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Cheltenham tips aren’t hard to come by, especially in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival. But not all tips are equally valuable. The loudest voices are often raised by those who are the least knowledgeable. And if you put money on every tip you receive, you’re likely to blow your bankroll long before the end of the first day.

And that’s why we’ve provided this guide. Here, we’ll take an in-depth look at the races that we think are most worthy of attention at the Cheltenham Festival 2024. We’ll highlight the key runners to focus on in those races and explain why. We’ll also provide some general Cheltenham betting tips that should prove useful and warn you about some common mistakes to avoid.

The Importance of Cheltenham Tips Today

Cheltenham tips

The internet has improved our sports betting lives in countless ways. It’s made it easier to shop around for the best odds, to get access to more markets and to place bets from anywhere. But it has also given rise to a whole generation of self-proclaimed experts on every subject imaginable. And that means there’s an awful lot of misinformation around and a serious need to be careful about who you listen to.

All of the Cheltenham tips provided here are based on our decades of experience as serious horse racing experts. Just like the thoroughbreds that we like to bet on, we’ve got racing in our blood. We love watching races just as much as anyone else. But we also love poring over form books, analysing official ratings and keeping our ear to the ground for the latest information from the yards. All of which gives our Cheltenham betting tips a lot more weight than those you might find elsewhere.

We don’t claim that our Cheltenham Festival tips are guaranteed to win, and you shouldn’t believe anyone who does. Horse racing is a sport involving animals, and animals can have off-days just like humans. Sometimes, the form book gets thrown out of the window, and major upsets occur. But that’s racing. Keep that in mind as you read our Cheltenham tips today, and you’ll have a good chance of having an enjoyable – and hopefully profitable – festival.

Cheltenham Festival Tips 2024 Day-By-Day

The Cheltenham Festival 2024 starts on Tuesday, 12 March, and concludes on Friday, 15 March. That gives horse racing fans four whole days of top-quality action to enjoy, with seven races taking place each day. Here are our Cheltenham tips for each day in turn:

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips – Supreme, Arkle, Champion Hurdle & More

The opening day of the Festival has “the Cheltenham roar” accompanying it. Punters looking for Tuesday Cheltenham tips don’t have to wait long for top horses as there are four Grade 1s on the card. Chief among those is the Champion Hurdle, but the novice events over fences and hurdles are pretty spectacular too. This is the Tuesday card, billed as Champion Day, in full:

  • 1:30 – Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • 2:10 – My Pension Expert Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase
  • 2:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase
  • 3:30 – Unibet Champion Hurdle
  • 4:10 – Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
  • 4:50 – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Registered as the Fred Winter)
  • 5:30 – National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup (Novices’ Chase for Amateur Jockeys)

Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

All Cheltenham tips on day 1 of the Festival naturally start with the first race. The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the traditional curtain raiser and master Irish trainer Willie Mullins has won it five times since 2013. For this year’s edition, he has the first two in the ante post betting courtesy of Dublin Racing Festival Grade 1 hero Ballyburn and the regally-bred Mystical Power.

The former is a strong stayer over this two-mile distance having won a Point-to-Point and two Punchestown bumpers. Mystical Power, meanwhile, is a son of potent site Galileo and Champion Hurdle heroine Annie Power. He landed the Moscow Flyer, a recognised trial for the Supreme, in January.

Powerful owner JP McManus has a strong hand with a share in Mystical Power, but also Jeriko Du Reponet and No Flies On Him both also prominent in the market. Each has the initial option of running here. Jeriko Du Reponet represents the Nicky Henderson stable that has three winners of this in the last eight years and won the Rossington Main Supreme Trial.

Edward O’Grady runner No Flies On Him bested subsequent Grade 1 Formby Novices’ Hurdle scorer Jango Baie in an Irish Point with that also in the Seven Barrows stable of Henderson. Gordon Elliott’s Firefox beat Ballyburn earlier in the season, while Mullins has another bullet to fire in Listed scorer Tullyhill.

