The Cheltenham Festival 2021 hosts the four most important days in jump racing for horses, trainers, jockeys, punters and bookmakers alike. There are 28 races in all – seven on each day – offering total prize-money of £4.5 million, and by the end of the week around £500 million in bets will have been wagered at the meeting.
From the very start of the jump racing season, all roads lead to Cheltenham. The best horses in Britain and Ireland have their campaigns built around a big Festival target and, each year, reputations are forged and dashed in equal measure at the championship meeting.
The Festival is as important in Ireland as it is in Britain, and the rivalry between the home nation and visiting Irish trainers is a key element of the four days. The Prestbury Cup is awarded to the country with the most wins each year, and Ireland have had the upper hand recently. The visitors have triumphed four times in the last five years, with a draw breaking the run in 2019, and their dominance owes a lot to Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott. The former has been leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival seven times in the last ten years, while Elliott topped the table in 2017 and 2018. At last year’s Festival, the pair between them notched an incredible 14 wins – half of all the races at the meeting.
Our team of tipsters have analysed every race at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and come up with expert selections for each of the four days. Read on to find out our Cheltenham Festival tips and plan your Festival week – check out our Cheltenham Free Bets page to get the most out of your.
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Cheltenham Day 1 Tips
Champions Day opens the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday, March 16 and Nicky Henderson is the key man on day 1. Henderson is the second most successful trainer at the Cheltenham Festival with 68 wins, four behind his great rival Willie Mullins, and leads the home defence each year against the Irish raiders. He trains the two star attractions on day 1, red-hot Arkle favourite Shishkin and Epatante, who defends her Champion Hurdle crown in the day 1 feature at 3.30pm. Epatante is at the head Champion betting, but our tipsters have sided with a challenger to deny her in our Cheltenham day 1 tips.
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips
Chacun Pour Soi will be regarded by many as a banker in the feature Queen Mother Champion Chase on Ladies Day, the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. His trainer Willie Mullins has saddled more winners than any other trainer at the Cheltenham Festival but, remarkably, has never won the Champion Chase. The bookies make Chacun Pour Soi a hot favourite to fill that gap on the Mullins CV on what will be a big day for the trainer, who also saddles rising star Monkfish in the Festival Novices’ Chase. Monkfish is seen as a Gold Cup horse for the future and that reputation will be put to the test here. Get your day off to a flying start with our Cheltenham day 2 tips, which include a strong fancy in the opening race and one who may not let Chacun Pour Soi have it all his own way in the feature.
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips
Every day at the Cheltenham Festival is about the Irish, but it is day 3 that officially celebrates their contribution with St Patrick’s Thursday. And they may not have to wait long to celebrate as the opening Marsh Novices’ Chase sees the hugely exciting Irish raider Envoi Allen put his huge reputation on the line. Unlike the other days of the festival, day 3 has two feature races. Old rivals Paisley Park and Thyme Hill lock horns again in the first of them, the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle, while Min defends his crown in the day’s second feature, the Ryanair Chase. Check out our Cheltenham day 3 tips for selections in both of the feature races.
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips
It’s the big one, and our tipsters have come up with some expert Cheltenham day 4 tips to help you get the most out of Gold Cup day. The biggest race of the Festival, and of the whole jump season, is the centrepiece on Friday and dual winner Al Boum Photo gets top billing as he bids for a Gold Cup hat-trick. But there is plenty more on day 3 to ensure the 2021 Cheltenham Festival finishes on a high. Stars of the future will be on show in the two Grade 1 novice hurdles, the Triumph Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. Dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll won the Triumph in 2014 and his trainer is aiming the hugely promising Zanahiyr at the race this time. Cheltenham Festival Friday also features a brand new race in 2021, the Grade 2 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase. Willie Mullins has won 14 of the 18 races for mares that have been run at the Cheltenham Festival since 2008 and could field 2018 Mares’ Hurdle winner Benie Des Dieux in this one. Plan your Gold Cup day here with our Cheltenham Festival 2021 tips.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
Al Boum Photo bids to emulate Best Mate with a third consecutive victory in the £625,000 Cheltenham Gold Cup. To do so he will again have to beat Santini, who got agonisingly close to denying him last year, as well as a number of new challengers including Champ and Minella Indo, first and second in last season’s RSA Chase. A Plus Tard, a Festival winner in 2019 and third in last year’s Ryanair Chase, is also a danger. The racing historians will be cheering on Al Boum Photo, but our tipsters are with one of his challengers in our Cheltenham day 4 tips.
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As perhaps the biggest race (and day) of present across the four days - Stayers Hurdle, Champion Hurdle and Queen Mother Chase may have something to add to that conversation - it would be criminal not to.
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There are plenty of hot Cheltenham tips going about on day one of the races that you won’t want to miss out on.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the race that kick-starts all the action, with APPRECIATE IT and METIER in the running to claim the first bragging rights of the Festival.
Further along the day, the Arkle Challenge Trophy meeting could be won by any of trainer Nicky Henderson’s horses.
Bringing up the rear is EPATANTE, who could be the perfect mare to become victorious in the Champion Hurdle, winning the race a fifth consecutive time.
All this and more can be found on our Cheltenham day 1 betting tips page.
Day two of the action has a similar theme of action and thrill on the cards, with a special focus the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Close fans and punters will know that late withdrawals from ALTIOR and CHACUN POUR SOI last year took away from the entertainment on offer. This year, however, the narrative is altogether different as both take a stab at first position.
In other news, BRAVEMANSGAME is looking to make an exciting prospect for the opening Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, and could be operating as the top pick.
For more Cheltenham 2021 tips on all-things Ladies Day, take a look at our Day 2 tips page.
Thursday’s Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle offer two big opportunities for punters and fans alike to make the most of the entertainment and thrill on offer.
Last year’s meetings saw MIN claim the glory. However, PAISLEY PARK and THYME HILL this time are offering themselves as more tantalising contenders to his throne.
ENVOI ALLEN also will be a feature of the action on Day 3, and could be putting his fellow race-horses to the test in the Marsh Novices’ Chase.
Whether the contenders live up to the hype of the races is yet to be determined. We’ll ensure you remain in the loop with all the action and results across our Thursday Cheltenham tips page.
Day 4 - otherwise known as Cheltenham Gold Cup day - acts as the pinnacle of the Cheltenham 2021 action and thrill, and as such, a great day to put those Cheltenham betting tips to use.
On the cards to take centre stage, as he did last year, is AL BOUM PHOTO. The horse remains unchallenged as the market leader, with contenders KEMBOY and SAVILLS CHASE looking to stop him from snapping up three consecutive victories in the Festivals.
Aside from the Gold Cup, the Triumph Hurdle also promises to provide plenty of excitement, with Gordon Elliott’s ZANAHIYR leading the betting tipsters’ charge, despite FRENCH ASEEL also being in the mix.
All the latest insight on the final day of racing, and indeed all our Cheltenham tips, can be found on the 2021 Cheltenham tips page, with the latest updates on every moment of mouthwatering action.