The Cheltenham Festival has long been one of the biggest and most prestigious events in UK National Hunt horse racing, generating more than £4 million in prize money over its four days
Cheltenham Festival 2019 - A Betting Guide
It’s finally here - the highlight of the British jump racing season is upon us with the Cheltenham Festival set to start on the 12th March 2019.
Featuring 28 top class races across a bumper four days of horse racing action, the Cheltenham Festival is the ultimate battle between bookmaker and punter. Top quality races come in thick and fast and with all of the best bookmakers offering promotions and great odds on a race by race basis.
Each day of the Festival features a ‘Championship Race’ - a chance for one horse to be crowned the very best in their particular sphere. Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle will crown the best 2 mile hurdler in the business, with Buveur Dair, winner for the last two years, ready to defend his crown. The Champion Chase on Wednesday is the chance for the best 2 mile chasers to show their mettle, with the supreme Altior in action once again. The Stayers Hurdle (Thursday) distinguishes the best hurdlers over 3 miles, while the Gold Cup on Friday is undoubtedly the highlight of the Festival and the jewel in the crown of the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’.
The action doesn’t stop with those biggest of races, though, and the whole festival is sure to excite, as well as provide excellent opportunities to make some money.
Cheltenham Festival 2019 Betting Tips
The Cheltenham Festival is a marathon, not a sprint, and while plenty of bookmakers will be offering enticing offers for the first race and the first day at the Festival, it is worth having a good plan in place for the whole of the festival, allowing you to spread your betting across the four days reasonably evenly.
Bookmaker offers are a good place to start, though.
With so much interest in the Festival, all the top bookmakers will be looking to get you betting with them ahead of what is due to be a bumper week for betting. Taking advantage of these Cheltenham specific offers and brilliant sign up offers for new customers, will be sure to give you a great chance of making a good profit from your Cheltenham Festival betting. Make sure to spread your new customer bonuses across the week and to take advantage of all of the great offers and promotions that will be around during the Festival.
Other than taking advantage of these offers, it’s important to make sure you take advantage of bonuses and promotions by making strong bets across the festival. The form of the horses going into the festival is well documented, so be sure to check this out before making your decisions, while it is also important to note aspects such as the ‘going’ on the track.
Don’t forget the famous finishing hill at Prestbury Park, as well, meaning the Cheltenham Festival often favours tougher horses with greater will and greater stamina.
Cheltenham Festival 2019 Betting Guide
The whole Cheltenham Festival should provide plenty of drama and intrigue, but there are some particularly interesting battles which could set the scene for a standout festival.
There is much debate on day one as to where the outstanding mare, Apples Jade, will go. She has entries in both the Mares Hurdle, where she could reacquaint with last year’s winner, Benie Des Dieux, as well as the Champion Hurdle, where she could attempt to break Buveur Dair’s dominance of that race.
I’d be tempted to bet against Apples Jade whichever route Gordon Elliott chooses for her, considering how convincingly she was turned over in the Mares Hurdle last year.
One of the biggest favourites for the Festival will be Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Altior will likely go offer as short as 1/3 on, and provides punters with a difficult dilemma with a loss hard to imagine, but the profits unlikely to be great.
Another popular former Festival winner is Faugheen, but Willie Mullins’ once star hurdler has long been far from his best. Mullins has Faugheen geared for a different challenge this year, with the Stayers Hurdle in mind, and it will be fascinating to see whether Faugheen can recapture the Cheltenham form of his earlier career, with Paisley Park the current favourite for that race.
The biggest race of the Cheltenham Festival, and the talking point all week will be the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and where to place your bets for that race. Last year’s front two are likely to be back in the field, but neither Native River or Might Bite are highly fancied to repeat their performance this year. Instead, King George VI winner, Clan Des Obeaux, is the current favourite, and considering the strength of that race, it is hard to see the likes of Native River bridging the gap that was so clear on Boxing Day at Kempton.
There are many angles that you could take going into the Cheltenham Festival, but whether you are backing the favourites or looking for big priced underdogs, make sure to use the best offers and promotions on offer at top10sportsbettingsites.co.uk.