Cheltenham Festival 2018


Next Cheltenham Festival Date is 12th – 15th March 2019

Cheltenham 2018 Festival round-up

Top Irish trainers dominate the meeting

It was an Irish bonanza at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival as the country’s top two trainers won over half of the races at the four-day meeting.

There were 17 Irish-trained winners out of 28 races at the Festival, with Gordon Elliott (8) and Willie Mullins (7) responsible for the biggest majority.

Mullins quickly was out of the blocks with an opening day treble which was headed by the brilliant Footpad romping away with the Arkle Chase.

Stable jockey Ruby Walsh made it a double for Mullins aboard Benie Des Dieux in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle. Elliot’s strongly fancied Apple’s Jade could only finish third in the race she won last year. Mullins completed a 54-1 treble with his son Patrick winning the National Hunt Chase on Rathvinden.

Despite Mullins’ flying start, the undoubted highlight on the first day was Buveur D’Air retaining the Champion Hurdle title with a thrilling victory from Melon. The 4-6 favourite held on by a neck to give trainer Nicky Henderson a seventh victory in the race. He has previously won with See You Then (1985, 1986, 1987), Punjabi (2009) and Binocular (2010).

chentelham round upHenderson’s Altior took the major honours on day two as he powered to a breathtaking win in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Mullins’ Douvan looked to be going well when falling at the fourth last fence, leaving the race at Altior’s mercy. He was driven to the front by Nico de Boinville to claim a thrilling success.

Samcro was a popular winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle for 18-year-old jockey Jack Kennedy, justifying his status as the Irish ‘banker’ of the meeting. The unbeaten six-year-old took his winning run to seven and was the first leg of a treble for Elliott. His Tiger Roll won a thrilling Cross Country Chase, while 33/1 outsider Veneer Of Charm secured an unexpected victory in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Presenting Percy triumphed at the Festival for the second year running with an impressive victory in the RSA Chase, while Mullins also got in on the act as Bleu Berry (Coral Cup) and (Relegate) took his tally of winners to five.

Ireland dominated proceedings on day three, with Elliott and Mullins at the forefront of things once again.

Shattered Love took the JLT Novices’ Chase for Elliott and he completed a treble courtesy of Delta Work (Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle) and The Storyteller (Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase). Mullins won The Stayers’ Hurdle with Penhill and later claimed a record 61st Festival victory with Laurina in the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup took centre stage on the final day, with Colin Tizzard’s Native River emerging victorious from Henderson’s Might Bite. The 5-1 chance gave the Dorset trainer his first victory in the race after some spectacular jumping under champion jockey Richard Johnson.

Elliott secured the top trainer award for the week as Farclas won the Triumph Hurdle and Blow By Blow took the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. His total of eight winners at the Festival equals Mullins’ all-time record.

The concluding Grand Annual Chase was won by Le Prezien to complete a 220-1 double for trainer Paul Nicholls. He had earlier taken the Foxhunter Chase for the second year running with Pacha Du Polder.

Jockey Harriet Tucker defied the pain of a dislocated shoulder to win, becoming the 14th female jockey to claim victory at the Festival.

Bookmakers Special Offers For Horse Racing

Boylesports Cheltenham Offers: Boylesports are offering Irish bettors their money back as a free bet if their horse fails to start. The maximum refund is €20 on outright betting markets only. Bettors also get the best price guaranteed on horse racing if they take and early or board price.

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Betfair Cheltenham Offers:  Betfair are also offering Non Runner No Bet promos on the feature race every day as well as the Ryanair Chase. You can also bet and win cash prizes, double points, and tickets to the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the betting exchange.

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Betway Cheltenham Offers: Betway offers the Best Odds Guaranteed on Cheltenham races. This doesn’t apply to Ante-post racing or overnight bets. They also have a Horse Racing Outsider Special running too. Place a race winner bet on selected races and if your horse finishes second behind a horse with a SP greater than 10/1, you’ll get your losses back as a free bet up to €25.


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Paddy Power Cheltenham Offers: Paddy Power has lots of great Cheltenham offers for Irish bettors. For new customers only, you can get money back as a free bet if Redicean wins the Adonis Hurdle. For all bettors, there is the Non Runner No Bet for all the big races including the Champion Chase, Hurdle, and the Gold Cup. New Customers can also get a €20 risk free bet for horse racing. As well as all these, there’s also the Daily Money back Special so be sure to check that out. You get the best odds guaranteed on all horse races.


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William Hill Cheltenham Offers: William Hill have the Best Odds Guaranteed on all Cheltenham races. Just take the price and if the SP returns greater you’ll get paid out at the bigger odds. They are also offering Non Runner insurance on all Cheltenham races so if your horse doesn’t run, you get your money back. New customers can claim the excellent Bet €10, Get €30 in Free Bets welcome offer too. There’s also the William Hill High 5 Promo so if you back a horse that wins by five lengths or more you get a 15% on top of your winnings.


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10Bet Cheltenham Offers: 10Bet gives new players up to €200 in free cash when they sign up for an account. This is a 50% deposit bonus. There’s also the Cheltenham Payback promo where you can get up a €10 free bet on 2nd to Fav. If your horse fails to win in any of the opening three races of each of the four days of the festival you can get a free bet.


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Cheltenham Festival 2018 Betting Guide for Ireland

The Cheltenham festival is a four-day national hunt racing competition where the best chasers and hurdlers from all over Britain and Ireland come together to compete in 28 races. There are four championship contests over the four day and these are the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, World Hurdle, and the Gold Cup. It a big deal for horse racing fans and bettors and each year the festival features the best horses, jockeys, and trainers.

