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Staged in March each year the Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle of National Hunt horse racing and often described as the ‘Olympics Of Jump Racing’. Staged at the famous Prestbury Park course in Cheltenham the four-day festival spans from Tuesday through till Friday with featured races – Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup – the showcase contests. We review the latest form, stats, and tips, as well as some of the top Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers 2017

Below is a list of some of the betting offers available which you can use to bet at the upcoming cheltenham festival.

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There are plenty of bookmakers available to us at the moment and if you are a new customer then more often than not they will off you free Cheltenham betting offers in order to sign up with them. Each one is slightly different, but in a nutshell they will offer you free Cheltenham bonus if you join them – for example, several bookmaker firms like to say if you deposit £30 with them, they will match that and give you a further £30 free Cheltenham bonus on them!

Cheltenham Odds

Our odds comparison betting site allows you to see what the best Cheltenham Festival odds are across  the horses by bookmaker. So, again, just like you’d shop around for the best car insurance or mortgage, our Cheltenham Betting Guide and odds comparison service will tell you which bookmakers are giving the best prices on each Cheltenham Festival horse, as well as the best betting offers – after all, why would you back the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner at 10/1 if you can get 12/1 with another bookmaking company on the same horse?

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Other Cheltenham Festival Bonus Offers

As well as the bookmaker sign-up offers most firms will also want to attract your custom by offering you enhanced terms for their existing customers to continue to bet with them. So, again, come March and the four-day Cheltenham Festival be sure to find here the best bookmaker Cheltenham betting offers as well as the Cheltenham bonuses on the market.

Our site is a good place to go as we will collate all the main Cheltenham Festival offers for you so you can see them all in one place and you then don’t have to spend time visiting different sites – we do all the hard work for you and present you the best Cheltenham bonus! For example, In the past – like during the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup – some bookmakers refunded any Cheltenham bets (up to a certain stakes) if your horse fell or unseated in the race, while others might do a ‘happy hour’ where they boost up the Cheltenham odds on certain runners.

Being a handicap race that has more than 16 runners in then the set industry rules will pay the each-way bets down to fourth place. Therefore, if you do back a Cheltenham Festival horse each-way in the big-field handicaps over the meeting then your selection must finish first, second, third or fourth. However, as there are so many runners in the race a lot of bookmakers will enhance their place terms to attract your custom. It’s certainly not uncommon for bookmaker Cheltenham Festival betting offers to pay out on the first five home in races like the Coral Cup, Fred Winter and County Hurdle, while it’s been known that some have even extended this to the top six or even seven finishers.

Again, this Cheltenham odds comparison site – can help you find the best Cheltenham betting offers.

Betting Guide

cheltenham festival betting guideThe four-day Cheltenham Festival betting is always a key part of the horse racing calendar each year and with the ability in getting bets placed these days, and the fact there are bundles more bookmakers around then just like you would if you were buying a car, clothes or a house make sure you around for the best deal – why take 10/1 on a horse running at the Cheltenham Festival when you can get 12/1 on the same horse with another bookmaker! Check here out our latest and best odds for your best Cheltenham betting experience.

Different Cheltenham Festival Betting Types

Cheltenham Festival ‘Win Only Bets’

Well this does exactly what it says in the title. You are simply backing a horse at the Cheltenham Festival in any of the 28 races to win. Second, third, fourth is no good – it has to win. For a £10 win on 10/1 Cheltenham Festival winner will return £100 (plus your £10 stake) = £110.00

Cheltenham Festival ‘ Each-Way Bets’

Each-way bets consist of two bets, so your stakes are always doubled. If you want to place a £10 e/w bet on a horse in a race at the Cheltenham Festival then the total stake is £20. One of your £10’s will be placed on the horse to win and the other £10 will go on your horse being placed in the race. As we said earlier the normal place rules are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, but should your horse fill one of these places the odds taken are quartered – so a 50/1 placed horse becomes 12.5/1 – meaning you’ll have a £10 bet on the horse being placed in the race at 12.5/1. Obviously, if the horse wins you will be paid out twice on each-way bets – on the win and the place.

Place terms are changed depending on the number of runners in the race. If there are 2-7 runners then the each-way place pay-out is for 1st and 2nd. Races with 8+ runners then the each-way place pay-out is for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, while if there are 16+ runners and it’s handicap race the each-way place pay-out is for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Cheltenham Festival ‘Forecast and Tri-cast Bets’

Some might say that it’s hard enough to get a winner at the Cheltenham Festival with most of the 28 races hotly-contested affairs, let alone also find the second and third in the contests. However, a lot of punters like the forecast and tri-cast bets as the returns are a lot higher. Of course, it’s not easy and a bit more of a ‘lottery-style’ betting option. However, if you can successful predict the 1st and 2nd, or even the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the race then you’ll be well rewarded. The 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup result saw the ‘Three D’s’ fill the first three places in Don Cassack, Djakadam and Don Poli – all were well-fancied but the tri-cast still paid a decent £41.17 to a £1 stake.

Some punters also like to perm up several runners so it doesn’t matter if you get your horses in the wrong order. For example, if you pick out 4 horses you could decide to place a combination forecast so that means any of your 4 horses can fill the first two places. However, as there are 12 different permutations this bet will cost you 12 times more – for example a £1 combination Cheltenham Festival race forecast will cost you £12.

Betting Sweepstake Kits

Like in the Grand National, each year another form of Cheltenham Festival betting is the ‘SweepStake’. Most big horse racing sites will have these on offer to download in the days leading up to the big race that is always staged on the Friday, and final day, of the 4-day meeting, while most of the main UK newspapers will also provide you with a Cheltenham Gold Cup SweepStake kit to help you.

In short once the final runners are declared (2 days before the race) these will be listed with fully jockey, trainer and colours for you to cut out and sell to people – most commonly done in your workplace or in the pub!

You can decide the rules and amount charged per runner, but just cut out all the runners and put them in a hat for paying people to pick out. Then just write their names next to their horse and wait for the race to be run. You will need to decide on the pay-out rules before the race, but the most common method is to split the total taking over the 1st, 2nd and 3rd horses to finish – with the winner getting the most.

Cheltenham Betting Tips, Trends and Stats

cheltenham horse racing bettingIf you are new to betting on horse racing, or even if you just like having a few bets a year then Cheltenham betting can often be a tricky concept. However, don’t worry, as there has never been a better time to be horse racing punter with more bookmakers and betting bonuses than ever to pick from and with that more Cheltenham betting offers and tips to take full advantage of.

