Cheltenham Ante Post Betting Tips – Favourites in Every Race

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The ante-post betting markets are heating up for the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, and our experts have delved into the markets for each race, identifying the horses it looks worth keeping a close eye on and producing an ante-post tip for each of the 28 races.

Day 1 – Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Ante Post Tip

This year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle promises to be an absolute cracker. Top trainers Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson have taken a combined seven of the last ten renewals of this event and the duo are well represented here with the former having both Dysart Dynamo and Kilcruit entered and the latter represented by Constitution Hill and Jonbon.

Constitution Hill has looked an exceptional prospect in two hurdles starts to date but with market leaders not holding a particularly strong recent record it could pay to look elsewhere, and it is DYSART DYNAMO that catches the eye. This gelding looked a Grade 1 winner in waiting when scoring at Punchestown last time and his relentless style of galloping should be well suited to the demands of this contest.

  • Dysart Dynamo – odds 11/4

Arkle Chase Ante Post Tip

This year’s Arkle Novices’ Chase is possibly not up to the standard of past renewals but as a result it has helped create a competitive betting market in which the field is headed by Edwardstone, who has won every completed chase start to date. Blue Lord, a late faller in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, heads the list of dangers

Blue Lord took a Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival last time and has course form yet it is difficult to get away from the claims of EDWARDSTONE, who is yet to taste defeat in his completed chase starts. Alan King’s charge perhaps lacks the sexy profile of recent Arkle winners yet on everything he has shown up to now looks a little overstated in the betting.

  • Edwardstone – odds 2/1

Ultima Handicap Chase Ante Post Tip

Kim Bailey trained last year’s Ultima runner-up and he has the market leader for the 2022 renewal in Does He Know, who was an impressive Grade 2 winner last time out. The Irish dominate those in behind, yet it is worth nothing that there hasn’t been an Irish-trained winner of the race since 2006.

Does He Know must be respected on the back of his Reynoldstown victory, but the eye is draw towards KILTEALY BRIGGS, who looks certain to take up this engagement as he runs in the silks of the race sponsor. He wasn’t disgraced behind classy sorts in Grade 1 company on penultimate outing, and seemed to book his ticket for this race with an impressive Musselburgh victory last time out.

  • Kiltealy Briggs – odds 20/1

Champion Hurdle Ante Post Tip

Last year’s winner Honeysuckle heads the betting for the Champion Hurdle and she will likely be a warm order to maintain her unbeaten record. Willie Mullins has an excellent recent record in the race and he has Appreciate It entered up here on what will be the gelding’s first start since the previous year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a race he won by an incredible 24l.

Honeysuckle will be a warm order to land this race, and maintain her unbeaten run, yet her current odds are unlikely to move much between now and off-time in March, something that cannot be said for APPRECIATE IT. Last season’s wide-margin Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner has a significant absence to overcome yet he is unlikely to be coming into this undercooked given his yard’s excellent recent record both in this race, and with horses coming into the Festival on the back of significant absences.

  • Appreciate It – odds 4/1

Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Ante Post Tip

Last year’s mares’ novice hurdle winner Telmesomethinggirl currently heads the market for the Mares’ Hurdle, a race that Quevega famously won on six seperate occasions. She represented Willie Mullins, who has a whole host of possible runners in this, with the market favouring Stormy Ireland, who was a winner at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.

This can go to TELMESOMETHINGGIRL, who was the winner of the mares’ novice hurdle at the Festival last season. She has been trained with this contest in mind since, catching the eye staying on for third at the Dublin Racing Festival. That performance can be upgraded as she conceded weight to the front two who were both ridden more prominently on a track that favours those up with the pace. Back at a more suitable venue, she rates a solid selection.

  • Telmesomethinggirl – odds 3/1

Boodles Juvenile Hurdle Ante Post Tip

The last four renewals of the Boodles have gone to Irish horses and the betting suggests that trend will continue in 2022. Gaelic Warrior has been something of a talking horse in recent times and heads the market, narrowly ahead of Brazil, who was previously a classy horse on the flat for Aidan O’Brien.