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival begins on the 13th of March and ends on the 16th of March. It will take place at Prestbury Park and is seen by many as the pinnacle of the National Hunt calendar.

On this page of our site you find all the information you need to get the most out of this event including information about the races, the best prices and where to find them, expert tips, and the four-day event schedule. All the information will be updated as bookies adjust their prices and favourites. This means you’ll know exactly where to put your money and who to back in every race.

The best horses from the UK and Ireland will be taking part and for many horses it can be the most important race of their career and for Irish sportsbetting fans this really is an event not to be missed.

Betting Options for Cheltenham 2018

If you want to get in on the action the first thing you need to do is find a reputable and reliable online bookmaker. We can help with this. Just take a look at our expect reviews to find the site that suits you best. Be sure to check for free bet sign up bonuses too and these can help boost your bankroll.

You’ll find lots of different types of bets that you can make in this competitive racing festival and bookmakers often have generous prices on favorites so be sure to check these out. Below are the different types of bets that you can make and a little bit of information on each.

Ante-Post/Non-runner Money Back

In the run up to the festival, many online sportsbooks will have non-runner no bet deals on the four championship races. Some will also offer these bets on all 28 races. Check for these if you are looking for a risk-free bet, because if your horse doesn’t run you’ll get your money back.

Be sure to check the non-runner money back guarantee. It is worth noting that ante post rules often apply right the way up to the day before the race and if you place a bet during the ante post period and your horse doesn’t run, you won’t get your money back. Getting the non-runner money back bet means that you get your money back if your horse doesn’t race.

Each Way Bets

If you are going for an each way bet, make sure you look for the best price. If you look around you can get each way bets up to 5 places. The good thing about this is that if you horse comes in fifth you get a pay out as if they came in second. Be sure to check the terms and conditions before placing your bets.

Free bets

Keep your eyes opened for sponsored bets. Some of the bookmakers sponsor some of the races and will offer free bets on these.

Best Price guaranteed

Look for best prices guaranteed because if you choose to bet on a horse and the starting price is bigger, you bet will be settled at the higher price if you win.

Multiple bet

If you know what you’re doing, this is a great way to win huge amounts if your horses win.

There are lots of bets that you can place and lots of daily deals to be grabbed too. Be sure that you check the terms and conditions for any offers you take.


Betting Odds

It’s still too early to predict the odds that will be given on any horse or race in Cheltenham just yet but there are a few top favourites that a lot of people will be looking at. Once Trials Day approaches bookmakers will pay close attention to the runners’ performances and will begin to adjust their prices accordingly. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your bets be sure to keep a close eye on things when this happens.

The top favourites predicted so far are:

  • Charlie Parcs – A young hurdler that possesses plenty of scope and one to watch in 2018.
  • Yanworth – another to watch who remains unbeaten at two miles
  • Douvan – has a clean round of jumping and one a lot of punters will be betting
  • Bristol du Mai – expected to impress
  • Ballyoptic – a young stayer who’s not far behind the big favorite.


Cheltenham Festival Fixtures Schedule 2018

Below you will find the run down of what to expect each day as well as the races.

Day One – Tuesday 13 March 2018

A number of big races here to kick off the festival. The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is one to watch followed by the Champion Hurdle where some of the best trainers will feature in a bid to win the £400,000 prize pot. The action kicks off at 1:30 and the races are listed below.

Race Type Time Bet now
The Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race Hurdle 13.30 Bet Now
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase Chase 14.10 Bet Now
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Chase 14.50 Bet Now
The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Hurdle 15.30 Bet Now
The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race Hurdle 16.10 Bet Now
The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup Chase 16.50 Bet Now
The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase Chase 17.30 Bet Now

Day 2 – Wednesday 14 March 2018

Lots more action to come on day 2 including the RSA Chase a favourite of Willie Mullins who trained a number of the winners over the years. The Queen Mother Champion Chase is another favourite for day two.

Race Type Time Bet now
The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race Hurdle 13.30 Bet Now
The RSA Steeple Chase Chase 14.10 Bet Now
The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) Hurdle 14.50 Bet Now
The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase Chase 15.30 Bet Now
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase Chase 16.10 Bet Now
The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race Hurdle 16.50 Bet Now
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) Bumper 17.30 Bet Now

Day 3 – Thursday 15 March 2018

Day three features the Stayers’ Hurdle which is a big race for bettors. The Ryanair Chase is another big race for this day. Willie Mullins’ horse has won this race for the last two years and punters will be anxious to see if he can make it three in a row.

Race Type Time Bet now
The JLT Novices’ Chase Chase 13.30 Bet Now
The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) Hurdle 14.10 Bet Now
The Ryanair Steeple Chase Chase 14.50 Bet Now
The Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle Hurdle 15.30 Bet Now
The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) Chase 16.10 Bet Now
The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle Hurdle 16.50 Bet Now
The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase Chase 17.30 Bet Now

Day 4 – Friday 16 March 2018

The final day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Gold Cup race one of the biggest horse racing events. The prize pot is £500,000 and the race is run over three miles, taking in 22 fences. Last year’s winner Sizing John is among the favourites for this year.

Race Type Time Bet now
The JCB Triumph Hurdle Hurdle 13.30 Bet Now
The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race Hurdle 14.10 Bet Now
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race Hurdle 14.50 Bet Now
The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase Chase 15.30 Bet Now
The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup Chase 16.10 Bet Now
The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race Hurdle 16.50 Bet Now
The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup Chase 17.30 Bet Now


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