My Pension Expert Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase

Things look open in the two-mile novice chase division this year, so Cheltenham race tips on the Arkle should reflect that. Prior to the Dublin Racing Festival, Marine Nationale was odds-on in the antepost market but ran poorly. Bookmakers believe last year’s Supreme winner ran too bad in the Irish Arkle to be true.

Marine Nationale is the stable star of owner-trainer Barry Connell. His Leopardstown flop after jumping so well on his debut over fences could just be a blip. It gives tipsters a reason to look elsewhere for value, though. Irish Arkle winner Il Etait Temps put it all together for perhaps a career best the last day.

Although Willie Mullins’ charge has strong form over fences, the concern with backing him in the horse racing betting on the four-day Festival are his past Cheltenham performances. Il Etait Temps has been fierce keen on his previous visits and finished fifth over hurdles at the meeting during the last two seasons.

Mullins must also decide what to do with Gaelic Warrior after his own Dublin Racing Festival disappointment. Second at the Festival over hurdles in 2023 and 2022, if no worse for whatever issue he had at Leopardstown, he jumped with electric pace earlier in the season. Mullins could also unleash Hunters YarnFacile Vega and Blood Destiny, who all have Cheltenham experience, in the Arkle.

Found A Fifty has a Grade 1 win over fences for Gordon Elliott and went down fighting by a neck to Il Etait Temps. He may well be among Cheltenham tips for Tuesday with credible British contenders thin on the ground. JPR One may be best of those, but unseated in the Arkle Trial at the last with the race at his mercy. He has since landed the Lightning Novices’ Chase at Lingfield.

Unibet Champion Hurdle

The biggest race and hurdle contest of the Festival is all about reigning champ Constitution Hill again. Those looking for value Cheltenham Tuesday tips won’t find a tasty bookmaker price available on the Nicky Henderson stable star. It is very hard to get away from the unbeaten under Rules force of nature known as Constitution Hill.

He’s lightly-raced and hasn’t put a foot wrong over hurdles. There is no obvious reason why old rival State Man, who chased the long odds-on favourite home in the Champion Hurdle 12 months ago, should turn the tables. Willie Mullins stable companion Lossiemouth would be interesting if rerouted here from facing fellow mares, but connections indicated she will go up in trip an back against her own sex after her easy International Hurdle victory.

Others from the yard, namely Impaire Et Passe and Vauban, have been scratched. Zarak The Brave won the Galway Hurdle over the summer and then bounced back to form in the Limestone Lad at Naas in January. This young pretender has plenty to find with the first two in the Champion Hurdle horse racing betting.

Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle

It’s far more likely that we will see last year’s Triumph Hurdle heroine Lossiemouth stepped up in distance for the Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle over two-and-a-half-mile. Mullins of course has plenty of ammunition for this race, which he’s farmed down the years, so most Cheltenham tips on it are for runners from his Closutton stables. Lossiemouth picked up more experience of the track on Festival Trials Day.

Doncaster Yorkshire Rose winner Ashroe Diamond is also prominent in the horse racing market offered here but Gala Marceau, who was behind her that day, flopped. Outside of a Mullins quartet completed by Echoes In Rain, the best British mares look to be last year’s runner-up Love Envoi for Harry Fry, Nicky Henderson runner Marie’s Rock and Jamie Snowden representative You Wear It Well.

Punters shouldn’t forget about the Henry De Bromhead stable for the Mares’ Hurdle either. Both Magical Zoe and Telmesomethinggirl have unfinished business at Cheltenham. They have been unlucky at past Festivals and the yard won this race twice with the great Honeysuckle.

National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup

Who else but Willie Mullins has won the Grade 2 National Hunt Chase for amateur riders and novices over fences four times since 2013, including three of the last six editions. Embassy Gardens is the favourite for the longest race at the four-day Cheltenham Festival, but the yard also has Minella CocoonerNick Rockett and Paddy Power Chase hero Meetingofthewaters prominent in the market.

