Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Betting Guide

The 2019 Cheltenham Festival is the biggest meet in the National Hunt Calendar and offers horse racing fans 28 separate events to bet on over its four days.

The Festival kicks-off on Tuesday the 13th of March at 13:30 with the Supreme Novices Hurdle and comes to a close with the Grand Annual Chase on Friday.

Cheltenham Betting Offers

As well as the Cheltenham betting guide (below), we've also compiled British Bookmakers latest betting offers and price boosts (below) for this years Festival.

A lot of the betting offers for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival are 'Non-Runner, No Bet' type deals which basically mean they'll refund your stake if horses you bet on don't run.

There are other Cheltenham betting offers to be had including Ladbrokes who offer to double any winnings for those betting on the Supreme Novices Hurdle!

Bet £10, Get £40

Signup with 888sport today using promo code 'RACING' and bet £10 for £30 in free bets and £10 for any Cheltenham market.

888sport Offer Info >

New Customers only. £10 minimum deposit using promo code 'RACING'. First bet must be placed on any market. Minimum stake £10 at odds of 1/2 (1.5). Free bets are credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days. Full Terms & Conditions apply.

Non-Runner, No Bet

Bet365 offer a ‘Non-Runner No Bet’ deal so if the horse you bet on fails to line up, they’ll refund your stake.

Bet365 Offer Info >

Bet365 offer a Non-Runner No Bet deal so any bets placed on Win or Each-Way markets will be refunded if your horse doesn't run in the race that you backed them in. Non-Runner No Bet applies to all 2019 Cheltenham Festival races from 18:00 on 8th January 2019. Further T&C's apply.

Moneyback Offer

Bet on on ANY Cheltenham race and if your horse doesn't end up running, Betfair will refund your stake.

Betfair Offer Info >

Non Runner No Bet applies to bets placed after 10:00 on Wednesday 7th of March on all Cheltenham Festival Races. If your single selection does not run in that race, we’ll refund your stake in full. If your selection is contained in a multiple bet and does not run in that race, we will void your selection in that bet. Any bets placed with a free bet will qualify for a refund and be returned to a customer’s Bonus Wallet, as long as the free bet bonus has not expired.

Moneyback Offer

Bet on ANY Cheltenham race at Betfred and if your horse doesn't end up running, they'll refund your stake.

Betfred Offer Info >

Applies to bets placed from 08:00 on Monday 5th March 2019. Applies to all Cheltenham Festival 2019 races. Bets placed using free bet funds do not apply. Tote bets do not apply. Full T&Cs apply.

Moneyback Offer

Bet on ANY Cheltenham race at Coral and if your horse pulls out, they'll give you your money back.

Coral Offer Info >

18+. UK+IRE only. Offer valid for bets struck from 8am Wednesday 28th February until start of race. T&C’s Apply.

Moneyback if Horse Falls

Bet on ANY Cheltenham race at Coral and if your horse falls during the race you bet on, you'll get your money back in full (max £25).

Coral Offer Info >

18+. UK+IRE only. Min bet £1. Get max £25 back as free bet next day by 12pm. Free bet valid for 24 hrs. Must use in entirety on single racing bet. Applies to losing 'win part' of win & E/W singles. One free bet per customer per horse that falls. T&C's Apply.

Moneyback Offer

Bet on ANY Cheltenham race at Ladbrokes and if your horse doesn't run in the race you bet on, you'll get your money back in full.

Ladbrokes Offer Info >

18+. UK&IE only. Promo period 8.00am 28.2.18 - race off 2019 Cheltenham Festival. Certain deposit methods excluded. Single bet on Cheltenham Festival race excluding Forecast, Tricast and Tote Dividend = stake returned if horse withdrawn. T&C’s apply.

Moneyback Offer

Bet on ANY Cheltenham race and if your horse doesn't start, PaddyPower offer you your money back.

PaddyPower Offer Info >

1. If you place a bet on any of the 28 races at Cheltenham and your horse does not run in that race you will receive your money back. 2. For Non Runners in Multiples, that leg will be deemed void and the rest of the bet will stand. 3. Applies to bets placed from 12:00pm on January 9th. 4. Prices will not be guaranteed until final declarations. 5. PaddyPower reserves the right in its discretion to exclude and/or limit the availability of the offer to certain customers. Click here to view the full terms and conditions for PaddyPower moneyback offers.

Cheltenham Price Boosts

As well as the Cheltenham betting offers listed above, British Bookmakers also like to offer enhanced odds on certain horses and races throughout the Festival.

Bookmakers price boosts are usually reserved for new signups but can make joing a new betting portal an attractive proposition due to the potential for bigger winnings.

