Cheltenham Festival Tips: Expert Cheltenham Tips 2023 For Every Race

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.

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.

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival saw the meeting kick-off on official going described as heavy, which was the first time since 1982. The opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle contest was won by Summerville Boy at 9/1 who had previously landed the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on heavy going a month prior.

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. However, it was Henry De Bromhead who scooped three of the biggest prizes, taking home the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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 Elliot. Runners from his Cullentra base have often performed on the highest stage in March, and in particular the Pertmeps Network Final Hurdle on Day 3. The trainer has won three of the last four renewals of the 3mile handicap event and astonishingly, his other previous seven runners entered in this contest all went on to place in the Grade 3 race.

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.

Rachael Blackmore will be hoping for further success at this year’s Festival but the likes of fellow Irish riders Paul Townend, Davy Russell and Jack Kennedy will ensure it’s not all plain sailing this time around with their respective rides.

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. 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.

Certain jockeys are also worth looking out for in particular contests such as Jamie Codd, who has a total of ten wins at the Cheltenham Festival and is the leading rider in the National Hunt Chase on Day 1 and the Kim Muir Challenge Cup on Day 3.

Age of The Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup winner past 15 years

2007 – Kauto Star Age: 7

2008 – Denman Age: 8

2009 – Kauto Star Age: 9

2010 – Imperial Commander Age: 9

2011 – Long Run Age: 6

2012 – Synchronised Age: 9

2013 – Bobs Worth Age: 8

2014 – Lord Windermere Age: 8

2015 – Coneygree Age: 8

2016 – Don Cossack Age: 9

2017 – Sizing John Age: 7

2018 – Native River Age: 8

2019 – Al Boum Photo Age: 7

2020 – Al Boum Photo Age: 8

2021 – Minella Indo Age: 8

Cheltenham Festival Favourites and Predictions – Who will win the Gold Cup 2022?

The Gold Cup is Cheltenham’s Festival feature over the four days and this year’s contest promises to be a blockbuster with a host of worthy and leading chances looking set to lineup. Our Expert editor has highlighted three fancied runners for the Day 4 feature below:

A Plus Tard

Last year’s second currently heads the betting for this year’s renewal and after an impressive season, it’s easy to see why. Henry De Bromhead’s charge was an authoritative winner of the Betfair Chase on his seasonal return at Haydock, routing a decent field by 22l under jockey Rachael Blackmore. Despite finding Galvin too good in the closing stages in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December, the eight-year-old appears to be in peak condition and a bold bid will be expected.

Galvin

Although he was mentioned as a potential Grand National horse at the start of the campaign, Galvin has been geared up for a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup by trainer Gordon Elliot. Successful in the 3m6f National Hunt Challenge Cup at last year’s Festival, the eight-year-old returned this season with a comfortable win at Punchestown and although he found the evergreen Frodon too good at Down Royal, Galvin demonstrated his Festival credentials when overhauling A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase over Christmas. He has a tremendous record at Cheltenham and looks to have leading claims in search of further Festival glory.

Minella Indo

Another likely contender who has an impressive course record is last year’s winner Minella Indo. The former Albert Bartlett winner seems to bring his A-game to Prestbury Park but he has been somewhat disappointing this season for connections. On his return this campaign, the nine-year-old was comfortably held behind Galvin and Frodon at Down Royal before lining up in Kempton’s King George on Boxing Day only to be pulled up three from home. However, a confidence-boosting runner-up effort in the Irish Gold Cup in February was a welcome return to form and he could be peaking at just the right time in his follow up Cheltenham Gold Cup bid.

The Cheltenham Racecourse 

Cheltenham Racecourse has a capacity of 67,500 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 has won the event three times in the last four seasons.

When do we release our Cheltenham 2022 tips?
Our Cheltenham Festival 2022 tips will be available for you to peruse on the evening before each day’s racing. You’ll have access to all the big trials, in-depth analysis of every race, and the inside scoop on the front runners as the action rolls in thick and fast.
Do you offer free bets as well as tips?
Our expert racing writers and betting tipsters won’t just be clueing you in on their wagering thoughts for each and every race. Nay, you’ll also be privy to the latest 2022 Cheltenham free bets, ensuring you get the most bang for your buck on your punts, whether that’s on the esteemed Gold Cup or the Stayers Hurdle.
Do you offer Cheltenham tips for tomorrow?

Absolutely! Before each and every day of the Cheltenham races, our dedicated team of writers and tipsters will be rolling out the Cheltenham tips the morning before and evening prior, so you’ll be able to prepare yourself as best possible for an online betting experience like any other.

