Cheltenham Betting 2021

In this article we will give you pointers as to how you can get through betting on the Cheltenham Festival 2021 without doing too much damage to your bank balance. Cheltenham is one of the greatest weeks of the year for horse racing enthusiasts with 28 high class races spread over 4 days but the action is very competitive and it takes more than luck to come out ahead at the end of the Festival.

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Below is a list of the best Cheltenham betting sites and their offers for new and existing customers looking to place bets on Cheltenham 2021:

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Cheltenham Festival betting Guide

Here we answer frequently asked questions about Cheltenham betting

How Do I bet on the Cheltenham Festival?

All online betting sites will accept bets on the Cheltenham Festival 2021. Open a betting account with any of the Betting sites listed above and you will be ready to go. If you intend placing several different bets over the 4 days of the Cheltenham Festival put some money aside as a Cheltenham betting bank. This will allow you to keep track on your bets and ensure you only risk as much money as you can afford to lose.

Check out our Betting section for more advice on how to place bets.

What are the most popular Cheltenham races to bet on?

Each day of the Cheltenham Festival there is one feature race in the middle of the card at 3.05pm. These races are the Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Tuesday 16 March, the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday 17 March, the Stayers’ Hurdle on Thursday 18 March and the Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on Friday 19 March.

Which are the best bookmakers for betting on Cheltenham Festival?

All bookmakers welcome Cheltenham betting and the odds they offer are broadly similar. Some will offer enhanced odds or more favourable each-way betting terms on certain races to attract new customers while others will give concessions such as money back as a free bet if your horse falls or finishes second.

Check out our bookmaker offers section

Best Cheltenham Bets

Cheltenham races are some of the most competitive races run each year. Generally big fields of horses with everyone trying their hardest to win. Because the racing is so competitive the best advice regarding Cheltenham betting is to be selective with your bets. Don’t bet in every race.

One simple way to avoid the temptation of betting in every race is to do a Tote Placepot each day. This bet involves the first six races each day and as the name suggests you are looking to find a placed horse in each of the races and not necessarily the winner. As the Placepot pools tend to exceed £1 million each day of the Cheltenham Festival there is the potential to win big for a small investment.

Most bookmakers will offer enhanced odds or money back concessions on selected Cheltenham races so check which sites are offering something extra on any race you are intending to have a bet on. The enhancement may only apply to a portion of your stake but every little helps when trying to show a profit at the end of the week.

Where to watch Cheltenham 2021?

As Cheltenham 2021 will take place behind closed doors and without an audience the only way to see the action live is to watch it on TV or a streaming service. ITV will show six of the seven races live on each day of Cheltenham.

If you are not in a position to watch ITV, most betting sites will also stream each race live. In order to view the races on a betting site you will either need to login to a funded account or place a small bet. Check your betting site to find out their terms and conditions regarding watching live streams.

RacingTV, will also broadcast all 28 races live but this channel requires a monthly subscription.

Cheltenham Festival FAQs

When does Cheltenham Festival take place?

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival runs for four days from Tuesday 16 March to Friday 19 March. The dates for the Festival change slightly each year but it always takes place during the middle of March and runs from Tuesday to Friday.

What is the Cheltenham Festival?

The Cheltenham Festival is a horse race meeting that takes place each March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, England. The event runs over four days and is the pinnacle of the National Hunt racing seasons in both Ireland and the UK.

Which is the biggest race at Cheltenham?

A number of important National Hunt races are run at Cheltenham each year but the most prestigious is the Cheltenham Gold Cup which takes place on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival in March each year. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a steeplechase run over a distance of 3 miles, 2 furlongs and 70 yards.

Who are the best jockeys at Cheltenham?

The recently retired Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey of all time at the Cheltenham Festival with 58 wins. He is 20 winners clear of his nearest rival Barry Geraghty, also retired, who rode 38 winners at the Festival during his career.

Of the jockeys riding at Cheltenham 2021 Richard Johnson has the most winners with 23 previous successes.

Paul Townend was the leading rider at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival with 5 wins.

Who are the best trainers at Cheltenham?

Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer at the Cheltenham Festival with 65 winners so far in his career. Nicky Henderson is in second place with 64 wins. Paul Nicholls is third with 45 winners. All three trainers will have horses running at Cheltenham 2021.

Willie Mullins has been crowned Leading trainer at the Festival on seven difference occasions including 2020.

What’s the difference between the Old course and the New course at Cheltenham?

The Old course and the New course at Cheltenham are two side by side strips of ground used throughout the year at Cheltenham. During the Cheltenham Festival the Old course is raced on for the first two days and the New course is used for the final two days. Both courses have the same finishing chute.

The Chase track on the Old course is sharper than on the New course and tends to favour front runners or horses close to the pace.

The Hurdle track on the New course has only two jumps in the final 6 furlongs of races which tends to make them more of a stamina test than the hurdle races on the Old course. Hold up horse can have an advantage over those ridden prominently.

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