Cheltenham Betting Tips 2021
As Cheltenham Festival is inching closer and closer, we’ll be here to give you the latest Cheltenham tips. The Festival is the crown of the Jumps racing season, which means that millions of people will tune in from 16th to 19th March 2021. It also means that many of them will head to the bookmakers and place a bet on their Cheltenham favourites.
Follow the race to see some of the world’s finest horses racing to win the £4.5 million prize money. And follow our website for the latest Cheltenham betting tips.
Guide on How to Bet on Horse Racing: Tips for Beginners
Before we jump into the Cheltenham Festival betting tips 2021, it’s important to lay some groundwork. For anyone new to the horse race betting, we’ll give a short guide on how to place a bet on horse racing.
Betting has gone hand in hand with horse racing since the sport’s early days. This hasn’t changed in the centuries since. What has changed is the fact that now you have the resources to do research before every major event and make an informed bet. You also have all the advantages of online betting like comparing the odds of multiple operators.
We would advise you to choose the operators who offer the best odds* guaranteed and non-runner no bet option. This will ensure you get the best odds regardless of when you choose to bet and also get a refund if the horse you bet on ends up pulling out of the race.
But before you start looking at the odds you should know the most common betting types.
- Win only bets are the most straightforward ones – you simply pick a horse you think will win and bet on it.
- Each way bets are very common since they give you an increased chance of winning. You, essentially, bet that a horse will either win the race or be the top 4.
- With place only bets you bet that a horse will place second or third.
- Forecast bet is where you predict the winner and runner-up.
- Tricast bet is where you predict the top 3.
Now that you have the very basics on how to bet on horse racing, we can turn to Cheltenham tips.
*Odds are subject to change.
Cheltenham Betting Tips: the Old Course and the New Course
Cheltenham festival spread across four days, with races run on three courses- the Old Course, the New Course and the Cross Country Course. Each of the courses has different characteristics and should be considered for the Cheltenham Festival betting tips 2021.
Difference Between the Old and the New Course
As the most well-known course in Cheltenham, the Old Course will be the home of the first two festival days. Some of the races it will host include the Arkle, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Champion Hurdle.
The Old Course is tighter, with four starting positions. The course makes for a shorter run from start to finish, which is why it suits the prominent racers with a turn of foot.
After the initial two days, the attention moves to the New course. There, you will get to watch the Ryanair Chase, Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle, JLT Novices’ Chase and Gold Cup.
The New Course features five starting positions. It has a much longer run from the final bend to the finish line. With only two flights of hurdles in the final six furlongs, the course primarily challenges the runner’s stamina. It also leaves enough room for comebacks.
What the courses have in common is that they are both left-handed with stiff fences. Both of the courses also have uphill finishes in the last half mile. So, how can this help you decide how to place a bet on Cheltenham?
As you could see, the courses put different attributes to the test: strength and endurance respectively. So, it’s important to make sure you pick the right horse for the race.
How to Bet on Cheltenham 2021: Our Cheltenham Betting Tips
Cheltenham is just close enough that it’s the perfect time for us to check out the latest Cheltenham betting tips. Since we’ve already briefly gone through the conditions, below we’ll focus our Cheltenham races tips on other relevant aspects.
Finally, we’ll list our top Cheltenham favourites. Hopefully, by the end, you will have a clear idea of how to place a bet on Cheltenham successfully.
The Trainer Statistics
Trainers are arguably the most deciding factor in determining the success of a horse. It is their duty to get the most out of a horse in a healthy and safe way. Most racing horses are selectively bred to have the highest genetic advantage. So, it is up to trainers to mould the raw potential into success.
In terms of betting tips for Cheltenham today, we’ll go over some of the important trainer related points.
First thing you should look at is the statistics of the trainer’s past performance. Which courses they have had more success on? Do their horses do better on routes or sprints?
See whether there are particular jockeys they prefer working with and for which types of races.
Find out whether their horses perform better in the earlier or later in the event. At times, horses need time to get into the groove, so they have a tendency to perform better later.
These are the kind of statistics you can use to get a clearer insight and predict how well a horse might perform.
The 2020 top Cheltenham Festival trainer was Willie Mullins, who beat his old rival Gordon Elliott with more seconds and thirds.
The Jockey Statistic
Compared with the role of the trainer, jockeys play has a less important role in a horse’s performance. A properly trained horse with good lineage is, in general, more likely to no matter who’s holding the reins. Still, it’s no coincidence that certain jockeys are more successful than others.
Much like with trainers, it can prove useful to check jockeys’ past performance. Quite often, some jockeys tend to do better on certain courses. In general, you should avoid betting on horses whose jockeys have a strike rate lower than 14%.
The 2020 top jockey was Paul Townend, who recorded 5 wins – the same as Barry Geraghty, but Townend landed the 2020 top Cheltenham Festival jockey with more second and thirds.
