Cheltenham Festival 2019: Best Betting Offers & Racehorse Predictions

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Genting Bet
Best Odds Guaranteed on each way singles and multiple for bets. Register now
Bet365
Non-Runner No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed for ante-Post bets. Register now
* Genting Bet –  Best Odds Guaranteed does not apply to ante-post bets, bets on international racing (unless stated otherwise), enhanced accumulators or any other special markets. Bets must be placed between the hours of 12:00 pm and 21:30 pm on the day of the actual race to qualify for Best Odds Guaranteed. The maximum increase per bet or per race as a result of the Best Odds Guaranteed offer is capped at £2,000. Further T&C apply.
*Bet 365 – Applies to Ante-Post bets placed on the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Ryanair Chase, Stayers' Hurdle, and Cheltenham Gold Cup races from 18:00 UK Time on 17th December 2018.  Further T&C apply.

 

Cheltenham Festival – 2019 Horse Race Event

The 2019 Cheltenham Festival will feature 28 horse races spread across four days of fast-paced action, with the Gold Cup being held on Friday the 15th of March. Seven races will be run each day and championship honours will be bestowed on the winning horses. The event will start on Tuesday the 12th of March with the running of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Twenty-seven more races will follow over the following 96 hours. Of the 28 races, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the premier event at the festival. The Grade 1 National Hunt race is run over a distance of three miles and two and a half furlongs. Horses must jump 22 fences as they gallop for the finish line. Having said this, many bookmakers offer promotions for this 4-day event. Below you will find a comparison of the best betting offers made available by some of the top horse betting sites.

Best Betting Offers

Genting Bet – Cheltenham Promotion

£10 FIRST BET INSURANCE, GET A FREE BET IF FIRST SETTLED BET DOES NOT WIN

Offer Overview: New customers only. Offer valid until 23:59 on 31/12/19. A qualifying bet us a losing first settled real money single bet of at least £10 or more at odds of Evens (2.0) or greater (or multiple where each selection is at odds of 2/5 (1.4) or more). Only losing win single part of an E/W bet will qualify. Free bet credited within 24 hours of qualifying bet settling and must be used within 14 days. Free bet stake not included in returns. T&C apply.

This is an offer made available by Genting Bet, a notable bookie in the world of betting and sportsbook, for all new users and is running all year round with its validity expiring at the end of 2019. Through this offer, bettors are able to benefit from an insurance of £10 in the case where their first settled bet does not win. For the races at Cheltenham Festival, bettors will qualify for this insurance on their first losing settled real money single bet of at least £/€10 (£10 E/W) or more at odds of evens (2.0) or greater (or a multiple where each selection is at odds of 2/5 (1.4) or more) on a sports betting event of their choice, in this case any of on the races taking place between Day 1 and Day 4 of the Festival. Also, bettors must note that only the losing win single part of an Each Way bet will qualify. This offer is subject to additional Terms and Conditions.

BEST ODDS GUARANTEED

Offer Overview: Best Odds Guaranteed does not apply to ante-post bets, bets on international racing (unless stated otherwise), enhanced accumulators or any other special markets. Bets must be placed between the hours of 12:00 pm and 21:30 pm on the day of the actual race to qualify for Best Odds Guaranteed. The maximum increase per bet or per race as a result of the Best Odds Guaranteed offer is capped at £2,000.

One reason to get excited about the month of March, besides the obvious fact that it will be prime horse racing season due to the Cheltenham Festival, it is the fact that Genting Bet now offers Best Odds Guaranteed on every single UK and Irish race meeting and each way singles and multiple for bets placed between 12:00 pm and 21:30 pm on the day of the race. This then means that bettors can benefit from the Best Odds Guaranteed offer during the 4 day Cheltenham horse races. What this offer signifies for bettors and their potential odds is that if they take a price on a horse and their selection wins or places at a bigger Starting Price (SP), Genting Bet guarantees to pay the bettor at the bigger odds. Also, Genting Bet even pays Best Odds Guaranteed on their Price Boosts with the maximum increase per bet or per race as a result of the Best Odds Guaranteed offer being capped at £2,000. For more details on offer mechanics, eligibility and terms visit Genting Bet.

Genting BOG

Genting Bet Live Streaming

As opposed to Bet365, discussed in greater detail below, Genting Bet does not currently have the live streaming service on the sportsbook.

Bet365 – Cheltenham Promotion

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NON-RUNNER NO BET & BEST ODDS GUARANTEED

Offer Overview: Applies to Ante-Post bets placed on the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Ryanair Chase, Stayers' Hurdle, and Cheltenham Gold Cup races from 18:00 UK Time on 17th December 2018.  Further T&C apply.

As one of the main contenders in online betting sites, Bet365 also offers punters the opportunity to participate in horse race betting. Whether it is the attractive betting offers or predictions on betting odds, Bet365 offers a wide range of options and promotions from which players can benefit.  With one of the biggest events in horse racing coming up, the Cheltenham Festival, Bet365 has announced the following offer available to new and eligible customers:

UP TO £100 IN BET CREDITS FOR NEW CUSTOMERS

New players may also benefit from an on-going promotion with some of the following terms & conditions as per the Bet365 website:

This list is not exhaustive. For more information, see full Terms and Conditions for details.