Also being the meeting and most of the 28 races are steeped with history then there are several key positive and negatives to look for in each race when eyeing up the profile of the runners each year. So to help we’ve got the key plus and minus trends to apply to the main Cheltenham Festival races – by just following these simple rules you’ll at least have the make-up of past Cheltenham Festival winners on your side when placing your Cheltenham bets.


Cheltenham Festival Tips for day one: Tuesday

TimeRace Day OneBetting Guide Stats
13.30Supreme Novices’ HurdleSee latest stats
14.10Arkle Challenge TrophySee latest stats
14.50Festival Handicap ChaseSee latest stats
15.30Champion HurdleSee latest stats
16.10David Nicholson Mares’ HurdleSee latest stats
16.50National Hunt ChaseSee latest stats
17.30Festival Novices’ Handicap ChaseSee latest stats

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13:30 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2m ½f

Positives 

  • 18 of the last 20 winners won their last race
  • 17 of the last 22 winners ran in the last 45 days
  • Irish-trained horses have won 14 of the last 25 runnings
  • 5 & 6 year-olds have the best record – winning 11 of the last 12 runnings
  • Willie Mullins has won the race 4 times since 2007 and for 3 of the last 4 years
  • 20 of the last 22 winners had raced that same calendar year
  • Owner Rich Ricci, Trainer Willie Mullins & Jockey Ruby Walsh have won 3 of the last 4 runnings

Negatives

  • Horses that FAILED to win last time out before coming here are just 2 from the last 20. In other words look for horses that won last time out!
  • We’ve seen just one ex-flat horse win since 2008 (50 runners)

14:10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase 2m

Positives

  • 10 of the last 13 winners had won (or been placed) at Cheltenham before
  • 15 of the last 16 winners returned 9/1 or shorter
  • 9 of the last 10 winners were aged 6 or 7 years-old
  • 9 of the last 13 winners at run at the Cheltenham Festival previously
  • 9 of the last 16 winners were the top or second top-rated hurdler in the field
  • Nicky Henderson has won the race 5 times

Negatives

  • Only 2 of the last 30 winners failed to win of finish second last time out
  • Just two of the last 26 winners started 11/1 or bigger in the betting
  • Only 3 of the last 25 winners were older than 7 years-old
  • The last horse aged 9 (or older) to win was in 1988
  • The last 28 ex-flat horses to run have all lost
  • Dovan (2016) was the first Supreme Hurdle winner (prev season) that has followed-up since 1965

14:50 Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase 3m 1f

Positives

  • 14 of the last 17 winners were officially rated 143 or less
  • 11 of the last 16 came from the top 4 in the betting
  • 12 of the last 16 were novices or second season chasers
  • 6 of the last 9 winners were rated between 142-146
  • 7 of the last 14 won last time out
  • The last 5 winners all wore headgear
  • Jonjo O’Neill, Alan King, Nicky Henderson, Tony Martin & David Pipe are trainers to note

Negatives

  • Avoid any horses carrying 11-04 or more in weight – 8 of the last 12 carried 10-12 or less
  • Horses aged 11 or older are just 2 from 48 to even get placed
  • Be wary of Paul Nicholls-trained horses – he’s currently 0 from 19

15:30 Stan James Champion Hurdle 2m ½f

Positives

  • 27 of the last 33 won last time out
  • The Irish and Henderson have won 14 of the last 18 runnings
  • Trainer Willie Mullins has won 4 of the last 6 runnings
  • 7 of the last 10 winners were aged 6 or 7 years-old
  • 21 of the last 32 winners were placed in the first 4 at the previous seasons festival
  • The Fighting Fifth Hurdle is a good guide (3 winners, 4 places in last 9 runnings)
  • 13 of the last 21 winners started as flat horses
  • Look for horses that have raced at least once that calendar year

Negatives

  • Avoid horses that failed to finish in the top three last time out
  • 5 year-olds are just 1 from 98 since 1985
  • Since 1927 we’ve only seen 2 winners aged 10 or older
  • Just 2 of the last 10 winners had raced more than 12 times over hurdles
  • Christmas Hurdle winners are 2 from 24

16:10 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle 2m 4f

Positives

  • Follow Irish-trained mares
  • The favourite (or 2nd fav) have won all 9 previous runnings
  • 7 of the last 9 favourites have won
  • Look for Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson, Paul Nolan & Alan King runners
  • Novices generally do well

Negatives

  • Avoid front-runners
  • Be wary of Paul Nicholls, Gordon Elliott, Philip Hobbs and Noel Meade runners

16:50 National Hunt Chase 4m

Positives

  • 11 of the last 15 winners finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • 8 of the last 11 winners were aged 7 or 8 years-old
  • Favourites have won 3 of the last 7 runnings
  • 3 of the last 6 winners were top-rated
  • 4 of the last 6 winners had run in a Grade One Novice Chase that season
  • 5 of the last 10 had run in a chase at Cheltenham before that season
  • 4 of the last 7 had run at a previous Cheltenham Festival
  • Note horses wearing headgear
  • 4 of the last 6 winners were rated 146 (or more)
  • Look out for JP McManus (5) owned runners
  • Jonjo O’Neill has trained 6 winners in the race

Negatives

  • 5 and 6 year-olds are just 2 from 74 since 1989
  • Be cautious of Paul Nicholls runners – he’s currently 0 from 17 in the race

17:30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m 4½f

Positives

  • 8 of the last 12 winners finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • Respect 7 year-olds
  • Look for any horses wearing first-time headgear
  • 5 of last 8 won last time out
  • 10 of the last 12 winners returned 12/1 or shorter
  • Respect JP McManus-owned runners (1 win, 2 2nds, 1 3rd)
  • Look for Henderson, O’Neill & Hobbs runners

Negatives

  • Avoid horses outside the top five in the betting
  • Avoid horses with less than 4 starts in the last 12 months
  • The Irish are just 1 from the last 12 runnings

Cheltenham Betting Tips for day two: Wednesday

TimeRace Day TwoBetting Guide Stats
13.30Neptune Novices’ HurdlesSee latest stats
14.10RSA ChaseSee latest stats
14.50Coral CupSee latest stats
15.30Champion ChaseSee latest stats
16.10Cross Country ChaseSee latest stats
16.50Fred Winter HurdleSee latest stats
17.30Champion BumperSee latest stats

