It is the most highly anticipated, most wagered-upon horse racing meeting in the world, and that explains why punters get so excited about the Cheltenham Festival.
Run every March in a small market town in England, the best horses, trainers and jockeys head to Prestbury Park to battle it out for the huge prize money on offer and some of the prestigious titles in racing: the Gold Cup, the Arkle and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, to name just three. The action unfolds over four days, with each featuring a card of six or more races typically headlined by a Grade 1 contest of the highest standard.
From a betting perspective, it’s never too early to start considering Cheltenham 2020 predictions for a number of good reasons: firstly, the ante post markets are already open at many of the leading sportsbooks, and secondly, many horses tend to perform well at the Festival year on year. So this is a guide to the Cheltenham Festival, and towards the end we will serve up a selection of tips for Cheltenham 2020 that will hopefully help you to secure a profit from the meeting!
First of all, let’s consider the two different types of betting available for Cheltenham 2020.
You can bet at any time from today until early March in the ante post markets. These offer prices on all of the major races, but remember that the horses won’t be ‘declared’ – i.e. confirmed to run – until a week or so from the Festival.
Some bookmakers don’t offer refunds on ante post bets, so if you back a horse that doesn’t go on to run in your specified race then you may lose your stake. However, you will generally get better odds in the ante post market than when the fields have been declared, and we also have a rough idea of which horses will run in each race months in advance.
So our Cheltenham ante post tips 2020 are not without their risks, but there are plenty of rewards too!
p]We start our Cheltenham 2020 betting tips with a look at day one, which is headlined by four stellar races.
The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle will crown the best novice in UK and Ireland, and with young horses form comes and goes quite quickly. This is a race to avoid in the ante post market.
The Arkle is a race that has been dominated by the Irish trainers Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson in recent times: their horses have triumphed in seven of the last eight years.
The Mares’ Hurdle brings together the best fillies and mares around, with the legendary Quevega winning this title on six different occasions. The current ante post favourite, Benie Des Dieux, won this race in 2018, and with Apple’s Jade pointed elsewhere the Willie Mullins horse starts our Cheltenham 2020 tips with a bang.
The other standout race on day one is the Champion Hurdle, which pits the best hurdlers in National Hunt racing against one another. In recent years the favourite has tended to take the spoils, but in 2019 Espoir d’Allen, a 17.00 outsider, got the win.
3. Cheltenham 2020 Predictions: Day 2
Wednesday of the Cheltenham Festival tends to be a quieter day, but there are still two races that really stand out: the Champion Chase and the RSA Chase.
The former could see a hat-trick of wins for Altior, the brilliant Nicky Henderson horse who at the age of 10 will still take some stopping.
The RSA Chase, meanwhile, is for novice chasers, so once again making accurate predictions in advance is difficult.
4. Cheltenham 2020 Tips: Day 3
The Ryanair Chase is one of the newer races introduced at the Festival, and last year it was won in fine style by Frodon – that made jockey Bryony Frost the first female to ride a Grade 1 winner at the meeting. The next of our Cheltenham 2020 tips is Defi Du Seuil to win the Ryanair Chase. This horse is a two-time Cheltenham Festival winner already, and he will relish the step up in class.
The Stayers’ Hurdle is a real test of stamina, and it takes a horse with tremendous courage to win one of the standout races of day three.
5. Cheltenham Festival 2020 Tips: Day 4
The final day of the Cheltenham Festival is all about the Gold Cup. This is one of the most prestigious races in the world, with a purse of £625,000 and the famous trophy which has been won by some of the best horses ever to set hoof onto the racetrack. Only one betting favourite has won the Gold Cup in the last six years, which explains how close a race it is and also how difficult it is for bettors to pick out the winner.
Of those vying for the early honours in the ante post market, Kemboy looks a class act and at 7.00 is worth a flutter – let’s make him the last of our Cheltenham Festival 2020 tips.
6. Cheltenham 2020 Live Streaming
When you have all your tactics for Cheltenham 2020 betting tips figured out, you can start looking for a place, where you will be able to watch the event.
Usually, bookmakers have this event in their stream offer, so you can check if this year is no different. All you have to do is to register, for example at Bet365 or 1XBET, and look for the right stream.