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Cheltenham Festival 2021 Betting Guide

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will take place from 16th to the 19th March. On this Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide we will provide you with the latest movers and drifters in every single Cheltenham race. By accessing our Cheltenham Racecourse dedicated page you will also be able to secure the best prices in every race just by clicking on the odds on the table for the selection you have picked.

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What is the Cheltenham Festival?

Cheltenham is the most important jump race meeting in the world. There are around 14 Grade 1 races and lots of other grade and feature races taking place over four massive racing days. The prize money paid is more than £4.5M, which is more than £1 million each day and the event is attended by more than 250,000 every year. 

A massive betting event

It is a huge betting event, and as such we have dedicated this Cheltenham Festival betting section, where you will be able to find everything you need for your bets at Cheltenham. This is the best tips, odds, offers, results, form, history and lots more. Feel free to navigate through the different sections to discover everything about the Cheltenham Festival and get the best possible value. We will continue to update this betting section as the event is progressing so best to bookmark this page and come back regularly to get the most out of it. 

Cheltenham Festival Feature Races

Champion Hurdle – Day One

The first feature race of the Cheltenham Festival takes place on the opening day of the meeting and it is called Champion Hurdle. This race is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race which is over a distance of 2 miles and 110 yards. The race is for horses who are four years or older and has a prize pot of £400k with the winner that can get around £250k.  

Queen Mother Champion Chase – Day Two

The Champion Chase is the Cheltenham Festival feature race of the Day 2 of the meeting. It is also a National Hunt grade 1 race, but it is a steeplechase and not a hurdle with horses that have to negotiate 12 fences. The race is for horses who are 5 years or older, and it is run over a distance of 2 miles. The winner will pocket around £225k while the total prize pot is £400k. 

Ryanair Chase (Festival Trophy) – Day Three

The Ryanair chase is one of the most important races of the third day of the Cheltenham Festival. It was added when the meeting was expanded to four days back in 2005, and it has, therefore, less history compared with the other feature races. This context has become so popular that the price pot is higher than the other feature race of the third day, which is the Stayer’s Hurdle. The Ryanair chase is a two-mile and five-furlong chase with horses that have to negotiate 17 fences. Since 2008 it has become a grade 1 race. 

Stayers’ Hurdle – Day Three

The Stayers’ Hurdle is the main feature race of day 3 at Cheltenham Festival. It is a grade 1 jump race which is open to horses who are 4 years and older. It is run on the new course at Cheltenham over a distance of 3 miles. It was first to run in 1912.  

Cheltenham Gold Cup – Day Four

The Gold Cup is the most important race of the Cheltenham Festival, and it is held on the final day. It is a grade 1 national hunt steeplechase which is over a distance of 3 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs. Horses have to overcome 22 fences over the run and takes place on the new course at Cheltenham. This race is for horses who are 5 years and older and has a prize pot of more than £615K with around £350k that goes to the winner. 

How to Place a Bet on the Cheltenham Festival?

Cheltenham is one of the most important horse races meetings in the world, and it takes place in March every year. If you like horse racing or you are a betting enthusiast, this will be a great week with plenty of action. Below we have provided a guide on how to place a bet on Cheltenham and get ready when the fun starts. Always make sure to gamble responsibly and find more information at the bottom of this page.

Get the best value and compare the odds

To have a chance of beating the bookies over the Cheltenham week, you would need to ensure you are getting the maximum value. You can do so by taking advantage of all the exclusive offers that are available during the Cheltenham festival, and also compare the odds of the best betting sites.

Bookmakers are going the extra mile for this event

The Cheltenham festival is the most important and popular horse racing event in the UK, and bookmakers are going the extra mile by offering very competitive odds and offers to attract as many customers as possible. We will update our pages with all the Cheltenham festival offers and highlight you the best odds, so make sure you bookmark this page to ensure you will get the best possible value out of your betting. 

Top 3 Tips on How to Place a Bet on Cheltenham Festival Online

If you are not too sure how to place a bet on the Cheltenham Festival online, below we have provided three top tips from our horse racing experts. 

Try to avoid big names

Remember you are looking for value when betting at the Cheltenham Festival and you not just following the crowd. It would help if you stayed away from big names like Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliot and so on. Backing them will likely not give you good value for money as the odds are very short in most cases. With the help of our betting tips sections, try to find those horses that have great potentials and haven’t made the big headlines as yet.

Handicap Races shouldn’t be missed

Handicaps are difficult to predict but extremely valuable if you get it right. To have a chance try to find those jockeys that ride strategically and have patients like Aidan Coleman, Davy Russell and others. If you not too sure, don’t worry as our horse racing experts will preview every race at Cheltenham and give you plenty of advice. Just make sure to bookmark this page! 

Previous Cheltenham Form is important

If a horse has already done well in a race in an earlier Cheltenham Festival, then it is a big plus, and you should include him in the shortlist. Remember, Cheltenham is a unique event, and horses with experience have a big advantage. 

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