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13:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle 2m 5f

Positives

  • 19 of the last 22 win and place horses came from the top 4 in the betting
  • The Irish have won 7 of the last 11
  • All of the last 11 winners were aged 5 or 6 years-old
  • In the last 6 runnings Irish-trained horses have filled 12 of the 18 places
  • 16 of the last 18 were NH bred
  • 12 of the last 19 had won a graded race before
  • Look for past Irish point-to-point winners
  • Respect Willie Mullins – 4 winners and 6 placed in last 12 years

Negatives

  • Only one winner aged older than 6 has won since 1974
  • Avoid 4 year-olds too – just one winner since 1991
  • Only two of the last 31 winners came from outside the top 5 in the betting
  • The last 16 Challow Hurdle winners have been beaten
  • Avoid ex-flat horses (since 2005 all have been beaten)

14:10 RSA Chase 3m ½f

Positives

  • 4 of the last 8 winners ran in the Flogas Chase that season
  • Respect 7 year-olds – won 8 of the last 9
  • Irish bred horses are 17 from 20
  • 5 of the last 8 winners were trained in Ireland
  • Trainers Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls do well in the race
  • 21 of the last 24 were novice hurdling last season
  • 5 of the last 7 winners ran in the Albert Bartlett the previous season
  • Look for horses that ran that same calendar year

Negatives

  • No winner aged 9 or older since 1992
  • Just 4 winners younger than 7 since 1978
  • Avoid horses that had fallen before over fences
  • Just 1 of the last 17winners had run less than 3 times over fences
  • All 20 winners of the Kauto Star (Feltham, Kempton) have lost

14:50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f

Positives

  • 9 of the last 12 were 2nd season hurdlers
  • 17 of the last 22 winners won earlier that season
  • Respect JP McManus-trained runners
  • 8 of the last 15 winners were FRENCH-BRED
  • 13 of the last 23 won last time out
  • Respect Irish-trained runners
  • Look for horses that had raced 4 or less times that season (last 8 winners)

Negatives

  • No winning favourite in the last 13 years
  • Horses aged 10+ are just 2 from 27 to even place since 1999
  • Horses rated 150+ don’t have a great record
  • Only 3 of the last 16 winners had raced at the Festival previously
  • None of the last 12 winners had run in the last 32 day – look for horses that have had a small break

15:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase 2m

Positives

  • 11 of the last 16 winners ran in the Tingle Creek Chase that season
  • 3 of the last 4 winners also won the Clarence House Chase (Ascot) that season
  • 21 of the last 32 had won at the festival before
  • Paul Nicholls & Nicky Henderson have won 6 of the last 9 between them
  • 13 of the last 14 winners had run that calendar year
  • 34 of the last 35 winners returned 11/1 or shorter
  • 6 of the last 10 winners were French-bred
  • 10 of the last 14 winners were second season chasers
  • 15 of the last 18 winners came from the top 3 in the betting

Negatives

  • Only one winner priced 11/1 or bigger in the last 35 years
  • Top Irish trainer, Willie Mullins, is yet to win this race
  • Just 1 of the last 15 winners hadn’t won a Grade 1 Chase before
  • None of the last 11 winners had run in more than 13 chases
  • Be wary of horses older than 10 – they are just 2 winners since 1977

16:10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase 3m 7f

Positives

  • The Irish have won 9 of the last 12 runnings
  • Respect Enda Bolger-trained runners (won 4 times)
  • 8 of the last 11 winners carried 10-13 or less
  • 15 of the last 19 winners came from the top three in the betting
  • 7 of the last 12 ran in the December Cross Country race here
  • Respect Nina Carberry, Richard Johnson and Davy Russell-ridden horses
    8 or the last 12 winners were aged 10 or older

Negatives

  • Debutants over these fences/course have a poor record
  • Avoid horses aged 7 or younger – they are only 2 from 92
  • Horses rated 126 or less have a very poor record
  • Willie Mullins is 0 from 11

16:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2m ½f

Positives

  • 8 of the last 12 winners had run just 3 times over hurdles before
  • 19 of the last 30 (win/place) were French bred
  • Respect Fillies
  • 9 of the last 12 had run in the last 25 days
  • Pipe, Nicholls, Elliot and King-trained horses do well
  • 4 of the last 5 winners returned between 25/1 and 40/1
  • Respect horses wearing headgear
  • 11 of the last 11 winners were rated between 124-133

Negatives

  • No recent winner had last raced in January or further back
  • Trainers Willie Mullins, Philip Hobbs and Venetia Williams are 0 from 28 between them
  • Only 2 winners had run in a handicap hurdle before

17:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper 2m ½f

Positives

  • 22 of the last 24 had won last time out
  • Respect Irish-trained runners (17 from 33)
  • 16 of the last 24 came from the top 6 in the betting
  • 18 of the last 24 were Irish-bred
  • 9 of the last 16 winners were second season horses
  • 10 of the last 11 winners were aged 5 or 6 years-old
  • 14 of the last 16 had their debut runs in Ireland
  • 10 of the last 14 had been beaten in a race before
  • 5 of the last 7 winners returned between 14/1 and 40/1
  • Respect Willie Mullins (8 winners), but is just 2 from last 27 runners
  • The Irish lead the British 18-6

Negatives

  • Avoid horses with 4 or more NH Flat runs
  • Paul Nicholls & Nicky Henderson don’t often target the race

Betting Tips for day three: Thursday

TimeRace Day ThreeBetting Guide Stats
13.30JLT Novices’ChaseSee latest stats
14.10Pertemps FinalSee latest stats
14.50Ryanair ChaseSee latest stats
15.30Sun Bets Stayers’ HurdleSee latest stats
16.10Festival Plate Handicap ChaseSee latest stats
16.50Mares’ Novices’ HurdleSee latest stats
17.30Kim Muir Challenge CupSee latest stats

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13:30 JLT Novices’ Chase 2m 4f

Positives

  • 5 of the 6 winners were Irish-trained
  • All 6 past winners had run at the Festival before
  • 5 of the 6 winners came from the top 4 in the betting
  • 10 of the 16 top three finishers won last time out
  • 5 of the last 6 winners ran between 47-54 days ago
  • 7 year-olds have won 4 of last 6

