What is it?
4 days of elite jump racing and an atmosphere arguably unrivalled anywhere else, the Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the British racing calendar, and due to its proximity to 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day (which this year falls on the Friday – Gold Cup Day no less), it is a firm favourite among the hordes of Irish racing fans, along with their British counterparts.
For punters, both of the casual and more serious variety, Cheltenham also offers racing in intensity and sheer numbers (28 races in total) which is unmatched in the UK and Ireland, and features no fewer than 14 Grade 1 races, the most prestigious of which include the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle, and the ‘big one’ – Friday’s Timico Gold Cup. All of these feature races run on consecutive days of the festival and start at 3.30pm (GMT).
When is it?
Dates: 14th – 17th March 2017
The Cheltenham Festival in numbers
- 24 races, including 14 Grade 1s
- 4 Feature Races
- Over 200,000 spectators in 4 days.
- £150m in bets on the Festival
Bookmaker Special Cheltenham Offers (Terms & Conditions Apply)
As one of the most prestigious racing events of the year, most bookmakers are keen to hop on the specials bus to attract new customers and keep their existing clients happy. Here are just some of the options which run in collaboration with normal sign-up offers:
Bet365, Ladbrokes, Totesport, BetVictor, Coral, William Hill, Stan James and Betfred all offer best odds guaranteed, usually meaning that if you back at the early price but the starting price is higher, the bookmakers will pay out on the higher odds. Check all terms and conditions in detail before playing.
Betdaq – Day 1 20% enhanced winnings
Betfair – New customers will get enhanced odds on a number of markets, including Top Trainer.
BetVictor – Get a £2 free bet on every race from an initial £10 bet made any time during the Festival
Betway – Enhanced odds of 34.00 on Douvan to win the Betway Queen Mother Chase (new customers only).
Bet365 – Non-runner no bet.
Boylesports – Money back if backed horse finished 2nd of 3rd to the SP favourite. Also, money back as a free bet on any horse that falls at the first or last fence, and non-runner no bet.
Coral – Make a bet of at least £25 between now and 13th March on any sport and get £10 in free bets to use on the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle on Tuesday 14th.
PaddyPower – Losing single stakes will be refunded as a free bet on horses finishing 2nd in any of the first 5 races every day, and enhanced odds on selected markets.
Skybet – Money back if you lose the first race, every day.
Sunbets – Bet £10 on the first race of the day and get 2 x £5 free bets
Top Trainer and Top Jockey prizes are awarded to the most prolific trainer and rider over the course of the festival. Many bookmakers offer Cheltenham ‘specials’ which include markets on these two categories, as well as a host of others.
What to look out for at Betadvisor.com
16 of Betadvisor’s 21 Horse Racing tipsters are currently riding a positive career yield on the platform, with a further two in the green so far for March. 7 Tipsters have career yield over 10%, while James Williamson, Dwayne Castell, Arun Lakey and Valentine Jiang currently boast eye-popping numbers of 39.57%, 35.39%, 30.72% and29.16% respectively. Betadvisor’s most prolific Horse Racing tipster, Ryan Ufer, meanwhile, has delivered +11780 points of career profit from well over 2000 tips. With the likes of Loois Battier Hr (+4792 points), Santiago Luis (+4514), Abapicks – Horse Racing (11.88% yield) and a host of Junior Tipsters also providing tipping success stories, Betadvisor really is the destination for betting advice and picks, both during Cheltenham week and beyond.