Cheltenham Festival 2018 Betting Offers from the Best Horse Racing Bookies
The Cheltenham Festival – which runs from Tuesday 13th March to Friday 16th March 2018 – is a veritable feast of the best National Hunt racing on the calendar. With the biggest races, the best horses, trainers and jockeys and some of the most fervent support, the event is the maker of legends and the destroyer of reputations… and it’s a great deal of fun!
Top Offers At A Glance
For many though, the Cheltenham Festival is the one time of the year when they allow themselves a flutter or two on the horses – at least the ones who understand that the Grand National is a lottery and that many of the races at Cheltenham offer fine chances to profit.
And your chances of turning a healthy profit have just increased because here we present to you the best betting offers, bonuses and promotions made available to you from our partner bookmakers… and they are some real crackers! With money back offers, enhanced odds and various free bets, there is plenty to get stuck into.
So take a look below, or if you are seeking a more in-depth analysis of upcoming races, along with the latest racing betting offers, tips and news, take a look at our sister site RacingBettingOffers.com.
Check out our betting tips and guides to each of the Festival’s four days:
- Day One Betting Tips and Preview – 13 March 2018
- Day Two Betting Tips and Preview – 14 March 2018
- Day Three Betting Tips and Preview – 15 March 2018
- Day Four Betting Tips and Preview – 16 March 2018
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Cheltenham Festival Overview
For those who are not familiar with the Cheltenham Festival, you are missing out big time. It is quite simply the greatest horse racing event on the planet, with four days jam-packed with top quality racing covering the whole range of National Hunt race types, from the two mile hurdles to the marathon chases, with a bumper (National Hunt flat race) thrown in for good measure.
We’ve got handicaps, races for amateur jockeys and plenty of Graded races to get stuck into, so read on as we give you the lowdown on each of the races at the Cheltenham Festival.
Cheltenham Festival Day One – Tuesday 14th March 2017
For more details – including betting tips – for the biggest races of the day, check out our Cheltenham Festival Day One Betting Preview
13.30 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The opening race of the Festival, run over a distance of two miles and half a furlong, the Grade One Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is a fitting way to commence proceedings. A fast-paced race which features plenty of future stars, the trainer/jockey combination of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh have taken victory in each of the last three renewals.
14.10 – Arkle Challenge Trophy
The Arkle – named after the three-time Gold Cup winning horse – is another fast Grade One to keep the pulses racing. With 13 fences to jump, this race – which is open to horses aged five years and older – has seen some top-class performances over the years with the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig bringing home the bacon for Nicky Henderson in recent years. Last year it was all about the Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux, who was the odds-on favourite and lived up to the tag in style.
14.50 – Festival Handicap Steeple Chase
The first handicap of the Festival is run over a distance of three miles and half a furlong and – compared to the previous two races – is a tough one to call. It can be a good indicator when seeking runners who may perform well in the Grand National with five horses having won both races in their careers.
15.30 – Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
The feature race of the day is the Champion Hurdle and, as always, it promises to be an exciting race. Run over a distance of two miles and half a furlong with just eight hurdles to skip over, this race falls into the “blink and you miss it” category.
The most prestigious hurdling event there is, the Champion Hurdle has seen three of the great racing trainers – Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls – share six of the last seven victories between them, with Mullins’ Faugheen winning in 2015.
This year there are plenty of contenders for the crown and we can’t wait for the action to get started.
16.10 – OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
The females take centre stage in the next race as the Mares’ Hurdle gets underway. The fourth Grade One race of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, it is run over a distance of two miles and four furlongs and incorporates nine hurdles to negotiate. Quevega, who is now retired, won six renewals of this race from 2009 to 2014.
16.50 – Toby Balding National Hunt Steeple Chase
A monster of a race at four miles with 24 fences to jump, the National Hunt Chase is not for the faint of heart. This is a race that Willie Mullins has won as both jockey and trainer (not in the same year!), though Jonjo O’Neill has saddled the most winners over the years with five.
17.30 – Novices’ Handicap Chase
The final race of the day is a tough-to-call handicap chase run over a distance of two miles and four and a half furlongs. It was only introduced to the Festival in 2005 but has become popular with those seeking some long-odds outsiders. The last six winners have all carried weights of over 11 stone.
Cheltenham Festival Day Two – Wednesday 15th March 2017
For more details – including betting tips – for the biggest races of the day, check out our Cheltenham Festival Day Two Betting Preview
13.30 – Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
The first race of Day Two at the Cheltenham Festival is the first of four Grade One races on another day of supreme racing action. Run over two miles and five furlongs with 10 hurdles to jump, we see some of the best novice hurdlers in the business. With horses of the class of Simonsig, The New One and – in 2014 – Faugheen having triumphed, this is clearly a high-quality race, and one that is very enjoyable to watch.
14.10 – RSA Chase
Another Grade One race is up next, but the RSA Chase is aimed flatly at novice chasers who have the ability to stay the distance… and it’s quite some distance at three miles and half a furlong. With 19 fences to clear, runners need stamina and exceptional jumping ability to do well in this one, and many winners of this race have subsequently found success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself, most recently Lord Windermere who won the big one in 2014.
14.50 – Coral Cup Hurdle
This Grade Three handicap is run over two miles and five furlongs with 10 hurdles to hop over. This is always a difficult race to assess and it is often advisable to keep your eyes on the market in the hours before the race to get a good picture of the likely contenders.