Negatives

  • Be careful of horses rated 146 or less
  • Since 1990 all Festival Novice Chase winners have been aged 8 or younger
  • 2 winning favourites in 6 runnings (1 co)
  • No winner had less than 3 career chase starts

14:10 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle 3m

Positives

  • 7 of the last 11 winners were aged 8 or older
  • The last 6 winners were rated 138 or higher
  • 9 of the last 12 winners had won over at least 2m7f
  • 7 of the last 16 winners won their last race
  • 3 of the last 8 winners finished in the first 5 in the Betfair Hurdle (Haydock)
  • Look for Jonjo O’Neill, Twiston-Davies, Mullins and Pipe-trained runners
  • Respect JP McManus-owned horses

Negatives

  • Just 2 Irish-trained winner in the last 11 runnings
  • Avoid horses with less than 6 runs over hurdles
  • 5 year-olds have won just once since 1973
  • Horses rated 142 or higher have a poor record
  • French-bred horses are 0-68
  • 1 winning favourite in last 11 years

14:50 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f

Positives

  • 17 of the 23 winners and runners-up had won at the course before
  • 8 of the last 9 had won at Cheltenham previously
  • The King George VI Chase is a good guide
  • The previous renewal is often a good guide
  • 9 of the last 11 winners returned 6/1 or shorter
  • The last 5 winners were aged 7 or 8 years-old
  • 8 of the last 9 were rated 161+
  • 4 of the last 12 were placed in the top 3 in the Ascot Chase
  • 9 of last 12 winners were fav or 2nd fav
  • Trainers Jonjo O’Neill, David Pipe & Nicky Henderson are respected

Negatives

  • The Irish are 1 from 37 runners in this race
  • Avoid horses priced 7/1 or bigger
  • Avoid horses aged 11 or older

15:30 World Hurdle 3m

Positives

  • 10 of the last 12 won last time out
  • 15 of the last 16 winners came from the top 4 in the betting
  • 8 of the last 15 were French Bred
  • Respect the Cleeve Hurdle and Long Walk Hurdle form
  • 14 of the last 15 winners finished 1st or 2nd in all their hurdling runs that season
  • 11 of the last 12 winners started 17/2 or less in the betting
  • Respect past winners of the race

Negatives

  • Avoid horses that didn’t finish either 1st or 2nd last time out (1 from 17)
  • A 5 year-old is yet to win the race
  • Willie Mullins is yet to win the race
  • Avoid front runners
  • The Irish are have won the race just once since 1995
  • Previous Albert Bartlett winners have a poor record
  • Horses wearing headgear are 0 from 57
  • Horses aged 10 or older have all been beaten since 2000

16:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate 2m 5f

Positives

  • 26 of the last 29 winners were officially rated 141 or less
  • The last 8 winners carried under 11-0
  • Look out for French-breds
  • Venetia Williams, Pipe and Henderson-trained runners should be noted
  • The Pipe yard have won 7 of the last 19 runnings
  • 15 of the last 16 winners returned at double-figure odds
  • 20 of the last 25 winners had run at the Festival before

Negatives

  • Avoid horses that are yet to win at Class 3 or better
  • The Irish have only sent out 2 winners since 1951
  • 1 favourite in the last 11 years
  • 2 of last 22 won with 11st+

16:50 Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle 2m1f

  • A new race (runs just once before)
  • Willie Mullins won the 2016 race with Limini

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase 3m 1½f

Positives

  • Respect 8 and 9 year-olds
  • 6 of the last 7 winners carried 11st 6lbs+
  • Look for McCain, Pipe and Henderson-trained runners
  • Look for horses in the top half of the handicap
  • 16 of the last 17 winners ran over at least three miles in their last race
  • Look for non-claiming amateur riders
  • 5 of the last 6 winners wore headgear
  • 7 of the last 8 winners came from the top 6 in the market
  • Jamie Codd has ridden 4 of the last 8 winners

Negatives

  • Just two Irish winners for 33 years
  • Horses that fell or unseated that season have a poor record
  • Avoid Paul Nicholls-trained horses – he’s just 1 placed horse from his last 18
  • Horses carrying less than 10-10 have a poor record

Betting Tips for day four: Friday

TimeRace Day FourBetting Guide Stats
13.30Triumph HurdleSee latest stats
14.10County HurdleSee latest stats
14.50Albert Bartlett Novices’ HurdleSee latest stats
15.30Cheltenham Gold CupSee latest stats
16.10Foxhunter Challenge CupSee latest stats
16.50Conditional Jockeys HurdleSee latest stats
17.30Grand Annual ChaseSee latest stats

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13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f

Positives

  • 18 of the last 23 winners won last time out
  • 10 of the last 12 came from the top 4 in the betting
  • Respect Henderson, Nicholls, and King-trained runners
  • 7 of the last 13 first ran over hurdles in November
  • 9 of the last 11 winners returned 13/2 or shorter
  • The Spring Juvenile Hurdle is a good guide
  • 4 of the last 8 winners had run in France before
  • Nicky Henderson has trained 6 winners of the race

Negatives

  • Take on horses that have won at 2m2f or further in the past
  • Avoid horses that last ran 56 days or longer ago
  • Avoid horses that had run 3 or more times over hurdles
  • Be careful of horses rated 138 or lower – no winner in the last 10

14:10 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f

Positives

  • The Irish have won 7 of the last 10 runnings
  • The last 11 winners were rated in the 130’s
  • 9 of the last 11 winners were aged 5 or 6 years-old
  • 9 of the last 11 winners were priced in double-figures
  • Look for Mullins, Martins & Nicholls-trained runners
  • Respect the Imperial Cup (Sandown Park) winner
  • Ruby Walsh has ridden 4 winners in the last 13 years
  • 10 of the last 16 winners came from the top 5 in the betting
  • 12 of the last 13 winners were 1st or 2nd season hurdlers

Negatives

  • Strangely, previous course winners have a bad record
  • Since 1960 only 3 winners carried more than 11st 2lb
  • Avoid runners that hadn’t raced at least 4 times that season

14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 3m

Positives

  • 8 of the last 12 winners had run at Cheltenham over hurdles before
  • 8 of the last 12 came from the top 5 in the betting
  • 9 of the last 11 winner ran 47 days (or more) ago
  • 10 of the last 12 had run in a race over 3m
  • 9 of the last 11 winners were aged 6 or 7 years-old
  • 10 of the last 11 winners finished in the top 3 last time out
  • 4 of the last 11 favourites won
  • Jonjo O’Neill (2) and the Irish (4) have won 6 of the last 11

