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Cheltenham Ante Post Tips 2024

December 2022 Galopin Des Champs is ante-post favourite for the Gold CupDecember 2022 Galopin Des Champs is ante-post favourite for the Gold Cup
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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 2023 Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday 14th and Friday 17th of March and serves up four days of exhilarating action.

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.

The Festival races look as exciting and competitive as ever. Not to worry though, as our Cheltenham tips will help you on the road to enjoying a successful four days. Read on for all the best Cheltenham ante-post free tips and for Vincent Finegan's Cheltenham naps click here.

Watch Our Expert Ante-Post Cheltenham Preview

Our team of expert tipsters comprises irishracing.com editor Vincent Finegan, broadcaster Ed Quigley also known as ‘Longshot Ted’ and Betting Expert’s and former bookmaker Stephen Harris. Watch our Cheltenham ante-post tipping video to find out which contenders they fancy for the festival and why.

Take a look at our Cheltenham race cards which display in-depth previews and tips for each race closer to the event.

Cheltenham Day 1 Ante-post Tips and Trends, Tuesday 14th March 2023

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 duo of Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore sparkled in the Champion Hurdle to seal their second victory in Tuesday's showpiece, however following two defeats this season, Honeysuckle will head to the Mares' Hurdle.

Constitution Hill is around 4/11 to land the 2023 renewal following two imperious victories this season and State Man thrust himself into the Champion Hurdle picture when winning the Matheson Hurdle with ease at Leopardstown and the Irish Champion Hurdle. He is considered the biggest danger to Constitution Hill, who has stunned his rivals on both of his starts this season.

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 eight occasions.
  • Willie Mullins has landed the prize four times and has had runners placed in four of the last five renewals.
  • Irish trainers have a good record in the Champion Hurdle, having won twelve of the past nineteen runnings.
  • Nine of the last ten 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.

    Vincent Finegan's day 1 ante-post nap - Gaillard Du Mesnil 5.30 Cheltenham.

    Emma Nagle's day 1 Cheltenham tip - Marine Nationale 1.30 Cheltenham.

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Cheltenham Day 2 Ante-Post Tips and Trends, Wednesday 15th March 2023

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.

Last year's victor Energumene has been pushed out in the market following his defeat on Cheltenham Trials Day, while main rival Edwardstone has been made favourite.

Gary Moore's Editeur Du Gite, who held on to beat Edwardstone on Cheltenham Trials Day, has been shortened to 6-1.

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 once during his illustrious training career.
  • Nicky Henderson has won this contest five times in the last ten years.
  • The last ten winners had won last time out.
  • Ten of the last twelve winner were aged between 7 and 9.

    Vincent Finegan's day 2 ante-post nap - Hermes Allen 1.30 Cheltenham.

    Emma Nagle's day 2 Cheltenham tip - Energumene 3.30 Cheltenham.

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Cheltenham Day 3 Ante-Post Tips and Trends, Thursday 16th March 2023

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 Teahupoo heads the market with most bookmakers, while Blazing Khal is also prominent in the betting. Last year's winner Flooring Porter is 50-50 to run and 2019 winner Paisley Park has been lengthened to 20-1 - he represents good each-way value at that price.

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 ten winners had run in the Cleeve Hurdle on Cheltenham Trials day.
  • Eight of the last nine winner were aged 6 or 7.
  • Three favourites have won in the last ten years.

    Vincent Finegan's day 3 ante-post nap - Blazing Khal 3.30 Cheltenham.

    Emma Nagle's day 3 Cheltenham tip - Janidil 2.50 Cheltenham.

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Cheltenham Day 4 Ante-Post Tips and Trends, Friday 17th March 2023

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 and he faces some experienced rivals, including last year's winner A Plus Tard and Bravemansgame who was imperious when winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

At bigger odds, you will find Noble Yeats, who is worth an each-way play at 10-1 along with Stattler who nearly got the better of Minella Indo when giving eight pounds to the 2021 Gold Cup winner.

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 runnings of the race.
  • Only four of the last ten winners were sent off favourite.
  • Irish trainers have won seven of the last ten renewals of the Gold Cup.
  • Nine of the last ten 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.

    Vincent Finegan's day 4 ante-post nap - Hewick 3.30 Cheltenham.

    Emma Nagle's day 4 Cheltenham tip - Blood Destiny 1.30 Cheltenham.

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How to Bet on the Cheltenham Festival 2023

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 2023 Ante-post Favourites

Here you can find all the ante-post favourites for every race at the Cheltenham Festival 2022. Odds are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Tuesday 15 March 2023

Race2023 Ante-post Favourite2022 Winner
Supreme Novices’ HurdleFacile Vega 10-3 Constitution Hill
Arkle ChaseEl Fabiolo 6-4Edwardstone
Ultima Handicap ChaseInto Overdrive 10-1Corach Rambler
Champion HurdleConstitution Hill 4-11Honeysuckle
Mares’ HurdleHoneysuckle 5-2Marie's Rock
Boodles Juvenile Handicap HurdleTekao 5-1Brazil
National Hunt ChaseGaillard Du Mesnil 13-8Stattler

Wednesday 16 March 2023

Race2023 Ante-post Favourite2022 Winner
Ballymore Novices’ HurdleHermes Allen 11-4Sir Gerhard
Brown Advisory Novices’ ChaseGerri Colombe 5-2L'Homme Presse
Coral CupGaelic Warrior 10-1Commander Of Fleet
Champion ChaseEnergumene 13-8Energumene
Cross Country ChaseDelta Work 11-10Delta Work
Grand Annual Handicap ChaseAucunrisque 8-1Global Citizen
Champion BumperIts For Me 7-2Facile Vega

Thursday 17 March 2023

Race2023 Ante-post Favourite2022 Winner
Turner Novices’ ChaseMighty Potter 11-8Bob Olinger
Pertemps Network FinalShoot First 9-2Third Wind
Ryanair ChaseShishkin 11-8Allaho
Stayers’ HurdleBlazing Khal 11-4Flooring Porter
Paddy Power PlateSo Scottish 11-2Coole Cody
Mares’ Novices’ HurdleLuccia 7-4Love Envoi
Kim Muir Challenge CupMr Incredible 8-1Chambard

Friday 18 March 2023

Race2023 Ante-post Favourite2022 Winner
Triumph HurdleLossiemouth 7-4Vauban
County HurdleGaelic Warrior 6-1State Man
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Embassy Gradens 6-1The Nice Guy
Gold CupGalopin Des Champs 13-8A Plus Tard
Hunters’ ChaseVaucelet 9-4Billaway
Mares’ Chase Allegorie De Vassy 13-8Elimay
Martin Pipe Handicap HurdleAbsolute Notions 8-1Banbridge

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Result 2022

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the race that everyone wants to win and it is the feature event of the entire Festival. Last year’s winner A Plus Tard justified favouritism to give Rachael Blackmore her first win in the race and she was the first female jockey to land Cheltenham's blue riband race.

PositionHorseStarting Price
1A Plus Tard3-1f
2Minella Indo7-1
5Royal Pegaille20-1

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 broadcaster Ed Quigley 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 following two imperious victories this season. The Willie Mullins-trained star is a very short price and it may be worth looking further down the betting for each-way value.

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 potential superstar has looked unbeatable following two runs this season which he has won by 12 lengths and 17 lengths.