The Cheltenham Festival takes place on Tuesday 10th March and ends on Friday 13th March 2020.
We’ve come up with a tips guide to picking the right horse at the Cheltenham Festival 2020 and try and answer some of your questions. Here’s how you can make experience at Cheltenham a positive one.
Some of the questions we get asked are:
Welcome to WhatAretheOdds.co.uk where our mission is to provide you with everything you need to know when it comes to betting on horse racing.
Placing a horse racing bet can be something of a minefield, especially if you are a novice at this sort of thing.
This horse racing betting guide is here to answer any queries you might have when starting out and is a great introduction to the Cheltenham Festival.
We have individual tips for each day, starting with Cheltenham day 1 tips for Tuesday.
Our team of experienced experts will looks at the different types of bets available, from win and each-way to more complex multiples consisting of a number of selections.
Pools betting, such as jackpots and placepots, will also come under the spotlight and we will help you get to grips with betting terminology to enable you to understand the key ingredients to take into consideration when studying form and making your selections.
Major race fixtures, such as the Cheltenham Festival over the jumps and Royal Ascot on the flat, where many bookmakers offer enhanced place terms and betting specials will also be looked at in detail along with the importance of using firms who offer Best Odds Guaranteed.
So read on to find out more and avoid making any rookie mistakes when placing your bet.
As already mentioned, when betting on horse racing it is vital to study in order to enhance your chances of winning.
There are many factors to be taken into account but we know that know that you may not have time to study and painstakingly going through all of these.
If that is the case don’t worry and let the experts at WhatAreTheOdds.co.uk do it for you.
You can check out their daily selections, with analysis, by visiting our Betting Tips section. These aren’t your average tipsters who just give a horse’s name and then don’t explain why it’s worth a wager.
They spend hours using their vast experience to come up with horse betting tips an their detailed reasoning why they think a horse represents value is explained in detail.
Our experts make a real case for backing their main fancy, but also put up potential dangers that may be worth a svare if the price is right.
If you would still rather do you own study then checking out our betting tips is a great way to see if you reasoning for backing a horse is the same as that of our seasoned professionals.
Four days of top-quality racing The 2020 Cheltenham Festival will take place between Tuesday 10 March and Friday 13 March at Prestbury Park and promises to be another thrilling episode of a tale that has captured the imagination of sports lovers.
Over the course of the four days, we see no less than 28 races take place, with more than a dozen Grade 1 contests included in that list.
We get started on day one with the Grade 1 Supreme Novices Hurdle which usually goes to post at 1.30pm.
The off is always greeted by the famous Cheltenham roar from a packed grandstand and it’s a sign the waiting is over and it’s time to enjoy the best the sport has to offer.
Other Grade 1 races on Tuesday are the Arkle, Champion Hurdle and the Mares Hurdle.
Best the week has to offer The winner of the first race in 2019 was confirmed as Klassical Dream for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh with backers cheering home a 6/1 champion.
That set the pace for the day ahead in terms of success for the Mullins yard, but it also gave punters a taste of what was to come in the week ahead, with a nice price winner.
SP favourite Fakir D’Oudairies finished back in fourth that day but he wasn’t the only jolly to disappoint.
Day two begins at 1.30pm with the Ballymore Novices Hurdle which kicks off our cheltenham day 2 tips – a race decided over 2m 5f – and it’s the first of three Grade 1 events on Wednesday.
The Novices Hurdle is quickly followed by the RSA Chase and Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The other G1 on day two comes in the form of the Champion Bumper. With the benefit of two days of results and form to call upon, Cheltenham punters go into the thick of day three with the Novices Chase bringing the curtain up.
Schedulers love to open the show with a bang, and they do so with another Grade 1, this contest decided over 2m 4f and across fences.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Friday is the highlight of the week and shows us what the festival is all about, staging the main event – Cheltenham Gold Cup together with our Cheltenham day 4 tips.
This is the top race of the week and will command the attention of everyone in attendance, as well as the millions watching at home, in sports bars and on betting apps at work.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a world-famous Grade 1 with 3m 2f separating the starting field and a champion.
With over £350,000 deposited to connections of the winning horse, it’s no surprise to learn the top names in the sport of horse racing come out to shine.
