Betting Offers and Promotions for the Cheltenham Festival 2019

The 2019 Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th March 2019 and features some truly top class races as well as all the best runners, riders and trainers. And here are the best betting offers!

2019 Cheltenham Festival Offers, Bonuses and Enhanced Odds

Best Free Bets and Welcome Offers for the Cheltenham Festival 2019

Here we detail some of the best free bets and bonuses available to new customers of the best bookies around:

  • William Hill Free BetsWILLIAM HILL BET £10 GET £30 IN FREE BETS – New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
  • Ladbrokes Free BetsLADBROKES BET £5, GET £20 IN FREE BETS OFFER – 18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
  • More racing welcome offers will be added in due course… in the meantime, check out our Best Free Bets page!

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  • Bet365 are have what we think is a fine offer on all Cheltenham races televised on ITV.

Cheltenham Festival Ante Post Betting Pointers

12th March 2019: Cheltenham Festival Day One – Kalashnikov the Early Value for Tuesday

After months of build up racing fans are ready for things to begin quickly on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. Thankfully there is no need to wait as the Festival begins with a Grade 1, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. That is just one of four Grade 1s to enjoy on Tuesday each of which poses serious questions for punters.

Vulnerable Favourites to Take On in Day One

There are several trials for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and so fairly significant moves are commonplace in the ante post betting. As things stand Angels Breath is someway clear at the head of the betting but his lack of experience could do for him amongst the hubbub of the Cheltenham Festival against Elixir De Nutz and Al Dance who have both won at Cheltenham.

Lalor is another ante post favourite who it could pay to take on. The market isn’t particularly strong about the chances of Kayley Woollacott’s seven-year-old at a general 6/1 with Kalashnikov proving particularly popular at 7/1 with bet365. Kalashnikov is improving all the time over fences and has Festival experience having come so close to winning the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last year.

Former Champions to Get Back to His Best

Buveur d’Air and Apple’s Jade both went into the first day of last year’s Cheltenham Festival as the favourites to defend their Champion Hurdle and Mares’ Hurdle but things could not have gone differently. Buveur d’Air justified his favouritism whereas Apple’s Jade was a huge disappointment. Thankfully for her connections, Apple’s Jade has been back to her best this season so is ready to regain her title whilst Buveur d’Air should put his Christmas Hurdle defeat behind him with a third straight Champion Hurdle win.

13th March 2019: Cheltenham Festival Day Two – Altior to Join Champion Chase Greats

Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival is Ladies Day. There is all sorts of entertainment for racegoers to enjoy but it’s the big races which most are interested in. The pick of the action comes in the form of two novice races and Day Two’s championship race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Stars of the Future to Shine in First Two Races

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle gets Day Two underway. Many of the leading options in the ante post betting also have entries for the other big novice hurdles but Champ’s connections are targeting him squarely at this 2m5f race. He’s already a Grade 1 winner over hurdles and is a worthy favourite at 5/1 with Paddy Power.

The 3m½f RSA Chase is next. This novice chase has produced Gold Cup winners in the past and connections of Delta Work are hopeful that the six-year-old will use it as a stepping stone towards great things. He’s the top novice chaser in Ireland and providing he travels well over the Irish Sea, Delta Work have every chance at a general 5/1.

Altior to Do What He Does Best

Some racing fans would love to see the all conquering Altior stepped up in trip to face some new rivals but Nicky Henderson is not budging. Winning the Champion Chase in consecutive years is a huge task but Altior has continued his perfect record over fences and is understandably short in the betting at a general 4/9.

14th March 2019: Cheltenham Festival Day Three – Huge Opportunity Ahead on Thursday

There is always a distinctly Irish feel to the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival. As the revellers enjoy the early St Patrick’s Day celebrations there is some top class racing to enjoy including the Stayers’ Hurdle, the JLT Novices’ Chase and the Ryanair Chase.

Delve Into the Ante Post Market for the First Two Races

Many horses hold multiple entries for the Cheltenham Festival and a key part of getting ante post betting right is predicting which option connections will take. The JLT Novices’ Chase and the Ryanair Chase are both races in which it makes sense to either keep your powder dry in the early betting or taking advantage of a non runner no bet offer.

In terms of horses to consider, Getabird (12/1 with BetVictor in the JLT) and Un De Sceaux (10/1 with Ladbrokes in the Ryanair) are both worthy of consideration.

