Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers 2019

bet365 Cheltenham valueFor most people the Grand National represents the pinnacle of horse jump racing, it is however the Cheltenham Festival that is the best meeting for punters. The bookmakers agree and this is why you will see far more exceptional betting offers for Cheltenham than for any other horse race and and possibly any other event in the British sporting calendar.

The Cheltenham festival is held over 4 days and sees some very famous races in the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle, Ryanair Chase and the Gold Cup.

Prior to the festival you will find some top ante-post early promotions with regular promotions released in the week running up to the event. Latest offers are released on a daily and even hourly basis. You will find the very latest short term deals listed at the top with more detailed descriptions of long running details below. Further down this page you can find information about the races including history and features to look out for.

Best Betting Sites for Cheltenham 2019

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New 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.

Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers

New Customer

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All Customer

Best Odds Guaranteed for all ante-post bets on all Cheltenham races 2019 plus get extra places (1/5 odds each way) on ten feature races
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Bet365 are No Runner No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed on the 2019 Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle, Ryanair Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup
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Every £10 staked cumulatively across any qualifying events will earn you one entry into the prize draw which will take place on February 25th where you could win one of 6 pairs of hospitality tickets to the 2019 Gold Cup, or 100 runner-up cash prizes.
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If you fancy a 6+ leg racing acca (horse, dogs or footy inncluded, 1/2+ each selection) then you can get your stake back from £2 to £25 should one horse not come in for you. Refund as a free token with 7 days expiry.
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Each Way Extra gives you the option to increase or decrease the number of places in a race when you are betting Each Way on selected Horse Races.
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Ante Post Non Runner No Bet

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bet365 Bet365 CH, CC, SH, RC & GC Best Odds Guaranteed ante post & 1/4 odds for all each way bets Claim
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betfred Betfred CH, CC, SH & GC Daily money back 2nd, extra places & best promotions for Lucky bets Claim

KEY: Champion Hurdle (CH), Queen Mother Champion Chase (CC), Stayers Hurdle (SH), Ryanair Chase (RC), Cheltenham Gold Cup (GC), NonRunner No Bet (NRNB)

The table above details bookmakers offering non-runner money back on ante-post bets for this year’s Cheltenham Festival. NRNB information in this table was last updated 11/01/2019.

Best Odds Guaranteed

bookmakers at cheltenham racecourseThe following bookmakers are giving Best Price Guarantees on Cheltenham festival races this year. This means if you back a horse and the industry starting price is higher than the price you were given you will automatically be paid out at the higher odds price.

Ladbrokes and William Hill offer Odds Boost in addition to BOG. Note that best price guarantee does not generally apply to ante-post bets, unless explicitly stated by the betting site.  To get BOG you will usually need to place your bets after around 9am on the day of the race.

Bookmaker BOG Races Streaming E/W Odds Odds Boost? Claim
bet365 Bet365 CH, CC, GC, RC, SH YES, £0.50 Min Bet 1/4 No Claim
ladbrokes Ladbrokes YES, £1 Min Bet 1/5 Yes, £50 Max Stake Claim
william-hill William Hill All Races YES, £1 Min Bet 1/5 Yes, £20 Max Stake Claim
betfred Betfred YES, £1 Min Bet 1/5 No Claim
betway Betway YES, £1 Min Bet 1/5 No Claim
betfair Betfair YES, £0.5 Min Bet 1/5 No Claim

Cheltenham Free Bets and Bonuses

High 5 and Bet Boost
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High 5 - If you back a horse, in any festival race this week (with 5 or more runners) and it wins by 5 lengths or more then William Hill will enhance your winnings by 15% up to a maximum of £100 per race. Extra winnings awarded as a free bet, available for use on any sports with a 4 day expiry. This can be claimed in all qualifying races.

Bet Boost - It gets better. You can also boost your own odds prices on the horses you want to in all ITV races along with once in any other race daily.  This applies to win singles and the win part of each-way bets up to £20, all winnings are awarded in cash. Claiming bet boost also does not restrict you from the High 5 offer.