15.30 – Queen Mother Champion Chase
The Queen Mother Champion Chase is always one of the most hotly anticipated races of the Cheltenham Festival. Run over a distance of just two miles but with 12 fences to negotiate, this race is a real test of speed and jumping skill.
Often one of the races of the Festival – especially when Sprinter Sacre win in such style in 2013 – there are always top quality runners to back.
16.10 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
This arduous cross country chase, which was added to the Festival in 2005, has been won in two of the last four years by the Philip Hobbs-trained Balthazar King. It’s an interesting race given that it’s run on the Cross Country Course, but one in which we rarely find our way to picking the winner!
16.50 – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
If the previous race was hard to call, this one is nigh on impossible. Open to juveniles only, many of whom have had very few races and hence offer little to those seeking to trawl through the stats for signs of greatness, we would probably avoid this one from a betting point of view altogether. Or just follow the market and take a punt.
17.30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper
The only National Hunt Flat race of the Festival, and another Grade One race, the Champion Bumper is always a nice diversion from the jumps racing and can throw up some decent betting value in what is generally something of a guessing game.
Cheltenham Festival Day Three – Thursday 16th March 2017
For more details – including betting tips – for the biggest races of the day, check out our Cheltenham Festival Day Three Betting Preview
13.30 – JLT Novices’ Chase
Day Three at the Cheltenham Festival commences with a nice Grade Two chase run over two miles and four furlongs. Having only been added to the schedule in 2011 there isn’t much in the way of stats to get our teeth into, but suffice to say this is a decent race to watch and to ease you into the third day.
14.10 – Pertemps Network Final
The Pertemps Final is a listed three-miler with 12 hurdles to jump. Philip Hobbs’ Fingal Bay won in 2014 when carrying a hefty 11-12 on his back, the heaviest winner since the race was first run at the Festival in 1974, while Nicky Henderson’s Call The Cops won in 2015 with a full stone less to carry.
14.50 – Ryanair Chase
The Grade One Ryanair Chase is next up and this usually produces a fiercely contested race with a few high-class runners. Course and distance form is worth noting when picking your bets here.
15.30 – Stayers’ Hurdle
The World Hurdle is the big race of the day and this three mile events with 12 hurdles is the top of the tree when it comes to staying hurdles. The Paul Nicholls-trained Big Buck’s won it four years in a row from 2009 to 2012, while Jonjo O’Neill’s More Of That did the business in 2014 and Warren Greatrex saddled the surprise winner Cole Harden in 2015.
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16.10 – Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate
This Grade Three Race – previously known as the Byrne Group Plate – is run over a distance of two miles and five furlongs and has 17 fences to jump. Clearly picking horses who have proven jumping ability and have had few costly mistake makes sense, but also note that 12 of the last 15 winners have carried weights of 10-10 or less.
16.50 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase
This race for amateur riders is run over a distance of just over three miles and is not one on which you bet your house… or even your kids’ doll’s house for that matter! There is usually some each-way value to be found, but use the market as your indicator, and look for course/distance performers before placing your bets.
17.30 – St Patrick’s Derby
This is a charity race that shouldn’t be touched with a bargepole from a betting point of view!
Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Friday 17th March 2017
For more details – including betting tips – for the biggest races of the day, check out our Cheltenham Festival Day Four Betting Preview
13.30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
Day Four at Cheltenham might be all about the Gold Cup, but there are a few other fine races to get stuck into before the main event. The JCB Triumph Hurdle is certainly one of those, and this Grade One race, run over a distance of two miles and one furlong with eight hurdles to skip over, has seen some great races since it was inaugurated way back in 1939. Nicky Henderson has a solid record of saddling winners for this one, with six to date, including Peace And Co in 2015.
14.10 – Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle
This Grade Three handicap hurdle is also run over two miles and a furlong with eight hurdles, but the quality of runner will be somewhat short of those seen in the preceding race. That is not to say it isn’t a fine race to watch, or even to make money from for that matter, but look for value away from the top of the betting as there is plenty of scope for a long-odds outsider to romp to victory.
14.50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
The Grade One Spa Novices’ Hurdle (as it is also known) is a test of the younger hurdlers at a distance of three miles (with 12 hurdles). AP McCoy has ridden to victory on three occasions (2006, 2007 and 2013), while Jonjo O’Neill is the leading trainer with two winners (2006 and 2007).
15.30 – Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup
Then we arrive at the big one, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Run over a distance of three miles and two and a half furlongs with 22 fences to negotiate, this race more than any other is the one that enlivens true racing fans. With past winners including the likes of Golden Miller, Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star, this is the race in which a horse can be instantly elevated to the pinnacle of its sport.
This year sees as exciting a contest as last year’s surprise winner Coneygree looks to defend his title against a whole host of top class challengers including Vautour, Don Cossack and Don Poli.
16.10 – Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
The Foxhunter Chase is run over the same course and distance as the Gold Cup and is often referred to as the “Amateur Gold Cup”. Not a race on which to make your fortune.
16.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
And neither is this ungraded event, which is run over a distance of two miles and four and a half furlongs. Willie Mullins has saddled two winners in this one, Sir Des Champs in 2011 and Don Poli last year, so take a keen look at his entries this time around.
17.30 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
The final race of the Cheltenham Festival is this Grade Three handicap chase run over a distance of two miles and half a furlong. 14 of the last 16 winners have carried less than 11 stone on their backs and Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls have each saddled two winners in that time.
And so another Cheltenham Festival draws to a close… but on the bright side, it’s not long until the Grand National!