Cheltenham Festival - 2021

Cheltenham Betting Guide

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

The Cheltenham Race Schedule starts Tuesday March 16th at 13:30 with the Supreme Novices Hurdle and finishes with the Conditional Jockeys Hurdle at 17:30 on Friday the 19th.

Cheltenham Betting Offers

As well as tips in our Cheltenham betting guide, we've also compiled bookmakers latest betting offers and price boosts that are available for Cheltenham Festival 2021.

A lot of the betting offers for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival are 'Non-Runner, No Bet' type deals which basically means a bookmaker will refund your stake if horses you back don't run.

There are usually other types of Cheltenham betting offers to take advantage of including some bookmakers that offer double winnings when betting on the first race of the day!

Bet £10, Get £40

Signup to 888sport using promo 'RACING' and bet £10 on Cheltenham Festival and win or lose, they'll give you £40 in free bets!

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New customers only – £10 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 credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method & withdrawal restrictions apply & Full T&C’s apply.

Bet £20, Get £20

New and existing members that bet £20 on the first race on Day 1 of Cheltenham Festival will receive a £20 free bet.

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Expires 13:30 10/03/2020. Min £20 in EXC back bets on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle ‘Win’ market. EXCLUDES ANTEPOST BETS. Max £20 EXC mobile free bet, not valid on ‘E/W’ markets, awarded at bet settlement. E-wallet exclusions apply. T&Cs apply.

Cheltenham NRNB

Bet on selected Cheltenham Festival races and if your horse doesn't end up running, Betfred will refund your stake.

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Expires 13/03/2020. Applies to bets placed from 07:00 on Wednesday 1st January 2020. Applies to the following races: Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. T&C's Apply.

Bet £10, Get £50

Signup with Bet Victor and bet just £10 on Cheltenham Festival and they'll give you £30 in free bets plus a £20 casino bonus!

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Expires 23:59 13/03/2020. New Customers, register and place your first bet of £10 or more at odds of evens (2.00) or greater; excludes cashed out bets. Get £30 in Free Bets, plus a £20 Casino Bonus, wager 40x to withdraw winning 7 day expiry and 50 free spins on Scudamore’s Super stakes 3 day expiry. Offer Valid 10:00GMT Monday 2nd March 2020 until 23:59GMT Friday 13th March 2020. Credit/Debit Card deposits only. Geographical Restrictions and T&C's Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.

£20 Free Bet if 2nd or 3rd

Bet on Cheltenham Festival races at Boylesports and get moneyback in free bets if your horse is 2nd or 3rd to SP favourite.

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18+. UK/IRE customers only. Max refund £/€20. Win or win part of e/w outright singles only. Min field size required. 1st bet on each race. Free bet expires after 7 days. Applies to Ante Post bets placed from 3/3/2020. Free/void bets don’t qualify. T&Cs apply.

Moneyback if 2nd, 3rd or 4th

Bet on any race on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival and get moneyback in free bets if your horse comes 2nd, 3rd or 4th.

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Expires 10/03/2020. Applies to bets placed for the first day of Cheltenham only. Applies to win singles and the win part of each-way singles only. Max free bet €/£10 per customer per race. T&Cs apply.

Cheltenham NRNB

Bet on any Cheltenham Festival race and if your horse doesn't start, PaddyPower offer to give you your money back in cash.

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Expires 13/03/2020. Non-Runner-No-Bet offer applies to all Cheltenham 2020 Races. Applies to bets placed from 10am February 10th. If you placed your bet after we went 'non-runner no bet' you will receive your money back as soon as your non runner is declared. T&Cs apply.

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 Cheltenham Festival 2021.

Bookmakers price boosts are usually reserved for new signups but can make joining a new online betting portal an attractive proposition due to the potentially bigger wins!

Cheltenham Betting Guide

With 28 races to bet on across 4 days of the Cheltenham Festival 2021, this is without doubt set to be 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 including a guide to betting on the race.

Check out our bookmakers signup offers page if you're planning to bet on the 2021 Cheltenham Festival at a new betting portal as there's plenty of free bets on offer for new account holders.

Champion Hurdle

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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.


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

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Champion Chase

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Cheltenham - Day 2

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


  • 13:30 - Ballymore Novices Hurdle
  • 14:10 - Novices' Steeple Chase
  • 14:50 - Coral Cup Hurdle
  • 15:30 - Champion Chase
  • 16:10 - Cross Country Chase
  • 16:50 - Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  • 17:30 - Champion Bumper

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Ryanair Chase

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Cheltenham - Day 3

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


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

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Cheltenham Gold Cup

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Cheltenham - Day 4

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


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

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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, actually 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.