Cheltenham 2019 Betting Tips

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Cheltenham Day 4 Races (Gold Cup Day)

1.30pm – JCB Triumph Hurdle – Latest Odds

Triumph Hurdle betting is always frenzied with many gambles over the years. This year’s hot shot is the JP McManus owned Sir Erec who was a classy flat performer in his day and is all the rage and now into odds on 10/11 at William Hill. Trained by Joseph O’Brien who has already had a winner this week with Band Of Outlaws in the Fred Winter, this one looks like a Gold Cup day banker bet.

2.10pm – County Handicap Hurdle – Latest Odds

An 8/1 favourite tells you all you need to know about this Cheltenham race. It’s another one of those wide open handicap races. No favourite has won this for the past 12 years even though Willie Mullins has won it four times in the past nine years. (His winners were odds of 10/1, 20/1, 25/1 and 25/1.) We may have a betting tip or two on this in the morning after some more research…

2.50pm – Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle – Latest Odds

Not a good race for favourites but we like the 2nd favourite, Lisnagar Oscar (EW) in this one. Trained by Rebecca Curtis this 6-year old gelding has never been out of the frame in all six jumps starts and looks the bet here with Coral who are the only bookie paying out on 5-places.

3.30pm – Cheltenham Gold Cup (Feature Race) – Latest Odds

Read the full preview of Day 4’s Championship race here

4.10pm – Foxhunter Chase – Latest Odds

Often described as the Amateur Gold Cup, this is a race over the same distance but is for amateur riders. Jamie Codd is only an amateur by name his mount are always worth considering in these events. He rides Ucelo Conti who is the 7/2 favourite with BetVictor. Our main bet however will be for Hazel Hill to win at 9/2 with bet365*.

4.50pm – Grand Annual Handicap Chase – Latest Odds

If you are chasing any Cheltenham losses with the final two races then we wish you good luck, you will need it! A wide open race for staying chasers our shortlist comprises of Le Prezien,

5.30pm – Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle – Latest Odds

Cheltenham Day 3 Races (St Patricks Day Thursday)

1.30pm – JLT Novices’ Chase – Latest Odds

The JLT Chase kicks off Day 3 of the Festival where there will be plenty of Irish at the Cheltenham racecourse sinking pints of the black stuff. 7-year old horses do well in this race having won 6 of the last 7 renewals. Colin Tizzard’s Lostintrasnslation (9/2 BlackType) is an interesting runner and he is aged 7 too.

2.10pm – Pertemps Network Final Hurdle – Latest Odds

A very competitive handicap race comes next that is a minefield for punters. Best to keep stakes low in this one and select a few outsiders at big odds. Emma Lavelle’s Flemcara (EW) (16/1 Bet Victor) returned to form with an easy victory at Exeter last month and will love the soft ground. Watch out for bookies offering 6-places. (Betfair, Coral, Paddy Power)

2.50pm – Ryanair Chase – Latest Odds

It looks a wide open Ryanair this year with lots of familiar names such as Footpad, Monalee, Road To Respect, Un De Sceaux and Frodon at the head of the betting. We’re trusting Willie Mullins in this one and Footpad each-way at 5/1 with Betway is our bet.

3.30pm – Stayers Hurdle (Feature Race) – Latest Odds

Read the full preview of Day 3’s Championship race here

4.10pm – Brown Advisory Plate – Latest Odds

Previously known as the Mildmay of Flete Challenge Cup, this 2-mile 4 1/2 furlong race has £100,000 in added prize funds and is always a hotly competitive handicap.  Modus (EW), hailing from Paul Nicholls yard has a touch of class about him and that is needed to win this race nowadays. At 20/1 with BetVictor with 5-places he looks a good each-way chance here.

4.50pm – Mares Novices Hurdle – Latest Odds

The David Nicholson Mares Novices’ Hurdle to give it its full title is a new race which was first run in 2016. Each of the three races since has been won by a Willie Mullins’ trained 5-year old mare although none of his runners this year at near the top of the betting. The JP McManus owned and Nicky Henderson trained favourite Epatante at 5/2 with SportNation has cast iron credentials and looks the one to be on here.

