Betting Tips and Previews: Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival 2017: Tuesday 14th March 2017 - Friday 17th March 2017.

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Cheltenham Festival 2017 Betting Guide



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The 2017 Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday 14th March, running over four compelling days of top quality horse racing, culminating in the fantastic Gold Cup! Plenty of superstar horses, jockeys, short odds bankers, long shots, free bets, betting offers, and highly competitive top quality horse racing! The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the jump racing season, and arguably the best horse racing event of the year.

Whether you’re a Cheltenham Festival stalwart or a complete newbie, Howtobet4free have summarised the key information that will help you get to grips with Cheltenham Festival 2017.

Dates

Tuesday 14th March 2017 - Friday 17th March 2017.

History

  • The Cheltenham Festival originates back since 1860.
  • Originally named the ‘Grand National Meeting.’
  • Has been held at Prestbury Park, Cheltenham since 1911.
  • The Cheltenham Gold Cup race was established in 1924.
  • Until the 2005, the Cheltenham Festival was scheduled over three days rather than the present four day schedule.

Horses to Watch (Best Priced Odds)

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Jockey’s to Watch (Top Jockey - Best Priced Odds)

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Trainers to Watch (Top Trainer - Best Priced Odds)

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Number of Races

28 races. 7 races each day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

The Cheltenham Festival Racecourse

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Grade 1 Races

  • Champion Hurdle (Feature Race)
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase (Feature Race)
  • World Hurdle (Feature Race)
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup (Feature Race)
  • Champion Bumper
  • Triumph Hurdle
  • Ryanair Chase
  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy
  • RSA Chase

Cheltenham Festival 2017 Schedule

Tuesday 14th March – Champion Day

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13:30pm – Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle (2m 1/2f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner:  Altior - 4/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Ebazyian – 40/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Melon – 7/2 with SkybetBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Magna Cartor – 150/1 with Stan JamesBet Here!

14:10pm – Racing Post Arkle Chase (2m) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Douvan - 1/4 (Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Western Warhorse – 33/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Altior – 1/3 with BetfredBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Winner Massagot – 100/1 with bet365Bet Here!

14:50pm – The Ultima Handicap Chase (3m 1f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Un Temps Pour Tout - 11/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Joes Edge – 50/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Singlefarmpayment – 12/1 with William HillBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Wakanda – 50/1 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

15:30pm – The Stan James Champion Hurdle (2m 1/2f) (Hurdle) – Feature Race

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Annie Power – 5/2 (Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Punjabi – 22/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Buveaur Dair – 7/2 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Diakali – 100/1 with BetfredBet Here!

16:10pm – OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (2m 4f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Vroom Vroom Mag – 4/6 (Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Whiteoak – 20/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Apples Jade – 7/4 with Stan JamesBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Hidden Identity – 150/1 with BetVictorBet Here!

16:50pm – JT McNamara National Hunt Chase (4m) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Minella Rocco – 8/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Another Run – 40/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: A Genie In Abottle – 6/1 with CoralBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Jack In A Box – 100/1 with bet365Bet Here!

17:30pm – The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (2m 4+1/2f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Ballyalton – 12/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Irish Cavalier – 66/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Foxtail Hill – 14/1 with Stan JamesBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Viens Chercher – 40/1 with Stan JamesBet Here!

Wednesday 15th March – Ladies Day

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13:30pm – Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Yorkhill – 3/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Massini’s Maguire – 20/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Finians Oscar – 9/2 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Ballymountain Boy – 125/1 with Coral Bet Here!

14:10pm – RSA Chase (3m 1/2f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Blaklion – 8/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Windermere – 20/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Might Bite – 7/2 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Theos Charm – 100/1 with bet365Bet Here!

14:50pm – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (2m 5f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Diamond King – 12/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Idole First – 33/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Sutton Place – 10/1 with William HillBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: The Romford Pele – 40/1 with bet365Bet Here!

15:30pm – Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (2m) (Chase) – Feature Race

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Sprinter Sacre – 5/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Newmill – 16/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Douvan – 1/3 with BetfredBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: The Game Changer – 100/1 with BoylesportsBet Here!

16:10pm – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase (3m 6f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Any Currency – 11/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): A New Story – 25/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Cantlow – 11/4 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Johnny Og – 66/1 with Stan JamesBet Here!

16:50pm – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m 1/2f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Diego Du Charmil – 13/2

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Une Artiste – 40/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Duca De Thaix – 8/1 with bet365Bet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Milrow – 66/1 with Stan JamesBet Here!

