Cheltenham betting guide 2020: odds | tips | favourites

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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 12Wednesday, March 13Thursday, March 14Friday, March 15
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ HurdleThe Ballymore Novices’ HurdleThe JLT Novices’ ChaseThe JCB Triumph Hurdle
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy ChaseThe RSA Steeple ChaseThe Pertemps Network FinalThe Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
The Ultima Business Solutions Handicap ChaseThe Coral Cup HurdleThe Ryanair ChaseThe Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge TrophyThe Betway Queen Mother Champion ChaseSun Bets Stayers HurdleThe Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
The OLBG David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle RaceThe Glenfarclas Handicap ChaseThe Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable PlateThe St James’ Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
The JT McNamara National Hunt ChaseThe Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap HurdleThe Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ HurdleThe Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap ChaseThe Weatherbys Champion BumperThe Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap ChaseThe 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.

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The bookies

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 – following the opinion our our editorial team – 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. In this article you’ll find more info about how to bet on Cheltenham Festival. Meanwhile, check out the key points to look at.

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.

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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 before to use your betting offer.

Starting Price

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.

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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.

Past winners

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. For a more complete guide on Cheltenham favourites, check out our dedicated post.

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