Cheltenham betting guide 2020: odds | tips | favourites
Cheltenham Festival is one of the most important horse racing tournaments in the world, and by reading our Cheltenham betting guide 2019, you will be able to learn all about the betting tips related to this event. We will give you information on bet types, ways of placing a bet, tips for watching races online, and much more. Enjoy our Cheltenham Festival guide 2019 and make a profit out of this event.
Cheltenham Festival betting guide: the race card 2020
Here’s the full schedule for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival that will be held in March. Please note that info are not available yet for Cheltenham 2020 and that the following race card refers to last edition.
|Tuesday, March 12||Wednesday, March 13||Thursday, March 14||Friday, March 15|
|The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle||The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle||The JLT Novices’ Chase||The JCB Triumph Hurdle|
|The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase||The RSA Steeple Chase||The Pertemps Network Final||The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle|
|The Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase||The Coral Cup Hurdle||The Ryanair Chase||The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle|
|The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy||The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase||Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle||The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup|
|The OLBG David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle Race||The Glenfarclas Handicap Chase||The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate||The St James’ Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup|
|The JT McNamara National Hunt Chase||The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle||The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle||The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle|
|The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase||The Weatherbys Champion Bumper||The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase||The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase|
Where to bet online and how to do it: from signing up bonuses to placing the first bet
The first part of our Cheltenham Festival betting guide 2020 will be about the places where you can bet. The top sportsbooks are all over this event and it will be easy to find the one where you can place a bet.
Please note that the following bonuses are not available anymore and they refer to last year.
|Bookmaker||New customers offers||Claim offer|
|Betfred||Bet £10 Get £40 In Free Bets||Claim the offer|
|New UK & NI customers only. 18+. Promo period from 09:00 07/03/19 until 17:30 12/03/19. Register using the promo code CHELT40 and place first bet of at least £10 (odds evens or greater) on any Day 1 Cheltenham race. (Race Winner or E/W market only). £20 Free Bet credited before 12pm 13/03/19 and a £10 Free Bet before 12pm on 14/03/19 & 15/03/19. Free Bets expire after 7 days. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T&Cs Apply.|
|Moplay||Bet £10 Get £30 Cheltenham Festival||Claim the offer|
|Bet £10+ at odds 1.50+, get 2 x £15 free bets, 7 day expiry, credited after first bet settles. Opt in, 1 x customer. Bet type, Free Bet restrictions and T&C’s apply.|
|Paddy Power||£/€20 Risk free first bet||Claim the offer|
|New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.|
|Matchbook||Free £10 bet if your bet loses we’ll refund you up to £10 in cash||Claim the offer|
|The refund will be applied to your account within 72 hours. The bet must be placed within 7 days of sign-up to qualify for the refund.T&Cs apply|
|Coral||New customer offer Get £20 in free bets when your bet £5||Claim the offer|
|18+. UK&IRE only. Online & Phone. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets, valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions + T & Cs apply.|
|Get £30 in Free Bets when you Bet £5||Claim the offer|
|New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Free Sports Bets, valid on set events only, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 40x to withdraw winnings. Offer is available from 15:00GMT on Tuesday 12th March 2019 until 16:50GMT on Friday 15th March 2019.Credit/Debit card deposits only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply, See Below. Please Gamble Responsibly|
|Netbet||£25 free bet new customers only||Claim the offer|
|Matched free bet up to £25 / Dep. & Bet £10 or more single bet on any sport / min. odds of 1/2 to qualify|
|BoyleSports||Get up to £25 in free bets||Claim the offer|
|Cash stakes only. Min £10 stake required for initial £5 free bet. Min odds ½. Max £25 in free bets. Subsequent free bets equal 50% average of each 3 qualifying bets. 13 bets required to receive full £25 free bet. 18+. T&Cs apply.|
|Genting Bet||First bet insurance up to £40 free bet if first settled bet loses||Claim the offer|
