Mar 15 2019
Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers, Bonuses and Promotions 2020
The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is here! It runs from 10th and 13th March and is the highlight of the National Hunt horse racing season.
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Cheltenham is where the best horses, trainers and jockeys compete over four days of the best racing you are likely to witness, and with it comes plenty of opportunity for winning money betting on the horses.
There are some massive races taking place over the four days, with each day having its own highlights: Day One has the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the much-anticipated Champion Hurdle; Day Two has the RSA Chase and the Queen Mother Champion Chase; Day Three has the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle (formerly the World Hurdle); and the final day of the Festival has one of the greatest horse races of them all: the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Alongside the big races there are plenty of others that bring forth ample opportunity to get your bets on. And with so much top racing action concentrated over four day, the bookies are falling over themselves to offer the best odds and the most attractive betting offers, bonuses and promotions.
So read on for the best of them as we approach the most exciting festival in horse racing. If you like to get your Cheltenham Bets on early, be sure to check out our feature on which bookies are Non-Runner No Bet at Cheltenham. We’ll be adding details of the best offers and promotions right here as they come in and there will be loads every day of the Festival, so check back regularly for the best Cheltenham Festival betting offers! (Incidentally, if you are interested in the latest horse racing betting offers, tips and news throughout the year, check out our sister site: racingbettingoffers.com.)
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Not even the strongest of favourites have been immune to a surprise defeat at the Cheltenham Festival. One unfortunate punter found this out the hard way in 2017 when lumping £500k on Douvan in the Champion Chase.
Some short priced options have lived up to expectations of course but some unfortunate others have their moment in the spotlight denied. There’s no doubt that this year’s Festival will deliver some eyebrow-raising results but which favourites will be able to swerve an upset?
Altior – Best odds: 4/9 @ BetVictor
For three Festivals running, Altior has enjoyed the sweet taste of victory. His dominance over the minimum distance extends much outside Cheltenham too with Nicky Henderson’s horse currently enjoying a 17 race winning streak. He’s began this season looking as sumptuous as ever, firstly when beating Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek and then when cruising to a 19 length victory in the Orchid Chase. On his most recent appearance however, he was caught jumping to the left over the fences over Ascot, an unusual sight for the so often flawless nine-year-old.
Nicky Henderson played down the problem stating that a horse under such a large spotlight faces an incredible amount of scrutiny for even the slightest of twitches. The trainer was completely content with the performance and said his prized horse was doing “absolutely nothing wrong”. While his jumping that day cost him a small amount of time, he’s got more than enough quality on the flat to compensate. The fact that Cheltenham is a left-handed course will also mitigate the problem of a left leaning tendency. With no Champion Chase rival anywhere near his level, fully expect Alticor’s reign of dominance to continue.
Chance of success: 9/10
Buveur D’Air – Best odds: 15/8 @ Bet365
He won this race by a neck last year and things are unlikely to be any more straightforward for Buveur D’Air this time around. His season began so impressively with a dominant Fighting Fifth Hurdle display but the eight-year-old was then rocked by his shock loss in the Christmas Hurdle. Having blundered over a hurdle three out, the 1/4 favourite was pipped to the line by stablemate Verdana Blue. There was no major mistakes on his next showing at Sandown but given his short price, he hardly did any more than expected when winning by two lengths.
Although Henderson recognises that this year’s Champion Hurdle renewal is tougher than the last, he’s also expecting more from his horse. He said that last year the JP McManus owned horse was housed next to We Have A Dream who fell sick a day before the race. Catching some of the illness, Buveur D’Air did not run to the best of his ability. Even if he does this time, the narrow favourite has Apple’s Jade (2/1, Betfair) to worry about. Gordon Elliot’s mare has changed target after a superb Irish Champion Hurdle display and on the back of that two mile performance, she’ll be an incredibly dangerous rival.
