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.

Check out our comprehensive list of tips for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival below and keep an eye on our Betting Tips page during the festival, for a daily Lucky 15 selection and other bets that have grabbed our attention. So without further ado, lets dive in!

Cheltenham Festival – Day 4 (Friday, 19th March)

Friday is of course the big one, with the Triumph Hurdle getting us off and running, before we see who can make history in the Gold Cup, as Al Boum Photo, Champ and A Plus Tard headline the highlight of the entire Festival.

Triumph Hurdle

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  • Two wins in last two races
  • Won a Class 3 Juvenile Hurdle at Ascot In January
  • Followed up with a Grade 2 victory at Kempton in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, beating Casa Loupi by 10 lengths
  • Has matured into a strong contender and looks the one to beat in this contest.

County Hurdle

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  • Winner on debut at Cork in November (2m heavy).
  • Since made the step up Graded company, acquitting themselves well.
  • Finished Second In a Grade 2 at Punchestown, behind Dreal Deal
  • Then finished fifth last time out in Grade 1 Novice Hurdle at Leopardtown, 19 lengths behind the very stong Gaillard Du Mesnil
  • Drops back to more favourable distance and number one jockey from Mullins yard, Paul Townend rides.

Albert Bartlett Hurdle

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  • Winner of a Grade 3 at Navan last November, when half a lenght clear of Fire Attack
  • Finished fourth to Gaillard Du Mesnil in a Grade 1 contest at Leopardstown last month
  • Despite the fourth place, his late run from deep in the closing stages, highlighted his staying abilities
  • Looks a straight fight with Stattler for the win

Cheltenham Gold Cup

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  • Four wins and six places in ten career starts
  • Won the Close Brothers Chase here in 2019, when romping to a 16 length win
  • Won a Grade 1 contest at Leopardstown in the following December, when beating Chacun Pour Soi
  • Showed great stamina, when beating Melon, Kemboy and Allaho in the Savills Chase last time out, in December.

St James's Place Hunter Chase

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  • Three straight wins since being pulled-up on debut
  • Latest of those wins, was a Class 3 at Haydock, when 17 lengths clear of Wishing And Hoping.
  • More to come considering he has had just four competitive starts
  • Offers the main threat to favourite, Billaway

Martin Pipe Conditional Hurdle

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  • Won her last three races
  • Won a Grade 1 contest at Limerick, when half a length ahead of Pencilfulloflead
  • Followed with a Grade 2 win at Thurles in January, when 12 lengths clear of Mount Ida
  • Loves soft ground and can take advantage of conditions at Cheltenham

Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase

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  • Three win and two places in nine career starts
  • Won the Imperial Cup last time out at Sandown, last weekend
  • Finished 4.5 lengths clear of Miss Heritage
  • Has looked a different prospect since wind surgery in November
    Rise of 5lbs looks within his remit and is due to rise again after this contest
  • Will be looking to improve from a sixth in the Fred Winter here, last year.

Get Non-Runner, No Bet At Paddy Power

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Simply place a bet on any of the 28 races at Cheltenham, for the Festival and if your horse is withdrawn prior to the race for whatever reason, Paddy Power will give you your stake back to use elsewhere.