Cheltenham Festival 2016 Betting Guide & Daily Tips

The 2016 Cheltenham Festival has arrived and once again bettingexpert has everything you need to make a great week of betting even better. Whether you’re looking for Cheltenham Festival tips, free bets or race by race guides and previews, we have it all, here on our Cheltenham Festival betting guide.
Cheltenham Festival 2016 Betting Guide, Tips & Previews

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The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season, and is something of a pilgrimage for all followers of the sport, with the best horses lining up from both Britain and Ireland for a four day extravaganza of top class racing, betting and drinking.

The festival at Cheltenham Racecourse features four days of fantastic racing, with all horses primed for the most important race of their careers. The contests themselves are usually run at a far faster gallop than the average midweek racing, with maximum fields for many of the races meaning that luck in-running plays a huge part. It can be a very dangerous meeting for even the most experienced of punters, with the lure of decent prices about classy horses tempting many to play far bigger than they usually would. Indeed many save up a "Cheltenham tank" for the entire week, allowing them to play in every race as they try to solve a series of complex puzzles.

The bettingexpert Cheltenham Festival 2016 Betting Guide is the only betting resource you'll need for all your Cheltenham betting this year. We have our racing expert Stephen Harris delivering Cheltenham tips for each race of the festival, access to the best Cheltenham bookmaker offers and free bets, guides to each day of the festival, plus previews and tips for each race every day of Cheltenham 2016.

Cheltenham Dates & Race Schedule

Cheltenham 2016, Tuesday 15th March, Day 1 Schedule
Time Race 
 13:30  The Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle 
 14:05  The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
 14:50  The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
 15:30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
 16:10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race
 16:50  The 146th Year Of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
 17:30  The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
Cheltenham 2016, Wednesday 16th March, Day 2 Schedule
Time Race 
 13:30  The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race
 14:05  The RSA Steeple Chase
 14:50  The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
 15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
 16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
 16:50  The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
 17:30  The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)
Cheltenham 2016, Thursday 17th March, Day 3 Schedule
Time Race 
 13:30  The JLT Novices’ Chase
 14:05  The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
 14:50  The Ryanair Chase
 15:30 The Ryanair World Hurdle
 16:10 The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase)
 16:50  The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle   
 17:30  The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)
Cheltenham 2016, Friday 18th March, Day 4 Schedule
Time Race 
 13:30  The JCB Triumph Hurdle 
 14:05  The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race
 14:50  The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
 15:30 The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
 16:10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
 16:50  The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race (0-145)
 17:30  The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

Cheltenham Favourite Horses & Jockeys

Who are the favourites to win at Cheltenham 2016? If you’re looking for the best betting advice and who we consider the Cheltenham Festival favourites for this year, get all the insight for Cheltenham 2016 from our racing expert Stephen Harris.

Top 5 favorite Cheltenham Horses

What are the top 5 best bets for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival? Our racing expert Stephen Harris shares his insight and lists his top 5 horses to back for Cheltenham 2016.

#1- Min

Day 1, Supreme Novices Hurdle

Willie Mullins unbeaten novice is the "talking horse" of the Festival after winning both starts over hurdles without coming off the bridle (and landing hefty support at very short prices both times). He is held in the highest regard at home (with plenty to compare and work him against), and his success or failure is likely to shape the entire opening day for backers and layers.

#2- Annie Power

Day 1, Champion Hurdle

Faugheen and Arctic Fire now miss the Champion Hurdle which leaves the way open for stablemate Annie Power (who will be rerouted from the Mares hurdle). This prolific mare looked as good as ever in headgear on her seasonal reappearance, and should have enough speed to cope with a drop down to two miles in a sub standard renewal.

#3- Yanworth

Day 2, Neptune Novices Hurdle

Alan King's star has been impressive on all four starts so far over hurdles, with his superiority masked by some very confident stalking rides from Barry Geraghty. He raised the bar form-wise when gaining valuable experience of Cheltenham in the Grade 2 in January, cruising clear having sauntered round on the bridle in deep ground, and could even do a lot better when getting faster conditions for the first time.

#4- Thistlecrack

Day 3, World Hurdle

Colin Tizzard has enjoyed a fantastic season, with Cue Card and this vastly improved stayer rattling up a sequence in numerous Grade 1s through the winter.He will be a strong fancy to take the World Hurdle after winning the Cleeve Hurdle under a motionless Tom Scudamore in January, and the opposition is extremely thin on the ground if as expected Annie Power takes on the Mares again. In a week likely to be dominated by the Irish and Willie Mullins, this is the great hope of the English and few would begrudge his affable trainer a place at the top table.

