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Cheltenham Tips 2021 - Betting Guide & Daily Tips

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival has arrived! Once again bettingexpert has everything you need to make a great week of betting even better. Looking for Cheltenham tips 2021? Cheltenham betting offers & promotions? Race by race guides and previews? We have it all here in our Cheltenham Festival betting guide. Our expert racing analyst and tipster Stephen Harris shares his Cheltenham tips 2021, exclusive to bettingexpert.

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Cheltenham Tips 2021, Dates & Race Schedules

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival begins on March 16th and concludes March 19th. The last day sees the running of the always eagerly anticipated Cheltenham Gold Cup. Over the four days, racing fans and punters alike will be treated to 28 races. They feature some of the sports greatest horses and jockeys.

Cheltenham 2021 Tips For Today

If you’re looking for Cheltenham 2021 tips, you’ve come to the right place. Get all your Cheltenham Festival tips from our racing expert Stephen each day of the 2021 festival. Stephen’s Cheltenham festival tips proved to be as profitable as they were popular last year. We’re expecting another strong showing in 2021.

Cheltenham Tips 2021, Tuesday 16th March, Day 1 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:30 Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle  Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2021
2:10 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase Arkle Challenge Tips 2021
2:50  Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Ultima Handicap Tips 2021
3:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Champion Hurdle Challenge Tips 2021
4:10 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Mares’ Hurdle Tips 2021
4:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Chase Juvenile Handicap Tips 2021
5:30 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase National Hunt Chase Tips 2021

Cheltenham Tips 2021, Wednesday 17th March, Day 2 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips 2021
2:10 Festival Novices’ Steeple Chase Festival Novices’ Chase Tips 2021
2:50 Coral Cup Hurdle Coral Cup Hurdle Tips 2021
3:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase Queen Mother Champion Tips 2021
4:10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase Cross Country Steeple Chase Tips 2021
4:50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Grand Annual Tips 2021
5:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Champion Bumper Tips 2021

Cheltenham Tips 2021, Thursday 18th March, Day 3 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:30 Marsh Novices’ Chase Marsh Novices Chase Tips 2021
2:10 Pertemps Network Final Pertemps Network Final Tips 2021
2:50 Ryanair Chase Ryanair Chase Tips 2021
3:30 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Stayers Hurdle Tips 2021
4:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Chase Stable Plate Tips 2021
4:50  Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle Mares Novices Hurdle Tips 2021
5:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase Kim Muir Challenge Tips 2021

Cheltenham Tips 2021, Friday 19th March, Day 4 Schedule & Selections

Time Race Cheltenham 2021 Tips
1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips 2021
2:10 County Handicap Hurdle County Handicap Hurdle Tips 2021
2:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle Tips 2021
3:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips 2021
4:10 St. James Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips 2021
4:50  Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Mares’ Chase Tips 2021
5:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Tips 2021

Cheltenham Bookmaker Offers

No bookies have released their Cheltenham offers for the 2021 festival yet. As soon as this year’s Cheltenham free bets and promotional offers are released, we will let you know right here. Make sure you check in every now and then and stay updated. You’ll find the latest Cheltenham offers and Cheltenham free bets. Take advantage of our Cheltenham hot tips with a great list of offers.

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Cheltenham Odds & Live Odds

Check back closer to the beginning of the festival for all the latest Cheltenham festival odds and Cheltenham tips 2021. We’ll have odds and Cheltenham hot tips for races right throughout the festival.

Cheltenham 2021 Early Preview

The Christmas and New year period has seen the big battalions come out to play in Britain and Ireland. Here at bettingexpert we will begin the build up to the Cheltenham festival by looking back at the key contenders, as the countdown to the biggest four days of NH racing begins.

Five Cheltenham contenders from November and December

1 – Nube Negra

Dan Skelton’s young chaser showed plenty of ability last year in his first season over fences, but he proved a revelation on his seasonal debut at Kempton over Christmas, barely off the bridle to land the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase. Most of the attention focussed on the favoured display of the short-priced favourite Altior, but this should not detract from the manner of this hard held victory under Harry Skelton. He has now proven himself on soft ground and reportedly heads straight to the Champion Chase at the festival in March (trainer reports that he is best fresh and will be laid out for the race).

