It is the most eagerly anticipated horse racing event of the year as far as the betting public is concerned.
The Cheltenham Festival provides four days of high-quality racing as the best horses from the UK, Ireland and the rest of the world do battle for a number of prestigious prizes.
One of the reasons that the Festival is so loved by bettors is because there are usually some fantastic clues that point to the winner of each race, which helps those who do their research to make some fantastic profits from the meeting.
The Cheltenham track uses two different courses, but both feature unique characteristics such as undulating ground and a stiff uphill finish. As such, some horses enjoy Cheltenham much more than others – hence why there is a long list of repeat winners every year.
The Champion Trainer prize is won by the handler who wins more races than any other at the Festival, and since 2010 only three men have won the award: Willie Mullins, the most prolific of them all, Gordon Elliott and Nicky Henderson. Again, that gives bettors an excellent insight as to which horses should thrive.
In making Cheltenham 2021 predictions, we can use this information – plus the lessons learned from the 2020 edition of the meeting – to make some fantastically-educated guesses on who might just prevail next time around.
1. Cheltenham Ante Post Markets
You might think that betting on the Cheltenham ante post markets isn’t the wisest of ideas.
That’s because we don’t always know which race a horse will be targeted at, and so they can be declared for more than one – there is a crossover between the Gold Cup and the RSA Chase, for example, as well as some of the hurdles races.
With most bookies, your stake will be refunded if your horse doesn’t go on to race – the bet365 Cheltenham antepost market is one example, but it’s important to note this isn’t the case with all betting firms.
However, the benefit of betting ante post is that you will get to enjoy hugely inflated odds as compared to those available on raceday, and so it can certainly pay dividends to wager in this way.
Where accurate Cheltenham 2021 ante post tips are offered, bettors really can take advantage of the bookies’ generosity!
2. Cheltenham Festival 2021 Betting Tips
At this moment in time, we can use the 2020 edition of the Festival as our guide towards who will perform well in 2021.
Some of the ‘bankers’ there, horses like Benie Des Dieux and Paisley Park, really did flatter to deceive, and it will be interesting to see if they can bounce back to form. Others, such as Easysland and Honeysuckle, announced themselves to the world with stunning performances.
The first of our Cheltenham 2021 betting tips goes to Envoi Allen, who will progress from hurdling to the chasing scene next season.
He won the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in sublime fashion, and the assumption is that he can step up to the plate against older horses too.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup will be the eventual target, but for 2021 it is the RSA Chase where we expect Envoi Allen to thrive.
One of the performances of 2020 came in Easysland demolition of the history-making Tiger Roll, and these long-distance horses rarely deviate from their specialist area.Listen, you’re always disappointed when you don’t win but we said it before the race, the ground was the big worry. In fairness to the jockey on the winner, he gave his horse a very good ride, he took the sting out of us - Gordon Elliott for The Guardian
As such, Easysland to successfully defend his Cross Country Chase crown is very much in our Cheltenham festival 2021 betting tips. This French horse looks to have an unbelievable career ahead.
When a judge as wily as Willie Mullins, an eight-time champion trainer at Cheltenham, tells you that Al Boum Photo is one of the best horses he has ever worked with, it makes sense to listen.
The powerhouse has won back-to-back editions of the Gold Cup now, and he will be looking to create a slice of history in making it a hat-trick in 2021. There’s absolutely no reason why he can’t.
3. Cheltenham 2021 Odds to Win Any Race
One other betting option we wanted to alert you to is the Cheltenham 2021 odds to win any race market.
Available with a number of different bookies, this is an option that minimises some of the risk you get in ante post betting – here, all we’re looking for is a winner.
So we’ll complete our Cheltenham Festival 2021 odds with some options in this category, and the first that springs to mind is Shishkin, who could step up to chasing – possibly in the Arkle – or remain hurdling in the Champion Hurdle.
He would be a decent bet for either, and so we can hedge our bets by taking Shishkin here.
Another horse to consider here is Minella Indo, who really did impress in 2020 and could go all the way to the Gold Cup next time around.
However, there are clearly ‘lesser’ options for this seven-year-old to bag a winner for her backers.
4. Cheltenham 2021 Live Streaming
When you have all your tactics for Cheltenham 2021 predictions 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.