#5- Vautour

Day 3, Ryanair Chase or Day 4, Gold Cup

Which race this top class chaser should aim at has been the talk of the forums and preview panels in the past month. He looked sure to win the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, just touched off on the nod by Cue Card having made nearly all the running, and plenty of judges serious doubt whether he will stay the extra two furlongs in the Gold Cup. Connections are more positive and do seem inclined to go down that route, although Smad Place seems sure to be ridden from the front there and could spoil him on the lead. Perhaps the shorter trip of the Ryanair will tempt them in...either way he is a fascinating contender given his exuberant freewheeling style and electric jumping that lit up the 2015 Festival.

Top 5 favorite Cheltenham Jockeys

Which jockeys are the ones to watch at Cheltenham in 2016? Our racing expert Stephen Harris shares his thoughts on the riders that are bound to come out on top at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

#1- Ruby Walsh

Ruby will carry the hopes of the Irish nation on Day 1, with his book of rides the envy of the weighing room. He is likely to ride Min, Douvan, Faugheen and Annie Power in all the Grade 1s, and all of them are sure to be sent off very short priced and heavily punted favourites. The retained Willie Mullins jockey, he has endured more than his share of last flight falls in the past month, and will be highly motivated to silence the doubters as he nears the end of his incredible career at the top of the sport.

#2- Barry Geraghty

The best rider over a fence of his generation, Geraghty will be booked to ride all the best of owner J P McManus's horses throughout the Festival. The top class Yanworth has not come off the bridle on any of his four starts so far over hurdles, and looks banker material for the Neptune on Day 2, while Sprinter Sacre seems sure to be popular with the public in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

#3- Sam Twiston-Davies

Paul Nicholls has rather slipped into the shadows this season, as Willie Mullins dominated the top Saturday races (and former pupils Skelton and Fry snap away at his heels), but he is sure to have his team spot on for this week and his regular rider has a cracking book of intended mounts.  Tommy Silver created a deep impression when landing the odds last time at Musselburgh, and could be one of the best longer term prospects in the Triumph hurdle.

#4- Bryan Cooper

Few riders can finesse horses like Cooper on his day, and he is frequently compared with the greats of the game such as Walsh and Francome. He has the pick of all the Gigginstown horses and is sure to have a decent week, with perhaps the prolific Don Cossack the pick of his rides in the Gold Cup (won 11 of his 18 starts over fences and very unlucky loser of the Ryanair Chase in 2015).

#5- Davy Russell

Now into the veteran stage, few will have the experience in the book of this canny Irish jockey. He tends to ride with patience from rear, and is one to side with in the fiercely competitive handicaps through the week, with his riding style suited to overly fast run races that change in complexion late in the day up the hill.

How to Bet on Cheltenham 2016 Horse Racing

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Cheltenham Festival 2016 Favourites

No bookmaker wants to see a winning favourite at Cheltenham. It costs them hundreds of thousands, if not millions thanks to accumulator bets. However, because the racing is so competitive, bookmakers offer generous odds on favourites to tempt customers in. Generally, these push-outs happen every single morning of each race, so if you fancy a horse for the festival but it’s a short price, wait until the morning of the race, it’s more than likely a few bookmakers will push the odds out. What might have been a 6/4 shot might be available at 4/1 with a few bookmakers to attract your business. This offers great value to punters to get the best odds so don't forget to combine them with our best Cheltenham betting tips.

Cheltenham 2016 Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the best Cheltenham tips for the 2016 festival, you’ve come to right place. Our racing expert Stephen Harris is one of the best racing tipsters in the business. Stephen’s daily racing tips have returned over 10% profit since he began delivering his free racing tips in 2011. He’ll no doubt deliver with his Cheltenham Festival tips this year. And the best part, they’re free. Get Stephen’s best tips for each day of Cheltenham now.

Cheltenham Betting Spreadsheet

Download the bettingexpert Cheltenham Betting Spreadsheet and not only keep track of all your bets throughout Cheltenham 2016, but get quick links to the day's best Cheltenham Free Bet offers and our racing editor Stephen Harris' selections for each racing of the festival.

