Cheltenham Festival 2018 Betting Guide & Daily Tips


The 2018 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.

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Cheltenham 2018 Best Offers of The Festival

Cheltenham Betting 2018 Betting Guide

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 2018 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 2018.

Cheltenham Dates & Race Schedule

Cheltenham 2018, Tuesday 14th March, Day 1 Schedule

TimeRaceCheltenham 2018 Tips
13:30 The Skybet Supreme Novices' Hurdle  Novices' Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
14:10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase Arkle Challenge Tips 2018 (x3)
14:50  The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Ultima Handicap Tips 2018 (x3)
15:30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Champion Hurlde Challenge Tips 2018 (x3)
16:10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race Mares' Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
16:50 The Toby Balding National Hunt Chase National Hunt Chase Tips 2018 (x3)
17:30  The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Novices' Handicap Tips 2018 (x3)

Cheltenham 2018, Wednesday 15th March, Day 2 Schedule

TimeRaceCheltenham 2018 Tips
13:30 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race Neptune Novices' Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
14:15 The RSA Steeple Chase RSA Steeple Chase Tips 2018 (x3)
14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) Coral Cup Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase Queen Mother Champion Tips 2018 (x3)
16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase Cross Country Steeple Chase Tips 2018 (x3)
16:50 The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
17:30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) Champion Bumper Tips 2018 (x3)

Cheltenham 2018, Thursday 16th March, Day 3 Schedule

TimeRaceCheltenham 2018 Tips
13:30 The JLT Novices’ Chase JLT Novices Chase Tips 2018 (x3)
14:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) Pertemps Network Final Tips 2018 (x3)
14:50 The Ryanair Chase Ryanair Chase Tips 2018 (x3)
15:30 The Stayers Hurdle Stayers Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
16:10 The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) Stable Plate Tips 2018 (x3)
16:50  The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle Mares Novices Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
17:30 The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145) Kim Muir Challenge Tips 2018 (x3)

Cheltenham 2018, Friday 17th March, Day 4 Schedule

TimeRaceCheltenham 2018 Tips
13:30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
14:10 The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race County Handicap Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
14:50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race Albert Bartlett Novice's Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
15:30 The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips 2018 (x3)
16:10 The St.James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips 2018 (x3)
16:50 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race (0-145) Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips 2018 (x3)
17:30  The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup Grand Annual Tips 2018 (x3)

Cheltenham Odds & Live Odds

Cheltenham 2018 Favourite Horses & Jockeys

Who are the favourites to win at Cheltenham 2018? 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 2018 from our racing expert Stephen Harris.

Top 5 favourite Cheltenham Horses 2018

What are the top 5 best bets for the 2018 Cheltenham Festival? Our racing expert Stephen Harris shares his insight and lists his top 5 horses to back for Cheltenham 2018.

Top 5 favourite Cheltenham Horses 2018

  • #1- Charli Parcs

Progressive young hurdler will surely go well on the better ground expected, posessing plenty of scope to improve for a big field and strong pace.

  • #2- Yanworth

Did not impress all when landing the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton in February, but he is the sort who only ever does just enough to win and remains unbeaten at two miles.

  • #3- Douvan

The banker of the meeting for many punters, with a clean round of jumping enough to soon have his rivals on the stretch.

  • #4- Bristol du Mai

This progressive stayer impressed when landing the competitive Peter Marsh at Haydock, making all of the running and routing the field in the manner of a top class performer. He was given a curious ride when dropped out in a tactical affair at Newbury behind Native River last time, and is expected to reverse that form under much more positive tactics."

  • #5- Ballyoptic

This young stayer has not had things go to plan through the winter, but he is not far behind the favourite Unowhatimeanharry on the best of his efforts and the current price around 20/1 is very big.

Top 5 favourite Cheltenham Jockeys 2018

Which jockeys are the ones to watch at Cheltenham in 2018? Our racing expert Stephen Harris shares his thoughts on the riders that are bound to come out on top at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

Top 5 favourite Cheltenham Jockeys 2018

  • >#1- Ruby Walsh

Ruby will carry the hopes of the Irish nation as the retained Willie Mullins stable jockey, 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- Noel Fehily

With Barry Geraghty sadly missing the Festival after puncturing a lung in a nasty fall, it falls to this "supersub" to ride all the best of owner J P McManus's horses throughout the Festival.

  • >#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.

  • >#4- Davy Russell

Few riders can finesse horses like Russell on his day, and he is frequently compared with the greats of the game such as Walsh and Francome. He has some great rides on the Gigginstown horses and is sure to have a decent week.

  • >#5- Tom Scudamore

Has thrived for his association with Thistlecrack (now sadly out through injury for the rest of the season), and will also be up for any of the "Pipe plots" in the handicaps, so seems sure to enjoy a terrific four days.

How to Bet on Cheltenham 2018 Horse Racing

Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Follow all Cheltenham 2018 Betting Tips

Cheltenham Festival 2018 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 2018 Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the best Cheltenham tips for the 2018 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.

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 2018 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. 

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 2018 Bookmaker Offers. We will update it each day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival so you never miss an opportunity to boost your betting balance.

Cheltenham Live Streaming

If you’re not able to able attend the 2018 Cheltenham Festival or have access to the television coverage, fear not, bookmakers will be streaming every race of the festival this year, with exclusive coverage direct from the bookmakers website in fantastic high definition. That’s awesome. Sign up 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 2018. Sign up with William Hill now to access their fantastic live racing radio.

Check out all the live stream options for Cheltenham Festival 2018 in this guide.

Useful Cheltenham mobile apps

There are a number of great Cheltenham Festival app available for the 2018 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 2018 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