2 – French Aseel

Ellmarie Holden’s 3-y-o might be underrated because of her smaller connections, but there was no doubting the impressive manner of his hurdling debut at Leopardstown over Christmas. His useful form on the flat in France was clearly helpful on the testing ground, and he did not come off the bridle to land a wholesale gamble under a motionless Denis O’Regan. There is sure to be improvement in the tank for more jumping experience and he appeals as a leading contender for the Triumph hurdle in March.

3 – Appreciate It

Willie Mullins dominated the festival at Leopeardsotwn with six Grade one wins, and this unbeaten hurdler created a deep impression when winning by 9l under a confident ride from Paul Townend on the testing ground. He seemed a very straightforward natural hurdler when winning at Cork previously (having won two bumpers before finishing second in the Champion bumper to Ferny Hollow at Cheltenham). That course experience will come in handy in March and he appeals as a standout contender for the Supreme Novice at this stage (with his old rival now ruled out for the season).

4 – Heross du Seuil

Nicky Henderson endured a couple of disappointments over Christmas, with both Altior (bad scope) and Epatante (in season) turned over at short prices. However this ex-french performer created a good impression despite not jumping with much fluency on his hurdling debut at Kempton. He was typically parked very wide by Nico de Boinville, running on really strongly and likely to have won narrowly when the leader fell at the last. A thorough stayer he will be suited by a stiffer test of stamina going forwards and will keep on improving his hurdling technique with more racing.

5 – Shan Blue

Dan Skelton enjoyed a terrific couple of days at Kempton, and this unbeaten chaser deserves extra credit for landing the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novice Chase over three miles. He was harried for the lead at a strong pace in the first half of the contest, but repeatedly jumped superbly under pressure and rain on really gamely to fend off the error prone The Big Breakaway after the last. He is a bold frontrunner who is a straightforward ride these days, and the Marsh Chase is reportedly his main target at the Festival in March (trainer thinks the RSA Chase could be too much of a slog at this stage of his career).

Hot and Cold Trainers


Willie Mullins: This top yard usually maintains a very high strike rate, but they were in blistering form at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival, with 16 winners from 49 runners, six Grade 1 winners and over 560,000 Euros in prize money. The stars included Monkfish, Sharjah, Concertista, Chacun Pour Soy and Appreciate It, and the early signs are that the Irish are likely to dominate the 2021 Cheltenham Festival more than ever before (particularly with Epatante and Altior both disappointing in defeat in December).

Phillip Hobbs: After struggling through the Autumn with plenty of disappointments like the former champion chaser Defi du Seuil, this excellent yard really caught fire in December, with a strike rate over 20pc and plenty from the yard improving dramatically run to run as their fitness sharpened. Their progressive young stayer Thyme Hill was just touched off by old rival Paisley Park at Ascot in a thrilling battle for the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle, and he looks one to very much follow on the run up the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

Dan Skelton: The quest for quality over quantity has been a long held aim of this ambitious young trainer, and with the likes of Shan Blue, Allmankind, Nube Negra and Midnight River he has a very strong team to aim at the Festival in March. A brilliant couple of days at Kempton over Christmas has been sustained since, with a strike rate around 25pc and all of the yards runners winning or going close.


Colin Tizzard: This has been a bitterly disappointing season so far for the yard, with numerous disappointments and just a handful of winners to show in what is normally a very profitable time. There have been one to two decent runs, with The Big Breakaway running a cracker to finish second behind Shan Blue at Kempton (with late errors very costly as he travelled up smoothly), and that performance is worth marking up given how many of his stablemates have struggled.

Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle Ante Post Tip

Thyme Hill

Phillip Hobbs looked a champion in waiting when winning the Grade 2 Long Distance hurdle on his seasonal debut at Newbury, travelling strongly up the inner on arguably the worst of the ground, and finding plenty to fend off Paisley Park after the last.
He lost nothing in defeat when touched off by his old rival in the Grade 1 Long Walk hurdle at Ascot on December 19th, arguably in front too soon and perhaps idling after the last to get pipped on the line. There is loads more improvement in the tank after just six career starts so far (four wins), and he has plenty of Cheltenham experience in the book to show that that stiff track on soft ground suits him ideally. At 9/2 he makes plenty of ante-post appeal at the moment, with new contenders unlikely to emerge and his target at the Festival confirmed.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Ante Post Tip


Kim Bailey’s progressive chaser ran a blinder when finishing second to Cyrname in the Charlie Hall on his seasonal reappearance, and was yet to be asked for his effort when unseating at the cross fence at Newbury behind the impressive winner Cloth Cap. He has plenty of scope to keep improving over fences with more experience and the highest level, and makes plenty of ante-post appeal at the currently available 40/1 for the Gold Cup in March. The race is open to a young pretender with many of the Irish horses closely matched and not really improving, and most of the UK runners like Native River might now be a bit long in the tooth after several seasons campaigning at the top table.

Cheltenham Tips 2021 & Festival Betting Guide

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 is the highlight of the National Hunt season. It’s something of a pilgrimage for all followers of the sport. The best horses line 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. All horses are 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. 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 punter. The lure of decent prices about classy horses tempt many. They can try to bet far bigger than they usually would. Indeed many save up a “Cheltenham tank” for the entire week. This allows them to play in every race as they try to solve a series of complex puzzles.

The bettingexpert Cheltenham Festival 2021 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. We give you access to the best Cheltenham bookmaker offers and free bets. There are guides to each day of the festival. We always have previews and Cheltenham hot tips for each race every day of the festival.

Cheltenham Tips 2020: Favourite Horses & Jockeys

Who are the favourites to win at Cheltenham 2020? You may need looking for the best betting advice. Who do we consider the Cheltenham Festival favourites for this year? Get all the insight and Cheltenham tips for today from our racing expert Stephen Harris.

Top 5 Cheltenham favourite Horses 2020

What are the top 5 best bets for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival? Our racing expert Stephen Harris shares his insight and lists his top 5 horses to back for Cheltenham 2020.

  • Favourite 1- Defi du Seuil

Phillip Hobbs progressive young chaser has won all three starts this winter, impressing with his jumping and smart turn of foot to land valuable Graded prizes at Cheltenham, Sandown and Ascot. He brushed aside the challenge of old foe Un de Sceaux last time out in blistering style under a confident ride from Barry Geraghty in the Clarence House, and heads to the Champion Chase with everything in his favour (excellent record at Cheltenham with six wins from eight starts over hurdles and fences).

  • Favourite 2- Harry Senior

Colin Tizzard’s novice has improved run to run over hurdles, and took his form to another level when winning the Grade 2 Ballymore hurdle at Cheltenham at the end of January. He was value for further too there against the heavily backed King Roland, staying up the inside and briefly tapped when the pace lifted, but running on strongly when asked to put the race to bed before the hill. There is more to come as his stamina is drawn out in a more strongly run race, and he is just the type to develop into a top class chaser next season for his excellent connections.

  • Favourite 3- Aspire Tower

Henry de Bromhead has a typically strong hand for the 2020 Festival, and this juvenile has really impressed in winning both of his starts over hurdles so far. He made all the running despite clear signs of greenness at Punchestown in November, routing the field by 13l in the manner of a thorough stayer, and duly followed up with the minimum of fuss at Leopardstown over Christmas. He is unlikely to be able to lead this huge field, especially with the likes of Allmankind and Goshen in the line up, but stamina is very much his strong suit and he can power home up the hill to take the prize back to Ireland.

  • Favourite 4- Paisley Park

Emma Lavelle’s top class champion stayer has now won his last seven starts over hurdles, including the 2019 Stayers Hurdle in brilliant style (roared home by punters who had sent him off one of the best backed favourites of the meeting). He has enjoyed the perfect preparation in landing the odds comfortably on both starts this winter (ridden with typical confidence each time by regular rider Aidan Coleman), and he really should be at the very peak of his powers now aged 8.

