Cheltenham Festival 2023 Betting Odds Comparison & Tips

We’re counting down towards the 2023 Cheltenham Festival and this is widely regarded as the biggest National Hunt meeting on the UK horse racing calendar. Every year, Cheltenham seems to get bigger and better, with the 2023 meeting set to be huge considering that it will take place after the COVID-19 pandemic meant that spectators couldn’t attend the 2021 Cheltenham meeting.

Date Race
14/03 1:30 PMSupreme Novices HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
14/03 2:10 PMArkle ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
14/03 2:50 PMUltima Handicap ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
14/03 3:30 PMChampion HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
14/03 4:10 PMMares HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
14/03 4:50 PMFred Winter Juvenile Handicap HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
14/03 5:30 PMNational Hunt ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
15/03 1:30 PMBallymore Novices HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
15/03 2:10 PMFestival Novices ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
15/03 2:50 PMCoral CupAll OddsAll Odds
15/03 3:30 PMQueen Mother Champion ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
15/03 4:10 PMCross Country Handicap ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
15/03 4:50 PMGrand Annual Handicap ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
15/03 5:30 PMChampion BumperAll OddsAll Odds
16/03 1:30 PMTurners Novices ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
16/03 2:10 PMPertemps FinalAll OddsAll Odds
16/03 2:50 PMRyanair ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
16/03 3:30 PMStayers HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
16/03 4:10 PMFestival PlateAll OddsAll Odds
16/03 4:50 PMMares Novice HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
16/03 5:30 PMKim Muir Challenge CupAll OddsAll Odds
17/03 1:30 PMTriumph HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
17/03 2:10 PMCounty Handicap HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
17/03 2:50 PMAlbert Bartlett Novices HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
17/03 3:30 PMCheltenham Gold CupAll OddsAll Odds
17/03 4:10 PMFoxhunter Steeple ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
17/03 4:50 PMMares ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
17/03 5:30 PMMartin Pipe Handicap HurdleAll OddsAll Odds

Cheltenham Festival 2023 horse racing betting odds

The bookies are already offering horse racing odds when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival 2023 and you can check out the latest Cheltenham racecards so you can have a bet on the latest races such as the Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Champion Hurdle.

Who Are Betting Favourites for 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Minella Indo was the winner of the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Henry De Bromhead-trained charge is among the market leaders for the 2022 renewal. It will be interesting to see whether the champion firstly makes it to the Festival but he has to stand a fighting chance if there’s a repeat of the March performance that saw the horse touch off A Plus Tard.

A Plus Tard could also line up for this encounter, with De Bromhead also the trainer of this particular horse and it wouldn’t be a completely outside bet to see the first two home in the 2022 Gold Cup the same as the previous twelve months.

However, all eyes could be on Monkfish who is the star of the Willie Mullins stable and it’s virtually certain that the 2021 Brown Advisory Novices' Chase winner will be tilted at the Gold Cup, although it should be noted that the horse was beaten into second in the Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase in April.

Double winner Al Boum Photo is trading as big as 20/1 and it might be that the Willie Mullins horse is aimed at a race such as the Ryanair Chase this time around, while Envoi Allen could be a spectacular performer even if he fell in the Marsh Novices’ Chase when being sent off as a huge favourite.

Can Honeysuckle Win the 2022 Champion Hurdle Once Again?

The Champion Hurdle has become a bit of a winners’ enclosure for mares in recent years and it was Honeysuckle who ran a blinder on 16 March 2021, with the Henry de Bromhead horse taking full advantage of the mares’ allowance and winning this showpiece race by six-and-a-half lengths which suggests that there is going to be more to come from the seven-year-old.

Honeysuckle is a horse that has never been beaten and it will be interesting to see whether the 2021-22 season is any different, with a victory in the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown cementing her reputation as the leading two-mile hurdler in the business.

However, this might not be a one-way procession and it always takes a huge performance to win a Champion Hurdle, something that we might see from Bob Olinger. The Irish raider turned up at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and was heavily impressive when winning the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle when claiming a 6/4 victory.

There are other Cheltenham Festival winners who could pitch up at the 2022 Champion Hurdle, with Appreciate It among them. The seven-year-old blew the opposition away when winning by twenty-four lengths and the Willie Mullins horse will now either be tilted over hurdles or fences. If it’s the former, then the Champion Hurdle is all systems go.

