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Cheltenham Ante-Post Tips 2024

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With one of the biggest National Hunt events almost upon us, what we all need is reliable Cheltenham ante-post tips. The 2024 Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday 12th and Friday 15th of March and serves up four days of exhilarating action.

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We have all the best Cheltenham ante-post selections you need to help you identify winners and you can find a host of high-value Cheltenham free bets and betting offers Ireland here along with UK betting offers which can be found here.

Cheltenham Festival Preview Night

Watch our Cheltenham Festival preview night with Emma Nagle, Bryan Cooper, Brian Hayes and Donn McClean.

5 Forgotten Willie Mullins Horses for the Cheltenham Festival

Emma Nagle has delved a little deeper into this year's entries and managed to find five forgotten horses from the Willie Mullins yard. Watch the video below to note down the Closutton types flying under the radar.

See our Cheltenham race cards which display in-depth previews and tips for each race closer to the event.

Top 5 JP McManus contenders for the Cheltenham Festival

It is always wise to keep and eye on the JP McManus entries and to attempt to decipher which are well handicapped prior to the Festival.

Cheltenham Day 1 Ante-post Tips and Trends, Tuesday 12th March 2024

Day one is highlighted by the two-mile Champion Hurdle when the fastest and most talented hurdlers are put to the test. Last year the formidable Constitution Hill galloped his rivals, including multiple Grade 1 winner, State Man, into submission.

Constitution Hill is odds-on favourite to land the 2024 renewal following the decision to keep him over hurdles and star looks unbeatable. State Man and Impaire Et Passe will take him on for the Willie Mullins powerhouse. He is considered the biggest danger to Constitution Hill, who has stunned his rivals with his exceptional talent.

We take a look at some stats and trends for the Champion Hurdle to help you with your Cheltenham day 1 ante-post tips:

  • The most successful trainer in the race is Nicky Henderson, who has saddled the winner on nine occasions.
  • Willie Mullins has landed the prize four times and has had runners placed in five of the last six renewals.
  • Irish trainers have a good record in the Champion Hurdle, having won twelve of the past twenty runnings.
  • Ten of the last eleven winners had won a Grade 1 going into the race.
  • The last ten winners of the Champion Hurdle had last run between 26 and 78 days ago.
  • The last ten winners were rated 161 or above.

Day 1 Tips with Gavin Lynch

Emma Nagle's day 1 ante-post Cheltenham tip

Supreme Novices' Hurdle Tip

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Cheltenham Day 2 Ante-Post Tips and Trends, Wednesday 13th March 2024

The two-mile specialists go head to head once more on day two, with the Queen Mother Champion Chase taking centre stage. The ultimate test of speed and agility, the feature race is a fine spectacle as the best two-mile chasers battle it out over thirteen fences.

Below you can find some trends to help you with your Cheltenham day 2 picks:

  • The last ten winners of the Champion Chase appeared at least 32 days ago.
  • Trainer Willie Mullins has won the Champion Case twice during his illustrious training career.
  • Nicky Henderson has won this contest five times in the last eleven years.
  • Nine of the last ten winners had won last time out.
  • Eleven of the last thirteen winners were aged between 7 and 9.

Day 2 Tips with Gavin Lynch

Emma Nagle's day 2 ante-post Cheltenham tip

Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle Tip

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Cheltenham Day 3 Ante-Post Tips and Trends, Thursday 14th March 2024

Things get ratcheted up here on day three. The feature race is the three-mile Stayers‘ Hurdle, while the richest race on the card is the Ryanair Chase.

The Stayers‘ Hurdle is race four on the card and Gaelic Warrior heads the market with most bookmakers, while Teahupoo and Vauban are also prominent in the betting.

Take a look at the stats and trends below:

  • Gavin Cromwell and Willie Mullins have won this race twice in the last ten years.
  • The last ten winners of the Stayers’ Hurdle appeared at least 46 days ago.
  • Four of the last eleven winners had run in the Cleeve Hurdle on Cheltenham Trials day.
  • Eight of the last ten winners were aged 6 or 7.
  • Two favourites have won in the last ten years.

Emma Nagle's day 3 ante-post Cheltenham tips

Day 3 Tips with Gavin Lynch

Ryanair Chase Tip

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Cheltenham Day 4 Ante-Post Tips and Trends, Friday 15th March 2024

This is the point at which the Festival reaches a crescendo - Gold Cup day. Betting tips for Cheltenham are most sought after on this day and we‘ve got you covered. We also have Cheltenham ante-post tips on the Jump To It videos displayed on our homepage of this site.

The majority of Cheltenham betting tips centre on the Gold Cup. The feature race of this meeting and of the entire National Hunt season, this phenomenal Grade 1 event is as competitive as ever. Galopin De Champs is most fancied to take the coveted prize for the second year running and he faces some experienced rivals, including last year's Bravemansgame and the very talented Gerri Colombe who was an impressive winner at the Punchestown Festival.

At bigger odds, you will find The Real Whacker and L'Homme Presse

Below we looks at the stats and trends to help you unearth the best Cheltenham Gold Cup tips:

  • Henry De Bromhead has won the last two of the last three renewals.
  • Only four of the last ten winners were sent off favourite.
  • Irish trainers have won eight of the last eleven renewals of the Gold Cup.
  • Ten of the last eleven had won over three miles or further.
  • The last ten winners were aged 7-9.
  • Paul Townend is the most-winning jockey in the last ten years, having won the prize twice aboard Al Boum Photo and once aboard Galopin Des Champs.

