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Cheltenham Festival Tips, Predictions, Odds and Best Bets

The greatest show on turf is fast approaching and here is your ultimate guide for Cheltenham Festival tips, predictions, odds and best bets.

Equine immortality awaits as the world of horse racing turns its attention to four days of thrilling action at Cheltenham Racecourse for the pinnacle of the National Hunt season.

We have collated tips from the Racing Post, plus the key trends our tipsters look for when predicting the winner of a Cheltenham race, and much more.

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Expert tips for picking a winner at Cheltenham

There are multiple factors to consider when predicting the winner of a race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Whether its form, history, conditions or the connections of a particular horse, our expert tipsters take everything into account when offering their best bets.

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Ground Conditions

The forecasted going and expected ground conditions is one of the leading factors when tipsters are determining which horses can challenge at Cheltenham.

The going in British racing can be one of the following:

  • Heavy
  • Soft
  • Good to Soft
  • Good
  • Good to Firm
  • Firm

Some horses will be better suited to different conditions and tipsters will study this before making their selections.

Trainer

There are certain trainers who have enjoyed more success than others at the Cheltenham Festival and this can be a factor when making a selection.

Willie Mullins, for example, has been the Top Trainer at the Festival in each of the past five years, with Gordon Elliott leading the way two years in a row in 2017 and 2018.

Mullins is also the most successful Cheltenham Festival trainer of all-time with 94 winners, with Nicky Henderson second on 73 winners.

Horse Form

The form of a horse is arguably the biggest contributor for a horse racing tipster when making a prediction.

When looking at a form guide, the numbers 1-9 represent a horse's finishing position, with a 0 meaning that a horse has finished 10th or worse.

There are also a number of letters to look out for when studying form.

F - Fell. The most common letter to look out for on a form guide and indicates that a horse fell.
U (or UR) - Unseated rider. This is where the horse didn't fall, but in jumping, its jockey was unseated.
BD - Brought down. This is where a horse falls after being brought down by another horse.
C - Carried out. This is when a horse is taken off track by another, often loose, horse.
R - Refused. This is where a horse has refused to either navigate an obstacle or refused to race full stop.

Racing is unpredictable

Whilst favourites are given shorter odds because they are expected to have a higher chance of winning, horse racing can be unpredictable and tipsters will look at each horse on their merits.

There have been a number of shock results at the Cheltenham Festival over the years including Sire Du Berlais' surprise Stayers' Hurdle triumph in 2023, Beech Road winning the 1989 Champion Hurdle at 50/1 and the 1990 Gold Cup, where Norton's Coin shocked the sport by scoring at 100/1.

When to bet on Cheltenham

Prices can be released on the Cheltenham Festival up to a year in advance of a race. Odds on a horse will sometimes be longer at this stage, however Non Runner No Bet will not be available that far in advance.

The price of a horse can change throughout the season as horses pick up or lose form, plus horses will tend to shorten in price as more money is staked by customers.

Non Runner No Bet usually comes into the equation in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival, meaning that customers have the safety net of getting their stake back if a horse doesn't run.

Some tipsters will wait for the day of the race before making their selections, with factors such as the final field, ground conditions and the fluctuation of prices playing a part.

Watch how the market moves

Observing how different markets move in the build up to the Cheltenham Festival can be important.

This can prove to be a strong indicator on which horses are more favourable in the minds of customers.

If a price dramatically shortens in the build-up to a race, this can be due to customers following a popular tipster, increased stake money from the industry or ground conditions being suitable for a particular horse.

If prices start to drift, this could be because the going is deemed not suitable or because other horses in the field are fancied more ahead of a race.

Popular Cheltenham Bet Types

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Each-Way

An each-way bet can be thought of as two separate bets, one on the horse to win the race, and one on the horse to 'place'.

Understanding how each-way betting works is important before following any Cheltenham tips.