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ITV 3/1+ Free Bet Offer

Back a 3/1+ winner in any live ITV or ITV4 race at this years Cheltenham festival (or any live ITV race all year round) and Betfair will match your stake up to £25 with a free bet the next day.

This offer can be claimed in every single live race, there is no minimum bet and any all winnings resulting from free bets are paid in cash.  When awarded the free token is valid for 48 hours for use on any sports.

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Money Back / Payout Specials

Live ITV Races Money Back 2nd
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Covering all the major races at the festival shown live on the ITV channels, if the horse you back finishes second in any 6+ runner race you will get your win stake back (and win part of an each-way bet) up to £20, as a free bet.

The minimum bet to qualify is £5 or £2.50 each way and the minimum odds for any qualifying horse is 1/2+.

Free bet refunds are given within 24 hours and remain valid for 7 days for use on any sports.

Customers can recieve a maximum of £60 in free bet refunds in any day using this offer.

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Run For Your Money – Fair Terms

Not so much an offer as a promise that means if your horse loses all chance before it has barely started you will get a cash refund from BetVictor where you wouldn’t with other bookies.

The idea is to give punters a better run for their money. If a horse refuses, whips around or fails to come out of the stalls then you will get your wager back without limit. Other betting sites in this scenario would declare your bet a loser as the race has already come under starters orders.

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Faller Insurance

Faller Insurance Up To £25
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One of the only faller insurance offers available this year with a stake value up to £25. Mansionbet's money back if your horse falls, unseats its jockey or is brought down is applicable to one jumps meeting every day in addition to the festival.

The minimum bet to qualify is £5 (or £5 EW - offer only applies to win parts of each-ways bets). Refunds are given as a free bet withing 24 hours (usually) and is then valid for two days. Punters can claim up to once per race.

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Money Back for Fallers (Mobile)
10bet mobile faller insurance

10bet have faller insurance for the whole of the festival up to £10 (no minimum bet) if you bet on mobile, the faller-insurance in fact applies to at least one national hunt meeting every day, all season, if your horse falls.

Refund as a freebet valid for one week but open to any sports market with odds between evens and 7/1 (2.0 to 8.0).

Also if your horse loses by a head or less in any horse racing event, year round, get your stake back as a free token up to £10. 

Basically double insurance on every festival race.

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Lucky 15/31/63 Promotions

Cheltenham Lucky 15 / 31 / 63 Offers
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If you are looking to place a Lucky or any full cover bet on the Championship this year then look no further than betfred.

First up get up to five times the regular odds if you back a only one winner, 3x the single winner price in a Lucky 15, 4x in a Luck 31 and 5x in a Lucky 63.

Secondly if you do pick an all correct lucky bet you will get a bonus on top of your winnings, in cash, 10% for a Yankee or Lucky 15, 20% for a Canadian or Lucky 31 and 25% for a Heinz or Lucky 63

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Cheltenham Race Card

cheltenham the home of jump racing

Cheltenham is by far the most prestigious jump race meeting in the world with no less than 14 Grade 1 races and several other grade and feature races.

Over the four historic days there will be over £4.59M paid in prize money (over £1 million each day) and over 250,000 people will attend the course.

Day 1 – Champion Day – Tuesday 12th March 2019

Time Race Grade Distance Winner Prize
1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle Grade 1 2m 87y £71,000
2:10 Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Grade 1 1m 7f 199y £100,000
2:50 Handicap Chase Grade 3 3m 1f £63,000
3:30 Champion Hurdle
Grade 1 2m 87y £266,000
4:10 Mares’ Hurdle Grade 1 2m 3f 200y £68,000
4:50 National Hunt Chase Grade 2 3m 7f 170y £75,000
5:30 Novices’ Handicap Chase Listed 2m 4f 78yy £40,000

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards

Day 2 – Ladies Day – Wednesday 13th March 2019

Time Race Grade Distance Winner Prize
1:30 Novices Hurdle Grade 1 2m 5f 26y £71,000
2:10 RSA Steeple Chase Novices’ Grade 1 3m 80y £100,000
2:50 Coral Cup Grade 3 2m 5f 26y £57,000
3:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade 1 1m 7f 199y £228,000
4:10 Cross Country Chase Class 2 Chase 3m 6f 37y £40,000
4:50 Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Grade 3 2m 87y £46,000
5:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Grade 1 – Open Flat Race 2m 87y £43,000

