Cheltenham Festival Articles
2020 Gold Cup ante-post preview – The one to beat, the big danger and the dark horse in Cheltenham Festival showpiece
Our expert casts his eye through the early betting for the feature championship race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival, picking out who he feels is the main contender, the big danger and an overlooked dark horse in the biggest race in National Hunt racing. Trainer Willie Mullins has traveled to Cheltenham with many […]
Champion Day (Tuesday, 10th March)
The opening day of the Festival is considered by many to be the season’s most captivating race day.
Anticipation is almost tangible as the tapes fly up and the famous Cheltenham roar almost takes the roof off the stands. With millions of pounds at stake, the Cheltenham betting ring will be a hive of activity as bookies attempt to take on the favorite.
The action kicks off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle, Arkle Trophy and Mares’ Hurdle complete the set of Grade Ones on Champions Day.
CHELTENHAM DAY 1 TIPS
Ladies Day (Wednesday, 11th March)
The sport’s leading two milers will battle it out for victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on another spellbinding day of racing.
With the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, RSA Chase and Champion Bumper also in the mix, there are Grade Ones everywhere you look and the action comes thick and fast.
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 TIPS
|Time||Race||Our Tip||Place Bet|
|17:30||The Weatherbys Champion Bumper||Place Bet|
|16:50||The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race||Bet Now|
|16:10||The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase||Place Bet|
|15:30||The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase||
T.B.C 15:30 – Champion Chase
|14:50||The Coral Cup Hurdle||
T.B.C 14:50 – Coral Cup
|14:10||The RSA Insurance Novices' Steeple Chase||
T.B.C 14:10 – Rsa Chase
|13:30||Ballymore Novices' Hurdle||Place Bet|
St Patrick’s Day (Thursday, 12th March)
The Stayers Hurdle, formerly known as the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, is the feature race on Thursday’s card and a whole host of top class stayers will be looking to join the race’s illustrious roll of honour.
The JLT Novices’ Chase, Ryanair Chase and Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle will also light up Prestbury Park and punters will be hoping they are ahead of the bookmakers.
CHELTENHAM DAY 3 TIPS
|Time||Race||Our Tip||Place Bet|
|17:30||The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase||Place Bet|
|16:50||The National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares Novices’ Hurdle||Place Bet|
|16:10||The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate||Place Bet|
|15:30||The Stayers' Hurdle||
T.B.C 15:30 – Stayers’ Hurdle
|14:50||The Ryanair Steeple Chase||
T.B.C 14:50 – Ryanair Chase
|14:10||The Pertemps Network Final||
T.B.C 14:10 – Pertemps
|13:30||The Marsh Novices’ Chase||Place Bet|
4 Gold Cup Day (Friday, 13th March)
Friday plays host to the sport’s most prestigious contest and we look set to be treated to a vintage renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The likes of Denman, Kauto Star and Coneygree have won the race in recent years and a whole host of superstars will battle it out for Grade One glory on the final day of the meeting. The presence of the Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle on the card only adds to the excitement.
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS
2020 CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL
Race fans can look forward to four pulsating days of action at the Cheltenham Festival 2020 in March and bookmakers are already preparing for the biggest betting week in the racing calendar. Our expert tipsters have been working overtime to ensure that your experience of the thrills and spills of all the Cheltenham races will be a good one and that you are laughing all the way to the bank.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 – the Greatest Show On Turf
This is a fan-based guide to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and an indispensable aid to finding the winners of some of the most prestigious and competitive horse races run anywhere in the world.
The 28 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival 2020 are the most hotly contested of the entire racing calendar, with around 500 horses competing for over £6.12 million of win and place prize money which compete only with the Grand National in terms of prestige in the jump racing calendar.
Whatever the weather, spring arrives in Gloucestershire on the first Tuesday of the Festival. Helicopters clatter in over Cleeve Hill, the first of 200,000 pints of Guinness are sunk and spectators roar off the start of the first race at the Cheltenham Festival 2020. That now traditional roar is an outpouring of a range of emotions from the relief of the racing community that Cheltenham has finally come round again, to the exhilaration of the crowd at the thought of what lies ahead – four days of high drama, effort, and excess that will test both wallets and livers.
The week of Cheltenham races climaxes with the Gold Cup on Friday, while other highlights include Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle, Wednesday’s Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle on Thursday.
The clash between the top English and Irish horses is what makes Cheltenham Festival 2020 for many and the biggest cheers are almost always reserved for the Irish-trained winners, many of whom are well-backed. Certainly, the Festival would certainly not be the same without the Irish punters, who revel in taking on the Cheltenham bookmakers in their great annual pilgrimage to the Gloucestershire countryside.
All spectators will be able to recall their favorite Festival race. Perhaps the older ones were there for the epic Gold Cup contests in the 1960s between the incomparable Arkle and brave Mill House; others will have marveled at Dawn Run – the only racehorse to have completed the Champion Hurdle – Gold Cup double (in 1984 and 1986 respectively). Many will look back with fondness to the popular grey Desert Orchid’s Gold Cup triumph in 1989 or, more recently, Best Mate’s third Gold Cup in 2004 and Moscow Flyer’s second Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2005, whilst Kauto Star’s triumphant second Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2009 will also rank highly for many.
Our site contains everything you need to know about these four magical days in March when the whole racing community converges on Prestbury Park for the Olympics of National Hunt racing.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Previews
Read our Cheltenham Festival betting previews, with an in-depth analysis of each contest – providing invaluable guidance on finding the Cheltenham Festival winners. Best of all, our Cheltenham Festival tips are completely free.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Reviews
We review all the Cheltenham races at the Cheltenham Festival for the last few years. Each race page on the site records how the races unfolded and our take on the performances of note.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Trends
In making our Cheltenham 2020 selections, we pay special attention to the patterns that have developed over the years, as Cheltenham is such a unique course and the races at the Festival have their own special characteristics. Certainly, history repeats itself here more than at any other meeting and our careful analysis of these trends enables us to whittle down large fields to a few prime contenders.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Statistics
In our statistics sections, you’ll find previous Cheltenham Festival results – we currently detail the winners of every Festival race since 1989, including the horse and jockey plus the starting-price. We plan to expand this section in the near future and list all Festival winners dating back to the days of Mill House and Arkle. We also provide statistics for both Cheltenham Festival Jockeys and Trainers, with Ruby Walsh and Nicky Henderson currently heading their respective fields.
Cheltenham 2020 Tickets and Enclosures
Finally, for those wanting to join the pilgrimage to the home of National Hunt racing, we have all the information you’ll need to make the most of your visit, including details of Cheltenham Festival tickets, Cheltenham dates 2020. and information on all of the enclosures and Cheltenham Festival hospitality at the racecourse.