The standard industry place terms for each-way bets are as follows:

Runners

Place terms

Handicaps of 16 or more runners

1/4 odds 1-2-3-4 places

Handicaps of 12-15 runners

1/4 odds 1-2-3 places

All other races of 8 or more

1/5 odds 1-2-3 places

Races of 5-7 runners

1/4 odds 1-2 places

Races of fewer than 5 runners

Place money invested to win

Antepost

The term ante-post betting partly comes from the Latin for ante (before), and refers to betting before the 'day of race' market opens.

While ante-post prices can be bigger, they often come with the caveat that your bet will be settled as lost if your horse doesn't run. 

Antepost tips for Cheltenham can be provided months in advance, providing the market is available.

Placepot

A placepot is a pool bet that includes selecting a horse to finish within the places in the first six races of a race meeting.

Placepot bets will be available on each day of the Cheltenham Festival in 2024.

Doubles

A double is one bet consisting of two selections in different races, where both horses must win (or place if you have placed an each-way double) to ensure a return.

Trebles

A treble is similar to a double, but with three selections instead of two. All three horses must win (or place if you have placed an each-way treble) to ensure a return.

Lucky 15

Lucky 15 bets are one of the most popular bet types for the Cheltenham Festival.

A Lucky 15 involves four selections and consists of four singles, six doubles, four trebles and one four-fold accumulator.

How to place your Cheltenham Festival bet

  • Select the odds for your chosen Cheltenham selection, which can be from our expert tips should you wish.
  • Add your selection to your bet slip.
  • Set your stake and choose your bet type.
  • Place your bet

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New customers can claim up to £30 in free bets ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

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Bet Boost and Super Boost

Get a bigger price on selected runners with Bet Boosts available on every race at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival.

We will also be providing a Super Boost on every day of Cheltenham this year. All boosted horses will be available to view on our Horse Racing coupon throughout the Festival.

Price Promise

Applicable to bets placed from 10am of the day of the race, we will not be beaten on price for any Cheltenham Festival races shown live on ITV Racing.

Significant Terms and Conditions:

  • Offer applies to all bets placed from 10am on the day of race up to 15 minutes before the scheduled ‘off’ time for each ITV race and only includes races shown live on ITV Racing unless otherwise stated by bet365. US racing is excluded.
  • The following Bookmakers' prices are included in this offer: Ladbrokes, William Hill, Paddy Power, Coral, Sky Bet and Boylesports.
  • Offer applies to bets placed on Win and Each Way Fixed Odds markets only. All other markets, including Place Boost, adjusted place terms (Each Way Extra) markets that are priced separately to the Fixed Odds market and Tote/Pari-Mutuel/Colossus (bets and dividends), are excluded from this offer.
  • Races covered by Price Promise are also available for Best Odds Guaranteed, for new and eligible customers.
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  • All racing in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong is excluded. Where the race off time is earlier than 08:00 UK Time for racing taking place outside of the UK and Ireland, the offer will apply for at least one hour before the race is off.
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Cheltenham Festival Tips FAQs

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What are tips?

A betting tip is a selection suggested by an expert who predicts the outcome of a sporting scenario, such as a race, event or a match.

Any tips are meticulously researched and selected by our experts.

Are your Cheltenham tips free?

Yes, our Cheltenham tips are free to read on site.

Who are your Horse Racing tipsters?

Our Horse Racing tipsters primarily work for the Racing Post, including Keith Melrose, Graeme Rodway, Robbie Wilders and Phill Anderson.

How do tipsters come up with their tips?

Our tipsters study a variety of factors when producing their horse racing tips, including ground conditions, market movement, form, history and the connections involved.

When do you post your Cheltenham tips for today and tomorrow?

Non Runner No Bet tips are available weeks before the Cheltenham Festival, whereas tips for specific days of Cheltenham will be available the night before each day of racing.

Can I use Free Bets on Cheltenham tips?

Our Cheltenham tips can be followed whether you are using a free bet or your account balance.

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