If it’s not Mullins that Cheltenham tips for the day 1 finale focus on, then there are Gordon Elliott runners to consider too. His team of possible National Hunt Chase contenders includes Salvador ZiggyThree Card Brag and Favori De Champdou. Elliott has three wins in the race since 2015 and four in total like his great rival in Ireland.

Other trainers in the Emerald Isle have hands to play here, however. Emmet Mullins may saddle Corbetts Cross out to make amends for crashing out through the wing of the final flight in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival last year. Gavin Cromwell has dual Stayers’ Hurdle hero Flooring Porter in the National Hunt Chase too and he has plenty of Cheltenham experience.

Leading British contenders may struggle to get a look-in, meanwhile. Anthony Honeyball has Kilbeg King as a possible for this race. Scottish trainer Lucinda Russell has given her mare Apple Away the option of running here too. Local handler Nigel Twiston-Davies has put Broadway Boy through his paces in Cheltenham handicaps earlier in the season, while Stay Away Fay could still end up going down this route.

Cheltenham Day 2 Tips – Queen Mother Champion Chase on Style Wednesday

Now known as Style Wednesday, the second day of the Festival used to be called Ladies Day. Fashion will play a part off the track, while some classy horses compete in a variety of different disciplines and over varied distances. Wednesday Cheltenham tips often focus on the feature race, the two-mile Queen Mother Champion Chase, but there are other even more competitive events on the card. Here are all seven contests:

  • 1:30 – Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle
  • 2:10 – Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (Registered as the Broadway)
  • 2:50 – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
  • 3:30 – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 4:10 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
  • 4:50 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase
  • 5:30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle

Many of the leading contenders for the Grade 1 Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and five furlongs are prominent in the Supreme betting. Ballyburn would be a force to be reckoned with if turning up in this race instead of the Festival opener. Similar comments apply to Mystical Power or Paul Nicholls’ big British buy out of Ireland in Caldwell Potter.

Slade Steel from the Henry De Bromhead yard is one of the Cheltenham Wednesday tips to note after his fine second to Ballyburn at the Dublin Racing Festival. His trainer has indicated that the Robcour runner is swerving a rematch with that one. Other Willie Mullins runners may go down this route including Grade 1 Naas winner Readin Tommy WrongIle Atlantique and Billericay Dickie.

Classic Novices’ Hurdle winner Gidleigh Park could be back at Cheltenham bidding to follow-up on Festival Trials Day success here. Handstands entered the Baring Bingham picture with a Listed win at Huntingdon, while Newbury’s Grade 1 Challow Hurdle hero Captain Teague looks an obvious British contender.

Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase

Injury to Grangeclare West means a shake-up to the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase betting. Dublin Racing Festival Grade 1 winner and Champion Bumper second Fact To File ran a great trial for this three-mile contest at Leopardstown. That one was runner-up in last season’s Champion Bumper. Stay Away Fay landed the Albert Bartlett at the Festival 12 months ago and made a good start to life over fences.

Dan and Harry Skelton runner Grey Dawning took the Hampton Novices’ Chase at local track Warwick in style, meanwhile, so the British contingent may feature among Cheltenham tips for Wednesday here. Mullins will have to shuffle his pack, so besides Fact To File, Meetingofthewaters could stay at three miles and tackle this. Something similar may happen with fellow National Hunt Chase entries Embassy GardensMinella Cocooner and Nick Rockett.

Henry De Bromhead could run Monty’s Star here too, so there’s still plenty that could change in the staying novice chase division between now and the Festival. Leading Irish owner JP McManus looks like to keep Fact To File and Corbetts Cross apart in different races.

