Free tips Cheltenham Festival 2020: Betting Tips For EVERY Race (Starts Tuesday 10th March)
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Betting Tips
Below you will find our Cheltenham Festival 2020 betting tips for all 28 Cheltenham races over the four day betting extravaganza…
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Betting Tips (Champions Day)
Tuesday 10th March
1.30pm Cheltenham – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
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It’s hard not to have been impressed by Shishkin (3/1 888sport) in his two completed starts, although he’s untested at the highest level and has less experience than is ideal.
Given his fairly short Cheltenham betting odds he’s swerved in favour of Gordon Elliott’s ABACADABRAS (6/1 Betfair), who has high class course form courtesy of fourth place in last season’s Champion Bumper. Since going over hurdles, he’s done little wrong, other than give stablemate Envoi Allen a head start and going close in the Grade 1 Royal Bond, and he arrives here a fresh horse having since the Christmas period.
2.10pm Cheltenham – Arkle Chase
Notebook (14/5 SpreadEx) has done nothing wrong over fences this season (4-4) and he showed battling qualities when landing a Grade 1 in February.
However, he disappointed on his only previous visit to Cheltenham (last year’s Ballymore) and a chance is taken on Sandown Grade 1 winner ESPRIT DU LARGE at an each-way price (14/1 William Hill), with stamina (he’s scored over 2m 3f) on his side.
2.50pm Cheltenham – Ultima Handicap Chase
Kildisart (9/1 bet365*) caught the eye when finishing fifth at Kempton on his most recent start, hinting that he was back to the sort of form that saw him finish fourth in last year’s JLT (a strong renewal).
However, he could have done with the ground drying out and preference is for course and distance winner THE CONDITIONAL (9/1 William Hill), who looks to be on a handy weight.
3.30pm Cheltenham – Champion Hurdle
It could be worth taking on those at the head of the Champion Hurdle 2020 betting market in what is a wide open year, and last year’s Triumph Hurdle runner-up COUER SUBLIME (16/1 William Hill) could easily outrun his current Cheltenham odds. Lightly-raced after just five starts, he’s had his wind looked at since disappointing over Christmas and his homework since has been the subject of glowing reports.
Pentland Hills (5/1 Betway) could do best of the Nicky Henderson-trained contingent and is feared.
Getting very excited about Cheltenham. Champion hurdle as open as ever. Can see @gelliott_racing having Couer Sublime more than ready! Won’t be 16s come Tuesday.
— JonnyHill (@_jonnyhill) March 6, 2020
4.10pm Cheltenham – Mares’ Hurdle
BENIE DES DIEUX (8/11 Betfair exchange) was cruising when she came down at the last with this race at her mercy 12 months ago and has done nothing wrong in three starts this term. That she stays further is a big plus in the conditions and she’s fancied to see off her main challenger in the Mares Hurdle 2020 betting, Honeysuckle.
Last year’s lucky winner Roksana (9/1 William Hill) is best of the remainder.
4.50pm Cheltenham – Northern Trust Novices’ Chase
Imperial Aura (5/1 at SportNation) must have a leading chance after his excellent second on Trials Day, while last year’s winning trainer Mick Channon looks to have another likely type in Hold The Note (8/1 generally).
But preference at bigger Cheltenham odds is for Venetia Williams’ ESPOIR DE GUYE (12/1 William Hill), who is on a steep upward curve and may still be ahead of the handicapper. Soft ground seems important to him and that’s looking increasingly likely.
5.30pm Cheltenham – National Hunt Chase
Carefully Selected (7/4 888sport) arrives here chasing a four-timer, but his jumping has looked sloppy at times and he’s a risky conveyance for your money at shortish odds.
Ravenhill has been well backed in recent days and has to be respected, but SPRINGFIELD FOX (17/2 William Hill) has really blossomed over fences and an extreme stamina test on soft ground is just what the grey needs to show his best.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Betting Tips Day 2 (Ladies Day)
Wednesday 11th March
1.30pm Cheltenham – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
ENVOI ALLEN (8/5 888sport) is unbeaten in seven races under Rules and his performances this season suggest it will take something special to beat him, hence his short odds.
Sporting John (2/1 generally) is also unbeaten (3-3) and really caught the eye when smashing some good types at Ascot in February, but it’s difficult to see past the Gordon Elliott-trained favourite.
2.10pm Cheltenham – RSA Chase
Champ’s (2/1 BetVictor) main quality is stamina and he would have won convincingly at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day had he not come down two out when cantering over his rivals.
But the prize can go to Ireland’s MINELLA INDO (7/2 bet365*), whose 50/1 success in last year’s Albert Bartlett was no fluke and has looked the part over fences this term.