  • Favourite 5- Notebook

The Irish contingent look to hold all the aces in the Arkle, and Henry de Bromhead’s progressive young chaser has really impressed in taking his first three starts over fences this winter. He is a sound jumper with a terrific attitude under pressure, and his Grade 1 win at Leopardstown over Christmas is comfortably the best form on offer here. Rachel Blackmore is sure to be on board again, and he is already proven on decent ground as well as soft should conditions dry out in the lead up to the 2020 Festival.

Top 5 Cheltenham favourite Jockeys 2020

Which jockeys are the ones to watch at Cheltenham in 2020? Our racing expert Stephen Harris shares his thoughts on the riders that could come out on top at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

  • Favourite 1- Jonjo O’Neill

The best young rider of his generation has made a huge impact in the 2019/20 NH season, impressing a large number of stables such as Nicky Henderson, Colin Tizzard as well as his father Jonjo O’Neill snr. He is the consummate horseman who is sure to be in demand for all the handicaps at the Festival, and seems likely to be on board Native River in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

  • Favourite 2- Barry Geraghty

Now into the veteran stage, Geraghty remains a fantastic chase jockey and has the pick of all the J.P.McManus owned runners over the four days. Superb over a fence and one of the most reliable jockeys at the highest level over the past decade, he is sure to have a book of rides that will be the envy of the weighing room. Defi du Seuil in the Queen Mother Champion Chase seems sure to be one of the best of the week.

  • Favourite 3- Brian Hughes

The champion jockey elect (after Richard Johnson broke his arm in January when neck and neck duelling for the title), Hughes has impressed all season with his brilliant judgement of pace and accuracy over a fence. He is a patient rider by nature, (which is ideal for the demands of the Cheltenham Festival where the races are almost always fast run), and it is worth following all of his rides (especially as they are likely to be for smaller, northern stables that the market may overlook).

  • Favourite 4- Harry Skelton

Brother of top trainer Dan, Harry has really impressed with his riding all through the winter months, and seems sure to have a terrific book of rides at the Festival. The hard-pulling Allmankind seems sure to very popular in the Triumph hurdle, and will be a real test of his jockeys skills in a huge field of juveniles, while old favourite Ch’tibello was a memorable winner of the 2019 County Hurdle and could well be back for a repeat bid in 2020.

  • Favourite 5- Rachel Blackmore

The best female jockey in recent times (possibly ever though Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh would be worthy candidates), Blackmore has teamed up to great effect with the Henry de Bromhead stable over the past few seasons. She has a growing following of support from Irish punters and seems sure to have a cracking book of rides over the four days, with perhaps Notebook in the Arkle Chase the most likely winner at this stage.

Cheltenham Tips 2020 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, 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. 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 to attract your business. This offers great value to punters to get the best odds. Don’t forget to combine them with our best Cheltenham betting tips.

Cheltenham Tips 2020 – How To Bet On Cheltenham 2020

If you’re looking for the best Cheltenham Festival tips for today, 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.

1 – Take a careful look back at the 2019 Festival

The previous form at Cheltenham repeatedly works out at the Festival, and it is well worth refreshing your memory by watching back last year’s full programme of races. Pay particular attention to those in handicaps out the back who may not have been seen to best advantage, who made a mistake at the wrong time, or those who raced on the wrong part of the track (often better out wide when the ground gets testing). Rather than focusing on the well known winners (that everyone is well aware of), try and read the races and find less obvious angles.

With the vast majority of the races at Cheltenham fast run, this places unique demands on horses that they don’t usually encounter Monday-Friday in less competitive, smaller field races that are run at a slower tempo. Beware falling for horses who have impressed dominating a few runners from the front, dictating their own pace and seeing a stride at every fence unimpeded. They can often be short prices after achieving lofty ratings having everything their own way, only to come unstuck in the hustle and bustle of a huge field at the Festival.

2 – Take advantage of all the bookmaker offers

All bookmakers are anxious to get new accounts on board for the Cheltenham Festival, and it is far easier to get bets on, with the limits set high and the margins (especially on the morning of racing) extremely low and punter friendly. It is vital to be extremely disciplined and only play at the top price available, so having a large number of bookmaker accounts funded and primed is well worth doing over these four days.