Bet365 Live Streaming

With the live streaming option offered by Bet365, bettors are able to watch live horse racing on the go. Live Horse Racing is available to watch on iPhone, iPad & Android.

Access is granted once the player places a bet of at least £0.50 win or £0.25 each-way (or currency equivalent) on their selection(s) – this applies to single and multiple bet types. Once a qualifying bet has been placed and the stream is available (2 minutes before the off), the player can click the Watch icon from either the bet slip, the racecard or from ‘Watch Your Live Races’.

Key Races and Top Horses: A preview on what odds to look out for

The four-day Cheltenham Festival may have 28 horse races, but some are more highly anticipated than others. Each day, there are one or two races that are must-watch. Although true horse racing enthusiasts will enjoy all the races, knowing the big ones to wager on is key when betting on the Cheltenham Festival’s events.

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle kicks off the week-long race meeting on Tuesday, 12th of March. The two-mile race will start at 12:00 pm with £125,000 going to the winner.

Angels Breath – 6/1

Angels Breath heads into the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle having won both its races in 2018. Trained by Nicky Henderson, Angels Breath is said to be “something special”. Big things are expected from the horse and a win at Cheltenham will kickstart the 2019 campaign for Henderson’s charge.

Mister Fisher – 10/1

Henderson has cornered the race with the top two favourites. Mister Fisher has more race experience than Angel’s Breath having run four races in 2018 and one already this year. Most recently, Mister Fisher won at Haydock in mid-January.

Vision D’honneur – 10/1

Trained by Gordon Elliot, Vision D’honneur won in January at Punchestown. The race followed on from a disappointing fourth place at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. Elliot took over trainer duties of Vision D’honneur in October and big expectations are no on the horse’s back.

Arkle Challenge Trophy

The Arkle Challenge Trophy will be run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. The Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase will see £175,000 up for grabs. Seven fences will be jumped by competitors while over one mile and seven furlongs will be covered.

Lalor – 9/2

Lalor has won five of 11 career races with its last win coming at Cheltenham in November 2018. Trained by Kayley Woollacott, Lalor could be sent to the Arkle Challenge Trophy race without a warm-up event in 2019.

Dynamite Dollars – 6/1

Paul Nicholls’ Dynamite Dollars won three of five races in 2018. The horse will renew its rivalry with Lalor at Cheltenham. Dynamite Dollars was runner-up to Lalor back in November at Cheltenham.

Kalashnikov – 7/1

Kalashnikov is familiar with his competition at Cheltenham. The Amy Murphy trained horse was defeated at Wayward Lad by Dynamite Dollars. Although unbeaten in his first two races over fences, Kalashnikov struggled at Kempton. Can he get revenge in the Arkle Challenge Trophy?

Coral Cup

The Coral Cup takes place on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. It is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle race with horses aged four and up. The race covers a distance of just over two miles and five furlongs with ten hurdles.

Ballymoy – 14/1

Ballymoy goes into the Coral Cup in great form. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained horse won six out of seven races in 2018.

Wonder Laish – 14/1

Wonder Laish didn’t have the season Ballymoy did, but the horse won its last two races of the year at Navan and Fairyhouse. Wonder Laish has never started a race at Cheltenham.

Al Dancer – 16/1

Twiston-Davies has entered Al Dancer into the Coral Cup as well. The six-year-old has experience running at Cheltenham as he won there in December. Al Dancer’s last three races have all ended in wins.

Champion Chase

The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the headline race on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. It is a Grade 1 chase race run over two miles.

Altior – 4/7

Altior is one of the top horses in racing right now. The Nicky Henderson trained nine-year-old has won 17 straight races. He will attempt to equal Big Buck’s record of 18 consecutive wins in the Champion Chase. Altior’s last three trips to Cheltenham have all ended in wins.

Footpad – 9/1

French horse Footpad ended 2018 with a second-place finish at Leopardstown. It capped off a great 13-month run that saw the horse win five of seven races. Footpad’s loss at Leopardstown was a shock, but it is still difficult to believe the horse can top Altior.

Min – 12/1

Trained by Willie Mullins, Min won last time out at Punchestown in December. Last year (2018) as well as in 2016, Min lost to Altior at Cheltenham. With two losses at the Cheltenham Festival to Altior, the horse will be looking for some revenge. But with Altior’s form, it is doubtful revenge will be achieved.

Stayers’ Hurdle

The Stayers’ Hurdle is the feature race of Day 3 at the Cheltenham Festival. It was first run in 1912 making it one of the more long-running events at the festival. The Stayers’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 race run over three miles and it contains twelve hurdles.

Penhill – 6/1

Another Willie Mullins trained horse, Penhill won at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017 and 2018. Of the 51 entries, Penhill has been labeled with the favourite’s tag. It is difficult to go against the horse’s previous form at the racecourse.