Cheltenham Day 4 - Gold Cup

Bookmakers Gold Cup price boosts for Day 4 of Cheltenham:

888sport Price Boost 888sport Price Boost

Might Bite To Win: 33/1

Signup to 888sport using the promo code 'BOOST' for enhanced odds of 33/1 on Might Bite winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Day 4 of Cheltenham.

New customers only. £10 minimum deposit using promo code "BOOST". Qualifying bet must be placed at the normal odds Min bet £5, max bet £5. Extra winnings paid in FREE BETS and added within 72 hrs of qualifying bet settlement. Free bet stakes not included in bet returns. Free bets expire 7 days after credit. T&C's apply.

Coral Price Boost Coral Price Boost

Might Bite to Win: 25/1

Signup with Coral today for boosted odds of 25/1 on Might Bite winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival (boosted from 4/1).

UK+IRE New Customers Only. Winning bets paid in cash based on the normal price on our website. Enhanced odds paid in free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. Losing £5 free bet excludes Coral Connect customers. Certain payment methods and cashout excluded.

PaddyPower Price Boost PaddyPower Price Boost

Might Bite to Win: 70/1

Signup with PaddyPower today for the boosted price of 70/1 on Might Bite winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Day 4 of Cheltenham (boosted from 4/1).

New Customers can get Might Bite at an enhanced 70/1 to win the Gold Cup. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/Paypal count. Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.

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Native River To Win: 33/1

Signup to 888sport using the promo code 'BOOST' for enhanced odds of 33/1 on Native River winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Day 4 of Cheltenham.

New customers only. £10 minimum deposit using promo code "BOOST". Qualifying bet must be placed at the normal odds Min bet £5, max bet £5. Extra winnings paid in FREE BETS and added within 72 hrs of qualifying bet settlement. Free bet stakes not included in bet returns. Free bets expire 7 days after credit. T&C's apply.

Cheltenham Betting Guide

With 28 races across 4 days of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, this is without doubt one of the most exciting horse racing events of the season so far.

The race schedule for this years festival is shown below, and we've also highlighted the most popular races to bet on each day and the bookmakers offering best odds on the favourites.

Check out our bookmakers signup offers page if you're planning to bet on Cheltenham races at a new online betting portal as there's plenty of bonus bets to take advantage of.

Cheltenham - Day 1

Historically the most popular race to bet on on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle which is a Grade 1 Hurdle with a distance of 2 miles.

TUESDAY 13th

  • 13:30 - Supreme Novices Hurdle
  • 14:10 - Arkle Challenge Trophy
  • 14:50 - Festival Handicap Chase
  • 15:30 - Champion Hurdle
  • 16:10 - Mares Hurdle
  • 16:50 - National Hunt Chase
  • 17:30 - Novices Handicap Chase

Champion Hurdle Favourites

While most of the bookmaker’s top choices for The Champion Hurdle are Irish runners, the favourite is last year’s winner Buveur D’Air.

Buveur D’Air's best odds: 8/13 at PaddyPower.com

Faugheen's best odds: 13/2 at Bet365.com

Wicklow Brave's best odds: 14/1 at Bet365.com

Yorkhill's best odds: 16/1 at Coral.co.uk

Melon's best odds: 16/1 at WilliamHill.com

The French 7 year old comes out of the J.P McManus stable and is trained by Nicky Henderson.

Having won the last 9 races, and carrying a 78.57% win rate, it’s no wonder bookmakers offer ‘Buveur D’Air’ as the favourite.

Also in the top runners is the 2015 Champion Hurdle winner ‘Faugheen’. The Irish 10 year old trained by Willie Mullins has won 13 out of 16 races and looks to be back on top form after a slow 2017.

Bookmakers did offer 2 other Willie Mullins runners in the top 5, with both ‘Yorkhill’ and ‘Wicklow Brave’ amongst the favourite alongside ‘My Tent or Yours’, an Irish 11 year old also owned by J.P McManus and trained by Nicky Henderson.

NB: Champion Hurdle odds correct at the time this Cheltenham betting guide went live and are subject to change. Last updated: 06:03 13/03/2018.

Cheltenham - Day 2

The race most punters will be betting on on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival is Queen Mother Champion Chase, is a Grade 1 Chase that's run over 2 miles.

WEDNESDAY 14th

  • 13:30 - Ballymore Novices Hurdle
  • 14:10 - RSA Chase
  • 14:50 - Coral Cup
  • 15:30 - Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 16:10 - Cross Country Chase
  • 16:50 - Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle
  • 17:30 - Champion Bumper

Champion Chase Favourites

Wednesday’s feature race is the Champion Chase and the one to beat is ‘Altior’.

The Irish 8 year old trained by Nicky Henderson is on fire this season, and is way ahead on form and ability compared to the other entrants in this race.

