The highlight of the National Hunt season in Ireland is undoubtedly the Cheltenham Festival, which is a four-day event traditionally held during the second week of March.

Cheltenham Festival Fixtures Schedule 2019

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

Day One – Tuesday 12th March 2019

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
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The Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race
Hurdle
13:30
The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
Chase
14:10
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
Chase
14:50
The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
Hurdle
15:30
The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Race
Hurdle
16:10
The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Chase
16:50
The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
Chase
17:30

 

Day 2 – Wednesday 13th March 2019

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
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The Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle Race
Hurdle
13:30
The RSA Steeple Chase
Chase
14:10
Hurdle
14:50
Chase
15:30
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
Chase
16:10
The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
Hurdle
16:50
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race)
Bumper
17:30

Day 3 – Thursday 14th March 2019

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
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The JLT Novices’ Chase
Chase
13:30
The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
Hurdle
14:10
The Ryanair Steeple Chase
Chase
14:50
The Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle
Hurdle
15:30
The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase)
Chase
16:10
The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle
Hurdle
16:50
The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase
Chase
17:30

Day 4 – Friday 15th March 2019

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
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The JCB Triumph Hurdle
Hurdle
13:30
The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race
Hurdle
14:10
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
Hurdle
14:50
The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
Chase
15:30
The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Chase
16:10
The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race
Hurdle
16:50
The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Chase
17:30

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Cheltenham Festival Betting

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Cheltenham Festival 2019 Betting Guide for Ireland

The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day National Hunt racing extravaganza, 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 days 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 2019 Cheltenham Festival runs from 12th to 15th 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. 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 it can be the most important race of their career. For Irish sports betting fans this really is an event not to be missed.

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Betting Options for Cheltenham 2019

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 expert 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 many 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 this 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 the 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 five places. The good thing about this is that if you horse comes in fifth you get a payout 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.

cheltenham festival betting

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. These include Annamix, Beveur d’Air, Altior and Native River.

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 2019.
  • 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.

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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 2019 will take place on the 26th 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 2019 winner so make sure you don’t miss out.

Cheltenham 2019 Festival round-up

Britain and Ireland share the spoils at 2019 Cheltenham Festival

Honours were even at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, with British and Irish trainers claiming 14 victories apiece over the four-day meeting.

It was an Irish bonanza on the first day, with Ireland winning four of the seven races including the prestigious Champion Hurdle.

Espoir D’Allen gave trainer Gavin Cromwell a first Festival victory, with the five-year-old taking advantage of disappointing performances from the more fancied horses.

The 16/1 chance, ridden by Mark Walsh, stormed clear up the run-in as the leading three runners in the betting failed to make an impact.

Two-time winner Buveur D’Air fell at the third hurdle, while mares Apple’s Jade and Laurina struggled to produce their best form.

chentelham round up

Trainer Willie Mullins had a perfect start to the day with a 41/1 double thanks to wins for Klassical Dream in the Supreme Novices Hurdle and Duc Des Genievres in the Arkle Chase.

However, his hopes of a treble were dashed in the Mares Hurdle where the odds-on favourite and last year’s winner Benie Des Dieux fell at the final hurdle when well clear. Roksana took advantage to win the race at 10/1.

Elsewhere on the card, Nicky Henderson got his first winner of the meeting when Beware The Bear took the Festival Handicap Chase under Jerry McGrath.

A Plus Tard gave Rachael Blackmore her first Festival success in the Novice Handicap Chase, while Le Breuil took the gruelling four-mile National Hunt Chase.

Odds-on favourite Altior claimed a record-equalling 18th consecutive success over jumps in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on the second day.

Nicky Henderson’s superstar was pushed hard by his rivals, but dug deep to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths under Nico de Boinville.

It was a second win of the day for the jockey and trainer combination after William Henry edged out Wicklow Brave in the Coral Cup.

In the Cross Country Chase, a powerful display by Grand National winner Tiger Roll gave trainer Gordon Elliott his first success of the week.

