Cheltenham Festival 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
1:30 The Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
14:10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
14:50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
15:30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
16:10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race
16:50 The Toby Balding National Hunt Chase
17:30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
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.
13:30 The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race
14:15 The RSA Steeple Chase
14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Race
16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
16:50 The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
17:30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)
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.
13:30 The JLT Novices’ Chase
14:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
14:50 The Ryanair Chase
15:30 The Stayers Hurdle
16:10 The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase)
16:50 The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle
17:30 The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)
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.
13:30 The JCB Triumph Hurdle
14:10 The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle Race
14:50 The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
15:30 The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
16:10 The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
16:50 The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race (0-145)
17:30 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Everyone will have their eye on a particular big race and it is definitely worth getting involved in the festivities. Results will be posted daily and if you are looking for an idea of who to bet on be sure to check out all the daily tips that will be posted.
Cheltenham Trials Day
Before the main event kicks off, we have Cheltenham Trials Day and this is the perfect chance for you to sharpen your skills. You get to take advantage of some free bets early on and it’s a great way to study the form ahead of the races in March too. The Cheltenham Trials Day for 2018 will take place on the 27th of January and we will get to see which horses come out as the favourites.
There are a number of names already tipped to do well on Trials Day and these include Amy Murphy’s Kalashnikov who currently has an unbeaten record after an impressive run at Doncaster. Another name to watch is Willoughby Court. The Trials Day offers the perfect chance to find your Cheltenham 2018 winner so make sure you don’t miss out.