2.50pm Cheltenham – Coral Cup
DAME DE COMPAGNIE (9/1 Boylesports), who has run two solid races at Cheltenham this season, including when beating her own sex over this sort of trip last time, looks sure to be in the mix for last year’s winning trainer.
And in a race where it pays to fire at least a couple of arrows, we’re also having a few quid on Irish challenger ALFA MIX (10/1 Betfair). A good winner at Navan in December, he bumped into a good one (Kilfenora) on his next start and has since been snapped up by that horse’s owner, JP McManus. Only five, he’s surely got more improvement in him
3.30pm Cheltenham – Queen Mother Champion Chase
Sadly Altior has been denied a chance to defend his crown and, in his absence, bookmakers see the race as a match between Philip Hobbs’ DEFI DU SEUIL (5/4 Coral) and Chacun Pour Soi, who is attempting to end Willie Mullins’ hoodoo in this race.
The pair clashed at last year’s Punchestown Festival and the Irish horse was far too good on that occasion. However, Defi has taken his record to six from nine over fences since, including two Grade 1 races on testing ground, and goes particularly well at Cheltenham (6-8, including two festival wins). That earns him a narrow vote.
Paul Nicholls’ Dynamite Dollars can get the better of stablemate Politologue to claim third spot.
4.10pm Cheltenham – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
TIGER ROLL’S (10/11 888sport) fourth festival success came in this race 12 months ago and it was easily his most impressive – by 22 lengths no less!
While well beaten on his seasonal debut over hurdles, it would be a brave man that bets against him making it five festival wins before attempting a Grand National hat-trick. He’s some horse!
4.50pm Cheltenham – Boodles Juvenile Hurdle
ARAMAX (5/1 Boylesports) is no secret from the bookmakers after qualifying for this race with an impressive display at Naas, but Gordon Elliott’s charge thoroughly deserves to be favourite and might just be a Grade 1 juvenile masquerading as a handicapper. In which case, he looks a good Cheltenham 2020 bet to give his powerful stable a third success in a race.
5.30pm Cheltenham – Champion Bumper
Bookies are taking no chances with Willie Mullins’ APPRECIATE IT (7/4 Coral) and no wonder as he brings the strongest Irish bumper form to the table, following his win at the Dublin Racing Festival in a race chock-full of previous winners.
Panic Attack (8/1 with 888sport) looks best of the British contingent having changed hands for big money after winning a Listed Market Rasen bumper. She could be anything.
🗣️”He’s the one to beat…I wouldn’t swap him.”
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 7, 2020
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Betting Tips Day 3 (St. Patricks Day Thursday)
Thursday 12th March
1.30pm Cheltenham – Marsh Novices’ Chase
MISTER FISHER (6/1 Betfair) looks to have as good a chance as any in an open renewal. Nicky Henderson’s novice has won his last two over fences, including once over course and distance on soft ground, and is capable of further improvement on better going.
Recent Sandown winner Itchy Feet (4/1 bet365*) might give him most to do, but don’t rule out veteran Faugheen (7/1 William Hill) as the 12-year-old has looked as good as ever in going 3-3 over fences this term.
Are you going to win the Marsh Novices’ Chase this year, Mister Fisher?! 🤔
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 17, 2020
2.10pm Cheltenham – Pertemps Final
This is the most competitive of the festival handicaps and Sire Du Berlais became only the second winning favourite in the last decade when landing a gamble last year.
He’s clearly been laid out for a repeat, but a 7lb higher mark might just find him out and the vote goes to WELSH SAINT (10/1 William Hill), who bolted up in a qualifier at Haydock and looks well treated having gone up just 4lb for that.
2.50pm Cheltenham – Ryanair Chase
Frodon (5/1 bet365*) loves this track and should make a bold defence but he has not hit the same heights this season, albeit away from Cheltenham, and faces a formidable rival in Henry de Bromhead’s A PLUS TARD (2/1 Betfair).
The six-year-old A Plus Tard was dynamite when winning the novices’ handicap chase at last year’s meeting by 16 lengths and has taken his form to an even higher level since, including when smashing subsequent winner Chacun Pour Soi in December. Kept fresh for this since, he’s a confident selection.
3.30pm Cheltenham – Stayers’ Hurdle
Andrew Gemmell’s pride and joy PAISLEY PARK (4/6 with 888sport) has looked just as good this season and rates a Cheltenham Festival banker at odds-on to make it back-to back wins in this Grade 1, though a tendency to hit a flat spot during his races might see him trade bigger in running.
2018 winner Penhill (12/1 Betway)looked back to something near his best when second at Naas last time and is forecast material.