Do you Offer 2022 Gold Cup tips?
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. We’ll be offering exclusive Gold Cup 2022 tips, previews, insightful editorials and much more so that as the drama revs up and the ante is upped, you’ll be in prime position to make the most of the action and thrill on show in the Friday feature.
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Fret not, because our Cheltenham 2022 tips won’t just be handing you the lot. We’ll also be highlighting the NAP of the day, the best picks to punt on, and pointing out the favourites to win across every race of Cheltenham 2022. So, if you are stuck on which tip to wager on, or unsure whether or not you’re choosing the right horse to bet on, head on over and take a read of our previews to find out!
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We are forever handing out free Cheltenham tips through our relentless churn-out of previews, racing features, NAP’s, and much more. These are betting insights you can get exclusively from us to help add another gear to your online betting experience, available the evening before each day of racing.

What happens if I bet on a Cheltenham tip & the race is cancelled?

If you’ve made a stake on a particular tip of ours, whether that concerns Ladies Day or the Gold Cup fanfare, then the resulting permutations can differ based on what happens next.

If the race is abandoned before the first meeting of the day has taken place, then you will receive a full refund. However, only 50% will be refunded if the race is abandoned before the third or feature race.

On some occasions, your bet can be fully refunded as cancellations make any wagers void. Yet this is particular to the race and circumstances.

What are the best Day 1 Cheltenham tips to wager on?
There are plenty of hot Cheltenham tips going about on day one of the Festival that you won’t want to miss out on! The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the race that kick-starts all the action, with the likes of the impressive and unbeaten pair CONSTITUTION HILL and DYSART DYNAMO firmly in contention. Following quickly along is the Arkle which could see EDWARADSTONE land the spoils for the British. Unbeaten and defending Champion Hurdle winner HONEYSUCKLE will be a warm order to follow up last season's impressive success and is one of the shortest-priced favourites of the entire week. All this and more can be found on our Cheltenham day 1 betting tips page.
What are the best Day 2 Cheltenham tips to wager on?
Day two of the action has a similar theme of action and thrill on the cards, with a special focus on the feature Queen Mother Champion Chase. Racing fans and punters will be eager to see the rematch between Clarence House pair SHISHKIN and ENERGUMENE as Nicky Henderson's unbeaten star will try to shine on the biggest stage once again. This season has seen some phenomenal novice chasers and the Festival Novices' Chase looks set to be a blockbuster with the likes of GALOPIN DES CHAMPS and BRAVEMANSGAME looking set to lineup and put their unbeaten chase records on the line. For more Cheltenham 2022 tips on all-things Ladies Day, take a look at our Day 2 tips page.
What are the best Day 3 Cheltenham tips to wager on?
Thursday’s Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle offer two big opportunities for punters and racing fans alike to make the most of the entertainment and thrill on offer on day 3. Returning champion ALLAHO landed the Ryanair Chase last season with a devastating performance, whilst FLOORING PORTER will also be looking to follow up his Stayers' Hurdle victory from 12 months ago. BOB OLINGER also will be a feature of the action on Day 3, and could be putting his fellow rivals to the test in the Turners 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.
What are the best Day 4 Cheltenham tips to wager on?
Day 4 - otherwise known as Cheltenham Gold Cup day - acts as the pinnacle of the Cheltenham Festival, and as such, a great day to put those Cheltenham betting tips to good use. On the cards to take centre stage, as he did last year, is MINELLA INDO. However, he will face stiff competition from the likes of GALVIN and stablemate A PLUS TARD in this seasons rendition. Aside from the Gold Cup, the Triumph Hurdle also promises to provide plenty of excitement, with Gordon Elliott’s PIED PIPER leading the Irish charge, despite the presence of Willie Mullins' exciting charge VAUBAN.  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.

Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Tips – Gold Cup Day

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
13:30 The Triumph Hurdle Vauban Place Bet
14:10 The County Hurdle Tax For Max Place Bet
14:50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Hillcrest Place Bet
15:30 The Cheltenham Gold Cup Galvin Place Bet
16:10 The Foxhunters’ Chase Lord Schnitzel Place Bet
16:50 The Mares’ Chase Concertista Place Bet
17:30 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Hollow Games Place Bet

The final day of Cheltenham’s showpiece meeting opens with the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle, where star juvenile hurdlers lineup over 2m1f. The Triumph Hurdle had a reputation of producing potential future Champion Hurdle winners, the last of those being 2007 winner Katchit who scored in the Tuesday feature contest back in 2008. 

Following the Triumph Hurdle comes the County Hurdle which is a Grade 3 handicap contest. This has been a race to avoid for favourite backers in latest renditions, with the last winning market leader coming in 2006 when Paul Nicholls’ Desert Quest obliged as joint favourite.

