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Cheltenham Betting Table of Contents

Cheltenham Betting Tips – Best Tips for ALL 28 Festival Races

Here are some Cheltenham betting tips 2018 provided by horse racing experts. Make sure to stay tuned here for more updates on runners and bookmakers prices up to and including all Cheltenham races.

Cheltenham Festival 2018: Selected Betting Tips From Our Editors

Latest Editor’s Tips: Darren Moore

Champion Hurdle Betting Tip

Tuesday, 13th March, 3.30pm CheltenhamBUVEUR D’AIR at 4/6 (1.67) with Unibet

We cannot see past the long time Champion Hurdle betting favourite and last year’s champion Buveur d’Air who has had a perfect Cheltenham preparation for this target race and may even be still improving!  He is many people’s idea of the banker bet for the entire 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

Queen Mother Chase Betting Tip

Wednesday, 14th March, 3.30pm CheltenhamALTIOR at 11/8 (2.38) with BetBright

The Nicky Henderson trained Altior is bidding to do what very few horses have achieved – to win at three consecutive Cheltenham Festivals after taking the Supreme Novices in 2016 and last year’s Arkle Chase.  Loves this course and time of year and is our strongest betting tip for Day 2.

Stayers Hurdle Betting Tip

Thursday, 15th March, 3.30pm CheltenhamUNOWHATIMEANHARRY (Each Way) at 14/1 (15.00) with William Hill

This JP McManus owned horse is as tough as old boots and finished 3rd in this race last year where he was sent off as the 5/6 race favourite. Amazingly Unowhatimeanharry has not been out of the frame in his last 14 starts and looks a good each-way Cheltenham bet on St.Patrick’s Day Thursday.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tip

Friday, 16th March, 3.30pm CheltenhamMIGHT BITE at 7/2 (4.50) with Boylesports

Winner of the RSA Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival and the King George on Boxing Day, Nicky Henderson’s stable star Might Bite could top of a memorable Festival for the yard and he looks bang on target in his bid to land the ‘big one’ on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day and is our best bet here.

Cheltenham 2018 Race Odds

With Trials Day and seeing the runners performances, bookmakers will make sure to adjust their stakes accordingly. In order to make your Cheltenham betting experience easy, we provide you with up to the minute bookies odds on all races.

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We will provide you with some betting odds worth highlighting to prepare for Cheltenham free bets 2018. Here are some highlights from last year:

  • On Day One, Altior is a massive favourite at 1/3 for the Arkle Trophy chase and he looks a really special talent for Nicky Henderson.
  • Henderson also holds a strong hand as per Champion Hurdle betting odds, where Buveur D’Air (4/1) and Brain Power (8/1) both have big chances in the two mile showpiece.
  • On Day Two, it is all about the mighty Douvan (1/3) who looks certain to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase for Willie Mullins. In the RSA Chase the same day, Might Bite could be a special chaser for Nicky Henderson and is a 7/2 favourite, but watch out for Irish challenger Alpha Des Obeaux (7/1), who ran well so well here last year.
  • On Thursday, Unowhatimeanharry (11/8) is banker bet material in the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle for trainer Harry Fry and owner JP McManus, while Willie Mullins will be looking to hit the Ryanair Chase jackpot with Un De Sceaux, who looks a nice value favourite at around 7/2.
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup betting revolves around Cue Card (7/2) and Native River (4/1), both trained by Colin Tizzard and in terms of form, come from different walks of life but both have a huge chance of winning the Gold Cup in what looks to be a fascinating renewal of the Blue Riband event.

Cheltenham Betting Preview – Runners

In 2017, here were some indications of how Cheltenham runners were performing. Stay updated here for updates on Cheltenham Festival 2018 betting predictions soon.