It’s a thing of real beauty, with drama and tension guaranteed, but it’s not the only race of note on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Followers are also treated to the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle and the Triumph Hurdle, the latter getting Friday off to a stunning start.
Fancy getting in on the action and sampling the famous Cheltenham Festival atmosphere?
Tickets are hard to come by and must be booked well in advance, but they can be purchased if you act swiftly.
To buy tickets for the next Cheltenham Festival you should visit The Jockey Club website – https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/events-tickets/the-festival/ – the most secure method to confirming your space in the stands.
There are options to suit every pocket, including which day you visit, the level of tickets you can buy – deciding on standard entry or hospitality – and the stand you want to be in.
Prices usually start from around £25 and rise considerably.
You can book a parking space at the venue or use public transport, with the course situated within walking distance of the train station, although the carriages are packed, as you would expect.
Backing a horse to win is the simplest form of betting.
Once you have studied the form and made you selection you will be able to decide if is worth placing a wager for it to be first past the post – and nothing else.
Then, for example, if you place a £10 bet on a horse that wins at 2/1 you will receive £20 in winnings – plus you stake back – for a total return of £30.
If your horse is a big price and running in a competitive race then backing it each-way is the best option to try and secure a profit.
An each-way bet is actually two wagers in one. The first part of the bet is a win only wager for the horse to finish first in the race.
The second part is for the horse to place and there are different terms depending on the number of runners and what type of race you are betting on.
In races where there are four runners or fewer bookmakers will not offer each-way betting.
If there are five, six or seven runners in a race, then the each-way terms are different to when there are eight or more horses in an event.
You will a quarter of the outright win odds available on two places for race of between five and seven runners.
If there are eight or more runners, then the usual terms in anything other than a handicap race are a fifth of the outright win price for three places.
Handicaps, on the flat and over the jumps, are a different kettle of fish.
In races of between 12 and 15 runners you will win a quarter of the outright win odds for three places.
However, a quarter odds for four places is on offer for handicap races with 16 or more runners.
Bookmakers also now regularly offer extra places or enhanced terms on selected races daily and big races like the Grand National at Aintree.
These are well worth keeping an eye on, but you will have to decide whether the inferior place fraction for the security of the extra place fits in with your punting style.
As with any form of betting there are risks attached, but playing each-way for smaller stakes is an alternative strategy to going in more heavily on a short priced favourite that should always be considered when trying secure a long term profit with you wagers.
When betting on horse racing it is vital that you study form to enhance your chances of winning. There are many factors to be taken into account when making a selection, such as going, track and weight.
Some horses have a marked preference for a certain type of going. For example, if the horse you like has only won on fast ground then there is little point in backing it on testing conditions which are totally against it.
Whether a track is left or right handed can also be important, as some horses thrive when going clockwise but operate at a far inferior level when going in the opposite direction.
It is also important to know if the horse is in-form, along with its trainer and jockey.
Some yards, such as Paul Nicholls over the jumps, traditionally make a fast starts to a new season whilst others take time to find their stride.
If a jockey is hot and banging in the winners it gives them added confidence and they can often get a horse to pull out a bit more and perform above expectations. Jockeys also do well when teaming up with a particular trainer.
So if your fancy is usually ridden by an inexperienced apprentice or claiming rider and is replaced by a professional who has an excellent strike rate for the trainer in question, it often pays to sit up and take note.
Whilst the form figures next to a horse paint a picture they also do not always tell the whole story.
For example, it would be foolish to write off a horses chances if it had figures of 00030 next to its name for it’s last five runs without taking into account what races it had been competing in.
There are different grades for both codes of racing, From lowly sellers and clartrimerts to top class Grade/Group 1 contests.
If a horse is dropping significantly in grade then a much improved showing is likely to be on the cards. Handicaps are designed to try and give horses of varying ability and equal chance of winning.
In most cases horses are allotted a handicap mark after three qualifying runs and this determines what weight they will carry. Trainers sometimes campaign their horses over the wrong distance, or trip such as 1m 4f, to hide their real ability.
This results in them getting in a race off a mark which is low enough for them to be very competitive and capable of winning.
