The Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday 16th March 2021 to Friday 19th March 2021 and is the highlight of the horse racing Jumps season. Its normally four days of punting, copious amount sof Guinness drunk and plenty of frolicks along the way.
This year may be different however with Covid, and there will be no spectators allowed at the race course.
Some of the main questions we get asked (and we’ll hopefully provide you with the answers) is
How Many Favourites Win at Cheltenham?
It goes without saying that there are many instances where favourites win at Cheltenham. However due to the nature of the course, the jumping involved and the conditions that are often very difficult, sometimes there may be occasions where the favourite does not win. Its important to make a note of certain trainers or yards that a horse is racing from as in form trainers often have Cheltenham horses which can go close.
Can you wear jeans at Cheltenham Races?
Yes you can wear jeans in the Cheltenham Festival with the lesser priced tickets. There isn’t in fact an dress code for the Cheltenham Festival, but a smart attire is encouraged. Men should wear a shirt and trousers in the Club Enclosure and Cheltenham restaurants, while women are advised to wear suitable attire, which often includes a warm hat.
What should I wear to Cheltenham 2020?
Weather can be very unpredictable at the Cheltenham Festival so its important to dress accordingly. A warm jacket is advised due to the cold and rainy conditions, while its a good idea to take an umbrella with you. Tweed is normally the attire of choice at the Festival, as it provides warmth during the March months which can be chilly.
Is there a dress code for Cheltenham?
There is no official dress code for the Cheltenham Festival but race goers should adhere to the style of the race course which includes shirt and trousers for men and normally a hat for women. Fancy dress is allowed to a certain point but all race goers should treat the Cheltenham Festival with the respect it deserves as the pinnacle of the Jumps Season.
How to Get Cheltenham Festival Tips
How to get Cheltenham Festival Tips
There are a number of outlets to get your tips on the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. We will have our live blog running during the Festival, with tips and pointers on every race at Prestbury Park. If you would like ot place a bet yourself, its important to take into consideration a number of factors.
The weather is extremely important as different horses run better on different surfaces. When the going is ‘good’ that means that there has been rain and the surface is soft, muddy underfoot, while if the going is good or firm it suggests that the surface is dry or harder. Normally that’s a good sign that the weather will be sunny.
Past runs are also an indicator to how a race will perform. Take a look at how the horse has run over previous course and distance. You can normally follow the money in this one. Cheltenham punters are very shrewd and a short priced horse will surely be too difficult to beat.
Trainer form is extremely important as different yards may be in form. Nicky Henderson for example has his horses set up for the Cheltenham Festival, so his horses are normally in tip top conditions. If certain trainers horses are no doing so well it may be worth putting a line through them. There could be underlying factors to take into consideration such as colic at the yard etc.
There is a feature race each day which is normally the ‘Champion Race’
What are the Day One Tips?
The races on day one begin with the Supreme Novices Hurdle, which in normal times would see the famous Cheltenham roar come into play. However this year’s festival will see no crowd unfortunately but race goers are set for a treat with the Champion Hurdle which takes place at 13:30. The favourite currently is Epatante, which is available at a price of 23/10.
What are the Day Two Tips?
The first race on Wednesday day two is the Ballymore Novices Hurdle. Commonly known as ‘Ladies Day’ the feature race of the day comes in the shape of the Champion Chase. Chacon Pour Soi is the current favourite and can be be backed at a price of 2/1.
What are the Day Three Tips?
Cheltenham Day three takes place on Thursday 18th March and features the Stayers Hurdle. Thursday at the Festival is known as ‘St Patricks Day’ and there is a huge Irish contingent who make the trip over from the Emerald Isle. Paisley Park once again heads the betting in the Stayers Hurdle and is available at a price of 10/3.
What are the Day Four Tips?
Day four at the Cheltenham Festival takes place on Friday 19th March 2021. The jewel in the Cheltenham crown takes place with the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and caps off an exhilarating week of punting.
Al Boum Photo currently heads the markets for the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and can be backed at 4/1.