Not the easiest race to assess from an ante-post perspective, but the form of THE TIDE TURNS catches the eye and he can be put forward as the selection. Gordon Elliott’s charge was a winner on hurdles debut and has gone on to run creditably in Graded company since. That looks strong form compared with that achieved by his rivals, and it would be no shock to see him go off a short price to land this contest.

  • The Tide Turns – odds 11/2

Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase Ante Post Tip

Won by the likes of Cause Of Causes, Tiger Roll and Galvin in recent years, this has proven an informative contest for races such as the Gold Cup and Grand National. The Irish dominate the head of the market with Troytown winner Run Wild Fred and last year’s Albert Bartlett fourth Stattler, currently vying for favouritism in the ante-post betting.

Experience often counts for plenty in this contest and that makes RUN WILD FRED particularly interesting. Although 0-7 in this discipline last season, he ran excellent races in both the Thyestes and Irish Grand National before deservedly getting his head in-front at Navan in November’s Troytown Chase. Form figures of 161F122 in the months of January-April suggests that this is the time to catch him, and expect him to have been trained to the minute for this contest.

  • Run Wild Fred – odds 3/1

Day 2 – Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Ante Post Tip

The likes of Samcro, Envoi Allen and Bob Olinger have taken the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in recent seasons and the Irish dominance in the Cheltenham Festival ante-post betting markets continues here with Sir Gerhard expected to carry favouritism for Cheveley Park Stud and Willie Mullins. Journey With Me represents last year’s winning connections whilst the British challenge is expected to be headed by Challow Hurdle winner Stage Star.

7yos admittedly don’t have a particularly strong record in this event, yet SIR GERHARD could be the one to buck that trend in 2022. A game winner of last season’s Champion Bumper, form which has worked out well since, Sir Gerhard is an unblemished 2-2 over hurdles this season, impressively landing a Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival last time. His light campaign compared with that of his rivals can bear fruit over the spring, and it’s no surprise that he has proven popular in the Cheltenham ante-post betting.

  • Sir Gerhard – odds 11/8

Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase Ante Post Tip

A high-class novices’ chase that often produces winners that feature prominently in the Cheltenham Festival ante-post betting for the following year’s Gold Cup. Galopin Des Champs heads the market but seems more likely to participate in the following day’s Turners Novices’ Chase. Bravemansgame and Ahoy Senor finished 2-1 in an Aintree Grade 1 last season and are expected to feature prominently in the Cheltenham ante-post tips produced in the build-up to the Festival.

Bravemansgame and Ahoy Senor are the two that the market feels it is worth focusing on here, but the former has beaten – albeit through no fault of his own – just 12 rivals over fences up to now, whilst the second can throw in the occasional dodgy jump. At the prices, therefore, BEACON EDGE is worth chancing. Noel Meade’s charge was the best of these over hurdles last season, finishing fourth in the Stayers’ Hurdle. He has since claimed Grade 1 honours in this sphere and a recent Navan second will have teed him up nicely for this contest.

  • Beacon Edge – odds 20/1

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Ante Post Tip

A fascinating handicap which has seen a real spread of winning prices, 5/1F Dame De Compagnie justifying the support in 2020 but 33/1 outsider Heaven Help Us causing an upset 12 months ago. Thedevilscoachman was a Grade 2 winner last time and would be interesting if running here, whilst I Am Maximus and Camprond also look interesting, albeit both have alternative assignments that they could choose.

Nicky Henderson has an exceptional recent record in this event having taken the 2014, 2019 and 2020 renewals, as well as also sending out last year’s runner-up. He has a whole host of entries at present but one that catches the eye at a big price is CALL ME LORD, who was rated 160 at his peak. The 9yo is now 18lb lower and caught the eye when a staying on third at Kempton on penultimate start. He has won at the course before, and this intermediate 2m5f distance should prove ideal, whilst it also looks particularly interesting that this is his sole entry at the Festival.

