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Cheltenham Ante-post Tips 2022

With one of the biggest National Hunt events almost upon us, what we all need is reliable Cheltenham tips. The 2022 Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday 15th and Friday 18th of March and we have all the info you need to help you identify winners.

The Festival races look as exciting and competitive as ever. Not to worry though, as our betting tips for Cheltenham will help you in your quest to beat the bookies. Read on for all the best Cheltenham free tips.

Our Top Cheltenham Tips

Our team of expert tipsters comprises our editor Vincent Finegan, Ed Quigley also known as ‘Longshot Ted’ and Betting Expert’s Stephen Harris. Watch our show 'Jump To It' to note down their tips for Cheltenham and don’t miss daily insight during all four days of the Festival from King George-winning jockey Danny Mullins.

Our Cheltenham race cards will have in-depth previews and tips for each race closer to the event. For now, take a look at our ante-post guide to each championship race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Day 1 Tips and Trends, Tuesday 15th March 2022

Day one is highlighted by the two-mile Champion Hurdle when the fastest and most talented hurdlers are put to the test. The formidable duo of Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore are back to defend their title and are hot favourites to prevail, following their sparkling performance in the Irish Champion Hurdle. The star mare will face one of her toughest tasks yet when taking on Appreciate It, who was last seen since winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at last year’s Festival.

Gordon Elliott’s Teahupoo has been thrust into the Champion Hurdle frame following a hat-trick of wins and 2020 winner Epatante, who finished third last year to Honeysuckle, will be looking to reverse that form.

We take a look at some stats and trends for the Champion Hurdle to help you with your Cheltenham day 1 tips:

  • The most successful trainer in the race is Nicky Henderson, who has saddled the winner on eight occasions.
  • Willie Mullins has landed the prize four times and has had runners placed in the last four renewals.
  • Irish trainers have a good record in the Champion Hurdle, having won eleven of the past eighteen runnings.
  • Eight of the last ten winners had won a Grade 1 going into the race.
  • The last ten winners of the Champion Hurdle had last run between 26 and 78 days ago.
  • Eight of the last ten winners were rated 161 or above.

More Cheltenham day 1 tips can be found on our Jump To It video feature.

Cheltenham Day 2 Tips and Trends, Wednesday 16th March 2022

The two-mile specialists go head to head once more on day two, with the Queen Mother Champion Chase taking centre stage. The ultimate test of speed and agility, the feature race is a fine spectacle as the best two-mile chasers battle it out over thirteen fences. This year’s renewal will be a sight to savour as Shishkin and Energumene reoppose following their duel in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot, where Shishkin saw off his rival by one length.

Further down the betting you will find; Chacun Pour Soi, who bounced back to form last time out in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase, Funambule Sivola who represents in-form trainer Venetia Williams and Dan Skelton’s Nube Negra, who are all worth considering for each-way value.

Below you can find some trends to help you with your Cheltenham day 2 picks:

  • The last ten winners of the Champion Chase appeared at least 32 days ago.
  • Trainer Willie Mullins has never won the Champion Chase.
  • Nicky Henderson has an excellent 50% strike-rate in this contest in the past ten years, having taken the spoils five times.
  • Nine of the last ten winners had won last time out.
  • Eight of the last ten winners had finished in the top three on their last start.
  • Jockey Nico De Boinville has won every Champion Chase he has contested.

More Cheltenham day 1 tips can be found on our Jump To It video feature.

Cheltenham Day 3 Tips and Trends, Thursday 17th March 2022

Things get ratcheted up here on day three. The feature race is the three-mile Stayers‘ Hurdle, while the richest race on the card is the Ryanair Chase.

The Stayers‘ Hurdle is race four on the card and 2019 winner Paisley Park seemed back to his best when he saw off Champ in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January. Last year’s winner Flooring Porter is current favourite to follow up on last year’s victory in this race, while 2020 winner, Lisnagar Oscar, seems to hit form at this time of year and can be found at a nice each-way price.

Take a look at the stats and trends below:

  • The most-winning trainer in the race over the last ten years is Willie Mullins.
  • The last ten winners of the Stayers’ Hurdle appeared at least 46 days ago.
  • Five of the last ten winners had run in the Cleeve Hurdle on Cheltenham Trials day.
  • Nine of the last ten had won one of their last three starts.
  • Nine of the last ten winners had won at Cheltenham before.
  • Eight of the last ten winners had run over three miles or more.

Watch Jump To It to find our team’s Cheltenham day 3 tips.

Cheltenham Day 4 Tips and Trends, Friday 18th March 2022

This is the point at which the Festival reaches a crescendo - Gold Cup day! Betting tips for Cheltenham are most sought after on this day and we‘ve got you covered. We also have Cheltenham tips on the Jump To It videos displayed on our homepage of this site.

The majority of Cheltenham betting tips centre on the Gold Cup. The feature race of this meeting and of the entire National Hunt season, this phenomenal Grade 1 event is as competitive as ever with last year’s runner up, A Plus Tard, favourite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting to join the greats.

Galvin produced the most gutsy display to run down A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown and is next in the betting. Meanwhile, 2021 Gold Cup hero, Minella Indo, looks to follow up on his excellent second in the Irish Gold Cup last time.

