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Cheltenham Festival Expert Tips

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The Cheltenham Festival is the most exciting race meeting in the world and is the leading source for Cheltenham expert tips and latest news.

Race fans can look forward to four pulsating days of action in March and the bookmakers will be preparing for the biggest betting week on the racing calendar.  Our expert tipsters have been working overtime to make sure that it is another profitable renewal of the meeting and there is certainly plenty for punters to sink their teeth into.

Tuesday tips

Tuesday 14th March - The opening day of the Festival is considered by many to be the season’s most captivating race day. 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.
Wednesday 15th 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 Neptune 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.

Wednesday tips

Thursday 16th March – The Stayers Hurdle, formerly known as the Ladbrokes World Hurlde 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.

Thursday tips

Friday 17th 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.

Friday tips



Supreme Novices HurdleMelon3/1All odds
Arkle Challenge TrophyAltior2/7All odds
Ultima Handicap ChaseSaphir Du Rheu8/1All odds
Champion HurdleYorkhill3/1All odds
Mares HurdleLimini11/10All odds
National Hunt ChaseA Geenie in abottle4/1All odds
Novices Handicap ChaseRomain De Senam10/1All odds


Neptune Novices HurdleNeon Wolf3/1All odds
RSA ChaseMight Bite3/1All odds
Coral CupBallyandy8/1All odds
Queen Mother Champion ChaseDouvan1/4All odds
Cross Country ChaseCantlow2/1All odds
Fred Winter Juvenile H'cap HurdleDreamcatching7/1All odds
Champion BumperCarter McKay3/1All odds


JLT Novices ChaseYorkhill13/8All odds
Pertemps FinalTobefair5/1All odds
Ryanair ChaseDouvan5/2All odds
World HurdleUnowhatimeanharry5/4All odds
Byrne Group Plate H'cap Steeple ChaseDiamond King8/1All odds
Maress Novice HurdleAirlie Beach7/4All odds
Kim Muir Challenge CupThe Crafty Butcher8/1All odds


Triumph HurdleDefi Du Seuil7/4All odds
County HurdleNorth Hill Harvey10/1All odds
Albert Bartlett Novices HurdleDeath Duty9/4All odds
Cheltenham Gold CupNative River3/1All odds
Foxhunters ChaseOn The Fringe6/4All odds
Conditional Jockeys H'cap HurdleThe Storyteller8/1All odds
Grand Annual Steeple ChaseStarchitect10/1All odds


This is an unoffical, fan based guide to the 2017 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.  This site is not associated with the official Cheltenham website

The 28 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival 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. 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 climaxes with the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, while other highlights include Tuesday's Champion Hurdle, Wednesday's Queen Mother Champion Chase and the World Hurdle on Thursday.

The clash between the top English and Irish horses is what makes the Festival 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 favourite 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 marvelled 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:

Reviews: We review every race 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.

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.

Past winning cheltenham tips

Of course, you can then decide whether to follow our advice or use your own intuition to make your final selections. However, we have enjoyed some remarkable success in recent years and here are just a few of the pointers you could have found at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival:

2015 Supreme Novices' Hurdle - "It has been impossible to ignore the confidence behind Douvan in recent weeks and he looks set to hammer the bookies in the opener" (Douvan won by over four lengths at 2/1)

2015 Champion Hurdle - "If you have one bet all week then it has to be Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle. He looks a cut above the opposition and he can't be opposed" (Faugheen powers to victory at 4/5)

2015 Neptune Investment Hurdle - "Windsor Park is threatening to deliver a huge performance and Dermot Weld's charge is certainly good enough to win this" (Windsor Park wins at 9/2)

2015 Coral Cup - "Paul Nicholls has been keen to play down the chances of French recruit Aux Ptits Soins but ignore his comments.  He looks to have a superb chance in the most competitive race of the entire week" (Aux Ptits Soins wins the Coral Cup at 9/1)

2015 Pertemps Final - "Nicky Henderson's Call The Cops still looks to be well in and there will be no horse cruising through the race as well as him. He is a fantastic each-way bet" (The selection wins at 9/1)

2015 Ryanair Chase - "Uxizandre looks a big price for a horse that was in superb form earlier in the year and he has an each-way squeak" (AP McCoy and Uxizandre win at 16/1)

2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup - "Connections of Coneygree can prove that they were right to pitch their horse into Gold Cup company and he can make all for a famous victory" - (Wins the feature at 7/1)

2015 Martin Pipe Handicap - "Killultagh Vic isn't as well fancied as Mullins' Roi Des Francs but he has every chance and he is sure to be in the mix" (He wins at a tasty 7/1)

Don’t forget, the prices above are the SPs, but our ante-post Festival tips are posted on the site in advance of the relevant contests at a time when even more rewarding odds are available. For example, Sublimity was generally available at 50-1 when we highlighted his chances back in February 2007.
Trends: In making our 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.

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.

Tickets and Enclosures: Finally, for those wanting to join in 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 and information on all of the enclosures and Cheltenham Festival hospitality at the racecourse.

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