Cheltenham Favourites 2021: Our Selection For This Festival
In the next section, we’ll offer you our Cheltenham races tips and analyses for individual days of the Festival. We’ll also discuss our top picks and favourites. So read on if you want to get the latest betting tips for Cheltenham today.
Cheltenham Tips Tuesday
The first day of the Cheltenham Festival is packed with races. Those include Champion Hurdle, the Supreme Novices Hurdle and the Arkle Trophy. Here are Cheltenham betting tips for the opening day.
Two of the main Cheltenham favourites for this day are Goshen and Epatante, who also won the 2020 Champion Hurdle. These two are well-fancied in the 2021 betting for the Champion Hurdle.
Epantate was an easy 3 length winner of the 2020 Champion Hurdle and in the process provided her trainer – Nicky Henderson – with his eighth win in the race and his third in the last four renewals.
However, Epatante could face a stronger challenge in the 2021 Champion Hurdle if the Gary Moore-trained Goshen heads for this race. Their runner famously fell at the final hurdle in the 2020 Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but was well clear at the time and looks a very useful young hurdler in the making. His trainer has gone on record as saying the 2021 Champion Hurdle will be a big target for the horse at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and will be trained with that race in-mind.
Other races to note on day one of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival are the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – a race that the 2020 Champion Bumper winner and runner-up – Ferny Hollow & Appreciate It – could be aimed at in 2021.
The 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner – Shishkin – currently heads the betting for the Arkle Chase, that is also run on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, while Honeysuckle and Benie Des Dieux could do battle again in the Mares Hurdle.
Cheltenham Tips Wednesday
On the second day, we’ll have the chance to see the Steeple Chase, Coral Cup, and the Queen Mother Champion Chase and more.
In 2020 we saw one of the best finishes in recent times in the RSA Chase, when the Nicky Henderson-trained Champ came from well back to produce a power-packed finish to win the RSA Chase. The 2021 RSA Chase betting market is currently headed by the Gordon Elliott-trained Envoi Allen.
On Day two of the Cheltenham Festival the Queen Mother Champion Chase is the feature – a race the Paul Nicholls-trained Politologue won in 2020. In 2021 we could see a stronger challenge though with the former champion chaser – Altior – plus the promising up-and-coming chasers in this division Chacun Pour Soi and Defi Du Seuil – running.
We continue with Cheltenham tips for Thursday.
Cheltenham Tips Thursday
The Third Day of the Cheltenham Festival or the St.Patrick’s Day also gathers around the amazing Cheltenham runners. When it comes to predictions for that day, Envoi Allen is favourite among the Cheltenham runners to win the JLT Novice’s Chase, while Willie Mullin’s prolific chaser – the 9-year-old Min – is one of the Cheltenham favourites to take the Ryanair Chase – a race he won in 2020.
The Stayers’ Hurdle is another of the main races on day three of the Cheltenham Festival – a race that caused a big shock in 2020 when the 50/1 shot – Lisnagar Oscar – win the race. The hot Stayers’ Hurdle favourite in 2020 was Paisley Park, who won the Stayers’ Hurdle in 2019, but ran below-par to finish unplaced. He still has time on his side and if you can forgive that run, looks a big player again for the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle.
Cheltenham Tips Gold Cup
Finally, we turn to Cheltenham tips for Friday. Our top Cheltenham tips for Friday will centre around the Gold Cup. The Gold Cup will, of course, be the most anticipated race of the whole festival.
The 2018 winner, Native River missed the race in 2020, but is sure to be a big player if back on-song in 2021. But all eyes will be on the 2019 and 2020 Gold Cup winner – Al Boum Photo – as he looks to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times in a row and become the first horse since Best Mate to achieve this feat. His challenge will come from the likes of Santini, who was a close runner-up in 2020, Delta Work, plus the 2020 RSA Chase winner – Champ – who should have the Gold Cup as his target in 2021.
Cheltenham Tips for the Arkle Chase 2021
The 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner – Shishkin – heads the betting for the 2021 Arkle Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. This Nicky Henderson-trained runner is expected to make the switch from hurdles to fences during the 2021-22 season and if taking to the bigger obstacles looks a horse to follow.
Champion Chase Prediction
Finally, Nicky Henderson’s Altior is one the top favourite to win the Champion Chase, despite having to miss the 2020 renewal. This popular 2m chaser won this race in 2018 and 2019, and even though he’ll be an 11 year-old if running in the 2021 Champion Chase, horses of that age have won the race in recent times – Moscow Flyer won the 2005 Champion Chase as an 11 year-old. He’ll face opposition from Willie Mullins-trained Chacun Pour Soi, who was another notably absentee from the 2020 race – he’ll be looking to give trainer Willie Mullins his first win in the Champion Chase.