Can Shishkin Win Queen Mother Chase After Arkle Victory?

There were lots of odds-on shots for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and that included Shishkin who was sent off as the 4/9 favourite, with Nicky Henderson having plenty of admiration for his stable star and the horse managed to produce a spellbinding win of twelve lengths which means that he’ll arrive at the 2022 meeting as an eight-year-old with bags of ability.

Shishkin’s win in the Arkle Chase suggests that he should have no problems stepping up to the Queen Mother and that explains why the horse won the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase at the Aintree Grand National when being sent off as the massive 1/8 favourite.

The big question is whether to back Shishkin in advance considering that the horse might go off as odds-on if it runs a blinder leading up to the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, with Energumene possibly the one to topple the Henderson champion and it’s hard to know the qualities of this horse.

That is because the Willie Mullins-trained charge had to be withdrawn from the Queen Mother Champion Chase at short notice, with the horse running in the Ryanair Novice Chase in April at Punchestown and it was a facile victory by sixteen lengths although we’ve not seen the runner perform at Cheltenham.

Chacun Pour Soi was all the rage for the 2021 Champion Chase and the French-bred horse was sent off as the 8/13 favourite for the race before finishing a disappointing third to Put The Kettle On, with Nube Negra also finishing ahead of the runner and perhaps the moment has passed for this hype horse.

Flooring Porter Double Figure Odds to Win Stayers Hurdle

The Stayers’ Hurdle tends to be a competitive betting heat and it’s often the case that you don’t get a short-priced favourite, with the 2022 renewal likely to be a similar story as we look at the Cheltenham ante post betting odds that have been created by the horse racing bookies.

Last March, it was Flooring Porter that produced a wonderful performance and the bookies are in disagreement over the price that should be afforded to the Gavin Cromwell-trained horse this time around. The biggest at the time of writing is 12/1 although some bookies quote half that price.

Flooring Porter will line up as a seven-year-old when it comes to the 2022 Stayers’ Hurdle and perhaps the horse is yet to hit his peak, although the runner was unable to follow up that 2021 victory with any kind of performance at the Punchestown Festival and was pulled up in the Ladbrokes Champions Stayers Hurdle.

Thyme Hill is an interesting runner in the 2022 Stayers’ Hurdle and the horse was tipped by many when it came to the 2021 race only to be withdrawn. However, the Philip Hobbs-trained charge managed to oblige a month later in a similar race at the Aintree meeting and has to be worthy of consideration here.

Roksana was narrowly second in that race and has the added advantage of receiving a mares’ allowance for this particular encounter, with trainer Harry Skelton having seen his runner finish third in the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs at the previous Festival.

Who Are the Other 2022 Cheltenham Festival Favourites?

It’s not clear whether runaway Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Appreciate It will go over hurdles or fences next season, with the horse trading as the 3/1 favourite to win the 2022 Arkle and that price will shorten if the runner takes well to the bigger obstacles.

The Mares’ Hurdle is another Grade 1 horse racing encounter at the Cheltenham Festival, with Black Tears and Concertista heading the betting market. Echoes In Rain and Stormy Ireland are other horses that could run big races although it could be worth holding fire to see which runners impress during the early part of the season.

The 2022 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle is always a big showpiece event and Kilcruit is the horse currently trading as the betting favourite, with the Willie Mullins runner having finished in last season’s Bumper and just being touched off by Sir Gerhard.

Then we have the Marsh Novices’ Chase which is becoming a popular race at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, with Bob Olinger and Appreciate It heading the market although it remains to be seen whether these horses will take up the engagement here or alternatively be rerouted to another race. My Drogo and Klassical Dream are the other runners to be considered at this point in time.

The 2022 Ryanair Chase is one of the biggest races on Day Three of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, with Allaho one of the horses most likely to line up after winning the 2021 race. Willie Mullins trained the runner which had the brilliant Rachael Blackmore on board and it could be that this combination works to great effect again.

Shishkin and Energumene are trading at around the 10/1 mark and there’s the possibility that one of these horses thrives over the two miles and four furlongs, with Fakir D’oudairies and Envoi Allen potentially lining up in that Grade 1 clash which is always a punting treat.

What Dates are the 2021 Cheltenham Festival Meeting?