Chance of success: 4/10
Paisley Park – Best Odds: 9/4 @ Ladbrokes
There’s a great deal to like about Paisley Park’s record coming into this Stayers’ Hurdle renewal. The seven-year-old has made huge strides forwards this season and was last seen winning by a huge 12 lengths during the Cleeve Hurdle. What better way to prepare for the highlight event on day three of the Festival than with a course and distance victory. Having been so consistent following the summer break, the bay gelding is a horse who can be expected to run just as well on his New Course return.
Favourites haven’t fared exceptionally well in this race but six winners from the 16 is far from a poor record given how competitive the fields often are. Emma Lavelle is confident of her horse doing her proud but she is concerned by the threat of last year’s champion, Penhill. Willie Mullins’ horse is yet to feature this season but he had no practice run when securing Stayers’ Hurdle glory last season either. Not a horse that develops any rustiness due to a lack of competitive action, this race could go either way.
Chance of success: 6/10
Presenting Percy – Best Odds: 7/2 @ William Hill
Although Presenting Percy has long headed the betting for the Gold Cup, there are two rivals Clan Des Obeaux (9/2, Coral) and Native River (6/1, Betfair) waiting close behind. Preparations for the Festival’s showpiece event have not gone as smoothly as Patrick Kelly may have liked. The son of Sir Percy had his season return delayed before eventually appearing at Gowran Park over hurdles, an untraditional event for a Gold Cup contender. The jumps he faces at Cheltenham will be far stiffer but he did show in last year’s RSA Chase he can handle the taller obstacles.
The main concern surrounding the Gold Cup favourite is not the lack of chase experience though, it’s the going. His seasonal debut was delayed due to unseasonably fast conditions and this Cheltenham Festival isn’t shaping up to be a particularly muddy one. The rain will need to pour down on the New Course in the days prior for the eight-year-old to justify his short price. Anything quicker than good to soft going will play into the hands of Clan Des Obeaux (4/1, Ladbrokes) who has made some truly remarkable progress on his last two starts.
Chance of success: 3/10
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Cheltenham Festival Day One – And they’re off…
Some race meeting can take a while to get going but this is absolutely not the case for the Cheltenham Festival. The opening day of the hugely celebrated event will be lit up by the esteemed Champion Hurdle. Mares are eligible to compete in the top class event but many will stick to same sex company in the hotly awaited OLGB Mares’ Hurdle.
Buveur D’Air will seize shot of redemption
An 11 race winning streak came crashing to an end for Buveur D’Air (7/4, Betfair) on Boxing Day. He looked all set to make it 12 in a row at Kempton as he competed against just four others in the Christmas Hurdle. An uncharacteristic blunder ruined his flow however and unable to fully recover the eight-year-old was edged out by stablemate Verdana Blue. Having been the 1/4 favourite for the race, his defeat came as a huge disappointment but back him to re-establish his authority here. He’s twice won at the Festival before and showed during December’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle that he’s lost none of his ability.
Apple’s Jade on course to defend crown
Both the Champion Hurdle and the Stayers’ Hurdle have been cited as potential targets for the versatile Apple’s Jade (11/8, William Hill). Gordon Elliot has played down an involvement in either race though, instead stating that the OLGB Mares’ Hurdle is her likely destination. Following his comments, it was no surprise to see the talented mare top the thirty entries for the 2m 4f contest. If the ground at Cheltenham is good she’ll stand every chance of successfully defending her title but softer conditions could see Benie Des Dieux (4/1, William Hill), who beat her twice last year, claim victory.
Cheltenham Festival Day Two – Competition on and off the track
There will be no shortage of glamorous outfits and extravagant headwear among the crowd on Ladies Day. Prizes are available for the most dazzling so expect many to pull out all the stops as they attempt to scoop themselves a reward. On the track, there is no prize bigger than the one dished out to the winner of the £400k Champion Chase, the showpiece event of the Festival’s second day.
