Betting Tips and Previews: Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Special Bets

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A fortnight to go!!! Cheltenham Festival 2022 is set, as always, to be a bonanza of fantastic betting opportunities and it’s not always the races and the horses that take centre stage.

We have selected some of the best Cheltenham Festival 2022 special bets currently on offer by our partner firms including Top GB Trainer, The Prestbury Cup, number of Irish winners, Top Jockey and some great quirky options such as deciding which race will have the biggest winning distance! We will point you towards the best Cheltenham offers and Cheltenham best bets.


Non Runner No Bet!

Quick reminder that the following partner firms are now offering Non Runner No Bet on all races for The 2022 Cheltenham Festival!

Bet365 (Also with Best Odds Guaranteed)
William Hill
Bet Victor

The Prestbury Cup

Very much a forgone conclusion and almost incomprehensible that last year’s mauling by the Irish will be avenged by the British trainers this year. The current odds reflect this:


1/10 Ireland (William Hill)
8/1 UK (William Hill)
12/1 The draw (William Hill)

Top Jockey

The Irish absolutely dominate here unsurprisingly with representatives from the emerald isle taking up four places in the betting top 5. Paul Townend leads this market at 11/10 (William Hill) although this is attributed to a number of decent opportunities riding Willie Mullins horses in the listed events.

Far better value is to be found on Davy Russell (5/1 William Hill) who is first choice jockey for a very formidable Gordon Elliott team who have a host of excellent chances in the listed and handicap events.

Paul Townend 11/10
Rachel Blackmore 7/2
Davy Russell 5/1
Nico De Boinville 7/1
Jack Kennedy 8/1
Mark Walsh 12/1
Patrick Mullins 16/1



Other Bets

Biggest Race Winning Distance

Another intriguing market is the Biggest Race Winning Distance bet option.

20 lengths + 7/4 (William Hill)
15 – 19.5 lengths 2/1 (William Hill)
10-14.5 lengths 5/1 (William Hill)
Under 10 lengths 9/2 (William Hill)

Considering the incredibly competitive nature of the Cheltenham Festival races, it’s hard to imagine any horse could win by anything more than 15 lengths but it does happen.

However, it is difficult to pinpoint where an absolute decimation might occur. The Ryanair Chase looks booked for Allaho whilst Honeysuckle could easily improve on her 7 length win over Sharjah in last year’s Champion Hurdle. The 10-14.5 lengths at 5/1 may well be a good value bet.

Biggest Winning SP

The Cheltenham Festival is renowned for producing shock results and whilst another win in the vein of Norton’s Coin winning the Gold Cup at odds of 100/1 is a once in a lifetime event, a 33/1 or 40/1 shot winner is never out of the question. The 5/4 for this outcome looks solid.

Between 33 and 40/1 5/4 (William Hill)
Between 50 and 66/1 2/1 (William Hill)
Bigger than 66/1 5/1 (William Hill)
28/1 or shorter 5/1 (William Hill)

Number of Winning SP Favourites

Bombproof bankers look a little short on the ground for this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Honeysuckle and Allaho look solid but there are plenty of doubts over other current market leaders.

The Arkle, Triumph Hurdle, Ballymore, Supreme Novices and to some extent The Champion Chase look like fairly open affairs. Galopin De Champs and Bob Olinger could have been added to the bombproof list but now look set to take each other on in a mouth-watering Turners Chase clash on St Patrick’s Thursday.

Could be a lean year for favourites making the 6 or fewer winners a big tempter.

7 or 8 2/1 (William Hill)
9 or 10 2/1 (William Hill)
11 or more 5/2 (William Hill)
6 or fewer 5/1 (William Hill)

Which Race Will Have The Biggest Winning Distance?

The Cross Country Chase has produced some emphatic winners down the years: Easysland and of course Tiger Roll certainly spring to mind. 6/1 looks good value or 10/1 for the Champion Hurdle to produce a big win for Honeysuckle.

The novice chase events often produce decisive winners, but the most viable bet would head nearer to the more attritional staying chases such as the National Hunt or Cross Country Chase.

Cross Country Chase 6/1
National Hunt Novices Chase 7/1
Brown Advisory Novices Chase 8/1
Hunter Chase 8/1
Turners Novices Chase 9/1
Champion Hurdle 10/1



Our Recommended Cheltenham Festival 2022 Betting Offers


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New Customers (available throughout Cheltenham Festival 2022)



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Bet £10 Get £60 in Bonuses

New Customers (available throughout Cheltenham Festival)


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Join and Claim Offer with Betfred

Bet Victor

Bet £5 Get £30 in Bonuses

New Customers (available throughout Cheltenham Festival)


Key Terms of the Offer:

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Bet £10, Get £20 in Free Bets (plus up to 7 places on Each Way bets every day of the Festival)

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Please note all odds are correct at the time of publishing (6pm 3rd March 2022) and are subject to change.

Matt is Howtobet4free's resident Horse Racing expert, writer, tipster and a huge Cheltenham Festival fan. He occasionally dabbles in Golf, Football and anything else you can gamble on!

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