Negatives

  • Horses that ran in the last 23 days haven’t fared well
  • Avoid horses that didn’t finish 1st or 2nd last time out
  • Be wary of horses that have raced less than 3 times over hurdles
  • Willie Mullins is 0 from 25 in the race
  • Only 1 of the last 12 winners hadn’t raced that calendar year

15:30 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 3m 2½f

Positives

  • 15 of the last 17 winners ran in the Lexus or King George that season
  • 14 of the last 16 finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • 11 of the last 16 had won or placed 2nd at the festival before
  • 15 of the last 16 winners hailed from the top 3 in the betting
  • 15 of the last 16 winners had raced no more than 12 times over fences
  • 15 of the last 20 winners were bred in Ireland
  • 8 of the last 11 winners won last time out
  • 5 of the last 11 favourites won
  • ALL of the last 17 winners were aged 9 or younger

Negatives

  • Non Grade One winners are 0 from the last 17 runnings
  • No winner older than 10 years-old since 1969 (0 from 68)
  • Horses rated 166 or less are only 3 from last 16
  • Avoid horses that had run on ‘heavy’ ground that season
  • Horses wearing headgear are 0 from 38
  • Willie Mullins is yet to win the race, 0 from 17 (had last 4 seconds though)

16:10 St James’ Place Foxhunter Chase 3m 2½f

Positives

  • 24 of the last 26 winners were aged under 11 years-old
  • 23 of the last 31 won last time out
  • 25 of the last 28 started out in point-to-point races
  • 9 of the last 11 winners ran 34 days or less ago
  • Respect the Irish runners (won last 6)
  • The last 5 winners ran in the Leopardstown Inn Hunters’ Chase
  • 8 of the last 11 winners were aged 8-10 years-old
  • 7 of the last 8 winners returned 15/2 or shorter
  • 8 of the last 9 winners finished in the top 3 last time out

Negatives

  • Horses that ran in a handicap race that season haven’t got a good record
  • Avoid horses that hadn’t won a race under rules
  • 25 of the last 26 horses aged 11+ (priced in single figures) have lost
  • Avoid ex-handicappers rated 140+ in their careers
  • Avoid horses that raced 35 days or longer ago

16:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4½f

Positives

  • All 8 winners were 2nd season-hurdlers
  • 23 of the 25 win and place horses were 1st or 2nd season hurdlers
  • Look for Henderson, Nicholls, Mullins, Elliot-trained horses
  • 6 of the 8 winners were placed in the top 4 last time out
  • 4 of the 8 winners won last time out
  • 6 of the 8 winners were rated 133-139
  • 5 of the 8 winners returned at a double-figure price
  • 5 and 6 year-old have won ALL 8 runnings
  • Look for jockeys that have ridden 20+ winners
  • Willie Mullins is 3 from 9 in the race
  • Respect any Gigginstown House Stud-owned runners (2 winners, 3 places)

Negatives

  • Despite being named after his father the David Pipe camp has a poor record so far (0 from 17)
  • Just 1 winning fav in the 8 year history (5/7 returned in double-figures)

17:30 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase 2m ½f

Positives

  • 15 of the last 17 winners carried 11st or less
  • 11 of the last 13 winners had run at the festival before
  • 9 of the last 13 winners were aged 8 or older
  • Henderson, Nicholls, King-trained horses are respected
  • Keep the Irish horses on your side
  • Respect JP McManus-owned horses (3 winners, 8 placed)
  • The last 6 winners were rated at least 138
  • 5 year-olds have a good record (from few runners)
  • Novices have won 5 of the last 8 runnings

Negatives

  • Runners carrying more than 11st haven’t run well in recent years
  • Horses aged 10+ are just 1 win from the last 17 runnings
  • Horses that last ran 45 days or more ago have seen just four winners since 1990
  • Last time out winners are just 1 from last 11
  • No winner rated 147+ since 1992

Cheltenham Festival – Top Trainer

Another market that has become ever popular in the build-up and even during the 4-day Cheltenham Festival is which trainer will end up with the most winners?

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Nicky Henderson

The powerful Nicky Henderson team have fired in a staggering 55 Cheltenham Festival winners over the years and ended up at top trainer 9 times since 1980. With that in mind it’s no wonder Nicky Henderson will be popular in the betting.

However, Henderson doesn’t quite have the ammo he normally has heading into the Cheltenham Festival with not too many so-called ‘bankers’ to rely on like in previous years, so, therefore, it’s easy to see why Willie Mullins, who has been the top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival for the past four years, is heavily odds-on around 1/5. Mullins won a staggering 7 more Cheltenham Festival races in 2016 and that was after 8 in 2015.

He’ll have a strong hand heading in to the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, but despite having a cracking record in the Champion Hurdle he’s yet to win the other big races – The Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Paul Nicholls has had 40 Festival successes and might put up the best challenge to Mullins – he will be looking for his sixth top trainers’ title, but his last one did come back in 2009 and might need a bit more fire-power.

Jonjo O’Neill took the honours in 2003 but doesn’t seem to have as powerful a string as he once had.

Winners Of The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award

  • 2016 Willie Mullins IRE (7)
  • 2015 Willie Mullins IRE (8)
  • 2014 Willie Mullins IRE (4)
  • 2013 Willie Mullins IRE (5)
  • 2012 Nicky Henderson (7)
  • 2011 Willie Mullins IRE (4)
  • 2010 Nicky Henderson (3)
  • 2009 Paul Nicholls (5)
  • 2008 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 2007 Paul Nicholls (4)
  • 2006 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 2005 Howard Johnson (3)
  • 2004 Paul Nicholls (4)
  • 2003 Jonjo O’Neill (3)
  • 2002 Martin Pipe (3)
  • 2001 Cancelled
  • 2000 Nicky Henderson (4)
  • 1999 Paul Nicholls (3)

The most successful current trainers at The Festival

  • 55 Nicky Henderson
  • 48 Willie Mullins
  • 40 Paul Nicholls
  • 26 Jonjo O’Neill
  • 18 Philip Hobbs
  • 18 Edward O’Grady
  • 17 Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • 15 Alan King
  • 14 David Pipe

Top Jockey

The ‘Top Jockey’ betting at the Cheltenham Festival is always a fascinating market and provides punters with another sub-plot to keep them interested over the four-days of top-notch National Hunt action.