Cheltenham Festival 2021 is scheduled to take place between Tuesday 16 March – Friday 19 March. This is a four-day National Hunt horse racing meeting where you will find seven races on each daily racecard and there will usually be a handful of high-profile Group 1 encounters along with a number of handicap races taking place for each day of the Festival.

Cheltenham Festival 2021 Day One Betting Tips

On Tuesday March 2021, we will see the 2021 Champion Hurdle take place which is the biggest race on Day One of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, with the best two-milers in the UK and Ireland battling it out for major honours.

EPATANTE was the 2020 winner of this race and we might see the mare lining up as favourite for the 2021 renewal, with the Nicky Henderson-trained charge receiving a mares’ allowance for the encounter, although Goshen was visually impressive at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and could be a firm contender.

Abacadabras, Envoi Allen and Honeysuckle are other horses that could take their chances, although HONEYSUCKLE could once again line up in the Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday 16 March 2021, having beaten Benie Des Dieux in the 2020 renewal against the odds.

SHISHKIN was a brilliant winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2020 and it appears as though the Nicky Henderson charge is going to go over fences during the 2020-21 season, so perhaps we’ll see him line up as favourite for the Arkle Chase.

Cheltenham Festival 2021 Day Two Betting Tips

The Queen Mother Champion Chase takes centre stage on Day Two of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival meeting, with the race potentially wide open and many horse racing fans enjoy the thrill of seeing top-class two mile chasers compete at the Prestbury Park track.

Politologue was the surprise 2020 winner thanks in part to the withdrawal of key horses such as CHACUN POUR SOI although the Willie Mullins horse could line up this time around and is sure to be a warm order providing that the preparations for the season go to plan.

Altior was another high-profile absentee for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, although Nicky Henderson will hope to have the horse right for this showdown, while Defi Du Seuil proved to be underwhelming as heavy odds-on favourite last time out and perhaps we’ll see better from him too.

Cheltenham Festival 2021 Day Three Betting Tips

The biggest race on the 2021 Cheltenham Festival Day Three race card is the Stayers’ Hurdle which is a stamina-sapping three mile encounter around the undulating Cheltenham Racecourse track. It takes a quality horse to land the spoils and PAISLEY PARK will be hoping to land a second victory after triumphing in 2019.

The horse wasn’t able to retain his crown in 2020 although there were underlying circumstances for that flop, with Lisnagar Oscar landing a surprise victory and Ronald Pump was also a big-priced runner-up in that race.

Perhaps we should expect to see a high-profile mare or two line up for the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle, with Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle both looking capable of getting a three-mile trip.

Cheltenham Festival 2021 Day Four Betting Tips

The 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most high-profile race of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival meeting, with the best-rated horses in the UK and Ireland over three miles and fences competing and it all comes down to whether AL BOUM PHOTO can land a third successive victory.

The Willie Mullins-trained charge scored his first success in 2019 before a remarkable consecutive feat in 2020 although it really would be something if the horse won three in a row considering how tricky it is to produce a horse for this race on successive occasions.

It could be worth an antepost bet on Al Boum Photo well in advance of race day, with Santini, Champ and Minella Indo the other contenders and we might see the odds change significantly before it gets to the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

What Makes the Cheltenham Festival Special?

The Cheltenham Festival has grown in popularity over the past few years. It was previously a three-day meeting although it has now been extended to four days due to the fact that people enjoy the opportunity to attend the course during the week and also place bets on the action each day.

For many, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight race of the meeting and that always takes place on Day Four, with the some of the best English and Irish steeplechasers competing in this blue riband event which is a true test of speed, jumping and stamina.

However, each day is littered with Group 1 races and Day One features the Champion Hurdle when a horse will be crowned as the best two-mile hurdler, with the pace always fierce and we often see a grandstand finish.

On Day Two, the highlight race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase and this involves brilliant two mile chasers compete at the undulating Cheltenham track, with the horses having to carefully overcome all manner of obstacles before finishing ahead of the chasing pack.

On Day Three, we can enjoy another stellar card of races and that includes the Stayers’ Hurdle which is a true test of stamina and requires the winning horse to outstay his or her rivals.

Cheltenham Day 1 Key Races

While every day at Cheltenham is special, there is no doubt that the opening day really is hard to beat. With four Grade 1 races, a Grade 2, a Grade 3 and a Listed race, the quality is sublime, and the pace of the action is also highly impressive.