  • Call Me Lord – odds 40/1

Queen Mother Champion Chase Ante Post Tip

This year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase promises to be an enthralling renewal with both Shishkin and Energumene set to renew familiarities have battled it out in the Clarence House Chase last time out. As well as this, there is a fantastic supporting cast that includes two previous Champion Chase winners in Put The Kettle On and Politologue.

Shishkin will be a warm order in his bid for a third successive Cheltenham Festival win, yet the Cheltenham ante-post betting has CHACUN POUR SOI available at 6/1 here, which simply put looks a little too big. Willie Mullins’ charge is officially rated just 1lb lower than Shishkin and demolished a competitive field at the Dublin Racing Festival last time. He has been maligned after getting turned over at odds-on in this race last year yet has had a much lighter preparation this time around and can put that to freshness to good use in a race which could set up nicely for him.

  • Chacun Pour Soi – odds 11/2

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Ante Post Tip

Potentially the final chance to see Tiger Roll take to the track in what is expected to be the five-time Festival winner’s swansong. He may be 12 but is lethal at this discipline and is expected to have been trained to the minute for this. 2020 winner Easysland is another likely contender having joined the Jonjo O’Neill yard since finishing runner-up to Tiger Roll last year.

Enda Bolger has proven a master in this contest down the years and his recent French recruit Prengarde looks a fascinating addition. At the prices, however, preference goes to the yard’s apparent second string SHADY OPERATOR. This formerly smart Joseph O’Brien handicapper has taken well to this discipline, his form figures over the Punchestown banks reading 112. With some better spring ground likely to be appreciated he looks the value play in the Cross Country Cheltenham ante-post betting.

  • Shady Operator – odds 10/1

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase Ante Post Tip

A good spread of British and Irish trained winners of this race down the years and the market reflects that in 2022. Buddy Rich heads the betting for Gordon Elliott, who took this contest with Chosen Mate in 2020, having run some fine races in beginners/novice company earlier this season. 

EMBITTERED catches the eye here off a mark of 145, having been sent off favourite for this race last year when rated 146. That came on the back of a prep in the Grade 1 Irish Arkle at the Dublin Racing Festival, and he took part in that race yet again last month, finishing down the field. This looks a far more suitable assignment, however, and he has Festival form to his name courtesy of a third in the 2020 County Hurdle. British challengers Editeur Du Gite and Amarillo Sky head the list of dangers.

  • Embittered – odds 16/1

Weatherbys Champion Bumper Ante Post Tip

An often informative affair that has helped to catapult the career of many a future Cheltenham Festival winner. The Irish have dominated in recent renewals, landing the last five, and Willie Mullins has now taken a remarkable 11 Champion Bumpers. The market once again thinks that Mullins holds the aces, with Facile Vega a hot favourite to provide the yard with another victory in the Bumper.

A fascinating clash here between Gordon Elliott’s American Mike and Willie Mullins’s FACILE VEGA, and it’s the latter who gets the verdict. This son of six-time Festival winner Quevega confirmed the promise of a debut Leopardstown victory when slamming his rivals at last month’s Dublin Racing Festival. He looks one of the more exciting prospects of recent times and it’s notable that his RPR of 136 posted last time would have sufficed in four of the last six renewals of this prize.

  • Facile Vega – odds 10/11

Day 3 – Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Turners Novices’ Chase Ante Post Tip

A race that promises to be one of the most eagerly anticipated at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Irish superstars Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs were impressive victors at this meeting last year and aim to supplement those victories 12 months later, whilst the home challenge is headed by L’Homme Presse, who was a course winner himself on New Year’s Day.

Bob Olinger has tasted just once in his seven career starts and has been trained with this race in mind, yet it is difficult to get away from the claims of GALOPIN DES CHAMPS, who has gone from strength-to-strength since landing the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at last year’s Festival. Willie Mullins has a strong recent record in the Turners having landed four of the last ten renewals, and Galopin Des Champs looks set to be one of the most popular Cheltenham ante post tips.