|New customers only. Offer is valid from 00:00:00 on 11/03/19. A qualifying bet is a losing first settled real money single bet of at least £/€10.00 (£10 E/W) or more at odds of Evens (2.0). Only losing win single part of an E/W bet will qualify. Free bet equal to your qualifying stake (max £/€40) will be credited within 24 hours of qualifying bet settling and must be used within 7 days. Free bet stake not included in returns. T&Cs apply.|
|Black type||Bet £10, get £10||Claim the offer|
|Guaranteed £5 Casino Bonus and a £5 Free Sportsbook Bet if your first bet loses. New customers only. Qualifying bet must a single of £10 or more at odds of evens (2.0) or greater. Full T&C’s apply.|
|Unibet||Money back as bonus up to £40 if your first bet loses + £10 to spend in our casino||Claim the offer|
|New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus. Wagering requirements: Sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), Casino 25x. Only one bonus can be used at a time, Sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the Casino, unless the bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in.|
|Paddy Power||New customers offer: £/€10 Risk free first bet||Claim the offer|
|NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. Promo code YSKA00. Place your FIRST sports bet and if it loses we will refund your stake in cash, up to £/€10. Only deposits made using cards or PayPal qualify. T&Cs apply.|
|Betway||Get up to £30 in free bets (new customer offer)||Claim the offer|
|New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Terms Apply|
|Betfair||Get up to £100 in free bets||Claim the offer|
|New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5) Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.|
|888sports||Bet £10, get £30 in free bets||Claim the offer|
|New customers only. Minimum deposit £10. using deposit code 30F. Min odds 1/2. Free bets expires after 7 days. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. Withdrawal restrictions & full T&C’s apply|
|10bet||Up to £100 welcome bonus||Claim the offer|
|New Customers; Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Bonus amount is 50% of deposit up to £100; 6x deposit and bonus turnover (min. odds 4/5 on singles and 2/5 per selection on acca bets), in 30 days, for bonus release; Some bet types don’t contribute to turnover; Withdrawal before turnover results in bonus cancellation; Terms apply, 18+|
|Ladbrokes||Bet £5 get £20 in free bets||Claim the offer|
|18+. New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.|
|William Hill||Bet £10, get £30 in free bets||Claim the offer|
|new online customers only, min €10/£10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3x €10/£10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply.|
|Bethard||Bet £30 get £20 in cash exclusive Cheltenham offer||Claim the offer|
|New customers form UK making an Initial deposit of £30 or more. Player must select bonus the on pre-deposit page. Min odds for the offer is 1/1 (2.00). Max bonus is £20. Bonus money is wager free and are paid out in cash. T&Cs apply.|
If horse and greyhound racing is your thing, you should look for a bookie whose offer is exclusive to races of this kind. With the biggest number of offers and top-notch quality of their streams, RaceBets can be considered one of these bookies.
Betfred also grabbed our attention while making this Cheltenham betting guide 2020. They are an experienced bookie that offers excellent odds for anyone willing to test their luck on racing events. Apart from Cheltenham Festival, Betfred includes other popular races held throughout the year.
Bet365 is among the top sportsbooks in the world, and for a good reason. Their markets extend to more than just horse racing, but they do give a lot of attention to Cheltenham Festival. They also have exciting bonuses and promotions which can come in handy and provide good value on all of your bets.
How to sign up and bet on Cheltenham Festival 2020
If you have never betted online, don’t worry, Cheltenham betting guide 2020 is here to help.
Signing up and placing a bet on your bookie of choice is a quick and easy process. A betting website will usually have the ‘Sign Up’, ‘Join’, or ‘Create Account’ button somewhere at the top of the homepage. Click on it and start creating your profile. Fill in all the required information regarding your full name, date of birth, residential address, email, payment method, and more. Once you’re done, your account should be verified and ready to use in no time.
Next, you only need to find the section on the website named Cheltenham Festival and you can start betting. Note that you need to have funds on your account to be able to place a bet, so learn how to make a deposit on the operator’s website.
Types of horse racing bets: starting price, favourites, best odds, non-runner, ante-post
If you’re a first-time horse racing punter, the types of bets that exist on these events might be a little confusing to you. However, our Cheltenham betting guide 2020 will help you understand each and every segment of horse racing bets. A dedicated guide on Cheltenham betting odds is also at your disposal to give you all info about bookie’s favourites and predictions.