Commanding Altior given no cause for concern
Altior could well end up being the shortest priced favourite of the of this year’s festival. Even among 21 other entries, the reigning Champion Chase winner can’t be backed at greater than 4/7 with Betfair. The price reflects the ability of one of the finest horses currently on the National Hunt circuit. Unbeaten over the fences, Altior has no real rivals over the minimum distance. The betting puts Footpad (8/1, William Hill) as his closet rival but these based on his start to the season, pulling off an upset seems unlikely.
La Bague Au Roi likely to skip RSA Chase
The extremely talented La Bague Au Roi may be one of the big names missing out on Cheltenham this year. Warren Greatex issued a warning to punters that he’s eyeing up tests at Aintree or Ireland instead for the mare. This will be music to Nicky Henderson’s ears as it merely strengthens the claim of Santini (3/1, Ladbrokes). The seven-year-old began the season winning at Newbury and followed it up with a credible place finish at Kempton on Boxing Day. Stablemate Ok Corral (16/1, Betfair) is also in with a shout too as the late bloomer looks capable of improving on his two impressive efforts over three miles.
Cheltenham Festival Day Three – Big occasion for Mullins
There are two standout races on the third day of the Festival, the Stayers’ Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase. For Willie Mullins they’ve both been the source of celebration in recent years. The Irish trainer has saddled the winner in both races twice over the last three seasons. Further success is a real possibility too with him having several strong options for the two Grade 1 events.
Ryanair Chase an attractive Champion Chase alternative
In an attempt to avoid Altior in the Champion Chase, Mullins may give both Min and Footpad a run out in the longer Ryanair Chase. Although happy to run the minimum distance, covering 2m 4f should cause them no bother either. Min (6/1, William Hill) began his season winning over such a trip although the competition was not especially tough at Punchestown. Footpad’s (8/1, Betfair) return from the summer break was less fruitful as he fell for the first time at Naas. Having looked far from his best a month later when losing to Simply Ned, he needs a good run before the Festival to prove he’s still worth backing.
Stage set for Penhill and Faugheen rematch
Having secured a Stayers’ Hurdle victory last year, the expectation was Penhill (6/1, 888sport) would secure more glory in Punchestown’s Champion Chase. Faugheen (12/1, William Hill) unexpected stole the show however in what was his best performance since his long debilitating injury. Having recaptured his ability that day, you can’t complete rule him out doing it again but Penhill looks set to turn the tables. Don’t be concerned if the eight-year-old goes into the Festival without a practice run under his belt. Not having one has not prevented him winning at Cheltenham the last two years so trust must be placed in Mullins’ approach.
Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Gold Cup ensures climatic ending
Considered the most prestigious of all National Hunt races, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most fitting race to have on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. It’s a contest that never fails to deliver with some of the finest chasers in racing battling it out over 3m 2½f. While deservedly dominating the talk of the day, attention will also be given to the JLT Triumph Hurdle, the leading race for juveniles and one formerly won by Grand National champion Tiger Roll.
Native River going for rare double
Once only since the turn of the century has a horse been able to claim back to back Gold Cup victories. The rarely completed double is something well within the sights of Native River (5/1, Ladbrokes) however. Caught a little short in the 2016 renewal, an improved effort 12 months later saw him claim the coveted prize. Presenting Percy (9/2, Betfair) is a potential threat but he lacks the chase experience of most former Gold Cup winners. Experience is of no concern to Might Bite (20/1, 888sport) but age is not on his side. The last winner older than nine-years-old was Cool Dawn in 1998, a worrying stat for both Nicky Henderson’s horse and King George VI runner-up Thistlecrack (14/1, Coral).
Torpillo could prove to be a shrewd investment
Last May, Nigel Twiston-Davies decided to purchase the French bred, Torpillo (16/1, Ladbrokes). Later in the year he made his British debut and turned plenty of heads with his 23 length victory at Sandown. Proving it was no fluke, the juvenile secured another huge win at the same course a month later. Clearly ready for a step up in class, the chestnut gelding is one to watch out for here. You’ll also want to pay close attention to Quel Destin (14/1, Coral) who ended the calendar year with three graded victories. Inconsistency plagued him back in France but he’s been much improved since switching to the other side of the Channel.
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