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards

Day 3 – St Patrick’s – Thursday 14th March 2019

Time Race Grade Distance Winner Prize
1:30 JLT Novices Chase Grade 1 2m 3f 198y £85,000
2:10 Pertemps Final Handicap Listed 2m 7f 213y £57,000
2:50 Ryanair Chase Grade 1 2m 4f 166y £200,000
3:30 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle Grade 1 2m 7f 213y £193,000
4:10 Stable Plate Handicap Grade 3 2m 4f 166y £63,000
4:50 Mares’ Novices Hurdle Grade 2 2m 179y £51,000
5:30 Challenge Cup Handicap Amateur 3m 2f £42,000

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards

Day 4 – Gold Cup Day –  Friday 15th March 2019

Time Race Grade Distance Winner Prize
1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle Grade 1 2m 179y £71,000
2:10 County Handicap Hurdle Grade 3 2m 179y £57,000
2:50 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Grade 1 2m 7f 213y £71,000
3:30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Grade 1 3m 2f 70y £357,000
4:10 Foxhunter Challenge Cup Class 2 Chase 3m 2f 70y £27,000
4:50 Conditional Jockeys Handicap Class 2 Hurdle 2m 4f 56y £43,000
5:30 Grand Annual Handicap Grade 3 2m 62y £63,000

KEY: m – Miles, f – furlong(s), y – yards

Cheltenham Festival Feature Races

Champion Hurdle – Day One

Usually the first of the feature races at the festival scheduled to take place on the opening day. This grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race is run on the left handed old course covering a distance of 2 miles and 110 yards (3.319km). The race is open to horses of four years or older and has 8 hurdles to jump. The purse for this race is over £400k with the winner pocketing around £250k.

The first Champion Huddle race was held in 1927, won by Blaris who was awarded the decent sum (for the time) of £365. Apart from a cancellation for frost in 1932 and two stoppages during the second world war (1942 and 1943) the race has been run every year since. In 2001 the race was not run due the foot and mouth crisis although a substitute race was run at Sandown.

Several horses have won the race three times:

  • Hatton’s Grace – 1949 / 1950 / 1951
  • Sir Ken – 1952 / 1953 / 1954
  • Persian War – 1968 / 1969 / 1970
  • See You Then – 1985 / 1986 / 1987
  • Istabraq – 1998 / 1999 / 2000

The most successful jockey to win the race was Tim Molony who rode the Sir Ken on all three winning occasions as well as Hatton’s Grace in 1951. The leading trainers are Perter Easerby and Nicky Henderson with 5 wins each and the leading owner is J P McManus who’s horses have won the race five times.

Queen Mother Champion Chase – Day Two

queen mother champion chase race board

The Champion Chase is another National Hunt grade 1 race but this time it’s a steeplechase not a hurdle with 12 fences to jump. This race is also run left handed on the old course over a distance of around 2 miles (3.219km). The race is open to horses of 5 years and older. The prize pot is over £350k with over £200k for the winner. The chase is the feature race of the second day at the festival.

The chase was first held in 1959, originally named the National Hunt Two Mile Champion Chase. The race was renamed in 1980 in celebration of the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday, she was avid lover and owner of horses with a passion of jump racing in particular. The Queen Mother in fact was the owner of Game Spirit that finished second in 1976.

The most successful horse in the race with three wins in a row is Badsworth Boy (1983, 84 and 85) and the most successful jockeys, with 5 wins each, are Pat Taaffe and Barry Geraghty. The leading trainer with 6 wins is Tom Dreaper who last won the race in 1970 and the two leading owners with three victories each are George Ansley and Doug Armitage.

The race has only been moved once, in 2001, due to foot and mouth disease and was held at Sandown instead.

Stayers’ Hurdle – Day Three

cheltenham racecourse horses running

The Stayers’ Hurdle is the feature race of day 3 at Cheltenham and is another grade 1 jump race. The race is open to horses of 4 years and older and is again left handed but this time is run on the new course at the track. Run over a distance of 3 miles (4.828km) it represents the leading long distance hurdle race at the festival. The prize pot is around £300k with over £160k to the winner.