Non-Runner Money Back

Beware the NRMB rule. Ante post rules apply until a day or so before the day of the race. This means if you bet during an ante post market and your horse becomes a non-runner, then you will not receive your money back. Bookmakers will announce when a specific race is or isn’t non-runner money back, but it’s also best to ask and be sure. Getting NRMB means that if your horse does get withdrawn, then you’ll get your stake back.

Each-Way Betting

When you’re having an each-way bet on a horse at Cheltenham, make sure you shop around for not just the best price, but the best places! Most bookmakers offer the standard EW terms on big handicaps (16+ ¼, 1,2,3,4) but if you do some shopping around you can get paid on 5th place too. What’s great is that if your horse comes 5th, you still get the same pay-out as if it had come 2nd – result! Make sure you check the EW terms though as not all bookmakers will offer extra place promotions.

Cheltenham 2016 Form

Do your research! The great thing about the Cheltenham Festival, is that most of the horses have met each other on a racecourse. That means there’s plenty of reliable form to analyse and assess for each horse. If two horses haven’t met yet, check the horses they have beaten, have they beat the same horse? If so, by how far and how easy? Indirect form lines through other horses can be a great way of working out which horse may be better when they meet. There’s no exact science to it though, so you’re going to have to do a little bit of informed guesswork when you place your bets. You can follow the bettingexpert daily Cheltenham tips which will run through all the form and analysis you need to place some profitable bets. 

10 Steps To a Profitable Cheltenham Festival

Not sure how to pick a winner at Cheltenham in 2016? Want our best Cheltenham betting tips? Let our racing expert Stephen Harris show you in 10 easy steps how to beat the bookies at Cheltenham this year.

Now into the veteran stage, few will have the experience in the book of this canny Irish jockey. He tends to ride with patience from rear, and is one to side with in the fiercely competitive handicaps through the week, with his riding style suited to overly fast run races that change in complexion late in the day up the hill.

Cheltenham Results

Who won at Cheltenham today? We’ll keep you up to date with every race result for Cheltenham Festival 2016 right here at bettingexpert.

Best Cheltenham Festival Free Bets & Bookmaker Offers

Bookmakers will do anything to get your custom at the Cheltenham Festival. This is a brilliant time for punters to take advantage of excellent odds, offers and race enhancements. Get every Cheltenham Festival free bet offer every day of the festival on our Best Cheltenham Festival 2016 Bookmaker Offers. We will update it each day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival so you never miss an opportunity to boost your betting balance.

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Cheltenham Weather Forecast

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Cheltenham Live Streaming

If you’re not able to able attend the 2016 Cheltenham Festival or have access to the television coverage, fear not, Bet365 will be streaming every race of the festival this year, with exclusive coverage direct from the Bet365 website in fantastic high definition. That’s awesome. What’s even better is that if you’re a new Bet365 customer, you will receive the Bet365 100% Welcome Bonus. Sign up with Bet365 for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, make your first deposit and receive a 100% bonus up to a maximum of £200. That’s an extra £200 to bet with while you enjoy the exclusive Cheltenham Festival live streaming at Bet365. Sign up with Bet365 now to access their superb live streaming service.

If you prefer live audio streaming then William Hill delivers live radio for entire week of the Cheltenham Festival. William Hill radio is one of the most popular live audio streams available with expert advice, insight and tips broadcast live every day. Not only that but both new and existing William Hill customers can take advantage of a great menu of promotional offers available throughout Cheltenham 2016. Sign up with William Hill now to access their fantastic live racing radio.

Check out all the live stream options for Cheltenham Festival 2016 in this guide.


Useful Cheltenham mobile apps

There are a number of great Cheltenham Festival app available for the 2016 Festival. We’ve selected what we believe are the top 3 best Cheltenham Festival apps to enhance your betting this year.

Cheltenham Racecourse App

The Cheltenham Racecourse App is a must have for anybody attending the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. If you’re looking for the latest Cheltenham news or results, the Cheltenham Racecourse app has it. You can also buy tickets to the Cheltenham Festival via the app, with Cheltenham live streaming audio plus a video archive so you can catch up on every race of the festival.

Download the Cheltenham Racecourse App

The Racing Post Cheltenham App

Racing Post make the claim that their Cheltenham Festival app is the best available. And it’s hard to argue. You have everything you need at the touch of a button, with an interactive Cheltenham racecourse map, the latest Cheltenham news, racecards with detailed form guides for each race of the festival, the latest results plus up to the minute weather information, not to mention live radio commentary for the entire week of the festival.

Download the Racing Post Cheltenham App