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Ruby Walsh

With top jockeys like Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty, Richard Johnson, and Sam Twiston-Davies all attached to some of the most powerful yards in the UK and Ireland then racegoers will be hunting through the entries and trying to plot which of the leading jockeys have the best rides – and, therefore, the best chance of trying to scoop the top Cheltenham Festival Jockey award.
In recent year’s Ruby Walsh has dominated this market – ridding the most winners over the four days 8 times in the last 9 seasons, including in 2016 with another 7 Cheltenham Festival winners, and he’s been top jockey at the meeting 10 times in all. His association with the powerful Willie Mullins team makes him the clear favourite each year and that’s unlikely to change in the foreseeable future as he looks to increase his 50+ overall Cheltenham Festival winners.
Walsh will have the pick of all the Mullins horses over the Festival, while he’s sure to also pick up plenty of spares even without any Mullins runners in certain races. While all those chances and we’ve not even mentioned the Champion Bumper – a race Willie Mullins loves winning! So, Ruby is a worthy favourite? With the pick of another powerful Willie Mullins string and no AP McCoy to worry about we certainly think so!
Barry Geraghty, With AP McCoy retired Geraghty picked up the spare job with top NH owner JP McManus and will have the pick of his horses over the four days. He’ll also be snapped-up by other top yards and rates one of the main threats to Walsh.
Of the rest, top Irish jockey Bryan Cooper, who will ride most of the Giggintown Stud horses after taking over as their number one jockey from Davy Russell, is interesting and the other name worth a mention is Sam Twiston-Davies – he’s attached as number one jockey to the Paul Nicholls yard, so that will, of course, stand him in good order.
Finally, the last thing to note when it comes to this market is don’t forget that seconds, thirds and even fourth-placed finishes can even help land a jockey this prize. In the event of a tie (winners) then the amount of seconds, and then thirds will be taken into account!

Recent Cheltenham Festival ‘Top Jockey’ Hall Of Fame

  • 2016: Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2015: Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2014: Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2013: Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2012: Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2011: Ruby Walsh (5)
  • 2010: Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2009: Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2008: Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2007: Robert Thornton (4)
  • 2006: Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2005: Graham Lee (3)
  • 2004: Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2003: Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2002: Richard Johnson (2)
  • 2001: Meeting Abandoned
  • 2000: Mick Fitzgerald (4)
  • 1999: Mick Fitzgerald (4)
  • 1998: Tony McCoy (5)
  • 1997: Tony McCoy (3)
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Cheltenham Festival – The Irish

With the presence of the Irish-trained horses increasing by the year at the Cheltenham Festival then ‘How Many Irish Trained Winners’ is another popular market in the build-up, and even in-play during the four-days action.
If we look back over recent festivals we’ll see that in 2013 they had a record 14 winners from the 27 races (52%), while in 2014 they weren’t far behind with 12 Cheltenham Festival successes, while in 2015 and 2016 they fired in 13 winners each year.
With another very strong team of runners heading over the Irish Sea to Prestbury Park in 2017 then it’s easy to see why the bookies have the benchmark or spread of Irish-trained winners around the 11 mark.

Cheltenham Festival – Irish-trained Winners (Since 2005)

  • 2016 (13): Ivanovich Gorbatov, Don Cossack, On The Fringe, Black Hercules, Mall Dini, Vautour, Empire Of Dirt, Limini, Cause of Causes, Yorkhill, Douvan, Annie Power, Vroum Vroum Mag
  • 2015 (13): Douvan, Un De Sceaux, Faugheen, Glens Melody, Cause of Causes, Windsor Park, Don Poli, Rivage D’Or, Vautour, Wicklow Brave, Martello Tower, On The Fringe, Killultagh Vic
  • 2014 (12): Vautour, Jezki, Quevega, Faugheen, Silver Concorde, Spring Heeled, Tiger Roll, Very Wood, Lord Windermere, Tammys Hill, Don Poli, Savello
  • 2013 (14): Quevega, Champagne Fever, Hurricane Fly, Back In Focus, Briar Hill, Lord Windermere, Flaxen Flare, Benefficient, Solwhit, Big Shu, Our Conor, Ted Veale, Salsify, Alderwood
  • 2012 (5): Quevega, Champagne Fever, Sir Des Champs, Alderwood, and Salsify
  • 2011 (13): Hurricane Fly, Sizing Australia, Quevega, Chicago Grey, First Lieutenant, Bostons Angel, Sizing Europe, Carlito Brigante, What A Charm, Noble Prince, Final Approach, Zemsky, Sir Des Champs
  • 2010 (7): Sizing Europe, A New Story, Quevega, Waepon’s Amnesty, Big Zeb, Thousand Stars, Berties Dream
  • 2009 (9): Go Native, Forpadydeplasterer, Garde Champetre, Quevega, Quevega, Mikael D’Haguenet, Cooldine, Ninetieth Minute, Dunguib, Weapon’s Amnestry
  • 2008 (7): Captain Cee Bee, Garde Champetre, Fiveforthree, Cousin Vinny, Finger On the Pulse, Tiger Cr, Silver Jaro
  • 2007 (5): Ebaziyan, Sublimity, Heads On the Ground, Cork All Star, Pedrobob
  • 2006 (10): Brave Inca, Dun Doire, Native Jack, Nicanor, Newmill, Sky’s The Limit, Hairy Molly, Kadoun, War Of Attrition, Whyso Mayo
  • 2005 (9): Hardy Eustace, Spot Thedifference, Dabiroun, Moscow Flyer, Missed That, Another Rum, Oulart, Kicking King, Fota Island

The Big Four Races

Champion Hurdle Betting Trends
The Grade One Champion Hurdle is the feature contest on day one (Tuesday) of the Cheltenham Festival and is run over 2m on the old course.
The contest is recognised as the most prestigious hurdling race of the jumps season and is currently sponsored by leading bookmaker Stan James.
The 2016 renewal was another cracker with the Willie Mullins-trained Annie Power landing the first prize and becoming the first mare to win the race since Flakey Dove in 1994.