Apples Jade – 10/1

Apples Jade will run at the Dublin Festival in the lead-up to the Stayers’ Hurdle. The Gordon Elliot trained horse is expected to continue its fantastic form in Ireland and Apples Jade could parlay it over to Cheltenham. Apples Jade was excellent during the autumn race season winning three of three races.

Champagne Classic – 10/1

Champagne Classic hasn’t run since 2017. His last race came in April of that year at Punchestown and it ended in victory. Champagne Classic won at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017, but weeks later, he was ruled out with an injury. By the time he takes to the course at Cheltenham, Champagne Classic will have been out for 22 months with a leg injury. The question is, can he regain the form he showed two years ago?

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Day 4 is the main attraction of the Festival. It is the most prestigious race of the season. The Gold Cup is run on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival (March 15th) and attracts viewers and bettors from all over the world. The race is run by horses aged five years or older. Weights are considered based on the horses’ age and gender. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over a distance of three miles and two and a half furlongs with a total of 22 fences.

Presenting Percy – 9/2

Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy has not run a race since winning at last year’s festival. Presenting Percy will now make the step up to the Gold Cup and challenge 2018 winner Native River. Presenting Percy has been entered into the 24th of January race at Gowran Park as a warm-up. The horse was expected to race in December, but his team deemed him not ready to run.

Native River – 5/1

Native River won the Gold Cup in 2018 and aims to be one of a small number of horses to win multiple Gold Cup races. The Colin Tizzard trained horse ended 2018 with a third-place finish at Kempton. There are 43 horses currently entered in this year’s Gold Cup field and Native River isn’t the only former winner to appear. Sizing John, who won in 2017, and Coneygree, the 2015 winner, are also eyeing a spot.

Kemboy – 9/1

French horse Kemboy takes a streak of four straight wins into Cheltenham. The Willie Mullins trained horse has raised the expectations of owners Supreme Racing Club in recent weeks. Kemboy could land the owners their first-ever Gold Cup win. At one point, some leading sportsbooks had Kemboy listed at 6/1 odds following his December win at the Savills Chase.

Cheltenham Festival – Facts

  • In 2018, prize money at the Cheltenham Festival exceeded £4.5 million.
  • The prize fund for the Gold Cup race is over £600,000 this year.
  • 2018 winner Native River earned £369,821 for finishing first.
  • The average attendance in 2018 over four days was 65,000.
  • Golden Miller won the most consecutive Gold Cup races with five. The horse achieved the feat between 1932 and 1936.
  • Jockey Ruby Walsh holds the record for most wins in a year at Cheltenham with seven.
  • Norton’s Coin achieved the record for the longest-odds winner in 1990. He started the Gold Cup at odds of 100/1.

 

Cheltenham Festival 2019: What you should know

The Cheltenham Festival is the most important week in jump racing. It isn’t just the most important festival in the United Kingdom, rather it is an important event in the world when it comes to horse jump racing. From Tuesday the 12th of March to Friday the 15th of March, all eyes in the racing world will be on Cheltenham.

Each year, the Cheltenham Festival brings together the best horses competing in the National Hunt. In recent decades, the Cheltenham Festival has grown tremendously in popularity. Today, it is more than just a week-long horse racing event. It is now one of the major sports events that millions of British and non-British sports fans and enthusiasts anticipate. The festival has transcended sports and cultures. The Cheltenham Festival is where National Hunt racehorses prove themselves as champions.

The Cheltenham Festival is the definitive horse racing event of the year. The festival’s live audience and television viewers make it one of the most watched horse racing events in the world. It is annually headlined by the Cheltenham Gold Cup which is the most prestigious of all National Hunt races. If a horse, trainer, and jockey can win the Gold Cup, their names are etched into history.

Cheltenham Festival – History

In 1815, the first ever flat race meeting took place in Cheltenham. Early races were organised at Nottingham Hill and were later moved to Cleeve Hill in years that followed. At the time, the race meetings were conducted over two days with the Gold Cup being the largest of the events.

Due to some local issues with horse racing and gambling, the race meeting was moved from its original location to Prestbury Park in 1831. Afterward, steeplechase racing was established nearby and it also relocated to Prestbury Park. In 1902, just four years after steeplechase racing arrived at Prestbury Park, the first National Hunt Festival took place.

The National Hunt Festival rotated to different racecourses early on until Prestbury Park became the official home of the festival in 1911. Since becoming the official home of jump racing, the festival has not left Prestbury Park. It was also in 1911 that the race meeting was renamed the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham 1900s

By the 1920s, the original two-day festival was increased to three days. The decade also saw the introductions of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle races.

The 1960s saw the Cheltenham Festival come into the modern age. The racecourse and festival itself received major investment for upgrades. In addition, the BBC realised horse racing’s potential and began to broadcast the Cheltenham Festival’s races.

It wasn’t until 2005 that Cheltenham became a four-day event. The added races have brought more horse racing enthusiasts to the English town and increased the excitement of the festivities. The four-day festival now attracts crowds of more than 200,000 and millions of pounds are wagered on the various types of races including Hurdle, Arkle, Chase to name a few.