From the opening excitement of the Supreme Novices’ to the Arkle, which is fast on its heels, there’s barely time to catch your breath. There is then a minor lull for the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase before the biggest race of the day, the Champion Hurdle. With the increasingly popular Mares’ Hurdle to follow, this really is a day to savour.

Cheltenham Day 2 Key Races

Day Two brings yet more excitement with one of the races of the Festival in the form of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the domain of some of the greatest horses in history. Winners such as Sprinter Sacre, Master Minded, Viking Flagship and Moscow Flyer show the standards set by winners of this race, and it rarely fails to deliver as a spectacle.

The opening Novices’ Hurdle and the RSA Chase are both great betting events, while the Champion Bumper offers fans of NHF races the chance to pit their wits against the bookies.

Cheltenham Day 3 Key Races

We’ve reached the halfway stage of the Cheltenham Festival, although Day Three delivers another brilliant card of racing and that includes the Stayers’ Hurdle. With the distance being three miles, this means that horses have to be able to stay the trip and that’s something that was demonstrated by Paisley Park in 2019.

The Ryanair Chase is also a brilliant encounter and features many household names. This race is usually filled with horses that might not necessarily get the trip in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but are still more than capable of tackling the Cheltenham fences and delivering some glory for connections.

Cheltenham Day 4 Key Races

There is no doubt about the biggest race on the fourth day of the Festival: the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The race somewhat overshadows the other offerings on the card, such is its legendary status among racing fans.

The likes of five-time winner Golden Miller, hat-trick heroes Cottage Rake, Best Mate and Arkle and racing legends such as Desert Orchid, Kauto Star and L’Escargot have propelled this race into folklore.

How to Bet on the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

The first piece of advice is to only bet what you can afford to lose when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival or any other betting event. When the fun stops, please be sure to stop betting. Many people enjoy the Cheltenham racing either by placing small bets or alternatively just marvelling at the spectacle that is in front of their eyes.

It’s likely that you will want to have a betting interest in each of the 28 races that are taking place at Cheltenham. If that’s the case, then you are essentially committing to placing at least 28 bets although there’s the possibility that you will place more than one bet on a particular race, especially with a big field.

Therefore, it’s important to have some kind of staking plan or bankroll which will help you bet accordingly on the Festival. You might choose to set up a bankroll for each day of Cheltenham and then allocate funds for each race accordingly. Some punters will budget themselves a certain amount and then stop betting if they lose the maximum amount each day.

Some customers might allocate a certain amount of money to stake on each race. It’s not uncommon for a punter to put a maximum £10 bet on each race, although doing this for 28 races would still mean an outlay of £280 and there are absolutely no guarantees of getting a return.

We would recommend writing down the horses that you want to back each day and potentially getting all your bets done before the action starts. You can then watch the Cheltenham Festival races and review afterwards how much profit or loss was incurred from the horse racing.

Different Types of Cheltenham Festival Bets

For many customers, betting on the Cheltenham Festival involves backing horses to win their particular race. However, this can either be done by placing a single which involves the horse needing to win or alternatively an each-way bet where you might only need your selection to place in order to land a profit.

Should you place £5 on an 8/1 shot to win, then you would stake £5 and get a return of £45 should your horse win. However, if you place £5 each-way (£10 staked) on a horse at 8/1, you would make a profit if the horse finished second or third (or in some cases, fourth depending on the field size).

Many betting customers like to place a Placepot or another Tote bet at Cheltenham. The Placepot is popular as you simply need to choose at least one horse that is going to place in the race for you to land a profit.

There is also the option to place a multiple bet which could be a double on two different races. This can be a win double or an each-way double depending on your preference and how you see the races panning out. Sometimes, people will go for a Yankee bet on a number of selections or even an accumulator if they want a giant return.

Enjoy Cheltenham Festival Promotions with the Bookies

Bookmakers are generally falling over themselves to offer Cheltenham Festival promotions when it comes to this amazing meeting. This can be free bets on the opening race of the day, free bets if you back a winner or alternatively money back if your horse finishes second to the favourite.

In addition, there is often the chance to enjoy big free bets and welcome bonuses if you are a new customer, so we recommend that you always look around for the best sort of deals and have multiple betting accounts to profit on the meeting.

