

Thursday 18th March

Time Race Grade Length Ante Post Tip
1:30 Marsh Novices' Chase 1 2m 4f Bob Olinger
2;10 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle 3 3m Rightplacerighttime
2:50 Ryanair Chase 1 2m 4 1/2f A Plus Tard
3:30 Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle 1 3m Thyme Hill
4:10 Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase 3 2m 4 1/2f The Glancing Queen
4:50 Parnell Properties Mare's Novices' Hurdle 2 2m 1f Love Envoi
5:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Handicap Chase - 3m 2f Ain’t That A Shame

Read our Stayers Hurdle Betting Preview

Friday 19th March

Time Race Grade Length Ante Post Tip
1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle 1 2m 1f Z Fil Dor
2:10 County Handicap Hurdle 3 2m 1f Slip Of The Tongue
2:50 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 1 3m Ginto
3:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 1 3m 2 1/2f Minella Indo
4:10 St James's Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase - 3m 2 1/2f Bob And Co
4:50 Paddy Power Mares' Chase 2 2m 1/2f Gin On Lime
5:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle - 2m 4 1/2f Chemical Energy

Read our Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Guide

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.

Rachael Blackmore

Over the last few years, Rachael Blackmore has led the way for female jockeys, and after top the rankings at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, she’ll be looking to do it once again here. Blackmore primarily races horses trained by Henry De Bromhead, who has a number of promising entries touted for this year’s Festival including the likes of Honeysuckle and Bob Olinger.

Paul Townend

A former top jockey, he will be looking to get back to the top spot at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. Once again he will be riding for Willie Mullins’ and will most likely partner Al Boum Photo. He’ll likely be entering the Gold Cup again this year, barring any major hiccups. Townend has become one of Mullins’ most trusted jockeys so anytime you see Mullins’ excited about a horse, it’s likely we’ll see Townend riding him during Cheltenham.

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

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.

Nicky Henderson

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 64 wins, just 1 behind Mullins heading into the 2021 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 has combined with top jockey Nico de Boinville over the last couple of years, and will be putting his hopes in him again this time around.

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.

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