There are some fantastic offers and concessions out there, with ¼ the odds a place standard in the Graded races and extra places (often down to 6,7 or even 8 in the big handicaps) making these very attractive betting propositions for the astute punter. The well established internet bookmakers such as Bet 365 or Skybet are well ahead of their rivals, with cashback offers if the first favourite each day is beaten proving especially popular, but others like Betway are fast catching up. It is well worth putting in the preparation so you are best placed to move quickly and take advantage.

3 – Bet only when the odds are firmly in your favour

Discipline can be hard to keep at the Cheltenham Festival, with four days full of top class racing and the temptation is to play far bigger, and far more frequently than you would normally do in your punting comfort zone. It is vital to stick to betting prices rather than fancies, simply playing when the odds are in your favour rather than a past affinity to a horse you may have backed before (or worse still, a “hot tip” that has been passed onto you).

Try to play early in the morning of racing, when the firms are fighting for turnover and the margins are very low or non existent. Play only at the top price available, play each-way when the place terms are enhanced, play when there are cash back offers. This can be the fine margins of difference between profit and loss over the four days.

4 – Avoid the short-priced hyped-up big names

So many punters just follow the big trainers and big jockeys at Cheltenham, almost invariably these “big names” are over fancied and underpriced as a result. There are very few secrets in the big stables, particularly after all the 1000’s of preview evenings, podcasts and column inches have discussed every detail for the previous months. Well known “public horses” have lined the bookmakers pockets for decades, and looking away from the obvious short prices is usually the way to go at the Festival. Unless you have played ante-post and secured a bigger price, there is little point weighing in at 5/4 when all of the rivals are trying for their lives against the favourite on the day.

Instead, focus on in-form smaller yards on the up who do not have such a large public following. In 2020 stables like Anthony Honeyball and Jamie Snowden come into the Festival in brilliant form, with yards full of up-and-coming improvers who may be underestimated in the handicaps in particular. Do not be scared of backing second or third strings from the bigger yards, all of them are doing their best regardless of the fact that the “stable jockey” may have opted elsewhere. This can hold particularly true with the Gigginstown horses, who can be sent off at huge prices in the handicaps if ridden by an unknown Irish claimer.

5 – Bet early

By showtime the market has settled down, the early bookmaker errors have been ironed out and the on-course layers (with thousands of pounds worth of expenses to cover every day) are determined to try and bet to a more sustainable margin. Try to avoid playing on the betting show pre-race altogether and do all of your betting business in the morning of racing by shopping around at the top prices with a range of bookmakers. By checking an odds-comparison site you can play into books with less than 100pc on the board, take the best prices, play each-way in the right races (perhaps betting several ew in the 16+ runner handicaps), and generally know all your positions before the frenetic afternoon of Festival racing begins.

This also avoids the temptation to chase your losses if things go wrong, gives your betting a more business-like approach and hopefully avoids sentiment to get in the way (and stops having too many bets “just for an interest”).

Best Cheltenham 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 2020 Bookmaker Offers. We will update it each day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival so you never miss an opportunity to boost your betting balance.

Cheltenham Winning Tips 2020

Day Race Selection Odds (SP)
Day 1 Supreme Novices Hurdle Shihkin 7.0
Day 1 Champion Hurdle Epatante 3.0
Day 1 Novices Handicap Chase Imperial Aura 5.0
Day 2 Ballymore Novice Hurdle Envoi Allen 1.57
Day 2 Cross Country Chase Easyland 4.0
Day 2 Boodles Juvenile Hurdle Aramax 8.50
Day 2 Champion Bumper Ferny Hollow 12.0
Day 3 Brown Advisory Plate Simply the Betts 4.33
Day 4 Gold Cue Al Boum Photo 4.33
Day 4 Grand Annual Chosen Mate 4.50

Cheltenham 2020 Tips Results

Tips Winners Profit ROI%
 54  10  +0.23  +0.43%

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Useful Cheltenham mobile apps

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Cheltenham Racecourse App

The Cheltenham Racecourse App is a must have for anybody attending the 2021 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. Cheltenham live streaming audio is available. Plus, a video archive so you can catch up on every race of the festival.