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

After Arkle success 12 months ago, El Fabiolo is all the rage to win at Cheltenham once again in the two-mile Queen Mother Champion Chase. Mullins’ charge, owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, is unbeaten over fences. Main market rival Jonbon failed to enhance his own claims when poor jumping cost him victory in the Clarence House, run here on Festival Trials Day rather than Ascot.

Most Cheltenham tips for the day two feature surround these major contenders. What other horses could join them in the frame is less clear. Edwardstone is a past winner of the Arkle, but also now a veteran aged 10. Like Captain Guinness for the De Bromhead stable, Alan King’s charge looks vulnerable to younger legs.

Boothill may be an alternative for the Harry Fry yard, but is better known for winning valuable handicaps. Joe Tizzard’s Elixir De Nutz has been better than ever this season winning the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter and profiting from those mistakes by Jonbon in the Clarence House. It is tough to see him repeating that. Gary Moore has Editeur Du Gite, but he’s getting on as well.

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

Irish trainers have a lot of big names targeting the Cross Country race over a variety of obstacles at the Festival. Unlike the handicaps run over the same three-and-three-quarter-mile course earlier in the season at Cheltenham, this is a conditions event. Henry De Bromhead will be looking to win it with former Gold Cup hero Minella Indo after saddling Sizing Australia to victory in 2011.

Gordon Elliott has five wins in this since 2017. The last two have come courtesy of Delta Work, who will have had his entire campaign centred on landing the hat-trick. Other inmates of Cullentra House also owned by Gigginstown House Stud that Cheltenham tips must consider is Coko Beach, but also Conflated. The yard also has Ronnie Bartlett’s Galvin if the going is better underfoot.

Beyond the market principals, and if they all turn up, it’s going to be an incredible race, there are the Cross Country handicap winners in Latenightpass for Dan and Harry Skelton, and Mouse Morris runner Foxy Jacks. Patrick Griffin veteran Roi Mage has also won a race of this nature in France this season. The big name which hasn’t taken to the banks is Stattler.

Weatherbys Champion Bumper

From jumping various obstacles to none at all now with the Weatherbys Champion Bumper serving as the UK championship of National Hunt Flat races. All good racing tips for Cheltenham should focus on the Dublin Racing Festival equivalent of this at Leopardstown. That is now the key trial to follow. With winner Jeroboam Machin out injured, the best of that form is the runner-up You Oughta Know.

Willie Mullins also has Punchestown winner Maughreen and wide-margin Naas scorer Jasmin De Vaux as leading hopes. Gordon Elliott’s major backers Gigginstown House Stud aren’t fans of the Champion Bumper, yet their Fairyhouse and Leopardstown victor Jalon D’Oudairies is a threat if sent across the Irish Sea to Cheltenham. Romeo Coolio represents different owners, however, and may travel.

Mares have enjoyed success in this race before too, so besides Maughreen there is also Leopardstown Grade 2 winner Fleur Au Fusil for tipsters and punters to consider. Expect a glut of Irish horses here with the best of British at 20/1 and bigger with your favourite bookmakers.

Cheltenham Day 3 Tips – Ryanair Chase & Stayers’ Hurdle on St Patrick’s Thursday

On the penultimate day of the Festival, fans and punters get two major races for the price of one. St Patrick’s Thursday, which can on occasion even fall on the patron saint of Ireland’s holy day, sees the Ryanair Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle share joint-top billing. Thursday Cheltenham tips must also consider more of those fiendishly tricky handicaps. This is what the entire card looks like:

  • 1:30 – Turners Novices’ Chase (Registered as the Golden Miller)
  • 2:10 – Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle
  • 2:50 – Ryanair Chase (Registered as the Festival Trophy)
  • 3:30 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle
  • 4:10 – Trustatrader Plate Handicap Chase
  • 4:50 – Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
  • 5:30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (for Amateur Riders)

Turners Novices’ Chase

JP McManus must decide whether to run Fact To File over further than his finished alone win at Leopardstown in the Brown Advisory or drop him back him in trip for the Turners Novices’ Chase over almost two-and-a-half miles. The leading Irish owner has last season’s Martin Pipe hero Iroko potentially returning from a setback to come here instead as well.