On the flat, Sir Mark Prescott is the master of these tactics and many of his inmates rise through the ranks and rattle off a string of victories before the handicapper finally catches up with them.
Conversely, over the anything trained by Jonjo O’Neill is always worth a second look when going down the handicap route.
He has pulled off a number of monster gambles over the year’s, as has leading Irish owner J P McManus who loves nothing more than to get one laid out to land a punt at big meetings like the Cheltenham Festival.
An example of this was Sire Du Berlais who was backed off the boards into favouritism at this year’s meeting when landing the Pertemps Final.
As well as win and each-way singles, you can also put together a number of selections in a multiple bet.
There are lots on offer, so let’s take a look at some of the most popular:
This is where you back two horses. If you place a win double then both have to do just that for you to get a return.
If you play each-way then both have to place.
Has the same terms as the double but involves three selections – making it mathematically more difficult to be successful but generating a bigger return as a result.
This is also three selections but combines them in seven bets in the form of three singles, three doubles and a treble. A £1 win patent costs £7 and a £1 each-way one £14.
A Yankee is four selections and 11 bets in total – six doubles, four trebles and an accumulator.
There are no singles so you need two winners, or two placed, to guarantee a return depending on whether you bet win only or each-way.
Lucky 15 Bet
This has the same make-up as the Yankee, but also four singles, and some bookmakers offer double or even treble the odds if you get just one winner – making it a very popular bet.
To break it down you are backing four horses , all as singles.
There are then six different doubles you can have with these- plus four permutations of trebles and the one fourfold .
That’s a total of 15 bets.
A Canadian is five selections and has the same format as a yankee, so no singles and two winners or placed horse to generate a return.
Your selections are combined in 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five four-timers and an accumulator. That’s 26 bets in all, so a £1 win one costs you just that.
Lucky 31 Bet
Exactly the same format as the Canadian but also includes singles and the possibility of getting your odds doubled or trebled for one winner depending on which bookmakers you use.
As it’s name would suggests, it’s a total of 31 bets for win purposes and 62 times your stake if you play each-way.
Super Heinz Bet
A Super Heinz is another large accumulator bet which involves 120 selections in total, involving seven selections.
A minimum of 2 successful selections will guarantee a return.
As it’s name would imply the goliath is a huge 247 bets made up from eight selections.
Two selections have to be successful to ensure a return.
As well as fixed-odds betting you can also place wagers on the Tote where the amount placed on a race and the popularity of the winner determines the price at which you are paid out.
There are lots of different pool bets on offer such as exacta (or forecasts) and a trifectas (or tricast).
These are wagers on the same race where you make two or three selections and state which horses will finish first and second, or first, second and third in a specific order.
You can also perm these bets to finish in any order.
Making it two bets for a extava and aix bets for a Trifecta, but obviously this increase the amount you have to stake.
If you play horse racing pools like the Sccop6 or a placepot, then winning tickets can generate life-changing returns.
The likelihood of picking six horses in televised races or events specified by the is so small that the cumulative odds on offer are massive.
When it comes to betting on horses there are a whole host of major meeting on both the flat and over the jumps throughout the calendar year which offer tremendous value for the punter.
The Cheltenham Festival meeting is the showpiece event of the National Hunt season and takes place in March.
Four days of fabulous action get underway on the second Tuesday in the month and it’s the National Hunt racing equivalent of the Olympics and sees the very best of Irish and British trained horses take each other on in in 28 races.
The five Grade 1 championship races that take place at the Cheltenham Festival are the Champion Hurdle on the opening Tuesday, Queen Mother Champion Chase & Ryanair Chaseon the Wednesday, Stayers’ Hurdle on the Thursday and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is the highlight of the Festival and brings the show to a close on the Friday.
There are also some of the most fiercely contested handicap contests in the calendar which have seen some monster gambles landed over the years.
Hot on the heels of the Cheltenham Festival is three days of cracking action at Aintree, the highlight of which is the world’s greatest steeplechase – the Grand National run over a stamina sapping 4m 2f.
The three-day horse racing festival which takes place in early April is packed full of top class jumps action including multiple Grade 1 contests.
Action gets underway on Thursday and includes four Grade 1 events – the Manifesto Novices’ Chase, Aintree Hurdle, Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle and the feature race the Aintree Bowl.