First contested in 1912 this is one of the oldest races at the meeting and pre-dates the Queen Mother’s chase by nearly half a century. The initial incarnation was held at Prestnury Park with £100 of prize money for the winner (doubled to £200 in 1913). It was termed ‘Stayers Selling Hurdle’ at the time to reflect the type of race as a ‘Weight for Age Selling’ type event with the winner sold for £50 after the race.

The hurdle race was cancelled twice in 1928 and during WWII (1939-45) and in 1946 it was replaced by the Spa Hurdle. The Spa Hurdle race was run in 1923 and 1942 over a distance of 2 miles. Between 1946 and 1967 the Spa Hurdle was contested over 3 miles and returned in 1972 renamed the Stayers’ Hurdle. The race was usually held on day one or day two but was moved permanently in 1993 to become the feature race of day three. The title World Hurdle was brought in in 2005 when Ladbrokes began sponsoring the race, in 2017 Sun Bets took over sponsorhip and the race name has since reverted back to the Stayers’ Hurdle.

In its modern form (since 1972) the most successful winner is Big Bucks who won the race on four consecutive occasions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). The leading jockey is Ruby Walsh who also won the race 4 times on Big Bucks. Paul Nicholls is the leading trainer and the Stewart family are the leading owners, again with 4 wins each, on, you guessed it, Big Bucks.

Cheltenham Gold Cup – Day Four

The Gold Cup is pinnacle race at the Cheltenham festival held on the fourth and final day. The grade 1 national hunt steeplechase is run over 3 miles 2 ½ furlongs (5.331km) with 22 fences to jump. This is again left handed and run on the new course at Cheltenham. The race is open to 5 year olds and older and commands a prize fund of over £575k with around £330k to the winner. As the most valuable non-handicap chase in Great Britain the Gold Cup has seem some prestigious winners including the likes of Arkle and Kauto Star. In 2015 the race was won by the first ever novice, Coneygree.

The Gold Cup in the form we know it was first run in 1924 however there was a flat race named the Cheltenham Gold Cup that took place from 1819. This was held over 3 miles on Cleeve Hill that now looks over the current course. The first prize was 100 guineas to the winner.

The first jump race Gold Cup in 1924 was run on the old course and offered £865 to the winner. At this time two other races overshadowed the Cup with National Hunt Chase and the County Handicap Hurdle both giving prize funds in excess of £1000.

Despite being abandoned in 1931 for frost and 1937 for flooding it was actually the intervening years (1932-36) that saw the record race winner emerge in Golden Miller who won the race in all five years, the record still stands today. The horse also won the Grand National in 1934. The Gold Cup did not run on two occasions during the second world war (1943 and 1944).

In 1959, the same year the Champion Chase began, the Gold Cup was moved to the new course at Cheltenham racecourse where it has stayed ever since. The 1960’s saw the race dominated by Arkle, winning three times, in his final victory the horse was priced at 1/10!

cheltenham racecourse horses running on the bend

In 1983 trainer, Michael Dickinson, made history becoming the first trainer to be responsible for the top 5 finishers in the race. In 1986 Dawn Run became the only horse to have won the Gold Cup after also winning the Champion Hurdle but perhaps the most popular horse to win the race was Desert Orchid who won in 1989. In 1990 Norton’s Coin won the Gold Cup at odds of 100/1.

The only time the race has been cancelled in the modern era was in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak. The Gold Trophy Chase replaced the race that year at Sandown. Kauto Star won the race in 2007 and became the first horse to regain the title in 2009, ridden on both occasions by Ruby Walsh. Kuato Star was seen as the greatest horse to win the race since Arkle in the 60’s.

Golden Miller as we have said is the record winner with 5 victories. The top jockey is Pat Taaffe with 4 wins (1964, 1965 and 1966 on Arkle and 1968 on Fort Leney) and the leading trainer Tom Dreaper with 5 wins including the 3 wins for Arkle. Dorothy Paget is the leading owner with 7 wins including the 5 cups won by Golden Miller.