Cheltenham Festival Betting 2017

Cheltenham Festival Betting

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Cheltenham Festival Races Free Bets & Promotions

Every year Cheltenham sees punters bombarded with special offers and superb Cheltenham free bets from sportsbooks keen to get your business.

Paddy Power normally set the ball in motion with an offer which sees losing bets refunded if the favourite wins the opening race of the Festival, the Supreme Novice Hurdle.

Theirs is one of many offers thrown into the market-place in a frenzied promotion war which sees punters benefit with Cheltenham free bets galore, Cheltenham enhanced odds and money back on losers.

With Skybet now supporting the Supreme Novices Hurdle, watch out for their Skybet promotion for that race and another to note the following day is Betway, who now sponsor the Queen Mother Champion Chase and are sure to have a big offer on the table.

Cheltenham Festival Schedule offers comprehensive coverage of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, providing up to the minute odds, offers and news from the premier National Hunt event of the year. You can access dedicated pages for each race day, including Champion Day, Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Day and Gold Cup Day

Be sure to return on a regular basis as odds and offers on each runner and rider will change in the run-up to each race day. Our schedule will help you keep on top of all the action from Cheltenham and our tipsters will provide you with the expert information you need to pick out a big winner or two.

Betting on Cheltenham Festival

There are already 18 Cheltenham Festival races priced-up by all of the major betting firms. Included amongst these are the Queen Mother Champion Chase – the third ‘championship’ race of the meeting – the World Hurdle, Supreme Novice Hurdle, Triumph Hurdle, Champion Bumper, Arkle et-al.

Beyond these traditional Cheltenham odds some online betting firms are offering some neat markets on specific horses to win any contest amongst the Cheltenham Festival races, plus many Cheltenham free bets especially if you are a new customer.

Annie Power is one of several horses with more than one possible target. In 2015 she fell at the final flight in the Mares Hurdle with the race at her mercy, and in 2014 she suffered the first defeat of her then 11 race career when finishing runner-up in the 3-mile World Hurdle. In 2016 she won the Champion Hurdle but with the return of Faugheen, she could easily head to the World Hurdle on Thursday.

As for jockeys and trainers: Irish trainer Willie Mullins has all but owned the Cheltenham Festival betting scene in recent years. He could quite match his 2015 total at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, but it is frightening to look at his stranglehold on the majority of big race markets for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival. Be sure to look out for Willie Mullins Specials in terms of numbers of winners and winning all four championship races, something he could pull off in 2017 for sure.

Another very popular market of course is the Top Jockey for the Cheltenham Festival. Ruby Walsh has monopolised the market as a contest in recent season, but look out for the “without Ruby Walsh” options, where better value can be acquired.

Cheltenham Championship Races Odds

Vautour and Thistlecrack head the market for the Cheltenham Gold Cup at around 7/1 apiece, with defending champion Don Cossack available at a top price of 10/1. Coneygree is 14/1 and Djakadam 16/1 for the big one.

Faugheen at 5/2 and Annie Power at 4/1 dominate the top of the Champion Hurdle market, a market where Mullins also has the likes of Apples Jade and Vroum Vroum Mag also in the equation. Altior, Buveir D’Air and Yanworth look to be the best of the UK contingent.

The best Cheltenham betting odds at the time of writing are:

  • Gold Cup – Thistlecrack 7/1, Vautour 8/1, Don Cossack 10/1, Douvan 12/1, Coneygree 14/1, Djakadam 16/1, Valseur Lido 25/1, Tierra Du Fuego 25/1, Kilultagh Vic 28/1
  • Champion HurdleFaugheen 5/2, Annie Power 4/1, Altior 8/1, Apples Jade 10/1, Vroum Vroum Mag 16/1, Wicklow Brave 16/1, Yanworth 16/1, 20/1 Yorkhill, Adrien Du Pont 25/1, Buveir D’Air 25/1
  • World HurdleFaugheen 4/1, Thistlecrack 4/1, Annie Power 8/1, Nichols Canyon 10/1, Vroum Vroum Mag 10/1, Buveir D’Air 14/1, Alpha Des Obeaux 16/1, Apples Jade 16/1, Barters Hill, Jers Girl 16/1
  • Champion ChaseDouvan 1/1, Sprinter Sacre 6/1, Un De Sceaux 16/1, Vroum Vroum Mag 16/1, Gods Own 20/1, Simonsig 20/1, Ar Mad 25/1, Special Tiara 25/1, Dodging Bullets 33/1

Cheltenham Betting Tips

Here are some Cheltenham 2017 betting tips we can provide at this time. Make sure to stay tuned here for more updates as we get closer to the event and betting odds will be subject to change.

Vautour is surely going to be geared toward the Gold Cup via Kempton on Boxing Day and the 4/1 on offer now could look very big come the day. Coneygree was so domineering in his style of racing during 2015, he just broke horses from the front and double figure odds about him look attractive.

The Champion Hurdle could go the way of favourite Faugheen, with Annie Power perhaps heading to the Ryanair Hurdle on Thursday. If there is a fly in the Champion Hurdle ointment, it could be terrific filly Apples Jade, who was imperious at Aintree back in April last season and has bags of scope to improve.

Annie Power looks over-priced to revenge the loss in 2014 in the World Hurdle. She is such a multi-talented mare and 2m and 3m come alike to her. At 8/1 she makes the most sense at this stage.

Finally the Champion Chase, where obviously Douvan look pretty bomb proof, but 6/1 with Betway about Sprinter Sacre looks a big price. Sure, Douvan is a phenomenal prospect, but Sprinter Sacre is one of the greatest steeplechasers of all time.