The nine-year-old, ridden by Keith Donoghue, roared clear for a 22-length victory – his fourth Festival success.

City Island was an impressive winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle ahead of the highly-touted Champ, while Topofthegame got trainer Paul Nicholls on the board with victory in the RSA Chase.

Band of Outlaws claimed the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle for Joseph O’Brien and Envoi Allen was a heavily backed winner in the Champion Bumper.

The undoubted highlight on day three was Paisley Park’s superb victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle. The 11/8 favourite found plenty ahead of him as they turned for home, but he bounded up the hill to claim an impressive success.

Bryony Frost’s Ryanair Chase victory on Frodon and Lizzie Kelly’s win on board Siruh Du Lac highlighted the talent amongst the female jockey ranks.

However, the ride of the day went to Barry Geraghty aboard Sire Du Berlais, with the Irish jockey coming from an impossible position to win the Pertemps Final.

Geraghty also guided Defi Du Seuil to victory in the JLT Novices’ Chase, while there was a rare 50/1 winner for Mullins as Eglantine Du Seuil landed the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Trainer Ted Walsh took the day’s concluding race, with his Any Second Now proving a popular winner in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders Handicap.

The final day of the meeting belonged to Mullins as Al Boum Photo, ridden by Paul Townend, put in a superb display to give him a first Cheltenham Gold Cup victory.

Mullins, the Festival’s most successful trainer, had previously finished second six times in the prestigious race.

The day started on a sour note, with heavily-backed Sir Erec suffering a fatal injury in the Triumph Hurdle. Pentland Hills eventually finished first.

Minella Indo took the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at 50/1, while trainer Dan Skelton celebrated a second successive County Hurdle when Ch’tibello came out on top.

Hazel Hill came with a well-timed run to take the Foxhunter Chase for amateur riders, while 66/1 chance Croco Bay won the Grand Annual Chase.

After suffering heartbreak earlier in the day with Sir Erec, O’Brien finished the Festival with a winner through Early Doors in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle.

Cheltenham Festival 2019 – Tuesday, March 12 – Champion Day

13:30 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Klassical Dream – 6/1

14:10 – Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase – Duc Des Genievres – 5/1

14:50 – Ultima Handicap Chase – Beware The Bear – 10/1

15:30 – Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy – Espoir D’Allen – 16/1

16:10 – OLBG Mares’ Hurdle – Roksana – 10/1

16:50 – Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase – A Plus Tard – 5/1 Fav

17:30 – National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase – Le Breuil – 14/1

Cheltenham Festival 2019 – Wednesday, March 13 – Ladies’ Day

13:30 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – City Island – 8/1

14:10 – RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase – Topofthegame – 4/1

14:50 – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle – William Henry – 28/1

15:30 – Queen Mother Champion Chase – Altior – 4/11 Fav

16:10 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase – Tiger Roll – 5/4 Fav

16:50 – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – Band of Outlaws – 7/2 Fav

17:30 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper – Envoi Allen – 2/1 Fav

Cheltenham Festival 2019 – Thursday, March 14 – St Patrick’s Day

13:30 – JLT Novices’ Chase – Defi Du Seuil – 3/1 Fav

14:10 – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle – Sire Du Berlais – 4/1 Fav

14:50 – Ryanair Chase – Frodon – 9/2

15:30 – Stayers’ Hurdle – Paisley Park – 11/8 Fav

16:10 – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase – Siruh Du Lac – 9/2

16:50 – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – Eglantine Du Seuil – 50/1

17:30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase – Any Second Now – 6/1

Cheltenham Festival 2019 – Friday, March 15 – Gold Cup Day

13:30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle – Pentland Hills – 20/1

14:10 – Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Ch’tibello – 12/1

14:50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle -Minella Indo 50/1

15:30 – Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase – Al Boum Photo – 12/1

16:10 – Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase – Hazel Hill – 7/2 Fav

16:50 – Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase – Croco Bay – 66/1

17:30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle – Early Doors – 5/1

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).

Henderson’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.

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