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We are Oddschecker, a 100% free to use website, run by sports fans for sports fans. We provide you with all the information, statistics, expert picks and predictions, and betting odds you will ever need to bet on the Cheltenham Festival. We don’t take a penny from you. We simply ensure you always find the best price while backing our Cheltenham Tips.

As well as daily Cheltenham Festival tips, Oddschecker provide a large variety of ante-post tips from our expert tipsters, ensuring you get the best odds on all of the big races, giving you a head start when picking your bet.

Our state-of-the-art betting data means Oddschecker can bring you all of the latest betting trends and odds movements to help you find the right Cheltenham Festival bet.

Cheltenham betting tips

Oddschecker are the leading odds comparison platform in the UK, offering a large range of daily Cheltenham tips from expert racing tipsters, as well as the best bookmaker offers & free bets throughout The Festival.

As the Cheltenham Festival gets closer, Oddschecker will provide regular updates of our ante-post betting tips from our resident horse racing expert, Andy Holding. Andy's horse racing tips will help you pick the best horses ahead of every race.

Daily tips for Cheltenham races

Once the Festival is underway, Oddschecker will be providing tips for every race across each day. We will pay close attention to course and weather conditions throughout the week to ensure every horse racing tip we bring you is up-to-date.

Our daily Cheltenham tips will cover all of the racing broadcast on ITV. New tips will be published throughout the week so be sure to check with us before you place a bet on the Cheltenham Festival.

How do you bet on horse racing?

Oddschecker makes it easy to place a bet on the Cheltenham Festival and other horse racing events.

Our legendary horse racing pundit, Andy Holding, is highly regarded in his field, and has been given the nickname of The Pundit's Pundit. He brings expert tips for all the major races in the UK. Whether you're new to betting on horses, or you're a seasoned veteran, Andy's expert tips will help you to choose which horse to place a bet on.

At Oddschecker, we also compare the live odds from trusted major bookmakers to give you all the information you need. We will help you pick the right horses at the best prices available.

Placing your bet with Oddschecker is easy. With our QuickBet feature you can log in and place your bet with your chosen bookmaker without having to leave the site.

We only work with trusted bookmakers so you can be sure your bet is safe when you place it through Oddschecker.

Andy Holding Cheltenham 2019 profit/loss

  • Tips: 38
  • Winners: 16
  • Profit: +30.03
  • RIO: 57.75%

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Throughout the Cheltenham Festival, Oddschecker will be bringing you the best free bet offers from our selection of trusted bookmakers. Not only will we find you the best tips and odds for every race, we'll help you place your bet with the right bookmaker each time.

Whether you're placing a bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup or the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, we'll help you get the best value.

Cheltenham guide

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest events in the British National Hunt horse racing calendar. It takes place every year in early March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire.

When are the Cheltenham races?

The Festival is split over four days, with seven races taking place on each day. It begins on Tuesday 10th March 2020, and runs until Friday 13th March 2020.

Over these four days, 28 races will be run across the two tracks at Cheltenham Racecourse. This will include novices chase races, mares hurdle races, handicap chase races and champion hurdle races. Fans will be able to bet on each of these races.

Oddschecker will be providing the best and most extensive Cheltenham Festival tips for each day of racing.

Day 1: Tuesday (Champion Day)

The first day of racing at the Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday 10th March. Gates to the racecourse will open at 10:30 AM with the first race taking place at 13:30.

The feature race for Champion Day is The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, with a distance of 2 miles and half a furlong. There is a total prize money of £450,000 for this race.

Oddschecker will have Cheltenham Festival tips for all of the races on Champion Day, including the feature race, The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and The Mares' Hurdle.