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle has often highlighted future top-class stayers including 2017 winner Penhill who triumphed the following year in the Stayers Hurdle as well as 2019 hero Minella Indo who went on to be victorious in the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Henry De Bromhead. 

Cheltenham’s prestigious feature contest comes up after with the Gold Cup taking place over an extended 3m2f. The illustrious Grade 1 prize has a decorated roll of honour including the likes of Best Mate, Kauto Star, Denman and in recent seasons Al Boum Photo. The last three renewals have gone the way of the Irish trained runners with Henry De Bromhead’s Minella Indo landing the spoils last season. 

Although the British contingent will have hopes of reclaiming Friday’s feature contest, the top four in the current betting represent Irish connections and their recent dominance in the Festival feature looks set to continue in 2022. 

Dont’ miss the Cheltenham Festival Tips for Day 4 – Gold Cup Tips 2022.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips – St Patrick’s Day

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
13:30 Turners Novices’ Chase  Galopin Des Champs Place Bet
14:10 The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle Dunboyne Place Bet
14:50 The Ryanair Steeple Chase Allaho  Place Bet
15:30 The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Thyme Hill Place Bet
16:10 Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase The Glancing Queen Place Bet
16:50 The Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Dinoblue Place Bet
17:30 The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase Frontal Assault Place Bet

St Patrick’s Day commences on Thursday and the Irish will be looking to strike straight away in the opening Turners Novices Chase over 2m4f. One of the shortest price favourites of the week will be Bob Olinger who will be fancied to make it back to back festival victories after his impressive Ballymore success last year. 

Bob Olinger will seek back-to-back Cheltenham Festival.

Bob Olinger will seek back-to-back Cheltenham Festival.

Following the Turners Novices Chase comes the Pertemps Network Final, a tricky handicap contest that takes place over 3miles. Irish trained runners have dominated in this particular event, winning the last six renewals with trainer Gordon Elliot recording a hat trick of wins in 2018, 2019 and 2020 with Delta Work and dual winner Sire Du Berlais.

The Ryanair Chase is the third race on day 3 and four of the last six runnings of gone the way of Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins. His returning champion Allaho will look to emulate Jonjo O’Neill’s Albertas Run (2010 & 2011) in landing this Grade 1 prize in consecutive seasons. 

The feature contest on Day 3 is the Stayers Hurdle which has often thrown up a surprise winner in recent seasons, including in 2020 when Lisnagar Oscar defied odds of 50/1 to win the prestigious Thursday contest for trainer Rebecca Curtis. The 2022 renewal looks wide open currently with 2021 winner Flooring Porter looking to follow up last year’s dominant success.

On our website you can always follow the best Chelthenham Festival tips for day 3.

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips – Champion Day

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
13:30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

Dysart Dynamo

Place Bet
14:10 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase Edwardstone Place Bet
14:50 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

Floueur

Place Bet
15:30 The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Honesyuckle Place Bet
16:10 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race Queens Brook  Place Bet
16:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race Gaelic Warrior Place Bet
17:30 Ukraine Appeal National Hunt Challenge Cup Stattler Place Bet

Check out our Cheltenham Free Bets page to get the most out of your Festival fancies this year.

The 2022 Cheltenham Festival begins with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, a fierce field is often attracted for this two and a half mile Grade 1, which sees the best of the British and Irish often do battle.

With thousands of fans in attendance, the infamous ‘Cheltenham Roar’ greets the Supreme field upon flag fall, and this adrenaline-inducing experience can lead to these young novices boiling over before their race has really begun.

Following the Supreme is the Arkle Novices’ Chase, this is the first chase run at the Festival and is contested over a distance of about 2m. Horses that ran in the Supreme the previous year can go on to participate in this race, with Shishkin the last to complete the double.

Can Shishkin join Altior and Sprinter Sacre as winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase for Nicky Henderson?

Can Shishkin join Altior and Sprinter Sacre as winners of the Queen Mother Champion Chase for Nicky Henderson?

Arkle winners tend to shape up into Queen Mother Champion Chase the following year, and Shishkin heads the market for that contest having won last year’s Arkle in impressive fashion.

Some of the most competitive handicaps of the season are contested over Cheltenham’s four day Festival, the first of those being the Ultima Handicap Chase, this 3m 1f contest tends to attract a competitive field but hasn’t proven a particularly lucky race for Irish runners, with Dun Doire (2006) the last Irish runner to land the Ultima.

Following the Ultima is the day’s feature race, the Champion Hurdle. Considered to be the premier hurdle race in the world, the Champion Hurdle is run over a shade further than 2m and has been won by some of Jumps racing’s greats throughout the years.

Check all the best Cheltenham Festival tips on day 1.