Cheltenham Betting

Cheltenham betting has just been made easier with this comprehensive guide we’ve put together for you.

It will help you get the best Cheltenham odds, tips from industry-leading experts, free bets and race results, so you can make the most of your experience of the Cheltenham Festival, one of the most important events of the racing calendar.

Every year, online bookmakers go out of their way to make Cheltenham betting an event to savour. For new customers, there are unmissable opportunities to earn free bets, place bets at enhanced odds and take advantage of other special offers. Here is our specially assembled recommended list of new customer free bets, ahead of Cheltenham 2018.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers

Having a flutter is part and parcel of enjoying the Cheltenham Festival and while finding winners is never going to be easy as is always the case with jump racing, here’s a quick guide to some of the best ways you can ensure that the 2018 editions of this wonderful event proves to be a profitable one for you.

ANTE-POST: In the lead up to Cheltenham this year, some bookmakers are going ‘non-runner no bet’ on the four championship races, while with Betfred, Betfair, Betway, William Hill, Bet365, Skybet, Paddy Power and Totesport, you can enjoy those generous conditions on all 28 races. So it’s not rocket science that those are the bookies to go with regarding your ante-post wagers. Start placing your bets on Cheltenham today with ‘Ante Post Non-Runner No Bet’ and get refunded 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 bookmakers sponsoring some of the Cheltenham races. Examples of these at the 2018 edition include: Coral Cup Hurdle, Skybet Supreme Novices Hurdle, Betway Queen Mother Chase and more.
  • BEST ODDS GUARANTEED:Keep your eyes peeled for the bookies who have embraced this policy. It means that if you back a horse before the off and the starting price ends up being bigger than what it was when you backed it, your bet is settled at the higher odds.
  • MULTIPLE BETS– Should your luck be in, this is one of the best methods to win that amount of money that could change your life overnight. Multiple bet is where you select several horses to win on the same betting slip. If they all win, the odds of each one are multiplied by the others so even just having three or four winners come good could bring you a huge payout.
  • ENHANCED PLACE TERMS– Most bookmakers will be offering 1-4 odds on a place on all the Cheltenham 2018 races, so each-way betting can prove quite lucrative. Some of the big field handicaps will see some firms going as far as five or even six places, as opposed to the usual four. And that could make all the difference regarding you getting paid out.

Cheltenham Betting Preview – Runners

We’ve looked at how some of the Cheltenham 2017 runners performed so we have an idea of what we can expect in 2018. Coe back to this page for some further updates nearer the time on some of the key runners and riders.

  • Yanworth – Yanworth is a big and imposing chestnut hurdler trained by Alan King who didn’t quite come to the party last time round. However, he has developed into a genuine RSA chase contender this season with a string of promising wins at top level. At 12/1 he is heading the market ahead of Bacardys and Death Duty. But this one could have genuine improvement in the locker and give owner JP McManus another winner in the RSA Chase, although his trainer may yet opt to enter him in the Arkle chase (20/1) or the JLT Novices Chase (10/1) instead.
  • Native River– Finished runner-up in the 4m National Hunt Chase here last time out and has done nothing but improve since for Colin Tizzard. An impressive winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup, Native River followed up with another ballsy and hard-fought but top quality performance nonetheless when winning the Welsh Grand National. Everything points to him having every chance in the Gold Cup under the legendary Richard Johnson.
  • Altior – Since winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last year, Altior has progressed beautifully over fences, yet to lose 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 outclass a strong field in quite astonishing style. Likely to be entered in to the Queen Mother Champion Chase, where he is the early favourite, he can win in a similar fashion to some of his past performances and for many is as much ‘banker material’ as you can get.
  • Coneygreewas so bullish and imposing in his style of racing during 2015, he just broke horses from the front and his current quote of over 20/1 for the Gold Cup looks attractive.
  • Faugheen– The Champion Hurdle could go the way of one of the favourites- Faugheen. If someone was to gatecrash Faugheen’s party, it could be terrific filly Apples Jade, who showed all her class at Aintree back in April last season and has bags of scope to improve. Keep an eye on the pair of them between now and March 2018.
  • 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 in a long time and that’s saying something; it is going to be a real joy to watch Douvan perform at Cheltenham once again.

Cheltenham Racing Results

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

For a helping hand with your next bets, see the Cheltenham racing results.

The SkyBet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race
13:30
Hurdle
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
14:10
Chase
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
14:50
Chase
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The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
15:30
Hurdle
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The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race
16:10
Hurdle
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The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
16:50
Chase
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The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
17:30
Chase
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The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race
13:30
Hurdle
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The RSA Steeple Chase
14:10
Chase
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The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
14:50
Hurdle
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The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
15:30
CHASE
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The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
16:10
CHASE
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The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
16:50
Hurdle
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The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)
17:30
Bumper
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The JLT Novices’ Chase
13:30
Chase
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The Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle Race)
14:10
Hurdle
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The Ryanair Steeple Chase
14:50
Chase
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The Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle
15:30
Hurdle
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The Brown Advisory & Marriebelle Stable Plate (Handical Steeple Chase)
16:10
Chase
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The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle
16:50
Hurdle
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The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)
17:30
Chase
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The JCB Triumph Hurdle
13:30
Chase
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The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race
14:10
Hurdle
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The Alber Barlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
14:50
Chase
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The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
15:30
Hurdle
The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
16:10
Chase
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The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race (0-145)
16:50
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The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
17:30
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What is the Cheltenham Festival?

While the Grand National at Aintree is regarded as the most famous steeplechase in the world, the Cheltenham Festival –made up of four days of the best National Hunt racing of the year – is described by many as the ‘Olympic Games ‘of the sport.

The best chasers and hurdlers from Britain and Ireland (plus the occasional ‘tourist’ from the US or France) will attempt to win one of the 28 races making up the meeting, including the four championship contests:): the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (Thursday) and Timico Gold Cup (Friday). And on days one and two: the Stan James Champion Hurdle (Tuesday), Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Wednesday.

Where and When does the Action Take Place?

The 2017 Cheltenham Festival will run between Tuesday 14th and Friday 17th March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH.

How can I Watch the Action?

For those of us unable to attend the Cheltenham Festival in person, there are numerous ways in which we can follow events going on at the course. Terrestrial broadcaster Channel4 had a long association with coverage of the festival but it’s now down to ITV1 to screen the action, who will show the first five races on each of the four days, beginning with the 13.30 race and ending with the 16.10.

Subscription channel Racing UK will show us all 28 races as will the majority of Britain’s betting shops. Most bookies operating online offer a streaming service during Cheltenham for customers who have had a punt on the race in question. Each day comprises seven races, starting at 13.30 with the final contest run at 5.30.