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Recent Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle Winners

  • 2016 – ANNIE POWER (5/2 fav)
  • 2015 – FAUGHEEN (4/5 fav)
  • 2014 – JEZKI (9/1)
  • 2013 – HURRICANE FLY (13/8 fav)
  • 2012 – ROCK ON RUBY (11/1)
  • 2011 – HURRICANE FLY (11/4 fav)
  • 2010 – BINOCULAR (9/1)
  • 2009 – PUNJABI (22/1)
  • 2008 – KATCHIT (10/1)
  • 2007 – SUBLIMITY (16/1)
  • 2006 – BRAVE INCA (7/4 fav)
  • 2005 – HARDY EUSTACE (7/2 fav)
  • 2004 – HARDY EUSTACE (33/1)
  • 2003 – ROOSTER BOOSTER (9/2)

Key Cheltenham Festival Betting Trends (Champion Hurdle )

  • 13/14 – Finished in the top 3 last time out
  • 13/14 – Had raced at Cheltenham before
  • 12/14 – Had raced within the last 7 weeks
  • 12/14 – Aged 8 or younger
  • 12/14 – Rated 159 or higher
  • 11/14 – Had finished in the top 4 in a Cheltenham Festival race the season before
  • 11/14 – Had won 6 or more times over hurdles before
  • 10/14 – Irish bred winners
  • 10/14 – Won last time out
  • 10/14 – Placed favourites
  • 9/14 – Had won at Cheltenham before
  • 9/14 – Irish trained winners
  • 8/14 – Aged 6 or 7 years-old
  • 7/14 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
  • 7/14 – Winning distance – 2 1/2 lengths or more
  • 6/14 – Winning favourites (1 joint)
  • 5/14 – Ran in the previous season’s Champion Hurdle
  • 5/14 – Had won a race at the Cheltenham Festival the previous season
  • 4/14 – Trained by Willie Mullins
  • 2/14 – Trained by Nicky Henderson (has won the race 5 times in all)

The average winning SP in the last 14 runnings is 9/1

Champion Hurdle Stats:

  • 5 year-olds are just 2 from 98 since 1985
  • 27 of the last 33 winners won their previous race
  • 21 of the last 31 winners were placed in the top 4 at the previous season’s Cheltenham Festival
  • 19 of the last 21 winners had a race that calendar year
  • 23 of the last 26 winners hailed from the first 6 in the betting market
  • Just 2 of the last 25 Christmas Hurdle winners has gone onto win the Champion Hurdle that season (But Faugheen did the double in 2014-15)
  • Irish-trained horses have won 12 of the last 18 renewals

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Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Trends

Recent Queen Mother Champion Chase Winners

  • 2016 – SPRINTER SACRE (5/1)
  • 2015 – DODGING BULLETS (9/2)
  • 2014 – SIRE DE GRUGY (11/4 fav)
  • 2013 – SPRINTER SACRE (1/4 fav)
  • 2012 – FINIAN’S RAINBOW (4/1)
  • 2011 – SIZING EUROPE (10/1)
  • 2010 – BIG ZEB (10/1)
  • 2009 – MASTER MINDED (4/11 fav)
  • 2008 – MASTER MINDED (3/1)
  • 2007 – VOY POR USTEDES (5/1)
  • 2006 – NEWMILL (16/1)
  • 2005 – MOSCOW FLYER (6/4 fav)
  • 2004 – AZERTYUIOP (15/8 fav)
  • 2003 – MOSCOW FLYER (7/4 fav)

2016 Queen Mother Champion Chase Betting Trends

  • 13/14 – Had raced within the last 8 weeks
  • 12/14 – Had won at least 5 times over fences before
  • 12/14 – Had run over fences at Cheltenham before
  • 11/14 – Won last time out
  • 11/14 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
  • 11/14 – Returned 5/1 or shorter in the betting
  • 9/14 – Winning distance – 5 lengths or more
  • 9/14 – Placed favourites
  • 8/14 – Had won over fences at Cheltenham before
  • 7/14 – French bred
  • 6/14 – Irish bred
  • 5/14 – Won by an Irish-based horse
  • 5/14 – Won the Arkle Chase the previous season
  • 5/14 – Winning favourites
  • 4/14 – Ran in the Tied Cottage Chase (Punchestown) last time out
  • 3/14 – Ran in the Game Spirit Chase (Newbury) last time out
  • 3/14 – Had won the race before

The average winning SP in the last 14 runnings is 9/2

Other Queen Mother Champion Chase Stats

  • 11 of the last 16 winners ran in that season’s Tingle Creek Chase (Sandown)
  • 20 of the last 32 winners had previously won at the Cheltenham Festival
  • 34 of the last 35 winners returned 11/1 or shorter in the betting
  • Last 15 Arkle Chase winners to run the next season in this have finished placed or better
  • 14 of the last 15 winners had won a Grade One Chase previously

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Ladbrokes World Hurdle Betting Trends

Billed as the feature race on the third day (Thursday) of the Cheltenham Festival, the Ladbrokes World Hurdle is run over a distance of 3m with 12 hurdles to jump.

The present format of the contest was first run in 1972, and was known in its early days as the Stayers’ Hurdle. In recent years the race has been dominated by previous winners of the race with the French-trained, Baracouda, landing the prize twice, the gutsy Inglis Drever winning the race three times, while the Paul Nicholls-trained Big Buck’s landed the race four times on the bounce.

Recent Ladbrokes World Hurdle Winners

  • 2016 – THISTLECRACK (Evs fav)
  • 2015 – COLE HARDEN (14/1)
  • 2014 – MORE OF THAT (15/2)
  • 2013 – SOLWHIT (17/2)
  • 2012 – BIG BUCK’S (5/6 fav)
  • 2011 – BIG BUCK’S (10/11 fav)
  • 2010 – BIG BUCK’S (5/6 fav)
  • 2009 – BIG BUCK’S (6/1)
  • 2008 – INGLIS DREVER (11/8 fav)
  • 2007 – INGLIS DREVER (5/1)
  • 2006 – MY WAY de SOLZEN (8/1)
  • 2005 – INGLIS DREVER (5/1)
  • 2004 – IRIS’S GIFT (9/2)
  • 2003 – BARACOUDA (9/4 fav)