Cheltenham Festival Tips 2020, Tuesday 10th March, Day 1 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Cheltenham 2020 Tips
13:30 Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2020
14:10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase Arkle Challenge Tips 2020
14:50  Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Ultima Handicap Tips 2020
15:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Champion Hurdle Challenge Tips 2020
16:10 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Mares’ Hurdle Tips 2020
16:50 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Novices’ Handicap Chase Tips 2020
17:30 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase National Hunt Chase Tips 2020

Day 2: Wednesday (Ladies Day)

Wednesday 11th March is Ladies Day. It is one of the most popular days of the Cheltenham Festival. Women dressed in their finest outfits will all pour into Cheltenham Racecourse to enjoy a day of racing.

Gates open at 10:30 AM with the first race taking place at 13:30.

Wednesday's feature race is The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1). This is a chase with a distance of about 2 miles and total prize money of £400,000.

Oddschecker will be bringing expert tips for each of the races on Ladies Day, including the feature race, The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle and The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle.

Cheltenham Festival Tips 2020, Wednesday 11th March, Day 2 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Cheltenham 2020 Tips
13:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2020
14:10 RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase RSA Chase Tips 2020
14:50 Coral Cup Hurdle Coral Cup Hurdle Tips 2020
15:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips 2020
16:10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase Cross Country Chase Tips 2020
16:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips 2020
17:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Champion Bumper Tips 2020

Day 3: Thursday (St. Patrick's Day)

Day three of the Cheltenham Festival takes place on Thursday 12th March, which is St Patrick's Day. The Festival often coincides with St Patrick's Day, making it a popular event for those wanting to celebrate.

Like the other days, gates to Cheltenham Racecourse will open at 10:30 AM with the first race taking place at 13:30.

Thursday has two feature races. The first is The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1), which is run over a distance of 2 mile and 5 furlongs. Prize money of £350,000 will be shared among the placed horses.

The second feature race is The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1). This race is run over a distance of around 3 miles with prize money of £325,000.

Throughout St Patrick's Thursday, Oddschecker will be providing Cheltenham Festival tips for all the races, including the feature races, The Marsh Novices' Chase, and the Pertemps Network Final.

Cheltenham Festival Tips 2020, Thursday 12th March, Day 3 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Cheltenham 2020 Tips
13:30 Marsh Novices’ Chase Marsh Novices Chase Tips 2020
14:10 Pertemps Network Final Pertemps Network Final Tips 2020
14:50 Ryanair Chase Ryanair Chase Tips 2020
15:30 Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle Stayers Hurdle Tips 2020
16:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Chase Stable Plate Tips 2020
16:50 Dawn Run Mares Novices’ Hurdle Mares Novices Hurdle Tips 2020
17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase Kim Muir Challenge Tips 2020

Day 4: Friday (Gold Cup Day)

The final day of the Cheltenham Festival meeting takes place on Friday 13th March. It is known as Gold Cup Day because is host to the most prestigious race of The Festival.

On Gold Cup Day, gates open at 10:30 AM, with the first race starting at 13:30.

The feature race for day 4 is The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is run over the longest distance of the Cheltenham Festival, with the runners covering a distance of 3 miles, 2 furlongs and 70 yards. The prize money for the Gold Cup is also the highest of The Festival, with £625,000 being shared amongst the top horses.

Oddschecker will be providing the best tips to fans who are looking to bet on the Gold Cup or any of the other races on day 4, including the The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Race, and The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race.

Cheltenham Festival Tips 2020, Friday 13th March, Day 4 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Cheltenham 2020 Tips
13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips 2020
14:10 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle County Handicap Hurdle Tips 2020
14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle Tips 2020
15:30 The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips 2020
16:10 St. James Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips 2020
16:50  Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Grand Annual Tips 2020
17:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips 2020

Cheltenham key stats

The first racing to take place at Cheltenham was in 1861 as part of the National Hunt Chase, and the first time it was called the Cheltenham Festival was 1907.

Its total prize money of more than £4.5 million put it second only to the Grand National, which is held at Aintree Racecourse.

More than 270,000 people attend the Cheltenham Festival each year.

There are 28 races making up the Cheltenham Festival, spread over four days. Each day has a championship race, with the Gold Cup taking place on the last day of the festival.