Wide Open Stayers’ Hurdle in Prospect

Some surprise results in the first half of the National Hunt season have played havoc in many of the Cheltenham ante post markets. Of all the four championship races the Stayers’ Hurdle is perhaps the most open.

That poses many questions to punters. Does Penhill represent a worthy favourite? Will Supasundae be allowed to compete over 3 miles again? Does Willie Mullins think hurdling is Faugheen’s best chance of a Cheltenham win? Finding out the answers to these questions will be exciting but may mandate a bit of patience when it comes to placing a bet.

15th March 2019: Cheltenham Festival Day Four – [headline]

The entire Cheltenham Festival builds up to the Gold Cup, the biggest race of the entire National Hunt season. Racing fans will have to wait just a little bit longer but nobody will mind given the three quality races that precede the big one.

Potential Winners Galore in Two Novice Hurdles

Day Four gets going with the Triumph Hurdle. The competitive nature of the division means that many of the leading contenders have already faced each other this season including Sir Erec and Tiger Tap Tap. The former got the better of their contest in Leopardstown in December but Tiger Tap Tap is improving all the time and could be worth a bet to reverse that form at 14/1 with bet365.

The betting for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle features some very promising types. Picking a winner is no easy task at this early stage although Derrinross is tempting at 20/1 with bet365.

Can Thistlecrack Land an Open Gold Cup?

The theme of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival is incredibly open races and that very much applies to the Gold Cup. In what is shaping up to be one of the most open Gold Cups for many years the odds of 14/1 that Betfred are quoting on Thistlecrack’s chances could be the early play.

There is still time for the odds to change on many of the horses but Thistlecrack is unlikely to get any bigger as he is not scheduled to compete again before the Gold Cup. This incredibly popular chaser is a little on the old side but he was back to something approaching his best when finishing second in the King George VI Chase and could just be fresh enough to pull off a surprise.

Cheltenham Festival – At A Glance

The Cheltenham Festival has been run at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham since 1911 (though the roots of the Festival go way back to 1860), and this famous meeting has witnessed some of the true legends of the sport, horses, jockeys and trainers.

The Festival is run over four days, Day One being Champion Day (featuring the Champion Hurdle); Day Two is dubbed Ladies Day, at there are is always a fine array of hats and fancy attire on show at course on this day; Day Three is all about the Luck of the Irish and is known as St Patrick’s Thursday (the Guinness will be flowing freely, to be sure!) on which the Stayers’ Hurdle is the big highlight; and finally, Gold Cup Day is the final day when the best chasers in the business battle it out for glory in the Gold Cup itself.

The list of past winners of the Gold Cup is full of legends such as Golden Miller (who won it five years in succession from 1932-36), Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star.

With a total of 13 Grade One races and a range of distances from two miles (the Arkle) right up to four (the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup) there is something for everyone to enjoy – and hopefully on which to make some nice betting profits. With lots of races containing large fields there is plenty to go at for those seeking each way value, while the feature races contain the runner whose class sets them apart from the rest.

Of course, you’ll always need a bit of luck when betting on the horses, but we hope the betting offers we’ve detailed above will at least give you a fighting chance of beating the bookies and filling your pockets! Good luck.

Cheltenham Festival Races – Day One

  • 13.30 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • 14.10 – Arkle Challenge Trophy
  • 14.50 – Festival Handicap Steeple Chase
  • 15.30 – Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
  • 16.10 – OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
  • 16.50 – National Hunt Steeple Chase
  • 17.30 – Novices’ Handicap Chase

Cheltenham Festival Races – Day Two

  • 13.30 – Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
  • 14.10 – RSA Chase
  • 14.50 – Coral Cup Hurdle
  • 15.30 – Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • 16.10 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
  • 16.50 – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  • 17.30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Cheltenham Festival Races – Day Three

  • 13.30 – JLT Novices’ Chase
  • 14.10 – Pertemps Network Final
  • 14.50 – Ryanair Steeple Chase
  • 15.30 – Stayers’ Hurdle
  • 16.10 – Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate
  • 16.50 – Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle
  • 17.30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

Cheltenham Festival Races – Day Four

  • 13.30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 14.10 – Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle
  • 14.50 – Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle
  • 15.30 – Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • 16.10 – Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
  • 16.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
  • 17.30 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase Challenge Cup