  • Yanworth – Yanworth is a big and imposing chestnut hurdler trained by Alan King who didn’t quite fire in the Cheltenham Festival last year. However, he has developed into a genuine Champion Hurdle contender this season with a string of promising wins at top level. At 4/1 he is heading the market with Nicky Henderson’s Buveur D’Air, but Yanworth could have improvement in the locker and can give owner JP McManus another win in the Champion Hurdle.
  • Native River – Finished 2nd in the 4m National Hunt Chase here year and has done nothing but improve since for Colin Tizzard. An impressive winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup, Native River followed up with another gutsy and grinding but top quality performance when winning the Welsh Grand National and everything points to him putting up a massive run in the Gold Cup under his regular pilot Richard Johnson.
  • Altior – Since winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last year, Altior has progressed beautifully over fences, remaining unbeaten and looking hugely impressive in the process. Last time out in the Game Spirit Chase, Altior put in an outstanding display of running and jumping to beat a good field in quite astonishing style. If he remains standing in the Arkle Trophy Chase in March, he will win in a similar fashion and rates as definite banker material for many.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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, a performance which will surely impact Cheltenham bets for 2017.
  • Faugheen – 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.
  • Douvan – Last year’s Arkle winner is a machine of a horse for Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci  and the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival is there for the taking. He is one of the classiest prospects we’ve seen for years and barring mishap it is going to be a real joy to watch Douvan perform at Cheltenham once again.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers

Having a bet plays a major part in the enjoyment of watching the Cheltenham Festival and while winner-finding is never going to be easy here are a few suggestions that should help in trying to make the week a profitable one:

Latest Cheltenham Betting Offers & Promotions

  • ANTE-POST: In the lead up to the festival many bookmakers are going non-runner no bet on the four championship races while with Paddy Power, Betfred, Betfair, Betway, William Hill and Totesport, you can enjoy those generous terms on all 28 races. Start betting on Cheltenham today with Ante Post Non-Runner No Bet and get your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
  • SPONSORING BOOKMAKERS: A good way to pick your Cheltenham free bets is to keep an eye on those provided by the sponsoring bookmakers of some Cheltenham races. A few examples include Sky bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Coral Cup Hurdle, Betway Queen Mother Chase and more.
  • BEST ODDS GUARANTEED: Watch out for the many bookmakers offering this concession which means that if you take a price about a horse and the starting price is bigger your bet is settled at the higher odds.
  • MULTIPLE BETS – Should your luck be in this is where you could win a life-changing amount for a small stake.
  • ENHANCED PLACE TERMS – Most bookmakers will be offering 1-4 odds a place on all festival races so each-way betting can prove quite lucrative. Some of the big field handicaps will see some firms offering five or even six places as opposed to the usual four.

Cheltenham Racing Results

Stay tuned on our dedicated pages for each race day, and get the latest updates to bet on Cheltenham Festival as odds and offers on runners and riders will change in the run-up to each race day, and our experts will provide you with tips to pick out a big winner or two.

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Cheltenham Festival FAQs

While the Grand National is regarded as the most famous steeplechase in the world the Cheltenham Festival which comprises four days of the best National Hunt racing of the year is seen as the ‘ Olympic Games ‘ of the sport.

The best chasers and hurdlers from Britain and Ireland (plus the occasional French/US contender) will attempt to win one of the 28 races that comprise the meeting, including four championship contests - the Stan James Champion Hurdle (Tuesday), Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Wednesday), Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (Thursday) and Timico Gold Cup (Friday).
The 2018 Cheltenham Festival will take place between Tuesday 14th and Friday 17th March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH.
For those of us unable to attend the Cheltenham Festival there are numerous ways in which we can follow everything that is happening at Prestbury Park. Terrestrial broadcaster Channel4 had a long association with coverage of the festival but that honour now goes to ITV1 who will show the first five races on each of the four days, beginning with the 1.30 race and ending with 4.10.

Subscription channel Racing UK will cover all 28 races as will the majority of Britain’s betting shops. Most online bookmakers offer a streaming service throughout the festival for customers who have placed a bet on a particular race. Each day comprises seven races, starting at 1.30 with the final contest at 5.30.

Cheltenham Festival 2018 Daily Betting Updates

20/2/2018 Update – Alan King confirms Yanworth will run in the Stayers Hurdle

It has now been decided that Yanworth will run in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month, reverting back to hurdles after a spell over fences.

The Alan King-trained eight-year-old has won two of his four races over the bigger obstacles this season, most recently taking the Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.

He holds entries in the JLT Novices’ Chase and the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase at the Festival but these options have now been kicked out into the long grass.

Owner JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry said: “We just thought his jumping hadn’t been the slickest but we’re not saying he won’t go back over fences, maybe even later this spring, we’ll just see how he gets on here first.

“He’ll be taken out of the Novice chases (at Cheltenham), though, and will definitely run in the Stayers’.”  Bookmakers make Yanworth a general 6/1 shot for the race.