5.30pm – Kim Muir Challenge Cup – Latest Odds

The final race for some St Patricks Day Thursday betting is for amateur jockeys to live the dream of riding a Cheltenham Festival winner. Keep your notebooks to hand as this race may well feature some Grand National 2019 betting clues. Jamie Codd is the best amateur jockey around and has proved that with 2 excellent winners at the Festival already. So his mount Measureofmydreams at 5/1 with BetVictor is worth keeping on side.

Cheltenham Day 2 Races (Ladies Day, Wednesday)

1.30pm – Ballymore Novices’ Chase – Latest Odds

The 7/2 favourite (Paddy Power) in the opener is the JP McManus owned Champ who he named after his good friend, the legendary jockey AP McCoy. Next in the Ballymore Novices Chase betting odds is Battleoverdoyen at 4/1 followed by Brewinupastormin at 7/1, City Island at 9/1 and it is 11/1 bar.  CHAMP won the Grade 1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle in great style and looks the best bet in the opener.

2.10pm – RSA Novice Chase – Latest Odds

The three main players in this event according to the latest RSA Insurance Chase odds are Delta Work (5/2 BetVictor ), Santini (7/2 Betfair), and Topofthegame (7/2 888sport).  We like Delta Work who has solid credentials and he has beaten everything put before him in Ireland.

2.50pm – Coral Cup – Latest Odds

This is always a very competitive, wide open race so you will probably need to come up with a short list of each way fancies. Recent winners have been odds of 20/1, 16/1, 12/1, 9/1, 14/1, 33/1 and 16/1 so not very good race for favourites. Get your crystal ball out!

3.30pm – Champion Chase (Feature Race) – Latest Odds

Read the full preview of Day 2’s Championship race here

4.10pm – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – Latest Odds

The most unique of the Cheltenham Festival races features a mix of banks, hedges, water jumps, hurdles and fences. Last year’s winner and also the 2018 Grand National winner Tiger Roll is the hot favourite at 11/8 with Paddy Power. He is a truly amazing horse who actually started out on the flat and will be a very popular winner.

4.50pm – Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – Latest Odds

Previously known as the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle and with some very big priced winners in recent years (33/1, 33/1, 13/2, 25/1, 33/1, 25/1) so another bad race for favourites. Joseph O’Brien’s Band Of Outlaws is the 7/1 favourite, Lethal Steps 8/1 and Ciel De Neige is 9/1, but your guess is as good as ours in this one.

5.30pm – Champion Bumper – Latest Odds

Finishing things off on Day 2 is the Champion Bumper race, a Grade 1 Flat Race over two miles. The Irish have a strong record in this race and Willie Mullins has the 3/1 favourite (William Hill) Blue Sari with Gordon Elliot’s Envoi Allen next in the Champion Bumper betting odds at 4/1 SportNation.

Cheltenham Day 1 Races (Champion Day, Tuesday)

1.30pm – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Latest Odds

The opening race will be greeted by the famous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ as the tapes go up on Tuesday afternoon. This is a race where there are often many good Cheltenham betting offers to be had. The bookies want to get you in early and hope to keep your business for the 4-day duration. The likes of SkyBet and Paddy Power often give out free bet money back concessions on losing bets. Al Dancer (each way) would be our choice.

2.10pm – Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase – Latest Odds

There will not be a dry eye in the house if Kayley Woollacott’s Lalor wins this one. She took over training of this horse when her husband, Richard, took his own life in January 2018. Lalor is the 4/1 joint favourite with Glen Forsa over at BetVictor.

2.50pm – Ultima Festival Handicap Chase – Latest Odds

The first Cheltenham handicap race at the Festival and you may need to get your lucky pin out to find the winner of this one. Give Me A Copper is the only runner under 10/1. Probably a good race to avoid or keep stakes to a minimum.

3.30pm – Champion Hurdle (Feature Race) – Latest Odds

Read the full preview of Day 1’s Championship race here

4.10pm – Mares Hurdle – Latest Odds

Willie Mullins Benie Des Dieux won this race last year and looks a solid Cheltenham bet to retain the trophy in 2019 despite not running since last April. She can be backed at a general 10/11 with most online bookmakers at the time of writing. Perhaps a horse for your multiple Cheltenham bets such as a Lucky15, Yankee or an Accumulator bet.

