Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips & Predictions

Del Pugh:

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival gets underway on March 16, with “the greatest show on turf” bringing four days of top class National Hunt racing, culminating in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Friday, and we have picked out our favourite bet for each day of the huge meeting.

A total of 28 races span across the week’s meeting and here at BettingPro.com we take a brief look the main event from each day’s card and pick out a selection for each, along with details of an excellent non-runner, no bet offer that lets punters grab the early ante-post prices, without a risk to your stake!

So, check out our selections for the big races below, with more to come as we build up to the biggest race meeting in the world, the Cheltenham Festival…

Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips: Tuesday, March 16

Champion Hurdle

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The first of the big races is the Champion Hurdle, a 2 mile contest, raced over just eight flights. Last year’s winner, Epatante will be looking to reclaim the crown won last year, when 7 lengths clear of Sharjah, as trainer Nicky Henderson became the most successive trainer in modern times in this contest.

His charge has been in good form since returning from an extended break, beating another potential race rival in Sceau Royal back in November, before finishing second to yet another race rival in Silver Streak, when racing in December’s Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, finishing a surprising 6.5 lengths behind the winner. That however is likely to be a minor blot on the copybook and with bookmakers making Epatante the strong favourite to once again take the spoils, it’s difficult to look elsewhere for a winner.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips: Wednesday, March 17

Queen Mother Champion Chase

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Wednesday’s Queen Mother Champion Chase takes place over 1m 7f and features twelve fences, with Politologue another who is looking to retain the title, won last year. Last year saw the withdrawals of both Chacun Pour Soi and Altior, while favourite Defi De Seuil disappointed as odds on favourite. All three are destined to appear this time around, with Chacun Pour Soi the current favourite.

Although he has shown to be more vulnerable in recent times, Altior is the selection for this contest, with another of Nicky Henderson’s charges very much in the frame to grab the spoils, having won the race in 2018 and 2019 previously. Twenty-one wins in twenty-five runs makes him a bit of a legend in National Hunt circles and although he came second in the Desert Orchid Chase in December, to Nube Negra who also runs in this contest, he still has the ability to take the victory here and grab a third victory in this race.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips: Thursday, March 18

Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle

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The penultimate day’s big race is the Stayers Hurdle, a 3m test of stamina and once again featuring twelve flights. This race provided a big shock last year, when 50/1 shot, Lisnagar Oscar won the race, ahead of Ronald Pump (20/1), with the favourite, Paisley Park finishing well off the pace in seventh. However the Emma Lavelle runner returns to put that disappointment behind them and goes in as favourite for the race.

Both Paisley Park and Thyme Hill lead the way in the markets and look destined to be battling it out for the victory here, although the likes of Benie Des Dieux and Roksana will look to have their say too. However the aforementioned favourites have been involved in some top tussles recently, with Thyme Hill coming out on top back in November, by 1.5 lengths at Newbury in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle, before Paisley Park drew revenge a month later, when winning the Long Walk Hurdle by a neck. It’s going to be a fascinating battle between these, but I’m siding with the Philip Hobbs trained, Thyme Hill here.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips: Friday, March 19

Cheltenham Gold Cup

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The culmination of a weeks top racing, takes place on Friday with the Gold Cup race, a 3m 2f trip with twenty-two fences to navigate and a place in the history books for the winner. Willie Mullins’s Al Boum Photo beat Santini by a neck in last years edition to make it two successive victories and he returns seeking a hat-trick, going in as favourite with bookmakers. All looked good for him on his return to action at Tramore, when easing to a 19 length win in a relatively relaxed race and there is little reason to suggest he cannot repeat the feat once again.

Behind the favourite, A Plus Tard has previously won here, in the Close Brother Chase in 2019 and finished third in the Ryanair Chase last year, with Henry De Bromhead’s charge looking the most likely candidate to challenge and the selection for this race. Minella Indo, Royale Pagaille and the returning Santini all have genuine chances of usurping the market leader here, but A Plus Tard’s performance, when winning the Savill’s Chase at Leopardstown at the end of last year sneaks him ahead of the rest.

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