Starting Price (SP) represents the odds at the start of each race. When betting on a particular horse to win, you can choose to have the odds which are active at the time you wager on, or you can select the SP. Based on different factors, the odds are subject to change over time, and that’s why the starting price is preferable to most punters.
Favourites are considered to be the odds of horses which have the best chance to win a particular race. This can also change over time, so a favourite bet is relative to the starting price. That means that, if you bet on a favourite, you will be rooting for the horse with the best odds at the start of a race.
Best odds guaranteed
A guaranteed bet is the one which gives you the best odds despite the change of the starting price. If the SP of your horse is higher than it was at the time of placing your bet, you will get those SP odds. However, if the SP turns out to be lower, the original betting odds will stand, and you will be in for a higher payout. Not all bookies offer best odds guaranteed, but the ones that do usually require you to place a bet on the day of the race at earliest.
Non-runner no bet
Non-runner no bet (NRNB) is a guarantee that your bookie will return your stake in case the horse you bet on gets disqualified prior to the race. However, you can be eligible for this type of bet only if you put it on the day of the race. It can be very frustrating when you lose money and your horse doesn’t even come out to race, and this is why the Cheltenham betting guide 2020 is a must if you want to learn how to bet smarter.
Ante-post bets are the bets which you make at least a day prior to the start of the race. Some bookmakers will allow ante-post bets before 9 AM on the race day, but this rule differs in each bookie. The advantage of ante-post bets are the odds which are usually higher before the day of the race. As more people bet, the underdogs’ odds fall, so this is a reasonable bet to take if you like betting on outsiders.
Cheltenham day guides: Champion day, Ladies day, St. Patrick’s day, Gold Cup
The Festival lasts for four days, so you will need a Cheltenham race guide to keep up with the schedule. If you want to learn the full schedule, check out the table at the top of our Cheltenham betting guide 2020.
The festival commences with the day called the Champion Day. Its name comes from the Champion Hurdle, which is the main race of the day starting at 3:30 PM. Before the first race, there’s a famous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ whence the crowd cheers the beginning of the festival and it can be heard of kilometres around.
Day two is called the Ladies Day and here you can see a lot of women with fancy dresses and bedazzling hats. The main race of the day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The third day of the festival is always on St. Patrick’s Day and is considered to be the fun day of the entire event. The Stayers’ Hurdle is the main race and it starts at 3:30 PM.
The final day is called Gold Cup, and it should be the most anticipated day for everyone reading this Cheltenham betting guide 2020. The winner of the Gold Cup race can take £369,822, which is the biggest prize in the tournament.
How to watch Cheltenham Festival online
In this part of the Cheltenham betting guide 2020, we will give you tips on how to watch this event online. Online streaming is broadly available for anyone with a stable Internet connection. If you’re not able to watch Cheltenham Festival on your TV, there are many places on the web where you can find a good stream.
A lot of reputable betting sites offer live streaming with commentary. All you need to do is bet a minimum amount on one of the races (usually around £1), and you will be eligible to watch the event. More often than not, the streams will be in HD quality, and you can even watch them on your mobile device. Find a bookie that requires a small bet in order to make streams available, and you can watch without any other limitations.
Cheltenham betting guide: past winners and our tips for this edition
Cheltenham Festival has a two-century-long history of horse racing. In this part of our Cheltenham betting guide 2020, we will list some of the past winners and give you tips on how to bet on this year’s edition.
Some of the most famous horses to compete and win races at the event were Arkla, Dawn Run, Un de Sceaux, Best Mate, Imperial Commander, and others. Some of the top jockeys in the previous several years include Ruby Walsh, Davy Russell, Barry Geraghty, and Robert Thornton.
Cheltenham Festival 2020: our favourites
No Cheltenham Festival betting guide 2020 can be complete without giving the readers some forecast for this year’s edition. If you want to take advantage of your ante-post betting, you should look out for Presenting Percy at the Gold Cup. Native River won the last season’s Gold Cup and will be among favourites to win this year.
Ryanair Chase will be interesting to see as well. The jockey Ruby Walsh has already won it four times with four different horses. Min and Footpad are currently at the top of the ante-post market and they are considered safe bets for now.
Nevertheless, the odds could change drastically in the next few weeks. Keep track of the participants’ form and take advantage of the different bet types we have discussed earlier.