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Cheltenham Festival Tips 2024: Expert Cheltenham Tips

Our leading tipsters have picked out some of the best 2025 Cheltenham Festival tips for the National Hunt showpiece, which takes place between March 11-14 and you can check out all their selections for the four-day event here.

Check out all their tips for the 2025 Cheltenham Festival here:

Day 1 Tips

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Andrew Mount’s Day 1 Cheltenham Tips

Andrew has always been more focused on finding value from a wealth of stats than sticking blindly to the top of the market. His strongest fancy of the day is Ashroe Diamond in the Mares’ Hurdle at 4.10pm, while he has two each-way selections for the feature race, the Champion Hurdle.

That pair are Nemean Lion and Colonel Mustard who were first and second at Wincanton last time. With eight runners, only one of them would require a top three finish for you and he to return in profit.

Matty Sutcliffe’s Day 1 Cheltenham Tips

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Matty Sutcliffe’s tips for Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, 12th March 2024.

Matty Sutcliffe’s NAP of the day comes in the Ultima Handicap Chase courtesy of top-weight Eldorado Allen for Joe Tizzard. The grey is the class horse in the race having previously contested Grade 1 feature races at the Festival in the Ryanair Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup. He also believes Zarak The Brave can make the frame in the Champion Hurdle against stablemate State Man.

Dave Young’s Day 1 Cheltenham Tips

Dave’s selections were all provided ante-post or during the Cheltenham Festival Weekend Watch videos. He is particularly keen on Matata as a horse who could cause an upset in the Arkle at 2.10pm, while he also has two each-way fancies in both the Mares’ Hurdle and Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (4.50pm).

Steve Chambers’ Day 1 Cheltenham Tips

Steve is keeping it simple in the big races, but believes one of the handicap masters can come to the fore in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle in race six on the card. Both Milan Tino and Nara are owned by JP McManus, who loves a winner at the Cheltenham Festival, with the pair representing the chances of France and Ireland respectively.

Joe Napier’s Day 1 Cheltenham Tips

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Joe Napier’s tips for Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, 12th March 2024.

Joe is also certain that no shocks will be caused in the Champion Hurdle or Mares’ Hurdle, but is keen on Jeriko Du Reponet to upset the Irish contingent, and bely Nicky Henderson’s stable form, in the opening race, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at 1.30pm.

Cheltenham Day 1 Key Stats and Facts

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
• Recent Trends: 11 of the last 12 winners were aged 5 or 6, and 10 of the last 12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting

• Performance Indicator: 11 of the last 12 winners won their last run before the Supreme Novices Hurdle, and 10 had run within the last 66 days

Arkle Novices’ Chase
• Rating Insight: Except for two exceptions, every Arkle winner in the last decade was rated 151 or higher

• Winning Profile: A key trend is looking for a horse with at least two wins over fences

Ultima Handicap Chase
• Home Advantage: The last 10 winners were trained in Britain, showcasing a dominance by the home team

• Cheltenham Experience: All of these winners had at least one previous run at Cheltenham, underlining the importance of course experience

Champion Hurdle
• Unbeaten Champions: Nine of the last 10 winners of the Champion Hurdle were unbeaten for the season leading into the race

• Elite Competition: This race often features top-tier competitors, with last year’s absence of Constitution Hill highlighting the high calibre of entrants

Mares’ Hurdle
• Age Factor: Other than two exceptions, the Mares’ Hurdle has been won by horses aged between five and seven in the last 10 renewals

• Rating Trend: Looking for a mare rated 147 or higher has been a successful strategy, with seven winners since 2014 meeting this criterion

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
• Unique Profile: The last 10 winners had not won a Grade 1-3 hurdle, had never run at Cheltenham, and did not run in a handicap or maiden hurdle last time out

• Exclusivity: This race tends to favour horses with a very specific racing profile, making it a unique betting challenge

National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Novices’ Chase
• Recent Changes: Significant changes to the race in 2020 have influenced outcomes, with the last four winners being trained in Ireland

• Irish Dominance: This trend underscores the strong performance of Irish-trained horses in recent years

Day 2 Tips

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Matty Sutcliffe’s Day 2 Tips

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Matty Sutcliffe’s Best Bets For Cheltenham Festival Day 2 On Wednesday 13th March, 2024

Matty is taking on some short price favourites on day two at Cheltenham. Captain Guinness is a confident each-way selection in the Queen Mother Champion Chase given his past Festival form and the recent form of Henry De Bromhead yard.