Ladbrokes World Hurdle Betting Trends

  • 13/14 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
  • 13/14 – Finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • 13/14 – Had raced within the last 10 weeks
  • 12/14 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
  • 12/14 – Had won over at least 3m (hurdles) before
  • 12/14 – Went onto run at the Aintree Grand National Meeting later that season
  • 11/14 – Aged 8 or younger
  • 11/14 – Placed favourites
  • 10/14 – Winning distance – 2 1/2 lengths or less
  • 10/14 – Had won over hurdles at Cheltenham before
  • 10/14 – Won their latest race
  • 10/14 – Had raced that calendar year
  • 9/14 – Rated 163 or higher
  • 9/14 – Contested either the Cleeve Hurdle (6) or the Long Walk Hurdle (3) last time out
  • 7/14 – French-bred
  • 7/14 – Went onto win at Aintree later that season
  • 6/14 – Winning favourite
  • 4/14 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
  • 4/14 – Ridden by Ruby Walsh
  • 1/14 – Irish-trained winners

The average SP in the last 14 runnings is 9/2

Other World Hurdle Stats

  • Every winner since 1972 has been aged 6 or older
  • Since 1972 there have been 7 previous winners of the race to win again
  • Horses that ran at the previous season’s Cheltenham Festival are 18 from 23
  • Horses that were placed fourth or better last time out have won the last 29 renewals
  • The top five in the betting have finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 7 of the last 13 renewals
  • Just one Irish-trained winner since 1996 – Solwhit (2013)
  • All of the last 29 winners were aged 9 or younger

 

Cheltenham Betting Trends for the Gold Cup

horse-hurdleKnown as the Blue Riband on NH horse racing the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup is the featured race on the final day (Friday) of the Cheltenham Festival that is staged each year in March.
Run over 3m 2 1/2f and with 22 fences to jump the race always attracts the best staying chasers from the UK, Ireland and France, while has been won in the past by household names such as Golden Miller, Arkle, Desert Orchid, Best Mate, Denman and Kauto Star.

Recent Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners

  • 2016 – DON COSSACK (9/4)
  • 2015 – CONEYGREE (7/1)
  • 2014 – LORD WINDEMERE (20/1)
  • 2013 – BOBS WORTH (11/4 fav)
  • 2012 – SYNCHRONISED (8/1)
  • 2011 – LONG RUN (7/2 fav)
  • 2010 – IMPERIAL COMMANDER (7/1)
  • 2009 – KAUTO STAR (7/4 fav)
  • 2008 – DENMAN (9/4)
  • 2007 – KAUTO STAR (5/4 fav)
  • 2006 – WAR OF ATTRITION (15/2)
  • 2005 – KICKING KING (4/1 fav)
  • 2004 – BEST MATE (8/11 fav)
  • 2003 – BEST MATE (13/8 fav)

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Trends

  • 14/14 – Aged 9 or younger
  • 13/14 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
  • 13/14 – Had raced within the last 3 months
  • 12/14 – Had run over fences at Cheltenham before
  • 12/14 – Finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • 12/14 – Had won over at least 3m (chase) before
  • 11/14 – Winning distance – 2 lengths or more
  • 10/14 – Placed favourites
  • 10/14 – Won last time out
  • 9/14 – Had won 5 or more times over fences in the UK or Ire before
  • 9/14 – Rated 170 or higher
  • 9/14 – Irish bred
  • 8/14 – Winning favourites
  • 8/14 – Had last raced in the previous year
  • 7/14 – Had won over fences at Cheltenham before
  • 5/14 – Last race was in the King George VI Chase (Kempton)
  • 4/14 – Irish-trained winner
  • 3/14 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
  • 3/14 – Won the Denman Chase (Newbury) last time out
  • 2/14 – Ran in the Lexus Chase last time out

The average winning SP in the last 13 renewals is 5/1

Other Cheltenham Gold Cup Stats

  • Trainer Willie Mullins is yet to win the race
  • Only one horse (Kauto Star 2009) has ever regained the race
  • 22 of the last 23 winners have been aged 9 or younger
  • 9 of the last 15 winners came here fresh – did not race that same calendar year
  • 14 of the last 16 winners were rated 166 or higher
  • 16 of the last 18 winners had won a race already that current season
  • 11 of the last 16 winners had finished second or better at the Cheltenham Festival before
  • 11 of the last 17 winners had run in that season’s King George VI Chase (Kempton)
  • All of the previous 17 winners had won a Grade One contest before
  • The last winner aged older than 10 was in 1969 (What a Myth, 12)

About Cheltenham

Whereas the Grand National is the single biggest race for the bookmakers in terms of betting the Cheltenham Festival is by far the most lucrative for the horse racing industry with millions of pounds wagered on the meeting over the four days.

With that each year the bookmakers will throw offer-after-offer at punters in a bid to attract their custom with many firms increasing their Cheltenham Festival free bet and sign-up offers during the meeting. Also be sure to look out for Cheltenham Festival bookmaker specials each year like money back if your horse falls or finishes second, while many bookmakers actually reward their customers with winners too – be sure to shop around!

What’s also billed as the ‘Greatest Show On Turf’ sees a collection of the best British and Irish-trained runners locking horns with the top National Hunt stables around gearing their best horse’s season around the Cheltenham Festival. Whereas on the flat where horses come-and-go a lot more frequently the jumping code sees horses hang around for a lot longer and return year-after-year at Cheltenham.

With past Cheltenham Festival champions often coming back to defend their titles year-after-year then many horse racing fans get more attached to the National Hunt as it gives them more time to build up likings and affections for certain horses.

The Cheltenham track is a demanding one and even has its own Cross Country course in the middle that stages this contest on the Wednesday of each meeting. With a stiff uphill finish then horses and the jockey’s need to save a bit for the final push to the line and the famous Cheltenham hill has produced many a dramatic turn-a-round in the closing stages.

There is, in-fact, two main courses at Cheltenham – the New and Old courses – The New Course has a tough downhill fence in the closing stages and a slightly longer run-in for the steeplechases. The opening two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) of the Cheltenham Festival are run on the Old Course, while the last two days (Thursday and Friday), including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, are staged on the New Course. Therefore, with the course being like no other on the National Hunt circuit it’s no surprise that proven past winners at the track, not only at the Cheltenham Festival, but also at the track in general, are horses to look out for and often come back year-after-year and perform well at the venue.

In recent year’s top trainers like leading Irish handler, Willie Mullins and the leading UK-based stables of Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have mopped-up many big Cheltenham Festival races and are often the first yards punters look out for each year. In terms of jockey then Ruby Walsh with over 50 Cheltenham Festival winners to his name is the man to have on your side.

Over the four days there are 28 races to enjoy, with seven being run on each day. Each day will have a feature, showcase event, but the betting interest on every Cheltenham Festival race.

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