4.50pm – Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase – Latest Odds

This 2-and-a-half mile handicap was first introduced in 2005 and it’s always a very wide open race. Looking at the Cheltenham betting trends for this race there are two notable stats – 1) the past 9 winners have carried 11-stone or more to victory and 2) smaller lesser-known trainers have enjoyed victory in this contest. It looks a bit of a lottery so proceed with caution.

5.30pm – National Hunt Challenge Cup – Latest Odds

The final race on Day 1 is for amateur riders and is also the longest race of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. This year there are two horses vying for favouritism with Willie Mullins’ Ballyward and the Nicky Henderson trained Ok Corral at 2/1. When betting on Cheltenham races remember to keep a close eye on the place terms as they can make a big difference with sometimes 4, 5, 6 or even 7 place paying positions on offer.

10th March Update – Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview

Last year’s winner Native River will be looking to become the first horse since Best Mate to win successive Gold Cups. In this post we try to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Which horse will etch their name into the history books?

Read our Cheltenham 2019 Tips: Gold Cup Betting Prediction

8th March Update – Stayers Hurdle Preview

Following the withdrawal of last year’s winner Penhill, the bookies favourite this year is the Emma Lavelle trained Paisley Park who can be backed at 7/4 with SpreadEx. The dangers include ‘The Machine’ Faugheen  and Supasundae.

Read our Cheltenham 2019 Tips: Stayers Hurdle Betting Prediction

5th March Update – Champion Chase Preview

The feature race on Day 2 (Wednesday) is the Queen Mother Champion Chase at 3.30pm where the mighty Altior looks to win back-to-back Champion Chase’s and take his winning streak to an incredible 18 races!

Read our Cheltenham 2019 Tips: Champion Chase Betting Prediction

2nd March Update – Watering over, rain is on its way

Record temperatures across the UK has led Cheltenham’s Clerk of the Course to water parts of Prestbury Park but the taps have now been turned off and the latest weather forecasts indicate there could be as much as 40 millimetres of rain falling on the famous racecourse during the week ahead.

This, according to Simon Claisse, the Clerk of the Course, would see the opening day of racing ending as good to soft ground. But, those that have backed horses who like some give in the ground should not dismay. “If the rains don’t come we will do whatever is necessary to start the meeting on slow good ground — by which we mean good, good to soft.”

Formbook students would be fully aware Buveur D’Air’s two Champion Hurdle victories have been registered on soft and heavy ground while his stablemate and fellow Champion Hurdle entrant, Verdana Blue, is very much considered a horse who will be best suited to a firm surface.

27th February Update – Champion Hurdle Betting Prediction

Can the champion Buveur D’Air win a third consecutive Champion Hurdle race in 2019? It would make Cheltenham Festival history, matching the feat achieved by See You Then in the 1980’s and Istabraaq in the 1990’s. We have now added a Champion Hurdle betting preview here.

Latest Champion Hurdle betting odds – Evens (1/1) Buveur D’Air, 9/4 Apples Jade, 4/1 Laurina, 12/1 Sharjah, 16/1 Verdana Blue, 20/1 Melon, 20 Brain Power, 20/1 Supasundae, 33/1 Global Citizen, 33/1 Saldier, 33/1 Samcro, 50/1 bar

Read our Cheltenham 2019 Tip: Champion Hurdle Betting Prediction

20th February Update – RSA Novices Chase Preview

The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase is probably the most popular race at the Cheltenham Festival outside of the four championship races. The reason is simple, this three mile contest has been the stepping stone for some of the sport’s greatest steeple chasers.

Read our Cheltenham 2019 Tips: RSA Insurance Novices Chase Betting Prediction

The Defending champions…

In the build-up to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival the sport was missing many of its stars and defending champions were short on the ground. 

Sizing John was out of the Gold Cup. Nichols Canyon, the 2017 Stayers Hurdle winner had been tragically killed and Special Tiara was looking doubtful for the Champion Chase. The horse eventually lined-up in the two-mile race but started at 25/1 and was pulled-up.