Andrew Mount’s Day 2 Tips

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Andrew Mount’s Best Bets For Cheltenham Festival Day 2 On Wednesday 13th March, 2024

Andrew Mount is in agreement with Matty Sutcliffe regarding Captain Guinness and Stay Away Fay in two big Grade 1s. Ballyadam is a horse he is also very keen on in the Coral Cup, the first handicap of the day.

Dave Young’s Day 2 Tips

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Dave Young’s Best Bets For Cheltenham Festival Day 2 On Wednesday 13th March, 2024

With the Glenfarclas Chase abandoned, Delta Work is no longer Dave Young’s NAP of the day for Wednesday. Fact To File is confidently expected to justify favouritism in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase, while he sides with Andrew with Ballyadam in the Coral Cup off top-weight.

Joe Napier’s Day 2 Tips

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Joe Napier’s Best Bets For Cheltenham Festival Day 2 On Wednesday 13th March, 2024

Joe Napier is keen on one horse in the final race on day two, the Champion Bumper. Argento Boy is a relative of former winner of the race Briar Hill, who was also trained by the selection’s trainer Willie Mullins.

Cheltenham Day 2 Key Stats and Facts

Gallagher Novices’ Hurdle:
• 10 of the last 12 winners won on their last run leading up to the festival
• Superstars like Faugheen and Envoi Allen have taken this race in years gone by
• Last year, the race was won impressively by Impaire Et Passe
• Favourites have dominated this race over the last few years

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase:
• Established when a fourth day was added to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005
• Run on the Cross-Country Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 3 miles and 6 furlongs (3 miles 6 furlongs and 37 yards, or 6,069 metres)
• During its running, there are thirty-two obstacles to be cleared
• The race was originally run as a handicap race before being changed to a conditions race from the 2016 running
• Tiger Roll won the race three times (in 2018, 2019, and 2021)

Grand Annual Chase:
• The oldest race at the Festival and the oldest chase in the present National Hunt calendar
• First run in April 1834
• Initially contested over three miles of open country at Andoversford, near Cheltenham
• The race was discontinued in the 1860s but was revived at the turn of the century
• In 2021, the race was moved to the second day of the meeting

Coral Cup
• 10 of the last 12 winners had won at least once during that season
• 17 of the last 25 had won a graded race before
• 24 of the last 29 winners (including last 12) had won at least one bumper race

Queen Mother Champion Chase

• Willie Mullins has won the last two editions
• Trainer Willie Mullins has a 60% strike rate in the race
• Top Irish trainer, Willie Mullins, has just 2 wins in the race (Energumene 2022 & 2023)
• Only 3 winners aged 6 or younger in the last 49 years
• Just one 11 year-old winner in the last 45 years
• 5 of the last 7 odds-on favourites have lost

Day 3 Tips

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Andrew Mount Day 3 Tips

Andrew Mount is backing a British fight back on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. In the opening Turners Novices’ Chase he is backing Grey Dawning who believes could be next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, while Fugitif, a dramatic winner of the December Gold Cup, could spring a surprise in the Ryanair Chase.

Matty Sutcliffe’s Day 3 Tips

Matty has been bullish about the chances of Protektorat in the Ryanair Chase for some time. Dropping back in trip, the former Gold Cup third could well have a strong chance as could Stayers’ Hurdle hope Dashel Drasher. The 11-year-old was second in the race in 2023.

Dave Young’s Day 3 Tips

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Dave Young’s Tips for Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival

Dave’s ante-post fancy for the Ryanair Chase was Protektorat, on whom a couple of our team’s hopes are pinned. Zanahiyr, a classy hurdler, is also fancied to ruffle some feathers in the Turners Novices’ Chase to open the card.