17/2/2018 Update – Cloudy Dream now aimed at the Ryanair Chase

Cloudy Dream is set to come back in distance for the Ryanair Chase on the St.Patrick’s Day Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival after his creditable effort in last Saturday’s Denman Chase at Newbury.

The eight-year-old lined up in the three-mile Grade Two in an attempt to find out whether a tilt at Cheltenham Gold Cup was still a fair objective, but after being outstayed by Native River the decision was made to switch to the more realistic Ryanair Chase.

The Trevor Hemmings-owned and Ruth Jefferson trained grey is a general 16-1 chance for that race.

Meanwhile, Douvan is set to head straight to the Cheltenham Festival after Willie Mullins pulled his long time absent stable star out of the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.

The eight-year-old was last seen running in last year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase and the same race is apparently on the cards again where he trades at 5/1 in the Cheltenham betting.

13/2/2018 Update – Game winner Altior now odds on for Cheltenham

Altior (4/6) is now odds-on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase after dismissing his two opponents with ease in the Game Spirit Chase on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson said of Altior on Sunday: “He is 100 per cent and he pulled out great this morning. It was very important yesterday and you have to say it could not have gone any more spectacular.

“The whole thing impressed me yesterday. He relaxed, put his head down and jumped beautifully. Everything was good.

“I didn’t dare to dream he would win as well as that. It is nice that he is still unbeaten.

“It’s a shame that he has missed good races but if everything goes right he has still got plenty of big races to go for.

“The wind wasn’t a problem. If anything was going to test his wind it was that ground on Saturday. “

9/2/2018 Update – Cheltenham Gold Cup is still the aim for Vic

Killultagh Vic is said to have recovered “remarkably well” from his final-fence fall in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last Sunday according to his trainer, Willie Mullins.

The nine-year-old took a heavy fall at the last when looking all over the winner with many fearing the worst given the visual appearance of the tumble.

Mullins said: “Killultagh Vic is fine and came out of the race remarkably well.

“He isn’t back riding out yet but hopefully he will shortly.”

He made a successful return from his lengthy absence in a hurdle race at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve before being thrown in against the big boys last weekend and he acquitted himself rather well.

At his most recent pomp the gelding claimed the notable scalp of Thistlecrack on his last appearance over hurdles at the 2015 Punchestown Festival.

Killultagh Vic is currently 10/1 with William Hill for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

6/2/2018 Update – Cheltenham stars on show at Dublin Racing Festival

The inaugural Dublin Racing Festival was hailed a massive success and it was easy to see why. The two day weekend event gave us some of the best horses in Ireland taking each other on, some standout performances and plenty of Cheltenham Festival clues.

Samcro was the star of the show on the Sunday making it six wins from six, and collecting his first Grade One in eye-catching style, beating Duc Des Genievres by five-and-a-half lengths.

Trainer Gordon Elliott said after the race to not completely rule him out of the Supreme Novices but all the indications are that he will line up for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham for which he is an even money shot.

The finish of the weekend was undoubtedly in the Flogas Novice Chase which turned into a five-way go jumping the last.

Monalee, ridden by Noel Fehily, put in a great round of jumping to just fend off his rivals by a hard fought three-quarters of a length. He is now quoted at 4/1 for the RSA Chase.

2/2/2018 Update – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Entries

Getabird (11/4) and Samcro (7/1) were among the 73 entries for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle as the initial entries were revealed for the novice hurdle events at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.

The Festival’s opening race has been a happy hunting ground for trainer Willie Mullins and owner Susannah Ricci as they have taken three of the last five renewals of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The promising Sharjah (7/1), also owned by Mrs Ricci, and Menghli Khan (12/1), second to Getabird at Punchestown under a penalty, are also prominent in the betting.

Nicky Henderson looks to have a strong chance of adding to his three triumphs in the race with unbeaten hurdler Claimantakinforgan (8/1).

If The Cap Fits is a general 10-1 shot for the Grade One contest on March 13th. The Harry Fry six-year-old maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles with victory at Kempton on Boxing Day.

30/1/2018 Update – Cheltenham Gold Cup betting market movers

Another horse that came into the Cheltenham Gold Cup reckoning over the weekend was Brian Ellison’s Definitly Red (20/1) after winning the Cotswold Chase at National Hunt headquarters.