  • Galopin Des Champs – odds 5/4

Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Ante Post Tip

A devilishly tricky puzzle to solve with runners qualifying by finishing in the first 6 in any of a series of races contested throughout the season. Irish-based runners have now taken the last six renewals and that includes 2019 winner Sire Du Berlais who was famously backed into 4/1 favouritism – having been a significantly greater price in the Cheltenham ante post betting – prior to his neck victory.

Not the easiest race to assess from an ante post betting perspective but at the prices, it looks worth giving GO ANOTHER ONE a chance. This 10yo has Festival form to his name courtesy of a sixth in last season’s Kim Muir Handicap Chase, yet a record of 8-22 over hurdles (compared with 3-12 chasing) suggests that he could be a better horse in this discipline. Go Another One has slipped to a workable mark and he should benefit from some better spring ground.

  • Go Another One – odds 40/1

Ryanair Chase Ante Post Tip 

A hugely popular addition to the Festival roster, so much so that it now shares joint honours as one of two feature races on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. Willie Mullins has sent out four of the last six winners of the Ryanair, most recently with Allaho, who is a warm order in the Cheltenham Festival ante post betting to retain his crown in 2022, if attempting the feat he will become just the second multiple winner of the Ryanair after Albertas Run (2010, 2011).

Allaho will likely to be a hot favourite amongst the Cheltenham ante post tips to land this prize, having demolished his rivals 12 months ago. He was given an astute ride that day, however, and one of the beaten horses that day, FANION D’ESTRUVAL, rates a value selection to turn the tables in 2022. Venetia Williams sent out the 33/1 runner-up Aso in this event in 2019 and Fanion D’Estruval caught the eye staying on from an uncompromising position to finish third in the Ascot Chase last time out.

  • Fanion D’Estruval – odds 25/1

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Ante Post Tip

The second – and more recognised – of two feature races on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, the Stayers’ Hurdle is the premier hurdle race for staying hurdlers and run over the same track and trip as the Pertemps earlier on the card. There has been significant variety in the prices of the winners in recent years, with EvsF Thistlecrack justifying the odds in 2016, but 50/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar defying his price when scoring three years later, something to bear in mind for anyone researching Cheltenham ante post tips.

Arguably the most open of the Grade 1s at this year’s Cheltenham Festival but THYME HILL is expected to have been trained specifically with this contest in mind and rates the value selection. Philip Hobbs’ charge bumped into Champ in the Long Walk at Ascot last time but has been kept fresh with this in mind since and his Festival record is a strong one, with Thyme Hill finishing third in the 2019 Champion Bumper and then fourth in a well above-average renewal of the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

  • Thyme Hill – odds 9/2

Plate Handicap Chase Ante Post Tip

A competitive handicap chase run over the same course and distance as the Ryanair. This has been won by future Grade 1 winners in recent years and The Shunter managed to land a £100,000 bonus 12 months ago when taking this race after a victory in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso.

The Shunter must be respected in his bid to supplement his victory in this race 12 months ago, yet he has multiple Festival entries and therefore from an ante-post perspective it looks safer to side with CELEBRE D’ALLEN. This 10yo is an unblemished 3-3 since returning to Britain after a spell in France, looking a horse well ahead of his mark when going in at Warwick last month. That dispelled any fears over his ability to act on a sound surface and the Plate looks the obvious race for him on the back of it.

  • Celebre D’Allen – odds 6/1

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Ante Post Tip

A relatively new addition to the Cheltenham Race roster, having had its inauguration in 2016. Willie Mullins took the first five renewals, including with the likes of Limini and Laurina before Henry De Bromhead bucked the trend with Telmesomethinggirl last year. The Irish, and Mullins in particular, hold yet another strong hand in 2022 and last year’s Champion Bumper third Elle Est Belle is the only British-trained runner priced at single figures.