Cheltenham courses

The Cheltenham Festival is a unique event in the horse racing calendar in that it has two separate tracks. These are known as the Old Course and the New Course. Both are left-handed, testing circuits with the Old Course being a mile-and-a-half in length, while the New Course is half a furlong longer.

The Old Course is used for the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival, with the New Course being used for the second two.

The two separate courses mean there is a huge variety of racing that takes place across the 28 races of the Cheltenham Festival. This means it truly lives up to its name of ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’. This is why Oddschecker provide detailed Cheltenham tips to help you choose the right bet for every single race over the four days.

Cheltenham information:

Address

The Cheltenham Festival takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse. Its address is: Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH

How to get there

By Car: Cheltenham Racecourse is just a five minute drive from the town centre and you can park your car directly at the racecourse, although expect the surrounding roads to be busy. You should leave plenty of time to get there, or use one of the other transport options for the Cheltenham Festival. You can also book a local taxi, or a limousine if you're fancier.

By Bus: There are local buses that operate from around the local area, the D and E buses operate every 15 minutes during the day, with other frequencies at other times. Service D stops at Cheltenham Spa railway station, making it a great option if you want to leave your car at home.

A dedicated race day bus service operates each day throughout the Cheltenham Festival, operating between Cheltenham Spa station, Cheltenham town centre, and Cheltenham Racecourse.

By Coach: There are many coach services that run packages for the Cheltenham Festival. Check with a reputable travel agent to find your options.

General admission

There are many different ticket options for fans looking to attend the Cheltenham Festival, although several general admission options are available. To get the best price, you should book in advance directly from The Jockey Club's website.

Tickets start from around £50 for an adult ticket in the Best Mate enclosure, with options to add vouchers for food, refreshments and a bet.

Disables facilities

Cheltenham Racecourse has a range of accessible facilities and will attempt to make special arrangements if they are made in advance of race day. This includes several accessible viewing areas in most enclosures, accessible toilet facilities, car parking, and drop off facilities.

Lifts are available to provide access to all five levels of the grandstand, as well as other areas of Cheltenham racecourse. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs can also be hired for use within the venue.

How to watch the Cheltenham Festival on TV

All four days of the Cheltenham Festival will be shown on ITV. The free-to-air broadcaster will provide coverage of the first five races of each day, including each of the feature races. Coverage runs from 13:00 to 16:30 each day on ITV, with a build up programme called The Opening Show is aired on ITV 4 between 9:30 and 10:30 AM.

Top Cheltenham Festival news

To help you stay on top of all the latest events at the Cheltenham Festival, Oddschecker will be bringing you the important news from each race. Each of our tips take all of the most up to date developments into account to be sure you can bet in confidence.

Recent winners at the Cheltenham Festival

The Gold Cup is the biggest race of the entire Cheltenham Festival and it has been run since 1924. The most successful horse of all time is Golden Miller who won the race in five consecutive years from 1932 to 1936.

The most recent winners are:

Year Horse Jockey Time
2019 Al Boum Photo Paul Townend 6:39:06
2018 Native River Richard Johnson 7:02:60
2017 Sizing John Robbie Power 6:36:10
2016 Don Cossack Bryan Cooper 6:35:00
2015 Coneygree Nico de Boinville 6:42:50
 

Who are Cheltenham's top jockeys?

Rank Jockey Name Runs Wins Win%
1st Barry Geraghty 187 32 17
2nd Richard Johnson 246 25 10
3rd Nico de Boinville 122 24 20
4th Aidan Coleman 176 19 11
5th Paddy Brennan 161 18 11
 

Who are Cheltenham's top trainers?

Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win%
1st Nicky Henderson 336 44 13
2nd Paul Nicholls 303 32 11
3rd Nigel Twiston-Davies 240 26 11
4th Colin Tizzard 231 25 11
5th Willie Mullins 243 25 10
 

The data above is taken from the last five seasons at Cheltenham Racecourse.