Cheltenham Betting 2021

Find out more about the Cheltenham races, their history, and, most importantly, how you can take part in Cheltenham betting 2021.

Cheltenham Betting 2021

One of the most anticipated horse racing events in the UK, the Cheltenham Festival 2021 will give punters the opportunity to take home some huge winnings this coming spring. For the very best Cheltenham betting 2021 odds and to keep track of all the action via live stream, register today at Ladbrokes and Betway, two of the best online bookmakers on the planet.

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Use the following horse racing bets and tips guide to ensure you make all the right selections to give you the best chance to make the most educated bets possible when the festival kicks off on Tuesday March 16th 2021.

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Of course, if you need tickets for the festival, we recommend visiting the Cheltenham festival website and finding more information about the prices there. You can also look for other Cheltenham betting 2021 opportunities.

Cheltenham Betting 2021: Festival Overview

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the premier horse racing events in the UK National Hunt racing calendar. With prize money second only to the Grand National (see all the horses to watch) and competitive betting odds on most of the races, the festival brings in huge interest among betting and horse racing enthusiasts. The Cheltenham Festival 2021 is expected to bring over £500 million being gambled throughout the week, and many punters save up a tank to bet solely on the best racing of the entire year.

The Cheltenham Festival takes place during the month of March, and includes several Grade 1 races. The prizes are known for being some of the highest among UK racing events with races like the Cheltenham Gold Cup having purses above £500,000.

Hundreds of millions of pounds are bet over the Cheltenham Festival week making it one of the most anticipated horse racing events in the world. Due to the overlapping with St Patrick’s day the Festival is especially popular with Irish punters, and every winner is given a heroes reception (especially if it happens to be a well-backed favourite).

Cheltenham Betting 2021

Cheltenham Festival Venue

The Festival has always taken place at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The racecourse is capable of holding up to 67,500 spectators and consists of two separate courses known as the Old Course and the New Course. A balanced split of both courses is used for the races at the Cheltenham Festival – both courses host 13 races. One race, the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, is run on the Cheltenham Cross Country Course.

Cheltenham Racecourse

Old Course

The Old Course is used traditionally on the first two days. The old course is a 1-mile and 4-furlong oval shaped racecourse which has a 350 yard run-in. The course is left-handed and it features nine fences and six hurdles.

The fences on the Cheltenham Old Course can be particularly challenging for riders, with open ditches on the 4th and 6th fences and a water jump on the 3rd fence. The layout of the Cheltenham Old Course is known for testing the stamina of jockeys while keeping up a brisk pace. Often the jockeys can go for home far too soon given the competitive nature of the racing at this meeting, and a patient hold-ride is usually the best thing to look for when searching for winners.

New Course

The second half of the Cheltenham Festival is run on the New Course. The New Course is a 1-mile and 5-furlong oval shaped racecourse with a 220 yard run-in. The course is left-handed and is well-known for having notoriously stiff fences and six hurdles.

The 3rd and 5th fences of the New Course contain open ditches. A water jump is located on the 2nd fence of the course. The new course uses the same surface as the old course, which encourages high paced running. Even with the fast pace of the races on the New Course stamina is still regarded as the most important attribute for a racehorse to possess on this very demanding racecourse.

The Cheltenham Cross Country Course

The Cheltenham Cross Country Course is a relatively new addition to the Cheltenham Racecourse facilities. It was created by using natural obstacles whilst combining features from both the Old Course and New Course.

The Cheltenham Racecourse is also home to a number of horse races other than the Cheltenham Festival such as the Cheltenham International and the Cheltenham Open which take place in the months of November and December. While these meetings may not be as high profile as the Festival they do offer great racing, and watching the races run here can often pinpoint horses who are being aimed at a big prize at the Festival.

Cheltenham Festival Schedule 2021

The festival generally takes place during the month of March coinciding with St Patrick’s Day. The 2021 Festival will be taking place from the 16th of March to the 19th of March.

The following is the currently available schedule for the Cheltenham Festival 2021:

13:30 – The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

14:10 – The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

14:50 – The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

15:30 – The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (feature race)

16:10 – The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race

16:50 – The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)

17:30 – The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)

13:30 – The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race

14:10 – The Festival Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

14:50 – The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)

15:30 – The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Grade 1) (feature race)

16:10 – The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

16:50 – The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)

17:30 – The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)

13:30 – The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

14:10 – The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)

14:50 – The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)

15:30 – The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

16:10 – The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)

16:50 – The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

17:30 – The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)

13:30 – The JCB Triumph Hurdle

14:10 – The County Handicap Hurdle Race

14:50 – The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race

15:30 – The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

16:10 – The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

16:50 – The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase

17:30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Cheltenham Betting 2021: Race Tips

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race that takes place during the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. The race is arguably the most anticipated of the Festival and carried with it a purse of £575,000 in 2016.