Cheltenham Day 3 Key Stats and Facts

Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1):

  • 11 of the last 12 winners were aged 6 or 7 years-old
  • 10 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before the Turners Novices Chase, 9/12 winners ran in the last 54 days

Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap):

  • 3/12 winners won on their last run before the Pertemps Final, 11/12 winners had their last run within the last 61 days
  • 12/12 winners had at least 6 previous runs over hurdles, 8/12 winners had at least 2 previous wins over hurdles

Ryanair Chase (Grade 1):

  • 12 of the last 12 winners were aged 7-9 years-old
  • 11/12 winners had at least 4 previous runs over 19-21 furlongs, 10/12 winners had at least 2 wins over 19-21 furlongs

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1):

  • 9 of the last 10 winners had eight previous hurdles runs under their hooves
  • 11 of the last 12 winners were aged 6 or 7 years-old

TrustATrader Plate Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap):

  • 8 of the last 12 winners ran in at least 1 more race that season, 1/12 won at least 1 more race that season, 3/12 placed in at least 1 more race that season
  • 8/12 winners had at least 3 runs that season, 5/12 winners had at least 1 win that season

Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2):

  • 11 of the last 12 winners were aged between 6 and 8 years-old
  • 10/12 winners had at least 6 previous runs over hurdles, 8/12 winners had at least 2 previous wins over hurdles

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase:

  • 11 of the last 12 winners were aged 6 or 7 years-old
  • 11 of the last 12 winners had at least 3 previous chase runs, 11/12 winners had at least 2 previous chase wins

Day 4 Tips

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Matty Sutcliffe’s Day 4 Tips

After a sensational Festival, Matty Sutcliffe is taking aim at Galopin Des Champs with L’Homme Presse expected to improve for the journey back to Cheltenham and the step up in trip in the Gold Cup. Mighty Bandit may also cause a surprise in the Triumph for new trainer Warren Greatrex.

Andrew Mount’s Day 4 Tips

Andrew Mount believes the Dan Skelton show may continue at Cheltenham, with L’Eau Du Sud confidently expected to go one better in the County Hurdle than he did in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. Corach Rambler, last year’s Grand National winner, is being tipped for the Gold Cup too.

Dave Young’s Day 4 Tips

In his ante-post selections, Dave Young was particularly sweet on both Bialystok and Westport Cove in the County Hurdle, as well as Storm Heart in the Triumph Hurdle, who he believes can overturn form from the Dublin Racing Festival.

JCB Triumph Hurdle

  • The last 12 winners of the JCB Triumph Hurdle had their last run within the last 48 days, which goes against certain contenders like Fratas, Mighty Bandit, Nurburgring, and Salvator Mundi
  • Notable winners include horses like Lossiemouth, Vauban, and Quilixios in recent years

County Handicap Hurdle

  • Trainers Willie Mullins and Dan Skelton have dominated, saddling eight of the last nine winners between them

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

  • Only one horse in the last 10 renewals has won at a single-figure starting price
  • Past winners include Monkfish, Minella Indo, and Kilbricken Storm

Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup

  • Following the trend of nine of the previous 10 winners having won on at least one occasion that season, contenders like Bravemansgame, Corach Rambler, and The Real Whacker stand out
  • Shishkin has been withdrawn from the race due to health concerns

Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase

  • No seven-year-old winner has emerged since 2012, which may impact market leaders like Its On The Line and Ferns Lock

Mares’ Chase

  • The second favourite has won all three editions of the race since its inception in 2021

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • No favourite has won the race in the last 10 years, making it an unpredictable event

Stay tuned for the latest odds and runners for this competitive race.

2024 Cheltenham Festival Ante-Post Tips For Every Race

DateTimeRaceDave Young TipsMatty Sutcliffe Tips
Day 1
12/3/24 13:30Supreme Novices’ HurdleIt’s For Me (10/1 AP)

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Ballyburn (5/2)

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Jango Baie (33/1 AP)

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12/3/2414:10Arkle Challenge TrophyFacile Vega (9/2 AP)

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Matata (25/1)

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Djelo (33/1 AP)

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12/3/2414:50Ultima Handicap ChaseVicttorino (25/1 AP)

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12/3/2415:30Champion Hurdle
12/3/2416:10The Mares’ HurdleLuccia (16/1 AP)

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Marie’s Rock (16/1)

Telmesomethinggirl (20/1)

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12/3/2416:50Boodles Juvenile Handicap HurdleKourosh (66/1)

Nara (16/1)

Eagle Fang (14/1)

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Ose Partir (40/1 AP)

