How To Place A Bet On The Cheltenham Festival

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Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is known as the world cup of horse racing, with 28 races spread over four days, there are plenty of top-rated horses to back or lay. Below we have provided a Cheltenham Festival guide with a tutorial on what you need to look out for when you place a bet.

The Festival begins on Tuesday 16th March with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race at 13:20 and the festival finishes on Friday 19th March with the last race being the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at 16:50.

Bookmakers will have multiple promotions on to entice new and existing customers to use their betting platform. Below are some of the key factors to look out for before you place a bet.

Non-Runner No Bet for the Cheltenham Festival

As bets are being placed for races which are in the future on the ante-post market, which means before the racecourse’s betting market has opened, (wiki explains more ), there may be a possibility of the horse not participating in the race. This could be for several reasons including injury or choosing to put the horse in another race. Normally you would not be entitled to your money back unless NRNB is in place.

So, make sure that if you place a bet on the days or weeks before the race starts, that the bookie is Non-Runner No Bet (NRNB), this will ensure you get your money back if your horse does not participate.

Bet365 and Coral have both confirmed they are NRNB. (#ad).

Cheltenham Festival Best Odds Guaranteed

BOG or Best Odds Guaranteed is a promotion which is run by most online bookmakers, if you take a price on your selection and if the Starting Price is bigger, you will get paid at the bigger odds.

Not all bookmakers will offer this for all races so best to double check as you will always want to be paid at the best odds if your horse wins the race.

Bet365 and Coral have both confirmed they are BOG. (#ad)

Cheltenham Festival Live Streaming

ITV have the television rights for the Cheltenham Festival and the main races can be watched on either ITV, ITV2 or ITV4. Previous years the final race of the day has not been shown on ITV and you were able to watch the race on the live stream platform provided by a bookmaker.

Benefits of using a live streaming platform would be that you do not have to watch the ITV coverage and you have easy access to stats and the betting platform.

If you would like to watch all the Cheltenham races on your phone or laptop, then you can using this link to the bet365 live streaming platform. (#ad)

From the bet365 website:

All you need to watch EVERY UK and Irish horse race is a funded account, or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. All racing can be viewed on mobile, tablet and desktop so you can keep up with the action wherever you are.

How to place a bet on a race

To place a bet on the Cheltenham festival you will need an online betting account, you can look at our featured bookmakers or visit Bet365 here. (#ad).

Once you have opened a new account, then you will be able to navigate to the Cheltenham festival section.

Have a look at the race card to help you decide which horse you would like to bet on and you then can make your selection.

Once you have selected the horse and you are happy with the odds, you choose the type of bet and enter your stake and place the bet.

Sit back and watch the race on either TV or the live streaming platform.

Once the race has finished the online bookie will settle the bet, if your selection won then your winnings will be added to your account.

Below are the race schedules.

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Schedule

Race TimeRace NameRace DistanceRace Type
13:20The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race2m ½fHurdle
13:55The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase2mChase
14:30The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase3m 1fChase
15:05The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (feature race)2m ½fHurdle
15:40The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race2m 4fHurdle
16:15The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)2m 4½fChase
16:50The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)3m 6fChase

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Schedule

Race TimeRace NameRace DistanceRace Type
13:20The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race2m 5fHurdle
13:55The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m ½ fChase
14:30The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)2m 5fHurdle
15:05The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Grade 1) (feature race)2mChase
15:40The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase3m 6fChase
16:15The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)2m ½fChase
16.50The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)2m ½fBumper

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Schedule

Race TimeRace NameRace DistanceRace Type
13:20The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m 4fChase
13:55The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)3mHurdle
14:30The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1) (feature race)2m 5fChase
15:05The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)3mHurdle
15:40The Paddy Power Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)2m 5fChase
16:15The Parnell Properties Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 1fHurdle
16.50Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) (0-145)3m 2fChase

Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Schedule

Race TimeRace NameRace DistanceRace Type
13:20The JCB Triumph Hurdle2m 1fHurdle
13:55The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race2m 1fHurdle
14:30The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race3mHurdle
15:05The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m 2½ fChase
15:40The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Steeple Chase3m 2½ fChase
16:15The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase2m ½fChase
16.50Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle2m 4½ fHurdle

Good luck, further reading on placing a bet and our betting guides.

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