Altior's best odds: 5/4 at PaddyPower.com

Douvan's best odds: 11/4 at Bet365.com

Min's best odds: 3/1 at WilliamHill.com

Politologue's best odds: 12/1 at Coral.co.uk

Special Tiara's best odds: 28/1 at Bet365.com

Bookmakers offer extremely short odds on ‘Altior’ winning, so make sure you take advantage of some of their Cheltenham betting offers or price boosts to enhance your odds.

‘Politologue’ is another top contender in this race, and the 7-year-old French runner trained by Paul Nicholls is having a fantastic season.

Willie Mullins seems to be dominating the opening days of the festival and, yet again, has 3 of the bookmakers favourites in the top 5 runners.

‘Min’, the French 7 year old has won 6 of his last 8 races, while ‘Douvan’, another French Bay Gelding comes into the race with a 92.86% win rate, only losing 1 race in his career.

Although bookmakers offer Altior as the front runner, there are a lot of fantastic horses in the line-up including ‘Special Tiara’ who is back to defend his crown, making the Champion Chase one of the most exciting races of day 2 of the Festival.

NB: Champion Chase odds correct at the time this Cheltenham betting guide went live and are subject to change. Last updated: 06:03 13/03/2018.

Cheltenham - Day 3

The main race to bet on on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival is the Stayers Hurdle (abt 3m) with the Ryanair Chase (2m abt 5f) also a very popular race.

THURSDAY 15th

  • 13:30 - JLT Novices Chase
  • 14:10 - Pertemps Final Hurdle
  • 14:50 - Ryanair Chase
  • 15:30 - Stayers Hurdle
  • 16:10 - Festival Plate
  • 16:50 - Mares Novices Hurdle
  • 17:30 - Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Ryanair Chase Favourites

The Ryanair Chase has some very exciting horses fighting for this year’s prize money.

Un De Sceaux's best odds: 5/4 at Bet365.com

Cue Card's best odds: 11/2 at Betfair.com

Balko Des Flos' best odds: 7/1 at Coral.co.uk

Cloudy Dream's best odds: 8/1 at 888sport.com

Frodon's best odds: 10/1 at WilliamHill.com

This race is usually one of the punters favourites, as the majority of winners (9 of the last 12) tend to be in the bookmakers top 3 runners.

Willie Mullins, who has won this race 2 years running, is bringing back ‘Un De Sceaux’ to defend his title. The 10-year-old French Bay Gelding looks in amazing form, having won 6 out of his last 7 races, and is the bookmakers firm favourite to win.

Ruth Jefferson’s 7 year old Irish Bay Gelding ‘Waiting Patiently’ has won his last 7 races and was one of the stronger contenders until he retired.

‘Min’ the French 7 year old trained by Willie Mullins, and ‘Top Notch’ Nicky Henderson’s Bay Gelding, who was looking good after winning won 2 of his last 3 races.

NB: Ryanair Chase odds correct at the time this Cheltenham betting guide went live and are subject to change. Last updated: 06:03 13/03/2018.

Stayers Hurdle Favourites

The Stayers Hurdle is always a tremendous race, as it is the only 3-mile hurdle of the festival.

Sam Spinner's best odds: 4/1 at WilliamHill.com

Supasundae's best odds: 5/1 at Coral.co.uk

Yanworth's best odds: 11/2 at Unibet.com

Penhill's best odds: 9/1 at Coral.co.uk

Bacardy's best odds: 12/1 at BetVictor.com

Last year’s winner Nichols Canyon won’t be returning to defend his crown, leaving the race wide open to a line up of energetic runners.

Jessica Harrington’s ‘Supasundae’ is the bookmakers favourite to win, and after winning the Coral Cup last year and the Irish Champion Hurdle in February, we expect great things from him at Cheltenham.

Jedd O’Keeffe’s ‘Sam Spinner’, who had a fantastic win at Ascot in December, and ‘Yanworth’ who is trained by Alan King out of J.P McManus stables, look as if they will be ones to watch.

Meanwhile Gordon Elliott’s ‘Apple’s Jade’, who has a great track record and has won her last 5 races, and ‘Penhill’ – yet another Willie Mullins who has won 5 out of his last 7 races, that were in the top runners for the Stayers Hurdle.

NB: Stayers Hurdle odds correct at the time this Cheltenham betting guide went live and are subject to change. Last updated: 06:03 13/03/2018.

Cheltenham - Day 4

It goes without saying but the race you just have to bet on when it comes to day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup which is raced over 3 miles and 2 furlongs.

FRIDAY 16th

  • 13:30 - Triumph Hurdle
  • 14:10 - County Handicap Hurdle
  • 14:50 - Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
  • 15:30 - Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • 16:10 - Foxhunter Steeple Chase
  • 16:50 - Conditional Jockeys Hurdle
  • 17:30 - Grand Annual Chase

Cheltenham Gold Cup Favourites

All eyes will be on The Cheltenham Gold Cup on the last day of the festival, with prize money of £5625,000 and one of the most prestigious and sought-after titles in racing up for grabs.