17:30pm – Wetherbys Champion Bumper (2m 1/2f) (Bumper)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Ballyandy – 5/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Cue Card – 40/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Carter McKay – 10/3 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Battle Of Ideas – 80/1 with LadbrokesBet Here!

 

Thursday 16th March – St Patrick’s Thursday

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13:30pm – JLT Noices’ Chase (2m 4f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Black Hercules – 4/1 (Jt Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Benefficient – 14/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Yorkhill – 7/4 with Stan JamesBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Sizing Tennessee – 100/1 with CoralBet Here!

14:10pm – Pertemps Network Final (3m) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Mall Dini – 14/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Kadoun – 50/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Tobefair – 6/1 with bet365Bet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Luccombe Dawn – 66/1 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

14:50pm – Ryanair Chase (2m 5f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Vautour – Evens (Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Uxizandre – 16/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Un De Sceaux – 7/2 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Artic Skipper – 200/1 with William HillBet Here!

15:30pm – The Sun Bets Stayers’s Hurdle (3m) (Hurdle) – Feature Race

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Thistlecrack – Evens (Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Cole Harden – 14/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Unowhatimeanharry – 5/4 with SkyBetBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Anteros – 200/1 with BetVictorBet Here!

16:10pm – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (2m 5f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Empire of Dirt – 16/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Carrickboy – 50/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Bouvreuil – 16/1 with bet365Bet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Marchilhac – 50/1 with PaddypowerBet Here!

16:50pm – The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Limini – 8/11 (Fav)

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Airlier Beach – 5/2 with BoylesportsBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Canelie – 40/1 with SkyBetBet Here!

17:30pm – The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase (3m 2f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Cause of Causes – 9/2

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): You’re Special – 33/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Mall Dini – 12/1 with BetVictorBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Pearl Swan – 33/1 with Stan JamesBet Here!

Friday 17th March – Gold Cup Day

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13:30pm – JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Ivanovich Gorbatov – 9/2 (Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Countrywide Flame – 33/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Defi Du Seuil – 3/1 with William HillBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Wynford – 250/1 with Stan JamesBet Here!

14:10pm – Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (2m 1f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Superb Story – 8/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Silver Jaro – 50/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Sutton Place – 8/1 with bet365Bet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Chesterfield – 50/1 with SkyBetBet Here!

14:50pm – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (3m) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Unowhattimeanharry – 11/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Berties Dream – 33/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Death Duty – 5/2 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Belmont Park – 500/1 with Stan JamesBet Here!

15:30pm – Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup (3m 2+1/2f) (Chase) – Feature Race

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Don Cossack – 9/4 (Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Lord Windermere – 20/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Thistlecrack – 15/8 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Perfect Candidate – 250/1 with SportingbetBet Here!

16:10pm – St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase (3m 2+1/2f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: On The Fringe – 13/8 (Fav)

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Zemsky – 33/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: On The Fringe – 6/4 with BetfredBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: One Conemara – 50/1 with SkyBetBet Here!

16:50pm – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2m 4+1/2f) (Hurdle)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Ibis Du Rheu – 14/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Andytown – 25/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Chacun Pour Soi – 10/1 with bet365Bet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Spiritofthegames – 33/1 with BetVictorBet Here!

17:30pm – The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (2m 1/2f) (Chase)

Cheltenham 2016 Winner: Solar Impulse – 28/1

Longest Odds Winner (since 2005): Oiseau De Nuit – 40/1

Cheltenham 2017 Favourite: Dandridge – 12/1 with Betfair SportsbookBet Here!

Cheltenham 2017 Longest Odds Selection: Solar Impulse – 40/1 with bet365Bet Here!

Horses at the Cheltenham Festival

What Bookmakers/Betting Accounts should I use for Cheltenham Festival 2017?

The Cheltenham Festival is without doubt the best time of the year to open a betting account, and take advantage of some fantastic new and existing betting offers, which are much more generous than at other times of year. By opening multiple betting accounts with a variety of bookmakers it ensures you can claim the best odds and make use of all the fantastic betting offers.

Howtobet4free will be keeping you updated on the latest and best Cheltenham betting offers before and during the 2017 Cheltenham Festival. Be sure to check out our betting previews page, dedicated Cheltenham Festival page and follow us on twitter!

Make sure you check out our recommended and trusted bookmaker free bet offers here, and enjoy the 2017 Cheltenham Festival!

 

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