4.10pm Cheltenham – Brown Advisory Chase
Simply The Betts (7/1 bet365*) is back over the same course and distance he won over on Trials Day and the third has won since to frank the form. However, a 9lb rise makes life tougher for him and we’re not short of plausible alternatives.
BEN DUNDEE (top price 12/1 William Hill) was third in the novices’ handicap chase at last year’s festival and that looks strong form. Now just 1lb higher and deliberately kept fresh for this by his trainer Gordon Elliott, he’s taken to go two better.
4.50pm Cheltenham – Mares’ Novices Hurdle
Willie Mullins has won all four runnings of this contest, the first three with favourites, and his main representative this year looks to be Dolcita.
However, MINELLA MELODY (top price 3/1 888sport) is unbeaten in three starts over hurdles and can break the Mullins monopoly, with her stamina (all her wins have been over 2m2f plus) an asset in what is always a strongly run contest.
5.30pm Cheltenham – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase
Champagne Platinum (6/1 bet365*) finished third, albeit beaten a long way, in a Grade 1 at Sandown Park last time and has to be of interest in this handicap off potentially a good mark.
However, we’re having to take his stamina on trust and an each way chance is taken on outsider FINGERONTHESWITCH (33/1 Coral), who achieved a career-best when finishing a fine second at Doncaster in January under today’s amateur pilot. He’s an each-way price too.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 Betting Tips Day 4 (Gold Cup Day)
Friday 13th March
1.30pm Cheltenham – Triumph Hurdle
SOLO (10/3 Coral) stormed to the head of the market after taking a reasonable field for the Adonis Hurdle apart, and that Kempton race has been a cracking guide to this.
He has his work cut out to see off the unbeaten pair of Goshen (7/2 bet365*) and Allmankind (4/1 generally) (six wins between them), while Ireland’s Aspire Tower (7/1 generally) needs respecting too. But Paul Nicholls’ French recruit could be a bit special and should not go unbacked.
2.10pm Cheltenham – County Hurdle
It’s hard to be confident about anything and the market on the day could prove the best guide, so ARAMON (top price 10/1 William Hill) is just a tentative selection at this stage. Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old ran a cracker to finish fifth in the Irish Champion Hurdle on his most recent outing and was far from disgraced when sixth in last year’s Supreme. He looks to have a big handicap like this in him.
2.50pm Cheltenham – Albert Bartlett Hurdle
It’s hard to quibble with Thyme Hill’s (9/2 William Hill) 3-3 record over hurdles, including a win at Cheltenham, but his stamina for what is typically a war of attrition is far from assured.
Former staying chaser RAMSES DE TEILLEE (12/1 William Hill) has not looked back since reverting to hurdles, winning all three of his starts over 3m plus, and he’ll be tough to pass in the closing stages if getting the soft conditions he needs.
3.30pm Cheltenham – Cheltenham Gold Cup
Al Boum Photo (4/1 William Hill) is back to defend his crown and better horses than him have failed in that respect, while there’s a suspicion this year’s renewal is stronger.
Dual King George winner CLAN DES OBEAUX (8/1 BetVictor) could only finish fifth 12 months ago but he’s a fresher horse this time around and his trainer Paul Nicholls is making some confident noises about his chances. Back him to break his Cheltenham duck (0-5).
Santini (4/1 fav, SpreadEx) stays well and could also have a say, especially if some headgear is deployed.
4.10pm Cheltenham – Foxhunter Chase
Hazel Hill (6/1 William Hill) rewarded favourite backers 12 months ago but he came here in winning form, whereas something looked to be amiss with him when beaten in his prep at Wetherby. Jumping to the right cost him more lengths than he was beaten by Minella Rocco (6/1 William Hill) and the pair lock horns again here.
But there’s at least half a dozen that can win and Irish challenger BILLAWAY (6/1 888sport) could prove the best of the lot.
4.50pm Cheltenham – Grand Annual Chase
Plenty with chances but LISP (8/1 BetVictor) could be potentially well handicapped now stepping out of novice company and for a six-year-old he has plenty of experience, with his best form over hurdles coming in big-field handicaps.
5.30pm Cheltenham – Martin Pipe Hurdle
Gordon Elliott has won the race that honours his former boss twice in the last three years and he could strike again with COLUMN OF FIRE (7/1 William Hill), who shaped very much like he was being primed for Cheltenham glory when third in a 28-runner Leopardstown handicap on his most recent outing. The step back down to 2m4f won’t bother him one bit given the way he travelled and further improvement can be expected.
* Cheltenham 2020 betting odds quoted correct at the time of writing