The Cheltenham Festival is the most anticipated racing festival of the jumps racing season. Offering punters the chance to bet on a total of 28 races across the week, here at LeoVegas, we have everything you need to know before the racing begins, including all of the fixtures, the best odds and where you can place your wagers in the build-up to main events of the week.
There will be four days of racing for punters to browse our Cheltenham odds, and if you're keen to look at the ante-post markets, we have the lists ready to go for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Supreme Novices Hurdle, The Marsh Novices Chase, Mares Hurdle or Ryanair Chase.
However, if you can’t wait for the Cheltenham Festival, why not head over to our dedicated horse racing betting tips page, where you can find other big horse racing events throughout the world, or you can browse our previews of the feature races at The Cheltenham Festival.
To accompany the Cheltenham festival, at LeoVegas, we also have an extensive amount of betting tips where you can find our selections for each of the Grade 1 races on each day. So as the Festival approaches, we’ll keep you in the know when it comes to the feature races and Grade 2 contests.
Held annually in March, the Cheltenham Festival takes place across four days at Prestbury Park. With origins in the 19th century, where it started with a small number of races, the festival has now grown and features 28 races contested across the week.
Hosted at Prestbury Park since 1911, there are races on the festival's card since 1912, including the Stayer’s Hurdle, the oldest remaining Grade 1 race. The feature race of the entire festival is The Gold Cup, which was first contested in 1924 and has been won by the likes of Desert Orchid, Kauto Star and Al Boum Photo. However, the most successful horse to ever compete is Golden Miller, who won the race on five consecutive occasions.
Here at LeoVegas, we’ll have in-depth previews for all of the top selected races, with the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stayers’ Hurdle, and Gold Cup all catered for. To accompany the previews, we’ll have a live stream of all the races, so after browsing the Cheltenham Betting odds, you can watch all of the action unfold.
Where: Prestbury Park, Cheltenham Racecourse Dates: Tuesday 14th March - Friday 17th March 2023. Number of Races Per Day: Seven Where to Watch: LeoVegas Live Streaming Service
Across the four-day event, there will be seven races taking place each day. When browsing the Cheltenham Festival race card, we want all our racing fans to know when the big races will be happening and where you can find the top Cheltenham betting odds to go alongside our betting tips.
As part of our wide-ranging coverage of all things Cheltenham, we’ll have a wide range of betting offers and Cheltenham odds available for our new customers and our regular bettors at LeoVegas. Keep your eyes peeled as we get closer to the Festival, and you’ll see our offers included in our Cheltenham betting markets, including enhanced odds, so whether you're looking to bet on Cheltenham day one or day 4, there will be something you can add to your bet slip.
With so many races taking place over the course of the Cheltenham Festival, it’s essential to be aware of all the various online betting options available to you.
There are a huge variety of markets where you can place a bet, including the Cheltenham ante post offerings. However, the most common Cheltenham Festival race bets come in win form in the outright market, where you bet on a horse that will win a specific race. After the bet settlement, the amount will be added to your account if you select the winner, whether the race favourite or a longshot.
This type of bet is also available as part of an each-way market where your bet will cover a win in the race and if the horse finishes either second or third.
The above is possibly more suited to those that are new to the world of horse racing betting or who don’t necessarily follow smaller meetings throughout the year. However, suppose you consider yourself to be something of an expert and bet regularly. In that case, there are further wagering options available to you, particularly if you have a good idea of exactly how a race will pan out.
This is where the likes of Exacta/Forecast bets, and Tricast/Trifectas come into play, as these allow you to place a wager on the finishing positions of the top two or three horses in a race.
As stated, these may be familiar to establish horse racing bettors, but for those who are new to the Cheltenham Festival, we've got some handy terms below.
Before you place a bet on any Cheltenham Festival races, it's key that you know what the best Cheltenham odds are and the betting terms you'll need. If you're a new bettor, take a look below for all the key terms you'll need, whether you're placing a Cheltenham ante post bet or you choose to wait until race day. Back/Lay: If you ‘back’ a horse, it means that you are placing a bet on it to win or to finish in the top places. If you ‘lay’ a horse, it means that you think it will lose or miss out on the top places.
Place: If a horse comes second in a race (or sometimes even further down the pecking order, depending on the number of runners) it is said to have ‘placed’.
Each-Way: If you wager on a horse to win, you can also cover that wager in case it only places by making an Each-Way bet. This doubles the original wager you wished to place, while the returns will differ based on which position your horse finishes.
Exacta/Forecast: An Exacta bet (also known as a Forecast bet) is when you place a wager on the horses to finish in first and second, in that order.
Tricast/Trifecta: A Tricast bet or Trifecta bet is similar to an Exacta, except that it requires predicting the top three horses rather than just the top two.
Rule 4: Rule 4 can see the potential wins recalculated even after placing a wager, in specific situations, such as too many horses pulling out of a race. This is because it would see your chosen horse have less competition for places, therefore, more likely to win. There are some bets that are not subject to Rule 4, and more information about this can be found in our terms and conditions.
Make sure to keep checking back here for the latest previews for Cheltenham Festival, as we'll also feature some of the Cheltenham odds from the feature races below:
The Champion Hurdle is the main attraction on day one of the Cheltenham Festival 2021, but who will gallop to glory and start things off with a bang?
The Queen Mother Champion chase is the second feature race of the Cheltenham Festival and is the shortest chase race to take place across the week.
Check back for the latest Cheltenham odds for the premier long-distance hurdle race in the UK as the main event gets closer.
This is what it's all been building up to; the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the pinnacle event of national hunt racing, and we'll have all the odds to help place your Cheltenham bets.