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
TOP CHELTENHAM OFFERS – SUMMARY
- PADDY POWER – 80/1 CLAN DES OBEAUX TO WIN GOLD CUP – New Customers can get Clan Des Obeaux at an enhanced 80/1 to win Ryanair Chase. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/Paypal count. Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
- CORAL – DOUBLE WINNINGS ON 1ST RACE OF DAY AT CHELTENHAM – Double Your Winnings offer counts to the first real money single of £1+ (£1 win or £1 each way) placed per selection. Should you back a winner, your bet will be settled as normal. An additional cash credit to the value of your winnings, up to £25, will be made shortly after settlement of the respective qualifying race. Stakes are not included in winnings.
- SPORTNATION – 50/1 PRESENTING PERCY TO WIN GOLD CUP – New customers only. Offer expires at the scheduled off time of the first race. Max stake £1 – on the #YourNation market. Bonus funds credited within 24 hours. Turnover requirement of 7x the bonus funds value within 30 days at the minimum odds of 1.6. 18+ only BeGambleaware.
- 888SPORT – 33/1 PRESENTING PERCY TO WIN GOLD CUP (£5 max bet) – New customers only • £10 minimum deposit using promo code “BOOST” required • Qualifying bet must be placed at the normal odds • max bet £5 • Extra winnings paid in FREE BETS and added within 72 hrs of qualifying bet settlement • Free bet stakes not included in bet returns • Free bets expire 7 days after credit • This offer may not be combined with any other offer • Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time • General deposit method,withdrawal restrictions & Full T&C’s apply.
- BETVICTOR – BET £5, GET £35 ON GOLD CUP DAY – New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet on any race at Cheltenham, excludes cashed out bets. £35 Free Bets split into 7 bets of £5 each, Valid on Any Horse Racing Market at Cheltenham, on Friday 15th March. Valid at Cheltenham from 17:30GMT on Thursday 14th March until the start of last race 17:30GMT on Friday 15th March. Credit or Debit card only. Geographical Restrictions. See below for full T&Cs. Please Gamble Responsibly.
NB – T&Cs apply to all offers, see sites for details. All offers 18+, Please Gamble Responsibly. See below for more details about individual offers.
Paddy Power have a cracking offer on the favourite for the 2019 Ryanair Chase: back Footpad at enhanced odds of 60/1.
Paddy Power Footpad Offer Key Terms – New Customers can get Footpad at an enhanced 60/1 to win Ryanair Chase. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/Paypal count. Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Presenting Percy is the favourite in the betting for the big one on Friday, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. New customers to SportNation can back him at enhanced odds of 50/1.
Last year’s RSA Chase winner looks to have a great chance of Gold Cup glory, so if he’s your pick, take full advantage of this great offer.
SportNation 50/1 Offer Key Terms – New customers only. Offer expires at the scheduled off time of the first race. Max stake £1 – on the #YourNation market. Bonus funds credited within 24 hours. Turnover requirement of 7x the bonus funds value within 30 days at the minimum odds of 1.6. 18+ only BeGambleaware.
- Visit Coral and place a bet of £1+ or more on the opening race of any day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival
- If your bet wins your winnings will be doubled up to £25 in cash
- Please see the full terms at the Coral site.
KEY TERMS: Double Your Winnings offer counts to the first real money single of £1+ (£1 win or £1 each way) placed per selection. Should you back a winner, your bet will be settled as normal. An additional cash credit to the value of your winnings, up to £25, will be made shortly after settlement of the respective qualifying race. Stakes are not included in winnings.
BetVictor are one of our favourite bookies and they have a great new welcome bonus for new customers, just in time for Cheltenham.
- Join BetVictor and place a £5 (or more) bet at odds of evens or greater
- You will get credited with: 1. £10 free sports bet to use on any bet at evens or greater; 2. £10 sports bet to use on any acca with three or more selections; 3. £10 casino bonus to be used on selected casino games.
- Please see the full terms at the BetVictor site.
KEY TERMS: New Customers Only. Deposit via Credit/Debit card only and bet £5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types (1 @ odds 2.0+ or greater) & a £10 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographical restrictions apply. See BetVictor site for T&C’s. 18+|begambleaware.org
Bet365 are have what we think is a fine offer on all Cheltenham races televised on ITV.
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. Note that all these are offering Non-Runner No Bet or Non-Runner Money back on ALL Cheltenham 2019 Races:
- 888SPORT BET £10, GET £30 IN FREE BETS – New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F – A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market – Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) – Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days – Free bet stakes not included in returns – Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method & withdrawal restrictions apply & full T&C’s apply.
- CORAL BET £5, GET £20 IN FREE BETS – 18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.