Day 4 Cheltenham Tips with Gavin Lynch

Emma Nagle's day 4 ante-post Cheltenham tips

Albert Bartlett Tip

Gold Cup Tip

Mares' Chase Tip

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How to Bet on the Cheltenham Festival 2024

Cheltenham ante-post tips are about more than going for the horse with the biggest reputation, there‘s no doubt about that. There are so many factors to keep in mind when trying to stay ahead. Check out our Cheltenham tips on how to pick the right horse at the Festival.

Find a Horse with Class

Horses winning en route to the Festival is one thing, but are they good enough? While stamina and toughness come into things here, only the classiest horses in their division prove good enough at Cheltenham. Make sure your horse has won against the best and/or has comfortably beaten those in the next grade down.

Look for Course Form

This is not a prerequisite, however Cheltenham is unique and many with good form simply don‘t perform there. Should you get two horses very close together on form and one is proven around Cheltenham, it would be wise to make that your tie-breaker.

Look for the Right Attributes for the Right Course

Cheltenham is split between the New Course and the Old Course. Make sure your horse has the right attributes for the one it‘s racing on. The New Course puts the emphasis on stamina and staying ability, while speed is more prevalent on the Old Course which you should keep in mind.

Look for Race Fitness

More and more trainers are wrapping their horses in cotton wool before the Festival. Some do not see the track again after running at Christmas time, however there is an argument that rather than keeping them fresh, it‘s giving them a disadvantage. Horses which have run at the Dublin Racing Festival in early February have done very well of late, as will others which have run just a few weeks before Cheltenham.

Get Good Value

It‘s one thing finding a horse you believe has a great chance, but you need to get value for money. Ensure your horse is a reasonable price and that you are betting with the best bookmakers. Also keep an eye on the bookmakers‘ offers as some will enhance the odds on certain runners or offer money-back concessions if your horse finishes second to the favourite.

Cheltenham 2024 Ante-post Favourites

Here you can find all the ante-post favourites for every race at the Cheltenham Festival 2024. Odds are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Race2024 Ante-post Favourite2023 Winner
Supreme Novices’ HurdleBallyburn 7/4Marine Nationale
Arkle ChaseMarine Nationale 11-4El Fabiolo
Ultima Handicap ChaseChianti Classico 10-1Corach Rambler
Champion HurdleState Man 2-5Constitution Hill
Mares’ HurdleLossiemouth 4-5Honeysuckle
National Hunt ChaseEmbassy Gardens 10-3Gaillard Du Mesnil
Boodles Juvenile Handicap HurdleLark In The Morning 6-1Jazzy Matty

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Race2024 Ante-post Favourite2023 Winner
Baring Bingham Novices’ HurdleBallyburn 3-1Impaire Et Passe
Brown Advisory Novices’ ChaseFact To File 7-2The Real Whacker
Coral CupLanger Dan 10-1Langer Dan
Champion ChaseEl Fabiolo 1-2Energumene
Cross Country ChaseConflated 7-2Delta Work
Grand Annual Handicap ChaseMy Mate Mozzie 8-1Maskada
Champion BumperJalon Doudairies 5-1A Dream To Share

Thursday 14 March 2024

Race2024 Ante-post Favourite2023 Winner
Turner Novices’ ChaseFact To File 9-4Stage Star
Pertemps Network FinalIcare Allen 8-1Good Time Jonny
Ryanair ChaseBanbridge 11-4Envoi Allen
Stayers’ HurdleIrish Point 4-1Sire Du Berlais
Paddy Power PlateInothewayurthinkin 10-1Seddon
Mares’ Novices’ HurdleJade De Grugy 3-1You Wear It Well
Kim Muir Challenge CupStumptown 10-1Angels Dawn

Friday 15 March 2024

Race2024 Ante-post Favourite2023 Winner
Triumph HurdleSir Gino 10-11Lossiemouth
County HurdleIberico Lord 12-1Faivoir
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle High Class Hero 8-1Stay Away Fay
Gold CupGalopin Des Champs 10-11Galopin Des Champs
Hunters’ ChaseFerns Lock 100-30Premier Magic
Mares’ Chase Dinoblue 5-4Impervious
Martin Pipe Handicap HurdleSa Mageste 10-1Iroko

Cheltenham Festival Odds

Getting the best Cheltenham tips is just half the battle. Once you know who you want to back, you‘ll need to check out these bookmakers to find the best odds and the best Cheltenham free bets.

See below Cheltenham Gold Cup ante-post odds with a range of leading bookmakers.

3.303m. 2f. 70yds. 11 Declared.
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Result 2023

PositionHorseStarting Price
1Galopin Des Champs7/5F
4Noble Yeats14/1

FAQs: Cheltenham ante-post tips

What is Cheltenham ante-post betting?

Ante-post betting is placing a bet prior to the declarations of a race. Keen racing bettors will seek out better value by placing a bet in advance when the odds are, in most cases. bigger than the day of the race. The Cheltenham Festival is a popular festival for ante-post betting as punters can back their selections at big prices up to 365 days before the Festival kicks off.

Where can I find the best Cheltenham ante-post tips?

Our resident tipsters, irishracing.com editor Vincent Finegan, Betting Expert's Stephen Harris and Emma Nagle will look ahead to the Cheltenham Festival and offer up their top ante-post tips in the feature races of the week on our weekly tipping show Jump To It.

Who is the ante-post favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Galopin Des Champs is favourite to land this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup after impressing to win last year for Willie Mullins.

Who is the ante-post favourite for the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle?

The Champion Hurdle favourite is Constitution Hill for trainer Nicky Henderson and is odds-on to take the crown, the superstar has looked unbeatable following his imperious Champion Hurdle win.

About Emma Nagle
Emma grew up on a racing yard which got her involved in racing from a young age. Having worked in racing media on a freelance basis for a few years she joined irishracing.com full time in 2023. She has ridden as an amateur and still works with horses.