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12/3/24 17:30National Hunt ChaseMinella Cocooner (16/1 AP)

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Salvador Ziggy (8/1)

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Day 2
13/3/2413:30Baring Bingham Novices’ HurdlePredators Gold (20/1)

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13/3/2414:10Brown Advisory Novices’ ChaseFlooring Porter (12/1)

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13/3/2414:50Coral CupBallyadam (20/1)

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Ballyadam (20/1)

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13/3/2415:30Champion ChaseAmarillo Sky (100/1)

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13/3/2416:10Cross Country ChaseDelta Work (5/1)

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13/3/2417:30Champion BumperBrechin Castle (33/1)

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Argento Boy (16/1)

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Day 3
14/3/2413:30Turners Novices’ ChaseZanahiyr (25/1)

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14/3/2414:50Ryanair ChaseAllaho (5/1)

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Protektorat (16/1)

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Seddon (66/1)

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14/3/2415:30Stayers’ HurdleDa Capo Glory (66/1)

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14/3/2416:50Mares’ Novices’ HurdleJetara (12/1)

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14/3/2414:10County HurdleBialystok (12/1)

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Day 4
15/3/2414:50Albert Bartlett Novices’ HurdleChapeau De Soleil (33/1)

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High Class Hero (12/1)

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15/3/2415:30Cheltenham Gold CupGalopin Des Champs (2/1)

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Ahoy Senor (66/1)

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Above were our tipsters ante-post bets for the 2024 Cheltenham Festival. The search will begin for 2025 ante-post winners once the 2024/25 National Hunt season gets underway.

The first day of Cheltenham’s showpiece meeting sees the Champion Hurdle take centre stage. After reigning champion Constitution Hill could not take his chance, fans will be hopeful he can return to claim his trophy in 2025. The Queen Mother Champion Chase takes place on Wednesday and El Fabiolo will be on a retrieval mission after a terrible blunder cost him his chance to win last season.

The Stayers’ Hurdle went to the imperious Teahupoo in 2024, and there are not a lot of prospective runners who look set to join this division next season as yet. The Ryanair Chase also produced one of the more intriguing Festival fields in 2024 and may well do so again next year.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight event of the week and takes place on Friday. There will be plenty of speculation over the runners in the lead up to the event, but the only one who matters at this moment in time is dual winner Galopin Des Champs, who could join an elite band with a third victory in 2025.

Tips to help you pick the winning horse at Cheltenham

The Cheltenham Festival is often referred to as the greatest show on turf, and it is easy to see why it has been attached to this label. The best jumps horses from both sides of the Irish Sea do battle across 28 races, with thousands of racing enthusiasts in attendance roaring them home.

Not only is the action on the track fierce, but the Cheltenham betting is just as competitive, as punters strive for winners across the four days of the Festival.  Here at GG, our experts have delved into the Cheltenham Festival cards, producing their Cheltenham tips for all 28 races.

Every punter has their own unique method when it comes to selecting a horse to place a bet on. Whether you are one for studying the form or simply following a name or a particular silk colour, there is no right and wrong answer in finding a potential winner. The Cheltenham Festival provides punters with 28 enthralling races to get their teeth stuck into over the four days, and with plenty of top equine talent on display, We have provided three key pointers to consider when looking for that fantastic Festival winner.  These Cheltenham Festival tips are going to help you make informed betting decisions.

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Ground conditions

The likely ground conditions and forecasted going can be a real asset for punters when it comes to determining which horse will thrive come post time..

Ground conditions can change on a daily basis when the Cheltenham Festival takes centre stage but it is certainly something to consider prior to placing your Cheltenham bets.

Trainer

The Irish trainers have been the ones to focus on in recent seasons with Willie Mullins landing the Leading Trainer award at last year’s Festival.

Cheltenham Trainers often target particular contests at the Festival with their runners and the likes of Willie Mullins’ contingent are often well found in the betting market for the feature Festival contests, however, some trainers have a formidable record in the ultra-competitive handicaps across the four days.

This brings us on nicely to another Irish handler, Gordon Elliott. Runners from his Cullentra base have often performed on the highest stage in March, and in particular on Day 3 of the meeting.