The race is 3 miles 2½ furlongs (5,331 m) long and consists of 22 fences to be jumped. Only horses which are 5-years-old and up are qualified to run in the race. The surface type used for the Cheltenham Gold Cup is turf on a left-handed New Course, and the clerk of the course usually has the track in superb condition with good, or good to soft ground the norm.

Winner 2021

  • Horse: Minella Indo
  • Odds: 9/1
  • Jockey: Jack Kennedy
  • Trainer: Henry De Bromhead
  • Owner: Barry Maloney

Winner 2020

  • Horse: Al Boum Photo
  • Odds: 10/3
  • Jockey: Paul Townend
  • Trainer: Willie Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs J Donnelly

Winner 2019

  • Horse: Al Boum Photo
  • Odds: 12/1
  • Jockey: Paul Townend
  • Trainer: Willie Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs J Donnelly

Winner 2018

  • Horse: Native River
  • Odds: 5/1
  • Jockey: Richard Johnson
  • Trainer: Colin Tizzard
  • Owner: Brocade Racing

Winner 2017

  • Horse: Sizing John
  • Odds: 7/1
  • Jockey: Robbie Power
  • Trainer: Jessica Harrington
  • Owner: The Potts Family

2017 saw an emotional victory for the ever popular Irish trainer Jessica Harrington, with a dramatic finish up the hill where it was impossible to name the winner until the very last strides.

Winner – 2016

  • Horse: Don Cossack
  • Odds: 9/4
  • Jockey: Bryan Cooper
  • Trainer: Gordon Elliott
  • Owner: W S Connors

In 2016 nine horses competed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The race was won by the German-bred and Irish Trained Don Cossack ridden by Jockey Bryan Cooper. Don Cossack was the favorite for the race with odds of 9/4, winning the race by four and a half lengths of second place finisher Djakadam who was another front runner.

While the 2016 race had only one horse not to complete the course, the Cheltenham Gold Cup has the potential to unhorse many jockeys with its fierce 22 fences. Make sure you look into a horses past form in jumping events before placing any bets.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup has a history of being won by favourites, with favourites taking the race 4 times in the past 8 races. Keep this in mind when placing a bet on your horse in 2021.

Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is another Grade 1 contest that takes place during the first day. The race carried a purse of £400,000 in 2017 making it one of the highest paid races of the Festival.

The Champion Hurdle is open to horses 4 years or older and is run on the Old Course over a distance of two miles and 110 yards or 3,319 meters. The race also consists of 8 hurdles at the Old Course and is usually very much a test of speed on decent ground for the crack two-milers of the generation.

Winner 2021

  • Horse: Honeysuckle
  • Odds: 11/10f
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore
  • Trainer: Henry De Bromhead
  • Owner: Kenneth Alexander

Winner 2020

  • Horse: Epatante
  • Odds: 2/1
  • Jockey: Barry Geraghty
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Owner: JP McManus

Winner 2019

  • Horse: Espoir d’Allen
  • Odds: 16/1
  • Jockey: Mark Walsh
  • Trainer: Gavin Cromwell
  • Owner: JP McManus

Winner 2018

  • Horse: Buveur D’air
  • Odds: 4/6f
  • Jockey: Barry Geraghty
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Owner: JP McManus

Winner 2017

  • Horse: Buveur D’air
  • Odds: 5/1
  • Jockey: Noel Fehily
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Owner: JP McManus

A new star emerged in 2017 when this young progressive hurdler landed the spoils under a superbly judged ride from Noel Fehily. He has remained unbeaten in three runs since.

Winner 2016

  • Horse: Annie Power
  • Odds: 5/2
  • Jockey: Ruby Walsh
  • Trainer: Willie Mullins
  • Owner: Eamon Cleary

In a relatively close race the winner of the Champion Hurdle in 2016 was Annie Power ridden by Ruby Walsh, who was able to take the race by 4 and half lengths. Annie Power was sent off the heavily backed favourite prior to the race down to 5/2, and was never in any serious danger under a bold ride from the front.

Ruby Walsh has been the most successful jockey for the past 10 years. The rider was able to win a staggering 7 races during just the 2016 edition of the Festival. The Champion Hurdle is another race where the favourite has had exceptional success. Betting on the favourite has been very profitable in recent years at the Festival, and many punters have blind loyalty to the best rider of his generation.

Queen Mother Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is another Grade 1 horse race which takes place on the second day of the festival. The race takes place over on the Old Course at the Cheltenham Racecourse and is open to all horses five years or older. The purse which was handed out for the winner of the 2017 was over £400,000.