- BETVICTOR BET £5 GET £30 – New Customers Only. Deposit via Credit/Debit card only and bet £5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types (1 @ odds 2.0+ or greater) & a £10 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographical restrictions apply. See BetVictor site for T&C’s. 18+|begambleaware.org
- LADBROKES 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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Cheltenham Festival Tips - Which Horses to Back
Some of the finest thoroughbreds from Britain and Ireland are being prepared for the National Hunt’s most prestigious meeting, the Cheltenham Festival. A star studded cast will feature during the four day event but which names will live up to the hype when handed a shot on such a huge stage? While never an easy question to answer, we’ve given it our best go in this hand selected list of standout Festival selections.
Champion Hurdle – Apple’s Jade (2/1 at bet365)
Back in January, Gordon Elliot stated it was “more than likely” that Apple’s Jade would be defending her OLBG Mares’ Hurdle crown this Cheltenham Festival. The intended target for the seven-year-old has since shifted after what was a supreme display in the Irish Champion Hurdle. She blew away the likes of Supasundae, Petit Mouchoir and Melon at Punchestown during another emphatic victory. Having proved herself over the minimum distance, the incredibly versatile mare is the horse to back here.
News of Apple’s Jade’s change in direction was welcomed by racing fans but not Nicky Henderson. He trains Buveur D’Air who was once trading at even money but is now available at 2/1 (Betfair). Part of this odds drift has been caused by the eight-year-old’s own doing. A huge mistake at Kempton during the Christmas Hurdle saw his lose out to Verdana Blue, ending an 11 race unbeaten streak. Handed a shot of a reprieve at Sandown, last year’s Champion Hurdle victor did get back on the winning track but lacked any real spark.
Queen Mother Champion Chase – Altior (4/9 at BetVictor)
Altior approaches this year’s Festival still holding his career high rating of 175 and with his unbeaten record over fences still intact. This season he bested Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek Chase before strolling, virtually without challenge to Orchid Chase glory. The Clarence House Chase was won with similar amounts of ease but during the three horse race, Altior did show a tendency to jump left, something that did not go unnoticed.
Nicky Henderson was quick to dismiss any criticism of his gelding’s jumping and instead claimed that he didn’t do anything wrong at all. Unconcerned by this potential new habit, the Irish trainer later said Altior was merely amusing himself during such an easy saunter. At the moment this looks like being an isolated incident but even if the Champion Chase favourite jumps left again, it will have no bearing on the outcome of the race.
Check out our Altior Cheltenham Offers article for bookie deals for the biggest favourite of the week!
Ryanair Chase – Min (5/1 at Ladbrokes)
Min went for glory in last year’s Champion Chase but found himself unable to cope with the power of Altior. Not fancying another re-match with such a formidable foe, Willie Mullins will let his eight-year-old loose in the longer Ryanair Chase.
As per last season, the French born horse will arrive at the Festival having easily won the Dublin Chase at Leopardstown. This was his second victory in Ireland this season as in December he proved too hot for the field in the Punchestown Chase.
These two victories have shown that Min is capable of performing strongly on quicker ground, something that may come in handy this Festival. Early predictions of good going on the New Course will suit the race favourite but not stablemate Un De Sceaux (10/1, Betfair) who is in need of plenty of rainfall according to Mullins. On yielding to soft ground he claimed victory during Champion Chase at Punchestown but on any firmer than this, the 11-year-old cannot be expected to perform.
Stayers’ Hurdle – Penhill (6/1 at Betfair)
A truly fine season has seen Paisley Park (9/4, Coral) head to the top of the betting for the Stayers’ Hurdle. Emma Lavell’s most valuable asset has strung together four consecutive victories including in a competitive Long Walk Hurdle renewal. His most recent performance was the pick of the bunch though as the gelding crushed his rivals in the Cleeve Hurdle. He’ll relish another crack at this distance and quicker conditions will be of absolutely no problem.
As good as Paisley Park looks though, it’s still worth putting your money on the reigning champion Penhill. He’s yet to be spotted this season but the past two seasons running, the Festival has marked his seasonal debut and twice he’s won. Mullins recently commented at how nicely his gelding is coming along although he did admit some work is still left to do. Confident that things will fall into place in time, it’s worth putting your trust in Mullins as he seeks his third straight Stayers’ Hurdle win.
Cheltenham Gold Cup – Clan Des Obeaux (4/1 at 888sport)
A few months ago you wouldn’t have put Clan Des Obeaux in the mix for Cheltenham Gold Cup glory but how this situation has changed. He began the season unimpressively with a defeat at Haydock but raced out of his skin to claim King George success on Boxing Day, beating Thistlecrack (16/1, William Hill) and Native River (6/1, Betfair). Priced at 12/1 that day, he then proved it was no fluke by following it up with a commanding performance in the Denman Chase.
This recent winning experience over the fences is why he should be preferred over Presenting Percy (7/2, William Hill). Patrick Kelly’s horse won the RSA Chase last year but Gold Cup winners have typically had far more experience over the taller obstacles. The son of Sir Percy has made just five chase starts with none coming this season. There’s also real issue that he doesn’t perform on quicker going and it’s for this reason why his seasonal debut was delayed until late January.
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 – Gold Cup Wide Open This Year
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