Ellison told the Luck On Sunday programme: “Everything is good this morning. He’s eaten up and he’s in good fettle.

“It was a good day. I thought he was impressive at Aintree and basically nobody picked up on it. This race was another notch up and he was impressive again. I thought he was exceptional and we were realy delighted with him.

“He’s not slow, he’s a very deceiving horse. He’s always just behind the bridle and as he’s got older he’s got stronger. I thought he jumped well and he deserves a crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup now. It’s all systems go!

“We’ll get the Gold Cup out of the way and then think about the Grand National. It’s often a good prep race,” he said.

27/1/2018 Update – Going For Gold At Cheltenham

The feature race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival is the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup which will take place on Friday, March 16th.

The three and a quarter mile blue-riband event, which carries record prize money of £625,000 in 2018, has attracted 38 entries this year, 18 of which are trained in Ireland.

The reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup champion, eight-year-old Sizing John (7/1), and the excellent Might Bite (7/2), winner of last year’s RSA Chase at The Festival, are the most prominent names amongst the entries and head the betting.

Noel Meade’s Christmas Chase winner Road To Respect (12/1), his well regarded stablemate Disko (20/1), the Eddie Harty-trained Coney Island (10/1) and Jessica Harrington’s Irish Grand National winner Our Duke (9/1) are the Irish raiders that are currently attracting the most attention from punters on both sides of the Irish Sea.

24/1/2018 Update – Queen Mother Champion Chase entries

Altior and Douvan will headline the 30 entries for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on the second day of The Festival, Wednesday, March 14th.

Neither horse has raced so far this season but punters appear undeterred as Altior is a general 11/8 chance with most bookmakers, including with the sponsors Betway, whilst Willie Mullins’ once invincible Douvan is a 7/1 shot in some places.

The Haldon Gold Cup winner from November, Politologue, is trading around the 4/1 mark. After his Exeter success he went on to beat Fox Norton (8/1) in a thrilling renewal of the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in December.

Last year’s Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase victor Special Tiara (16/1) is one of a record 17 entries from the Emerald Isle.

The JP McManus owned Great Field (7/1) may also make the line-up according to his connections this week.

21/1/2018 Update – Defending champ Buveur D’air heads the Champion Hurdle betting odds

Buveur D’Air is one of 23 entries for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on the first day of The Festival. He is the 4/6 betting favourite with the sponsors Unibet for a repeat victory in 2018.

Buveur D’Air lifted the two-mile hurdling crown in 2017 with victory over stablemate My Tent Or Yours (12/1). No horse has won back-to-back Champion Hurdles since Hardy Eustace completed the feat in 2005.

Willie Mullins, who has landed the Champion Hurdle four times since 2011, trains six of 11 Irish-trained entries, with the most prominent of those being the 2015 winner Faugheen (5/1), who is the most recent odds-on winner of the Unibet Champion Hurdle.

Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer of all time in the Champion Hurdle with a total of six victories. In addition to Buveur D’Air and My Tent Or Yours, Henderson saddles Call Me Lord (33/1), who looked impressive at Sandown Park on his latest start, Verdana Blue (40/1) and Charli Parcs (50/1).

18/1/2018 – Ante-post Cheltenham betting incentives are everywhere

It seems to get earlier and earlier every year but the bookmakers have been clambering over one another this week to get their ante-post Cheltenham offers out there in the public domain and entice you to have an early bet.

Paddy Power, Skybet and bet365 are all now going non runner no bet (NRNB) on all 28 races at The Festival, with William Hill offering “non runner insurance” meaning that you will be refunded if your selection fails to run.

Click here for Paddy Power’s No Runner No Bet offer

Cheltenham starts in just 8 weeks time so it’s good to have plenty of back-up insurance in place should anything untoward happen to your fancies between now and then, or if the trainer simply keeps his cards close to his chest and runs your pick in the Champion Hurdle rather than the Queen Mother Champion Chase. It does happen!

Follow this column for more live Cheltenham Festival updates over the coming weeks.

15/01/18 Cheltenham Festival Update: Odds towards upcoming races

January is always a month which throws up lots of Cheltenham Festival betting clues and Saturday was no different as two big names lit up the racing scene.

Malcolm Jefferson’s Waiting Patiently was hugely impressive at Kempton Park in the Listed Chase and is no bigger than 10/1 for the Ryanair Chase now, where he would have a big chance if handling the track.

