Betting on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival
The 2019 Cheltenham Festival is a fantastic opportunity to bet on some top class jump racing over four days, but is important to maintain your betting discipline and not get carried away into chasing any losses or playing too big in relation to your betting bank. It is all too easy to get carried away, betting in every race regardless of price or value, and listening to the massive hype around all the horses rather than using your judgement and discretion.
The price is everything in betting, and it is more important than ever at Cheltenham to play when there is an “edge” i.e a price bigger than the true chance of winning. That can often be away from the obvious at the front of the market, trained or ridden by the big names in the sport like Willie Mullins or Ruby Walsh, and there is often some terrific betting opportunities if you play each-way on some of the larger priced contenders from smaller stables.
In 2019 it could pay to look at a young trainer like Olly Murphy, who has had a terrific winter so far and has some young unexposed novices who could make an impact at the Festival.
Best bookmakers for Cheltenham
All punters who want to have a successful 2019 Cheltenham Festival need a wide range of bookmaker accounts set up and funded. There are numerous companies who offer very competitive prices and excellent offers over the four days, with Skybet, Bet365, Betfair Sportsbook and Betway all trying very hard to lure in new players with enhancements that can give you a real edge.
It is also worth using a betting exchange for a lot of your betting, with Betfair, Betdaq or Matchbook all having excellent liquidity over the four days at the Festival. This can allow you to play in-running (using the free live-streaming that is available), and is a useful weapon in all astute punters armoury.
The key is really to shop around, be ruthless, never take less than the very top price on offer and take play when the terms are in your favour. Over the unique four days it is possible to get on relatively freely and easily, with the nature of the racing and the spread of business encouraging the layers to come out of their shell and take on punters much more aggressively than usual.
Cheltenham Betting Offers
It is worth using price comparison sites every day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival to take advantage of the top prices offered, and also to play each-way when the place terms are very much in the punters favour.
Numerous bookmakers will offer extra places on the big field handicaps every day, with the traditional terms of 1/4 the odds 1,2,3,4 often beaten by firms offering extra places (often up to eight places on offer if you shop around).
Mathematically you very much have the odds in your favour, and astute professionals will often be trawling round betting shops and websites trying to back as many horses as possible each-way when this concession is available.
The Best Cheltenham Free Bets
There are hundreds of excellent offers and freeboots available over the four days at the Festival, and it is worth shopping around every day to check where the best value options lie.
The current Skybet offer of all losses refunded on race one everyday is sure to prove extremely popular (upto a maximum of £20 given back in cash), and it is well worth opening an account if you play in recreational size.
Paddy Power also offer money back as a free bet if your selection finishes 2nd, 3rd, 4th on the first day (upto £10 refunded), which is extremely generous and worth taking advantage of too.
Coral have an offer for all customers old or new, where your winnings will be double if you find the first winner of the opening race every day (paid as cash), and this again is generous and unconditional (upto a maximum of £25).
Cheltenham Day 1 Preview
The opening day of the 2019 Cheltenham arguably has the very best racing of the entire week, with the Supreme Novice hurdle kicking off the meeting in fantastic style.
Here we see a clash between the best of the English and Irish trained younger horses, and this is always one of the most ferocious betting heat of the four days (both on and off course).
Later on at 3.30pm The Champion Hurdle is the highlight of the day and the 2019 renewal promises to be a classic, with Apples Jade and Laurina worthy opponents to the reigning champ Buveur D’air.
2.10: Lalor 4/1
3.30: Buveur D’air 9/4
5.30: OK Corral 3/1
Cheltenham Day 2 Preview
A really competitive day of racing with winners traditionally hard to come by for punters, and some huge fields away from the feature Queen Mother Champion Chase at 3.30pm.
This years renewal gives a huge audience the chance to see the brilliant unbeaten chaser Altior retain his title that he won so memorably in 2018, and he seems sure to be one of the shortest priced favourites of the entire week (with his main rivals avoiding another drubbing and seeking easier targets elsewhere over the four days).
1.30: Champ 3/1
2.10: Santini 4/1
4.50: Our Power 16/1
Cheltenham Day 3 Preview
Some terrific huge field handicaps compliment the main race on Day 3, with the Grade 1 Stayers hurdle the highlight at 3.30pm.
The 2019 version looks at the mercy of Emma Lavelle’s rapidly progressing Paisley Park, who has been one of the revelations of the season so far, graduating from handicaps in the Autumn to rout a useful field in soft ground at this track in January.
1.30 Lostintranslation 3/1
2.50 Frodon 6/1
3.30 Paisley Park 2/1
Cheltenham Day 4 Preview
The final day is all about the Blue Riband of the sport with the Gold Cup at 3.30pm providing a severe test of the best chasers in the world.
Last year saw a brilliant battle between Native River and Might Bite, with the former making all the running and jumping superbly under an incredible ride from the champion jockey Richard Johnson. He is back to defend his title in 2019, but perhaps an Irish raider will prove too classy this time around, with Willie Mullins improving Kemboy fancied to land the valuable prize.
2.50: Birchdale 7/1
3.30: Kemboy 10/1
4.50: Ballywood 16/1