The 2019 Cheltenham Festival is a very different story…

  • Altior is just 1/2 with Betfair Sportsbook to defend his Champion Chase crown
  • Buveur D’air is also favourite, 2/1 at Betfair, to win his third consecutive Champion Hurdle
  • Penhill is 13/2 second favourite (William Hill) to defend his Stayer Hurdle title. (Now withdrawn)
  • and Native River also a second favourite (11/2 at Bet Victor) to become the first horse to retain his Gold Cup crown since Best Mate in 2004.  

Pointers from the Past

Sticking with defending champions is not the worst policy when trying to pinpoint Cheltenham Festival winners.  

You will not need a memory that long to recall great re-occurring champions like Kauto Star, Big Bucks, Quevega, On The Fringe, Master Minded and many more.

In fact there are plenty of horses attempting to win a race for a second or even third time at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.  Tiger Roll, who landed last year’s Cross Country Chase (and a little known race called the Grand National thereafter), is a case in point.

Pile into Pacha in the Foxhunters

And we have a real fancy for another horse attempting to win a Cheltenham Festival race for a third consecutive year.

Pacha Du Polda, who runs in the Big Bucks colours and is trained by Paul Nichols might just put his names in the record books.  

No horse has won the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase three times but plenty have twice: On The Fringe (2015/16), Salsify (2012/13), Fantus (1995/97) and Double Silk (1993/94).

Pacha Du Polda may now be 12 but he is lightly raced and Earthmover was 13 when he won this race in 2004.

Cheltenham 2019 Betting Tip

Pacha Du Polda to win the Foxhunter Chase 16/1 (each way) at BetVictor

Top Cheltenham Betting Trends Pick

When not looking for previous winners be sure to look at the trends and key Cheltenham Festival trial races which repeatedly throw up Festival winners.  

The Cleeve Hurdle, staged at Cheltenham in January, is unquestionably the best trial for the Stayers Hurdle at the Festival. In recent years Thistlecrack, Big Bucks and Inglis Drever have taken it en-route to Festival glory.

Paisley Park won the Cleeve Hurdle this year and punters have taken note, he is now 9/4 favourite (top price at 888sport) to repeat their double glory.

As for individual Cheltenham races…

The David Nicholson Mares Hurdle has been run eleven times and Irish trained horses have taken the prize in all of the past 10 years. Furthermore Willie Mullins’ stable has given us the winner no less than nine times. 

And it was long odds-on the trophy to be returning to Ireland in 2019.  2017 winner and 2018 third Apples Jade strong favourite with William Hill to reclaim her title in 2019 for trainer Gordon Elliott. After her scintillating races so far this season connections now look to be aiming her at the Champion Hurdle at a clash with Buveur D’Air.

The new 4/1 favourite (Note: now only available at 9/4 Bet Victor) is Benie Des Dieux who won the race in 2018 while her trainer, Willie Mullins, also has Laurina (8/1 Paddy Power), Limini (14/1 BoyleSports) and Stormy Ireland (20/1 Betfair) amongst the entries.

As Benie Des Dieux claimed Apples Jade’s scalp last year and went on to frank that form when beating her for a second time in the Mares Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival, she has to have a major say in proceedings and looks a safe each-way bet with firms that are offering ‘non-runner no-bet’ (NRNB) terms.

Cheltenham 2019 Betting Tip

Benie Des Dieux to win the Mares Hurdle 9/4 (each way) at Bet Victor

Top Chance for Nicholls Novice Chaser

Not many horses go to the Cheltenham Festival as a maiden but Topofthegame, who is yet to win a chase in three starts over the larger obstacles, is heading straight to RSA Insurance Novice Chase without another run according to trainer Paul Nicholls.

Top-priced 7/1 with Black Type bookmakers the seven-year-old went into many notebooks when forfeiting 20 lengths at the start of his seasonal debut at Exeter in a race where he finished an excellent second.  His next and final appearance was in the 32Red Kauto Star Novice Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and he lost no caste in defeat when finishing runner-up to La Bague Au Roi giving the winner 7lb.

A horse who was a neck runner-up in last year’s Coral Cup at the Festival, it would appear very difficult to keep him out of the frame in the 2019 RSA Chase based on the form displayed by other staying novices this campaign.

Cheltenham 2019 Betting Tip

Topofthegame to win the RSA Insurance Novice Chase 7/1 (each way) at BlackType

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