Many experts point to the course form of Ginny’s Destiny among Cheltenham tips for the day 3 opener. At this stage he looks the most likely winner that the trainer-jockey combination of Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden will have at the Festival. Some horses will inevitably be rerouted from the Arkle to this longer trip.

In this bracket, look no further than Facile Vega for Mullins and Found A Fifty from the Elliott stable. The former trainer is on a recovery mission with Gaelic Warrior, who now looks set to go back down in distance if he turns up at Cheltenham at all. Everything depends on how serious whatever problem he picked up at the Dublin Racing Festival is. The French superstar Il Est Francais holds an entry, but has long-term targets over further and may not come to the UK again until next season.

Ryanair Chase

The co-feature Ryanair Chase has lost dual winner Allaho to another injury, so he won’t bid to reclaim his crown. Cheveley Park Stud understudy Envoi Allen landed the spoils in his absence 12 months ago, so will be one of the most popular Cheltenham Thursday tips based on his own fine Festival record with three previous wins at the meeting.

Henry De Bromhead’s runner is not the favourite in the horse racing betting on the Ryanair, though. Heading the market is Joseph O’Brien inmate Banbridge, who goes very well on going with good in description. Soft ground at Cheltenham would dent his chances and owner Ronnie Bartlett won’t risk him on anything but a sound or yielding surface.

Last year’s Turners winner Stage Star has a mixed record at the track. On that performance at last year’s Festival, jockey Harry Cobden has a big ride under him but the Paul Nicholls runner has seen his jumping let him down. Stage Star almost came down at the final fence in the Paddy Power Gold Cup but survived, and then flopped in another Premier Handicap on New Year’s Day.

Other leading Irish contenders, meanwhile, include Cotswold Chase scorer Capodanno for Mullins and McManus. He could drop back in, but so might Martin Brassil’s Fastorslow after being put in his place over further by Galopin Des Champs in the Irish Gold Cup. Gordon Elliott has a hand to play here too with Conflated, but also potential improver Fil Dor.

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

Irish owners Robcour hold a very strong hand in the other open championship hurdle contest at the Festival. Both Irish Point and Teahupoo are trained by Elliott and the latter placed in the Stayers’ Hurdle last term, but is a stronger horse now. While Teahupoo took the Hatton’s Grace at Fairyhouse, Irish Point landed the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle. It will be a surprise if either isn’t home in front come the Festival.

Top Cheltenham tips must consider beyond the first two in the betting, though. Crambo has progressed out of handicaps and won the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot, beating many of the established British stayers over the festive period. He may give Fergal O’Brien a breakthrough Festival winner, but others from the home team like Paisley Park look thoroughly exposed.

Noble Yeats is a classy horse who got up to land the Cleeve Hurdle over course and distance on Trials Day for Emmet Mullins. The Stayers’ Hurdle may just be a stepping stone to another tilt at the Grand National, though. Monkfish is a previous Albert Bartlett winner whose subsequent career over fences has been wrecked by setbacks. He could come on from his successful reappearance in the Galmoy Hurdle.

McManus veteran and last year’s winner Sire Du Berlais can never be discounted despite being aged 12. He has won three times over the course and distance including this race 12 months ago. Sir Gerhard and Flooring Porter have the Stayers’ Hurdle as options to them among another typically strong Irish challenge.

Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

After winning the first five editions of the Grade 2 novice hurdle race for mares since it was added to the Cheltenham Festival, Willie Mullins seeks more success with Jade De Grugy. She won the Solerina in style at Fairyhouse, which has become a key trial for this extended two-mile test. The yard could also unleash Fun Fun Fun here, depending on how she fares in Listed company at Exeter against the geldings.