The National fences are raced over in the 2m 5f Topham Handicap Chase, which is a Grade 3 like the big one.
Supporting the Grand National itself on the big day are two Grade 1 affairs, the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle and the Liverpool Hurdle for stayers, plus some very competitive handicaps which offer great each-way punting opportunities.
The Punchestown Festival is the highlight of the jumps season in Ireland and also takes place in April.
Five fantastic days of racing include the Grade 1 Irish Champion Hurdle and the Grade 1 Irish Gold Cup.
Trainer Willie Mullins has an incredible record at the meeting as did jockey
Ruby Walsh until he announced his retirement immediately after landing the 2019 Irish Gold Cup aboard Kemboy.
On the flat, the first Classic action of the season takes place at Newmarket in May with the 1000 and 200 Guineas taking stage.
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has farmed both contests in recent times and did the double in 2019 courtesy of Hermosa and Magna Grecia respectively.
All eyes are the on Epsom in June when the cream of the three-year-olds lock horns in the highly of the season, the Investec Derby run over 1m 4f. Other big races include the Group 1 Investec Oaks, a Classic contest for fillies probably run over 1m 4f, and the Group 1 Cornmation Cup for horses aged four-years and upwards.
Royal Ascot five-day meeting also takes place in June and there are 16 group races on offer, with at least one Group One event on each of the five days.
Over quarter of a million racing fans make the annual visit to the Berkshire course, which is attended each day by The Queen, making it the most visited flat race course in Europe.
The St Leger over 1m 6f is final Classic of the season takes place at Doncaster in September whilst the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in France which takes places over 1m 4f in October see the very best thoroughbreds from all over the globe aged three-years or older do battle
When placing your bets it pays dividends to stick with bookmakers that offer Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG) if possible.
The concession is available with most major firms these days but there are varying terms and conditions with some apply the offer from the moment final declarations are announced whilst others will do so from a specific time on raceday itself.
Some will also put a cap on the additional winnings you can receive, so make sure you check these out before placing your wagers.
Basically, it enables you take take a price on you horse safe in the knowledge that of it drifts in the betting and the Starting Price is bigger you will get ;paid out at the higher odds.
For example, if you put £10 win on a horse on the morning of a big race like the Grand National at Aintree on the morning of the race at 10/1 but it goes off at a starting price (SP) of 16/1 you will get £170 back – which includes your stake – rather than the £130 total generated on the receipt when your bet was originally placed.
It means that you get the best of both worlds whereas in the past you had to be happy with the price you had taken and lose out or place your bet at SP without having any idea of what the likely return would be should your selection be successful.
It a great offer and one which ensures you get the maximum return on the investment of your hard earned cash.
The Cheltenham Festival remains one of the premier racing events on the calendar and is an event that attracts visitors from all over the world to Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire.
Thousands of pounds is spent every year at the track and local areas, with millions splashed on wagers as punters aim to land a winner and boost their bank balance while enjoying the occasion.
For those that can’t make it along to the venue in March, major television stations beam the action to every corner of the globe.
Many enjoy the majesty of watching some of the best bred race horses in the world work in partnership with the most fearless jockeys to win earth shattering sums of cash.
The main aim for most, however, is finding the winners and beating the bookies.
The Cheltenham Festival is adored for many reasons, not least of all the fact it offers a week of racing involving big priced champions.
The goal of the week for average backers is to find the winners needed to ensure a profit and there are no lack of supposed experts offering their views on how the top races will pan out.
This ranges from the judge in the street who has been given a tip from a guy he works with who lives next door to the trainer’s milkman, to established sports betting websites who offer in-depth and fully researched betting tips.
You can go with one of the many free options or pay a subscription to a premium site.
There are many ways to bet on the Cheltenham Festival, using betting offices, your home computer or an up-to-date mobile app.
Have your say on race winner, each-way, winning distances, Tote, match betting, top jockeys, festival leading trainer and the most successful owner of the week.
There are more markets than ever before and more ways to bet means there’s also more ways to win.
Punters adopt a number of tactics aimed at finding the champions, from doing the necessary research – spending months pouring over form, figures and the antepost markets – to going with a trainer who has proven profitable in the past, such as Willie Mullins.
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