Might Bite's best odds: 7/2 at 888sport.com

Native River's best odds: 11/2 at WilliamHill.com

Our Duke's best odds: 7/1 at WilliamHill.com

Killultagh Vic's best odds: 10/1 at WilliamHill.com

Road To Respect's best odds: 12/1 at Betfair.com

Jessica Harrington’s ‘Sizing John’ who was last year’s winner, won't be back to defend his crown after suffering a hairline non-displaced fracture of his pelvis.

‘Might Bite’ is currently the bookmakers favourite to win. Nicky Henderson’s 9 year old has won his last 5 races, including a big win Kempton Park in December, and looks in stunning form coming into the Gold Cup.

‘Native River’, Colin Tizzard’s 8 year old Irish Chestnut Gelding who won at Newbury after an 11 month break, is also expected to do well, while ‘Our Duke’, another Jessica Harrington trained 8 year old Bay with a 50% win rate looks like a strong contender.

Another promising runner in bookmakers top 5 is ‘Killultagh Vic’, the Willie Mullins 9 year old Irish Bay Gelding with a 57.14% win rate.

'Road To Respect', the Noel Meade-trained and Gigginstown House Stud-owned seven-year-old could also be worth a look having won the Leopardstown Christmas Chase.

NB: Cheltenham Gold Cup odds correct at the time this Cheltenham betting guide went live and are subject to change. Last updated: 06:03 13/03/2018.

Select a bookmaker to view their current betting offers.

Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt Racing Calendar in the UK. The race prize is second to the Grand National. The Cheltenham Festival is a chance for the best Irish and British horses to come together and race one another.

Cheltenham Festival is the first major horse racing even of the year and takes place in March at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Massive amounts of money are bet on the event with British Bookmakers usually reporting that hundreds of millions of pounds have been gambled over the four day festival.

As with most horse race betting events, actualy betting comprises a significant aspect of its appeal. The event is known for its atmosphere, most notably the famous Cheltenham roar.

The Cheltenham roar refers to the noise made when he horses enter the home straight and long run in. The roar can also usually be heard at the opening race of the festival.

Cheltenham History

Cheltenham Festival ran over 3 days for a long time, however this all changed in 2005 when a an extra day was introduced making the Festival the four day event that we know now.

There are now 24 races, with grade one events commonly described as Championship Races.

The first Cheltenham Festival took place in 1902 and since then has continued to gain more and more distinctions within the racing calendar, becoming nearly as in important as the Grand National, the prize money also seconding the Grand Nationals prize.

Every year without a fail now, the build up to Cheltenham Festival begins months in advance.

Most of the cheltenham bets that British Bookmakers take usually occur when the actual event is taking place, with hundred of millions of pounds spent on races.

The three most popular races are Tuesdays Champion Hurdle. Followed by the Queen Mother Champion Chase on the Wednesday and on Friday by the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Racecourse

A number one priority of the Cheltenham Racecourse has been to provide the best underfoot conditions for the horses. The aim has been to provide the best conditions for the Cheltenham Gold Cup but also for events taking place throughout the whole year.

Using the available ground has enable the Racecourse to produce fresh ground on the new course for both third and in 2005 the fourth day of the festival.

A day at the Cheltenham Festival comprises of six races, with the meeting getting underway with the Supreme Novices Hurdle on Tuesday afternoon, which is the first race of the event.

The Feature race however being the Champion Hurdle, which regardless of attracting large fields is normally taken by those more favoured in the Cheltenham betting markets.

The most successful horse in Cheltenham Gold Cup history was Golden Miller, who won five times. There have also been another three horses that won the cup 3 times consecutively.

The race course has many advantages including onsite accommodation and several restaurants to choose from. At Cheltenham there is a huge choice of places where food and drink is available, ranging from bars to seafood and beef burger stalls.

An impressive range of hotels can also be found in the surrounding area, usually offering exclusive deals and VIP packages whilst the Cheltenham Festival is on.

Expired Cheltenham Offers

Unfortunately British Bookmakers Cheltenham betting offers and price boosts are time sensitive. We will be listing any expired offers below during the Festival.

Moneyback if SP Fav wins

Bet up to £10 on any of the first four races on Day 3 and get money back as a free bet if the SP favourite wins wins the race!

Moneyback if Samcro Wins

Bet up to £10 on the Ballymore Novices Hurdle and you'll get your stake back as a free bet if Samcro wins the race!

Ballymore Novices Hurdle

Bet on the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Ladbrokes and they'll pay out at double odds if your horse wins the race!

Supreme Novices Offer

Bet on the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Coral and get moneyback if your horse doesn't win! (max £25).

Supreme Novices Offer

Place a win or each-way bet on the Supreme Novices Hurdle at William Hill and get double odds if your horse wins!