Brandy Love was a big eyecatcher at Fairyhouse last time and will surely appreciate going back this way around, yet it might just pay to chance IMPERVIOUS for the Colm Murphy stable. This daughter of Shantou was a perfect 3-3 over hurdles before being found out at Grade 1 level last time. That effort came against the boys, so she should appreciate going back against her own sex, and connections have given her a good break since last seen so she comes into this a fresh horse.

  • Impervious – odds 8/1

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase Ante Post Tip

A fine amateur rider’s handicap chase and one that tends to go the way of an unexposed staying novice, as evidenced by Mount Ida’s unlikely victory in last year’s renewal. Gordon Elliott holds a strong hand in 2022 with market leader Frontal Assault, whilst Henry De Bromhead sends over a fascinating runner in Ain’t That A Shame.

COME ON TEDDY looks a fascinating runner here for Tom George. The 8yo finished third in last year’s Pertemps, doing best of the British challengers and has improved on that showing in three chase outings this campaign, winning once at Uttoxeter when seeing off the useful Fern Hill. A mark of 137 appears to underestimate him and it would be no surprise to see his price collapse should connections enlist the aid of a leading amateur.

  • Come On Teddy – odds 16/1

Day 4 – Friday, March 18th, 2022

JCB Triumph Hurdle Ante Post Tip

The premier hurdle contest for 4yo, or juvenile, hurdlers and the race has been won by some exceptional horses down the years. Although British and French horses dominated for many years Irish-based trainers have enjoyed notable success recently landing six of the last ten renewals. The additional of the Boodles has stopped this becoming the cavalry charge it was once considered to be, but it remains one of the toughest races to win and experience often counts aplenty.

A typically competitive renewal of the Triumph Hurdle in which the key formline appears to come from Punchestown on New Year’s Day, where VAUBAN finished a half-length behind Pied Piper. The latter has since gone on to bolt up at Cheltenham yet that victory came on the less demanding new course and on this stiffer track, Willie Mullins’ charge can reverse the form. A Listed winner in France last summer, this Rich Ricci owned gelding took Grade 1 honours at the Dublin Racing Festival last month and with even better expected he looks a strong play.

  • Vauban – odds 9/4

County Handicap Hurdle Ante Post Tip

The County Handicap Hurdle tends to attract a competitive field and with 20+ runners in attendance this is often run at a good clip. Dan Skelton and Willie Mullins took all five renewals from 2015-2020 yet that sequence was broken last year by Belfast Banter, a 33/1 winner for Peter Fahey.

Faivoir represents a yard that’s excelled in this event in recent years and should be respected, but preference goes to TAX FOR MAX, who had Group 1 form to his name on the flat in Germany earlier in his career. Unusually kept as an entire initially by connections, Tax For Max wasn’t disgraced in the Triumph last season and he had bumped into the classy Teahupoo prior to that. Tax For Max has been gelded since last seen, and the handicapper hasn’t gone overboard by any means with an opening mark of 135, particularly when considering that he retains a 110 flat rating. 

  • Tax For Max – odds 25/1

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Ante Post Tip

A gruelling test for novice hurdlers with 3m to be run over Cheltenham’s stiffer new course, and stamina is often at a premium. Irish yards have excelled taking six of the last eight renewals and this race can unearth a staying star with the likes of Bobs Worth, Penhill and Minella Indo amongst its recent roll of honour, whilst Paisley Park was well beaten in 2018 before going on to land the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Only one of the last eight winners of this event went off a single figure price and therefore it should pay to take on something at decent odds. 20/1 hopeful RAMILLIES fits the bill for a yard that has taken two of the last five renewals and had placed horses in 2019 and 2021. This stapping grey runs in the Donnelly silks synonymous with Shiskin and Al Boum Photo and much like those horses, Ramillies looks unlikely to be seen to best effect until shown a fence. That could be said for the majority of recent winners of this event, however, and Ramillies recent Punchestown victory – when accounting for a good yardstick in The Waltzer – suggests he can be competitive at this higher level.