At bigger odds, you will find Protektorat, trainer Dan Skelton has been bullish about his chances and two-time Gold cup winner Al Boum Photo, cannot be ruled out at double-figure odds.

Below we looks at the stats and trends to help you unearth the best Cheltenham Gold Cup tips:

  • The last ten winners won last time out.
  • Nine of the last ten winners were rated 164 or higher.
  • Irish trainers have won six of the last ten renewals of the Gold Cup.
  • Nine of the last ten had won over three miles or further.
  • The Irish Gold Cup has produced three of the last ten winners.
  • Paul Townend is the most-winning jockey in the last ten years, having won the prize twice aboard Al Boum Photo.

How to Bet on the Cheltenham Festival 2022

Cheltenham betting tips are about more than going for the horse with the biggest reputation, there‘s no doubt about that. There are so many factors to keep in mind when trying to stay ahead. Check out our Cheltenham tips on how to pick the right horse at the Festival.

Find a Horse with Class

Horses winning en route to the Festival is one thing, but are they good enough? While stamina and toughness come into things here, only the classiest horses in their division prove good enough at Cheltenham. Make sure your horse has won against the best and/or has comfortably beaten those in the next grade down.

Look for Course Form

This is not a prerequisite, however Cheltenham is unique and many with good form simply don‘t perform there. Should you get two horses very close together on form and one is proven around Cheltenham, it would be wise to make that your tie-breaker.

Look for the Right Attributes for the Right Course

Cheltenham is split between the New Course and the Old Course. Make sure your horse has the right attributes for the one it‘s racing on. The New Course puts the emphasis on stamina and staying ability, while speed is more prevalent on the Old Course which you should keep in mind.

Look for Race Fitness

More and more trainers are wrapping their horses in cotton wool before the Festival. Some do not see the track again after running at Christmas time, however there is an argument that rather than keeping them fresh, it‘s giving them a disadvantage. Horses which have run at the Dublin Racing Festival in early February have done very well of late, as will others which have run just a few weeks before Cheltenham.

Get Good Value

It‘s one thing finding a horse you believe has a great chance, but you need to get value for money. Ensure your horse is a reasonable price and that you are betting with the best bookmakers. Also keep an eye on the bookmakers‘ offers as some will enhance the odds on certain runners or offer money-back concessions if your horse finishes second to the favourite.

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Cheltenham 2022 Ante-post Favourites

Here you can find all the ante-post favourites for every race at the Cheltenham Festival 2022. Odds are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Tuesday 15 March 2022

Race2022 Ante-post Favourite2021 Winner
Supreme Novices’ HurdleConstitution Hill 9-4 Appreciate It
Arkle ChaseEdwardstone 2-1Shiskin
Ultima Handicap ChaseDoes He Know 8-1Vintage Clouds
Champion HurdleHoneysuckle 8-15Honeysuckle
Mares’ HurdleTelmesomethinggirl 3-1Black Tears
Boodles Juvenile Handicap HurdleGaelic Warrior 9-2Jeff Kidder
National Hunt ChaseStattler 3-1, Run Wild Fred 3-1Galvin

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Race2022 Ante-post Favourite2021 Winner
Ballymore Novices’ HurdleSir Gerhard 2-1Bob Olinger
Brown Advisory Novices’ ChaseGalopin Des Champs 10-11Monkfish
Coral CupBurning Victory 10-1, Unexpected Party 10-1, Teahupoo 10-1, Good Risk At All 10-1Heaven Help Us
Champion ChaseShishkin 4-5Put the Kettle On
Cross Country ChaseTiger Roll 5-2Tiger Roll
Grand Annual Handicap ChaseGentlemen De Mee 8-1, Brave Seasca 8-1Sky Pirate
Champion BumperFacile Vega 1-1Sir Gerhard

Thursday 17 March 2022

Race2022 Ante-post Favourite2021 Winner
Turner Novices’ ChaseBob Olinger 1-1Chantry House
Pertemps Network FinalAlaphilippe 9-1Mrs Milner
Ryanair ChaseAllaho 5-6Allaho
Stayers’ HurdleFlooring Porter 7-2Flooring Porter
Paddy Power PlateCelebre Dallen 6-1The Shunter
Mares’ Novices’ HurdleAllegorie de Vassy 7-2Telmesomethinggirl
Kim Muir Challenge CupFrontal Assault 11-2Mount Ida

Friday 18 March 2022

Race2022 Ante-post Favourite2021 Winner
Triumph HurdlePied Piper 9-4, Vauban 9-4Quilixios
County HurdleTop Bandit 7-1Belfast Banter
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Minella Crooner 4-1Vanillier
Gold CupA Plus Tard 10-3Minella Indo
Hunters’ ChaseBillaway 10-3Porlock Bay
Mares’ Chase Concertista 11-4Colreevy
Martin Pipe Handicap HurdleLanger Dan 8-1Galopin Des Champs

Cheltenham Gold Cup Result 2021

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the race that everyone wants to win and it is the feature event of the entire Festival. Last year’s winner Minella Indo put up a dazzling display to get the better of his stablemate A Plus Tard in the Festival’s blue riband event. The Gold Cup hero of 2020, Al Boum Photo failed to defend his crown but ran an excellent race back in third.

PositionHorseStarting Price
1Minella Indo9-1
2A Plus Tard10-3
3Al Boum Photo9-4F
4Native River12-1
5Frodon16-1