The course is 2 miles or 3,219 meters in distance and is composed on 12 fences to be jumped by the horses. This race is often run at a terrific gallop from the tape and is a proper test of both speed and stamina up the hill.

Winner 2021

  • Horse: Put The Kettle On
  • Odds: 17/2
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman
  • Trainer: Henry De Bromhead
  • Owner: One For Luck Racing Syndicate

Winner 2020

  • Horse: Politologue
  • Odds: 6/1
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton
  • Trainer: Paul Nicholls
  • Owner: John Hales

Winner 2019

  • Horse: Altior
  • Odds: 4/11
  • Jockey: Nico de Boinville
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Owner: Patricia Pugh

Winner 2018

  • Horse: Altior
  • Odds: 11/1
  • Jockey: Nico de Boinville
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Owner: Patricia Pugh

Winner 2017

  • Horse: Special Tiara
  • Odds: 11/1
  • Jockey: Noel Fehily
  • Trainer: Henry de Bromhead
  • Owner: Mrs S Rowley-Williams

The 2017 renewal was marred by the shocking run of the 2/9f Douvan which let down swathes of ante-post punters on at much bigger prices. His performance means the race was a substandard one, but it still produced a cracking finish as the front running winner dug deep up the hill to see off a series of challengers.

Winner 2016

  • Horse: Sprinter Sacre
  • Odds: 5/1
  • Jockey: Nico de Boinville
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Owner: Caroline Mould

In the 2016 edition of the Queen Mother Champion Chase Sprinter Sacre was able to edge out pre-race favorite Un De Sceaux by three and a half lengths. Of the 10 horses which started the race 8 were able to complete the course.

While favourites have won the Queen Mother Champion Chase a number of years in the recent past the race has been known to crown other champions.

The 2021 Queen Mother Champion Chase will again feature some of the top riders and horses, with last two years champions Altior and Politologue expected to start a short-priced favourites.

Stayers’ Hurdle

The Stayers’ Hurdle is run on the third day of the festival and is another one of the Grade 1 horse races featured at the event. The Stayers’ Hurdle is considered the leading long distance hurdle event in the National Hunt calendar. The race is open to horses four years and up, and takes place on the New Course over a distance of 3 miles or 4,828 meters. During the race there are 12 hurdles which racers must contend with. The purse for the 2017 Stayers’ Hurdle was £275,000.

Winner 2021

  • Horse: Flooring Porter
  • Odds: 12/1
  • Jockey: Danny Mullins
  • Trainer: Gavin Cromwell
  • Owner: Flooring Porter Syndicate

Winner 2020

  • Horse: Lisangar Oscar
  • Odds: 4/6f
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge
  • Trainer: Rebecca Curtis
  • Owner: Racing for Fun

Winner 2019

  • Horse: Paisley Park
  • Odds: 11/8
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman
  • Trainer: Emma Lavelle
  • Owner: Mr Andrew Gemmell

Winner 2018

  • Horse: Penhill
  • Odds: 12/1
  • Jockey: P. Townend
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Tony Bloom

Winner 2017

  • Horse: Nichols Canyon
  • Odds: 10/1
  • Jockey: Ruby Walsh
  • Trainer: W Mullins
  • Owner: Mr and Mrs Graham Wylie

Favourite backes suffered another reverse in 2017 when the odds-on Unowhatimeanharry finished a one placed third, unable to quicken up the hill as the very game Nichols Canyon found extra under an inspired ride from Walsh. Sadly the reigning champion lost his life at the track over Christmas.

Winner 2016

  • Horse: Thistlecrack
  • Cheltenham Odds: Evens
  • Jockey: Tom Scudamore
  • Trainer: Colin Tizzard
  • Owner: John and Heather Snook

Thistlecrack was able to pull away from the field in 2016 and take home the World hurdle by 7 lengths. The World Hurdle has been won in the past by mainly well backed favorites, with a strong pace from the tape finding out those who do not stay this thorough test.


Cheltenham Betting 2021 Tips and Tricks

A number of factors will contribute to the overall outcome of the horse races. Many of these factors can be researched which can help you come up with the ideal and most profitable bets for each race. The following should be taken into consideration before taking part in the Cheltenham Betting 2021.