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Jockey

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival was a year to remember for Rachael Blackmore who became the first female rider to be crowned leading jockey, registering a fantastic six winners across the four days including the Champion Hurdle when she partnered superstar mare Honeysuckle to an effortless victory.

Jockey bookings can be a useful pointer for any punter, especially so at the Festival where trainers often have more than one entry in a particular race. The stable jockey often has a first preference when it comes to deciding which horse to ride for their yard and can often point you in the direction of their most fancied runner.

How to Analyse Horse Form for Cheltenham Festival Races

For those new to horse racing wanting to share knowledgeable tips for the 2025 Cheltenham Festival, learning how to analyse a horse’s form is key.

The form figures listed on a racecard indicate a horse’s past finishing positions. A sequence of 1s suggests consistent victories, a strong indicator of a horse’s potential success in Cheltenham’s championship races.

It’s also beneficial to check a horse’s previous performances at Cheltenham since some may not adapt well to this particular venue. Additionally, understanding the going, or ground condition, is crucial. “Soft” ground is common in jumps racing following heavy rain, but not every horse performs well under these conditions. Recognising this can significantly impact the outcome of your bets.

Consider the horse’s performance in races with similar distances to those at Cheltenham and take note of their results under different jockeys. Some horses might show a preference for certain jockeys or perform better under specific conditions.

Age of The Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup winner past 15 years

YearWinning HorseAge
2007Kauto Star7
2008Denman8
2009Kauto Star9
2010Imperial Commander9
2011Long Run6
2012Synchronised9
2013Bobs Worth8
2014Lord Windermere8
2015Coneygree8
2016Don Cossack9
2017Sizing John7
2018Native River8
2019Al Boum Photo7
2020Al Boum Photo8
2021Minella Indo8
2022A Plus Tard8
2023Galopin Des Champs7
2024Galopin Des Champs8
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Cheltenham Festival Favourites and Predictions – Who will win the Gold Cup 2025?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the crown jewel of the entire meeting. A strong field is almost always guaranteed, and the 2025 edition looks like being no exception.

Galopin Des Champs, the two-time defending champion, is the favourite to hold on to his title, but there are plenty of worthy opponents. However, danger could lurk from within his own house, with Fact To File and impressive winner of the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase in 2024. Gold Cup runner-up Gerri Colombe will only be one year fitter and stronger too.

Our in-house tipsters have already provided their thoughts throughout the season for the Gold Cup, with all of their ante-post tips below.

Dave Young’s Cheltenham Gold Cup 2024 Tips

The Cheltenham Racecourse 

Cheltenham Racecourse has a capacity of 73,000 with its most prestigious meeting in the season being the Cheltenham Festival which features the top equine talent in Britain and Ireland battling it out for the top Grade 1 races in the NH calendar.

The course itself has two separate tracks that run alongside each other, The Old Course and The New Course. The Old Course is used on the first two day’s of the Cheltenham Festival and the last two day’s are held on The New Course.

The Old Course

The Cheltenham Old Course is the original course that covers a shorter and less demanding circuit than that of The New Course. This course is favoured by the horses running in the opening two days as it generally benefits the speedier types before the New Course takes over for the last two day’s of the Festival.

The New Course

The New Course offers a longer and wider racetrack than that on its sister course, benefitting the stronger and durable staying types in races such as The Stayers’ Hurdle on Day 3 and The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Day 4.

Cross Country

Cheltenham also has a cross-country track which is situated inside the main racecourse and hosts the Cross Country Chase on Day 3 of the Festival which has been made famous in recent seasons by dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll, who won this three times, and was second on his final start to stablemate Delta Work when seeking a fourth triumph.

Where to Apply Cheltenham Festival Tips: Choosing Bookmakers and Markets

There are many different places you can place bets on our Cheltenham Festival tips at. However, we have also covered the best Cheltenham Free Bets elsewhere, while we have also provided an in-depth look at the best bookmaker offers that are not Cheltenham specific. Either way, you will be given a great deal when you sign up to a bookmaker which offers free bets and offers online ahead of betting on our best 2024 Cheltenham Festival tips.

Certain markets can be more profitable to bet on than others too. That is because some races will have specific offers affiliated to them, such as money back offers if your horse in that race finishes second, third or fourth. Make sure to look out for these offers and races, as they can sometimes be offered only on the day of the race.

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