Gordon Elliott has an obvious contender in Brighterdaysahead, who runs over further in the Apple’s Jade at Navan. Dysart Enos is the mount of Paddy Brennan and a leading British contender that many experts like for Cheltenham tips on Thursday and the Fergal O’Brien stable. Queens Gamble represents up-and-coming trainer Harry Derham here, while Joyeuse is a full-sister to Epatante.

Cheltenham Day 4 Tips – Cheltenham Gold Cup as Festival Climaxes

What better way to bring the Festival to its crescendo than with the blue riband event of steeplechases, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. That dominates the fourth and final day of the meeting. While that is the natural thing for Friday Cheltenham tips to focus on, there are two other Grade 1s earlier on the card in the Triumph Hurdle for-year-old and Albert Bartlett for staying novice hurdlers. Here are all seven races on Gold Cup day:

  • 1:30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 2:10 – County Handicap Hurdle
  • 2:50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered as the Spa)
  • 3:30 – Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • 4:10 – St James’s Place Festival Open Hunters’ Chase
  • 4:50 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase (Registered as the Liberthine)
  • 5:30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

JCB Triumph Hurdle

After winning the official Grade 2 Trial over course and distance, Sir Gino is a strong favourite for the Triumph Hurdle this year. Along with Nicky Henderson stable companion Constitution Hill, he is considered something of a Festival banker for the home team. There are naturally plenty of dangers considered value alternatives by those giving Cheltenham Friday tips on the four-year-olds only race, however.

Mullins may well be mob-handed in the Triumph through the likes of Spring Juvenile Hurdle 1-2-3 KargeseStorm Heart and Majborough. Any of that trio could take a step forward from Leopardstown and go well here. Other leading British hopes are Gary Moore’s soft ground specialist Salver, Royal Ascot winner and Flat convert Burdett Road and possible Harry Cobden mount Liari, for all a tilt at the Fred Winter on Tuesday looks more likely with the latter.

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

The picture with the three-mile Albert Bartlett is always somewhat murky until penultimate declarations. Those experts giving definitive Cheltenham tips for Friday must be wary of outsiders here. What we can say well in advance is that this contest will be very open. Willie Mullins has the first three in the ante post betting here courtesy of High Class Hero, Dublin Racing Festival Grade 1 winner Dancing City and Naas top level scorer Reading Tommy Wrong. All appear to have the requisite stamina for such a test alongside Lecky Watson.

There are some big British hopes in the Albert Bartlett too. Cheltenham Grade 2 trial winners Gidleigh Park for Harry Fry’s yard and Shanagh Bob from the Nicky Henderson stable match that description. Paul Nicholls’ Champion Bumper third Captain Teague could go down this route and the Jonjo O’Neill trained Johnnywho, behind that one in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury, may do so as well.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips

Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Galopin Des Champs sets a clear and obvious standard on his two Leopardstown victories this winter. Plenty points to a successful defence of his crown for Mullins and not just on leading betting sites either, as the others all have questions to answer. Martin Brassil’s Fastorslow has twice placed at the Festival and held a head-t0-head edge over Galopin Des Champs until the Irish Gold Cup.

Gerri Colombe still has hopes for yet another Irish trainer in Gordon Elliott, based on how he shaped in the Brown Advisory 12 months ago. He hasn’t been able to match his Grade 1 form from Aintree in the spring and Down Royal on reappearance since, however. It’s hard to know what to expect from Shishkin, meanwhile, after an eventful season that included refusing to race and unseating his ride before Grade 2 success at Newbury.

L’Homme Presse is another leading British contender, but he wasn’t able to building on his successful return at Lingfield when runner-up in the Ascot Chase. Venetia Williams may yet rue running him twice in as many months before the big race. If we were guaranteed good ground, then Cheltenham Gold Cup tips would focus on King George hero Hewick, who came from well off the pace to win at Kempton on Boxing Day.