  • Ramillies – odds 20/1

Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Ante Post Tip

The premier staying chase in the National Hunt calendar and the feature on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. The likes of Arkle, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star have all etched their names into horse racing folklore with victories in the Gold Cup. Like the vast majority of the races at Cheltenham, there has been a real shift towards Irish-trained horses in recent years, with six of the last eight renewals going to a horse coming over from Ireland. That includes dual winner Al Boum Photo, who is bidding to become the first horse to win three Gold Cups since the legendary Best Mate who achieved the feat in the early 00s.

This doesn’t look the strongest renewal of the Gold Cup and whilst he would also have the option of the Ryanair, CONFLATED looks a little big to ignore here at odds of 16/1. Gordon Elliott’s charge put up a mightly impressive performance when taking the Irish Gold Cup last month and there appeared no obvious fluke with that. He loves spring ground and has the backform to his name over hurdles which suggests that he is up to this level. Sizing John famously took the Irish Gold Cup before going on to Cheltenham glory a month later and connections of Conflated will be hoping that their horse can do the same in 2022.

  • Conflated – odds 16/1

St. James’s Place Hunters’ Chase Ante Post Tip

Considered to be the amateur rider’s Gold Cup by many, the St. James’s Place Hunters’ Chase is run over the same course and distance as the day 4 feature and has produced some memorable winners in recent years. 10yo and 11yo horses have dominated in recent years landing the last seven renewals, and there have been three multiple winners in the last ten years, something to bear in mind for anyone looking towards last year’s winner Porlock Bay in the Cheltenham ante post tips.

WINGED LEADER has proven prolific in points and took the switch to hunter chases in his stride when scoring, by no less than 12 lengths, at Thurles last time out. He had Billaway (runner-up in last year’s St. James’s Place) behind that day, and as an 8yo he remains less exposed than the majority of these rivals. Lord Schnitzel would be an interesting alternative to the selection, albeit he is reportedly being targeted at Aintree and therefore a risky proposition in the current Cheltenham Festival ante post betting.

  • Winged Leader – odds 13/2

Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Ante Post Tip

The newest addition to the Cheltenham Festival race roster having been added just last year, replacing the novices’ handicap chase. Perhaps unsurprisingly given his record with mares at the Festival in recent years, Willie Mullins dominated the inaugural renewal, producing a 1-2 with subsequent Grade 1 heroine Colreevy claiming the scalp of Elimay, who is back in an attempt to go one spot better in 2022.

Alan King has always thought plenty of THE GLANCING QUEEN, who finished fifth and eighth in separate renewals of the Champion Bumper. This daughter of Jeremy added further Festival experience with a fifth in the mares’ novice hurdle last season, and she has improved for the switch to fences this term, going in at Bangor and Warwick before chasing home L’Homme Presse here on New Year’s Day. That brought the Glancing Queen’s record when taking on the boys to 0-8, compared with 6-7 when racing exclusively against her own sex, so this appears the perfect race for her.

  • The Glancing Queen – odds 11/1

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Ante Post Tip

The closing race at the Cheltenham Festival, which has held that title since the Grand Annual was switched to a Wednesday slot. Although this is a handicap it has proven an excellent race for novice hurdlers since its inception and has helped to introduce us to the likes of Don Poli, Killultagh Vic and Galopin Des Champs – all three of whom were trained by Willie Mullins, who has a glut of potential runners.

Paul Nicholls was going through something of a quiet spell when KNAPPERS HILL ran in the Betfair Hurdle, and therefore his sixth-place finish that day can be upgraded. He looks a likely improver for this step up in distance and came to life around this time last year, when landing a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree. A mark of 135 should get him into this contest and should his yard have a couple of winners earlier in the week expect him to slowly shorten in the Cheltenham ante post betting.

  • Knappers Hill – odds 16/1

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