Cheltenham Festival FAQ

The Cheltenham Festival always takes place in the second week of March. The dates for each Cheltenham Festival meeting are confirmed well in advance, with the Festival starting on a Tuesday and running consecutively that week all the way through to Friday. Cheltenham also generally coincides with St Patrick’s Day and there is definitely an Irish flavour to this horse racing meeting.
There are seven horses races during each of the four days of the Cheltenham Festival and that means twenty-eight races in total. These include the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. There are a number of Group 1 races along with a succession of handicap races and there are a wide range of betting opportunities as a result.
On every day of the Cheltenham Festival meeting, the first race takes place at 1.30pm UK time, with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle getting us under way on Day One of Cheltenham. The races then take place at roughly 35-minute intervals throughout the day, with this providing customers with the chance to look ahead to the next race and plan which horses they are going to back on the Cheltenham racecard.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most famous horse race at the Cheltenham Festival and this always occurs on Day Four of the meeting, with the Gold Cup being the fourth place on a seven-race card which means it takes place in the middle of the race day. This race generally goes off at 3.30pm UK time which means that it attracts a large audience of spectators on the Friday wanting to watch the race.
It’s generally the case that you won’t make money backing the favourites every time at the Cheltenham Festival. While a handful of horses heading the market often win at Cheltenham, many short-priced runners are beaten and you have to take into account that every race has a high-class field of horses. Sometimes it only takes one horse to beat a race favourite and triumph at the Festival.
The going at the Cheltenham Festival depends on the weather conditions leading up to the meeting, although we traditionally find that the ground is good to soft on the first day of the meeting. Sometimes heavy rain will mean that the going is soft or even soft to heavy, although Cheltenham racecourse is a fairly good drying track and you’ll find that good to soft tends to be the case. It’s worth bearing this mind when you bet on the various horses.
There are a number of handicap horse races at the Cheltenham Festival, with this meaning that each runner is carrying a certain amount of weight depending on their official rating. The Ultima Handicap Chase and Juvenile Handicap Hurdle take place on Day One, while the Ballymore Novices’ and the Coral Cup are handicap Cheltenham races on Day Two, while others include the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup and Martin Pipe Conditional Hurdle.
There are twenty-eight races at the Cheltenham Festival meeting and you can go through the racecard each day and pick out the horses that you expect to win. You should look at each horse’s form for the season and also pick out trainer comments which can be quite telling in terms of each horse’s chances of winning. Some punters also look at the betting market and see if there’s been money for any of the horses.
There are several bookmakers who have a Bet and Watch service when it comes to horse racing. That means you can log into your betting account, place a bet on the Cheltenham Festival race you want to watch and then access free live streaming. You can watch a Cheltenham race through your mobile device and sometimes there are live in-running odds available during the early stages of a race.
There are a number of ways to score free Cheltenham Festival bets. Sometimes there is the chance to get a free bet when you open a bookmaker account during Cheltenham week and that means you can get a deposit bonus when you have placed your first bet on the racing. Sometimes a bookie will give you a free bet on the next race if you have backed a winner, while there are sometimes money-back specials.
There are lots of ways to try and back winners at the Cheltenham Festival and you might even fancy placing a Cheltenham accumulator. It’s possible to either select horses that are running on different days of the meeting or alternatively place a daily Cheltenham acca on the action, with the odds of each selection combining so that you can get a bumper return on the selections if they all end up winning.
The majority of bookies have Cheltenham antepost betting available and this means a chance to bet on a Cheltenham race well in advance of it taking place. Sometimes you can back a horse antepost at a big price and those odds are considerably larger than you would find on the day of the race. However, antepost racing betting is also more risky as you have no guarantees that the horse will line up for that race.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the biggest horse race at the Cheltenham Festival, although there is also the chance to bet on other huge Group 1 races. This includes the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayer’s Hurdle that take centre stage on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the meeting. There are other big races like the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Arkle Chase and Ryanair Chase.
The vast majority of bookmakers offer Best Odds Guaranteed at the Cheltenham Festival. That means you can bet on a horse to win by taking an early price and then getting paid out at the Starting Price should this end up being bigger. The BOG Cheltenham prices are always worth taking and means that you always get the value on Cheltenham.
You can bet each-way on all of the Cheltenham Festival races and it’s a simple case of splitting your stake between win-only and place. The place terms for each Cheltenham race depend on the bookmaker and the number of runners in a race. For a big Cheltenham handicap race, you might find that you can get five or even six places, although that won’t be the case for a smaller field.