It seems to concern those six, although connections of Gentlemansgame and Grand National victor Corach Rambler will feel like lively outsiders. The latter has won the last two editions of the Ultima Handicap Chase, so clearly acts at Cheltenham and stays further with his Aintree triumph last spring. Those giving Cheltenham tips for the day 4 feature certainly have lots to ponder outside of the favourite.

Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase

One mare has distinguished herself above all others in Ireland this season, and that’s Dinoblue. After winning a Grade 1 against the geldings, she is one of the hot Cheltenham racing tips for the Festival in the Mares’ Chase over two-and-a-half miles. Trained by Willie Mullins, who else, for JP McManus, she shouldn’t have any problem getting the longer trip.

Last year’s runner-up Allegorie De Vassy may go well again, but jumps to her right and that’s not an advantage at Cheltenham. Watch our for Gavin Cromwell stable here, however, as both Brides Hill and the McManus owed Limerick Lace also have claims after showing improvement. It is very hard to see a British mare winning this, that’s for sure.

Pros & Cons of Following Cheltenham Ante-Post Tips

Betting on horses to win their Cheltenham Festival races days, weeks, or even months in advance in Ante-Post markets is very common. There are several good reasons for doing so, but there are a few potential downsides, too. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of following Cheltenham ante-post tips so that you’re familiar with both sides of the coin.

Advantages of Ante-Post Betting:

  • You Can Plan Ahead – Being able to wager in advance of the Cheltenham Festival allows you to plan your main betting campaign – and shop around for the best odds – well ahead of the races being run. That will leave you with more time and mental energy to focus on enjoying the festival itself.
  • Better Prices – When you bet on a horse in an ante-post market, you can often get better prices than you would just before the off. That’s particularly the case if you’re betting on a runner that isn’t a hot favourite to win.
  • No Rule 4 – Ante-post betting markets are exempt from the dreaded Rule 4 deduction, as laid out in Tattersalls Rules on Betting for horse racing. If you bet on a winner, you won’t have any deductions imposed even if other runners are withdrawn.

Potential Disadvantages:

  • You Can Lose Your Stake – Unless there’s a Non-Runner No Bet offer in place, you will lose your stake if your selected horse doesn’t participate in its race.
  • Things Can Change – You might not fancy a particular horse as much on the day of the race as you did previously. But your ante-post bet will still stand, regardless.

Best Cheltenham Tips Each Way

Races at the Cheltenham Festival tend to have bigger and/or more competitive fields than usual. For that reason, each-way betting is particularly popular. Here are our top tips for Cheltenham fans who like to make this kind of bet.

fa_shield-check Take Advantage of Extra Places

We’ve all heard that it’s easier to pick winners in non-handicap races than it is in handicaps. But that’s not always the case during the Cheltenham Festival. Here, the bookmakers will usually offer extra places in handicap races, which means that they’ll pay out for five or even six places instead of four. Take advantage of that, and you could make just as much or even more from a placed horse at a decent price than you would on a short-priced winner.

fa_shield-check Remember the Each Way Rule

Old-timers have long lived by a simple rule of thumb, and that’s to bet each way if the payout for a place will cover the whole of your stake. In other words, if a betting market pays 1/4 the odds, bet each way if you can get 4/1 or bigger. Similarly, if a market pays 1/5 the odds, bet each way when you can get 5/1 or bigger. That will ensure your return from a placed horse is sufficient to cover your total outlay. And larger odds will actually make you a profit.

fa_shield-check Consider Backing Multiple Runners

When betting each way, remember that it’s perfectly possible to bet on multiple runners in the same race and get a return from all of them. For example, in a race that pays for four places, you could bet on two, three or four runners, and all of them would have a chance of making the frame. And if all were to succeed, you could be quids in, especially if you remembered the each-way rule discussed a few moments ago.