At Punchestown on Sunday, the Willie Mullins trained Getabird produced a wonderful performance to win the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle, catapulting himself to the top of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market at a best price of 10/3.

Getabird is all quality and a welcome breath of fresh air for Mullins and Ricci after a trying period before and indeed over Christmas, where results were not going their way. Now, the tide is turning for Team Mullins at just the right time!

The Complete Cheltenham Betting “How To” Guide

How to Bet on Cheltenham?

The Cheltenham Festival is the most popular horse racing event to bet on across the sporting calendar.

For both regular and casual bettors, the sheer volume of Cheltenham betting offers and free bets on show can be quite confusing.

Read on for the full low down on betting on the Cheltenham Festival for beginners.

How to Place a Cheltenham Free Bet?

One of the best ways to bet on the Cheltenham Festival is to use one of the many ‘Free Bet’ offers available, that new customers can get when first signing up to a new online bookmaker.

Cheltenham free bets and concessions are often provided as loyalty bonuses for existing customers too. To use a free bet on the Cheltenham Festival, simply:

  • Make your selection on any Cheltenham Festival race
  • On the betting slip, click the “use free bet” button (if available) when selecting your stake.
  • OR, if using a Sign-Up / welcome free bet offer, your bookmaker will usually credit your account with Free Bet token, after you’ve placed a qualifying bet.
  • Confirm your bet to place a free bet on the Cheltenham Festival

How to Make Use of Cheltenham Betting Tips?

For those looking for some expert help on what horses to back at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, it’s useful to check out the many racing experts available, who usually provide their Cheltenham tips for free, and offering up their thoughts and opinions on the big Cheltenham races.

A solid first stop is here, at this page, above at Cheltenham Betting: Selected Editor’s Tips, our very own section for tips and picks for the big Cheltenham Festival races.

Social media and racing columns are also a valuable source of reference, especially for up to date news that could influence your selection choice before any of the big races.

How do I compare Cheltenham Betting Offers?

There are so many online bookmakers vying for new customers these days, it can be become very easy to be bogged down by all the various Cheltenham offers that bookmakers use to entice in new members.

Luckily there are various ways of comparing the betting offers available, with our own bookmakers page, a valuable tool to aid those looking to join up to a new bookmaker site. continuously updates all it’s offers, so whether its a straightforward free bet welcome offer, an enhanced odds offer/price boost for the Cheltenham Festival or any other of the many tempting offers, has all the information needed to make educated and informed decisions that best suits you.

How to bet on Horse Racing?

Betting on horse racing in the modern day is often not as simple as making a selection, setting your stake and clicking “Ok”.  It can be but there are many other options available to punters.

The main two betting options are the straight Win bet and ‘Each Way’.  Win bets are simply that, you place your stake on a chosen horse to win the race and are paid out based on the odds taken or the SP (Starting Price)

Each-way betting is essentially two bets so a £1 each way bet will cost £2 in total. Half your stake goes on your horse to win and the other half on the horse to be placed.  The place odds are usually a quarter (sometimes a fifth) of the win odds.

With each way betting you can usually get your stakes back or make a profit if your horse fails to win but finishes in the frame, usually 1st, 2nd or 3rd, but it varies depending on how many runners there are.

Make Sure Your bet is ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ (BOG)

Almost all bookmakers will offer a “best price guarantee” for the Cheltenham Festival which always gives you the best odds when betting on Cheltenham races. It ensures the odds you take on the selected horse never drops but should your horse drift in the market and finish with a higher SP (Starting Price) you will get paid out at the bigger odds instead.

So for example, if your selection is 2/1 (3.00) odds, that’s the price you will get and no less. However if the starting price ends up being higher, your selection you will win even more money if your horse prevails, making this a simple but useful enhancement to your betting experience.

Always Bet on the ‘NRNB’ Cheltenham Betting Markets

Another useful Cheltenham Festival special, offered by many online bookmakers, is the Non-Runner, No Bet (NRNB) money back offer.

This concession gives you security when betting on the Cheltenham Festival early without a risk to their initial stake, by offering the money back in a cash refund if the horse does not run in selected races.

So before making your bets, it is always worth checking what else the bookmaker offers on the race, as it could either boost potential winnings or save your money if a horse does not run.

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