  1. The Weather Condition – The weather condition on any given day play a massive part in every race at any horse racing event. While some horses don’t fare well in certain conditions some may thrive. Usually at the Cheltenham Festival the ground will be meticulously prepared (watered if necessary in the build up), to ensure “good” or “good to soft” ground for Day 1 on the Tuesday. During the four days conditions can quicken up as things dry out, but it will never get too fast for safety reasons.
  2. The Ground Condition – Many horses also favour a certain type of ground type when racing. While most horses are used to decent ground for maximum traction, there are some horses that are also accustomed to softer ground. If it rains on the day of the race, there is the potential for the ground at Cheltenham to become softer than usual. Since the festival takes place in England, where the weather conditions vary, it is advised that bets are made close to the actual running of the race to avoid bad weather affecting your bets. There is an old saying in racing: ”when the ground changes, the form changes” and punters have to always adapt their strategies if things suddenly change on the day of the Festival.
  3. Top Jockeys and Trainers – This is something to keep in mind when looking at the history of results at the Festival….the best trainers such as Willie Mullins or Nicky Henderson have a fantastic record at laying their horses out to be spot on for the big day, peaking at the right time when it matters most. There are also certain jockeys which have had continued success at the Cheltenham Festival such as Ruby Walsh whose amazing record at the event is legendary. He is always a short-price to be champion rider at the meeting as he has the pick of the Mullins horses, and there are usually plenty at the head of the market over the four days.
  4. Past Cheltenham form – Focus on those horses with form at Cheltenham and past festivals in particular. The track is unique and the races always fast run, big fields that suits certain types better than others. Finding runners, especially in the fiercely competitive handicaps, that have run well here in the past is very important. Time and again they come back from some poor performances elsewhere to give their best at this course, and it can be something that is overlooked in the market.
  5. Use the Market – The exchange driven market these days means all the great brains and form judges opinions are there for everyone to see. Those at the front of the market are there on merits because weight of money decides they have the best chance. There are no “false favourites” these days, and paying close attention to market movers can be very profitable at the festival in particular when the liquidity is extremely high.

Make sure you use these tips for beginners when using the Cheltenham offers 2021. Expect many of the same faces in 2021 to come out on top, thus proper research may be the difference between winning and losing. The bettingexpert previews and selections are well worth checking out every day of the Festival.

Horse Race Betting: Cheltenham Tips for Beginners

There are a number of different bets that can be placed on horse races, ranging all the way from which horse will win the race to whether the race will be a dead heat. Listed below are just some of the types of bets that the Cheltenham will cater to.

Straight Wagers

  • To win – the simplest type of bet. Bettors may choose which horse they think will finish the race in first place. Bettors only win if their horse wins the race.
  • To place – betters choose a horse to finish in the frame.
  • Show (an American term) – when a bettor bets on show they win if their horse comes in first, second or third. Since, bettors are hedging their bet the chances are much greater, however the odds will be substantially less.
  • Across the Board (an American term) – when a bettor bets on across the board they are betting that their horse will win, place and show. An across the board bet is what is known as a ‘combo straight wager’ because it’s actually three different bets (win, place, AND show) in one. Across the board bets are more expensive than a normal win, place, or show wager.
  • Win/place, Place/Show – is another combo straight wager, in a win/place bet, bettors wager on their horse to win and place. If he wins, you collect both the win and place money. If he finishes second, you collect just the place money.
  • Photo Finish – bettors may wager on whether the result will be so close it is necessary to use a finish-line camera to determine the winner of the race.

The terms offered by UK bookmakers are:

  • Handicaps of more than 16 runners – 1/4 odds on first four places.
  • Handicaps of 12-15 runners – 1/4 odds on first three places.
  • All other races of more than 8 runners – 1/5 odds on first three places.
  • All races of less than 5 runners – place money goes on to win.

Exotic Wagers

  • Exacta – is betting on the horses to come in first and second in an exact order. Example, if you placed a £100 exacta on horses 1 and 2, you can only collect if horse 1 comes in first and horse 2 comes in second. The odds of an exacta bet are much higher than those of a straight wager as the odds a multiplied for both horses to place.
  • Quintella – is betting on two horses to come in first and second in any order. As long as your two horses finish in the top two spots, you are a winner.
  • Trifecta – bettors must get correct the place of the first, second, and third horse in exact order.
  • Superfecta – takes the bet one further by making bettors predict the positions of the, first, second, third, and fourth in an exact order.
  • Parlay – In horse racing bettors may also parlay their bets. A parlay takes place when a better wagers that two or more events will both occur. If one wins and another loses, the better will get absolutely nothing.

The up side to parlaying bets is that the odds of the bets are multiplied together to give bigger odds than if bet separately. Example: if you bet, that 1) that horse A will win the race at 5/1 odds and 2) that the race will have a photo finish which is 10/1 odds, the total odds you’d get on your money will be 50/1.

There is a greater risk in betting parlays but the rewards can be well worth it if you carefully choose your bets. Make sure you take a look at parlaying some of your bets at the Cheltenham Festival for some greater odds.


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