The Mistakes You Should Avoid When Betting on Cheltenham

Ask any horse racing bettor who’s been around for a while, and if they’re honest, they’ll admit to having made plenty of mistakes at the Cheltenham Festival and elsewhere. That’s what human beings do. The good news is that it’s equally human to learn from the mistakes of others so that we can avoid making the same ones ourselves. That’s why we’re now going to highlight four mistakes that are commonly made when betting on Cheltenham. Avoid them at all costs!

Betting On Every Race

There are 28 races at Cheltenham. The more of them that you bet on, the less likely you are to have a profitable festival. By all means, have a few bets each day. But pick your battles carefully and focus on the races that you think will give you the best chance of winning.

Not Paying Attention

Another common mistake is getting carried away by your excitement about Cheltenham and not paying attention to what you’re doing. For example, in the run-up to the 2022 festival, one punter lumped on what he considered to be a generous price for Allaho to win the Ryanair Chase. But, he had actually bet on Allaho to win before a number of other hot favourites and not on the race itself. The moral? Pay attention if you don’t want to make a costly error!

Chasing Losses

Not even the most successful sports bettor wins every time, and neither will you. Accept that some of your selections will lose and that your bets will lose with them. But whatever you do, avoid trying to chase your losses by raising your stakes on subsequent bets. That will only lead to you suffering even greater losses further down the track.

Ignoring the Racing

Betting on Cheltenham is something that’s meant to enhance the fun of the racing action. It isn’t intended to replace it altogether. Many bettors make the mistake of focusing so much on markets, odds and betting that they don’t enjoy the spectacle of the races themselves. We’d strongly advise you against that. Sure, have a few bets, but be sure to give the races your full attention because they only come around once a year.

Top Cheltenham Tips for the Festival

It’s now time for us to round things up by giving you a handful of top Cheltenham tips. Stick to the following time-tested guidelines, and your bankroll will thank you for it.

  1. Follow Reliable Tipsters

    The key word here is reliable. Forget about the people shouting for attention in betting shops and on forums or those selling obvious naps for a monthly fee. Focus instead on expert tips such as those we’ve provided here and those that you’ll find in the racing pages of quality newspapers. We’re paid to study form in depth so that you don’t have to.
  2. Bet Each Way Where Possible

    When you come to bet on your selections, bet each way whenever the odds make it sensible to do so. A £5 each-way bet on a 2/1 favourite that only manages to get a place will still return £7.50, and bigger odds would return even more. Reducing your overall losses on a race is just as important as being able to make big potential profits.
  3. Get Extra Places

    When you bet each way, always do so with bookmakers that offer extra places. That will make it easier for your bet to bring you a return, and it could mean the difference between celebrating a profit or nursing a loss at the end of the festival.
  4. Grab New Customer Offers

    You’re unlikely to be a customer of every horse racing betting site we recommend, so look at those that you haven’t signed up with and see what offers you can take advantage of. Having a pile of free bets, money-back offers, and price boosts at your disposal is something that could serve you very well at Cheltenham.

Summary

As always, this year’s Cheltenham Festival is shaping up to be something special. Trainers and jockeys are working hard to give their runners the best possible chance, bookmakers are lining up their betting offers, and the ante-post markets are already in full swing. Use our Cheltenham tips to help guide you through the festival, and we’re sure you’ll have a great time trying to land a winning bet or two. Enjoy the racing!

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Jamie Clark

Horse racing expert Jamie Clark joined the SafeBettingSites team in 2021 after a decade working in related industries. Hailing from a strong gambling background, he is now the master behind our Academy, breaking down and explaining betting jargon and key terms. Jamie can aid you in better understanding what they all mean. He uses his vast knowledge of horse racing and other popular betting sports to pull the curtain back on popular wagers by providing advice and strategy on how to make these work best for punters. After honing his skills as the sports editor of major betting brand Coral, Jamie forged a successful freelance career working with bookmakers to provide informative content just like that in the Betting Academy.

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