Cheltenham Festival Tips 2023
Expert tips for the 2023 Cheltenham Festival. Our ante-post picks for all four days are available now. Below are our picks for the third day.
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips – Thursday’s Expert Tips For Each Race
|13:30||Turners Novices Chase||Mighty Potter||Place Bet|
|14:10||Pertemps Network Final Hurdle||Thanksforthehelp||Place Bet|
|14:50||Ryanair Chase||Shishkin||Place Bet|
|15:30||Stayers’ Hurdle||Flooring Porter||Place Bet|
|16:10||Plate Handicap Chase||Il Ridoto||Place Bet|
|16:50||Mares’ Novice Hurdle||Luccia||Place Bet|
|17:30||Kim Muir Chase||Royal Thief||Place Bet|
Very few sporting events each year produce the excitement and anticipation quite like the Cheltenham Festival. Four days of the best jump racing action each March sees leading contenders from Britain and Ireland do battle at the picturesque Prestbury Park.
A total of 14 Grade One races are contested across the four days including four premier championship races:
Our tipsters share their expert predictions and tips ahead of every single race at Cheltenham, with a whole host of great value bets.
Tips for every race at Cheltenham
While the four Champion races take much of the spotlight there are 14 grade 1 races and 28 races in total, with over £4.5 million in prize money to be won.
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You will find our early value odds and ante-post tips here months in advance of the first race, ensuring you can maximise your potential profits.
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Favourites’ Chances By Implied Odds
|Facile Vega (Supreme)||2/1||33%|
|El Fabiolo/Jonbon (Arkle)||13/8||38%|
|Corach Rambler (Ultima)||15/2||12%|
|Constitution Hill (Champion Hurdle)||1/3||75%|
|Gaillard Du Mesnil (NH Chase)||5/4||44%|
|Impaire Et Passe (Ballymore)||2/1||33%|
|Gerri Colombe (Festival Novices)||7/4||36%|
|Camprond (Coral Cup)||7/1||12%|
|Edwardstone (Champion Chase)||7/4||36%|
|Delta Work (XC)||11/10||47%|
|Dinoblue (Grand Annual)||7/1||12%|
|A Dream To Share (Bumper)||7/2||22%|
|Mighty Potter (Turners)||11/8||42%|
|Shoot First (Pertemps)||7/2||22%|
|Blazing Khai (Stayers)||3/1||25%|
|So Scottish (Plate)||7/2||22%|
|Luccia (Mares Novices)||13/8||38%|
|Stumptown (Kim Muir)||4/1||20%|
|Blood Destiny (Triumph)||15/8||34%|
|Filey Bay (County)||5/1||16%|
|Corbetts Cross (Albert Bartlett)||7/2||22%|
|Galopin Des Champs (Gold Cup)||15/8||34%|
|Allegorie De Vassy (Mares Chase)||9/411/4||30%|
|Spanish Harlem (Martin Pipe)||6/1||14%|
Feature Races At the 2023 Cheltenham Festival
There are four feature races at the Cheltenham Festival with one occurring at 3.30pm on each race day.
The Unibet Champion Hurdle – Tuesday 3.30pm
Tuesday’s main race is the Champion Hurdle and Nicky Henderson’s Constitution Hill is the hottest favourite of the week. The two-mile championship race is shaping up into a duel between the favourite and impressive Irish Champion Hurdle winner State Man.
The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase – Wednesday, 3.30pm
On Wednesday, we are set for another exciting duel between the best two-mile chasers in Britain and Ireland. Alan King’s impressive Arkle winner Edwardstone will meet reigning champion Energumene. Both horses ran below par in the Clarence House Chase last time so there will be plenty of each-way support for surprise winner Editeur Du Gite.
The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle – Thursday, 3.30pm
The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle – Thursday, 3.30pm
On Thursday the spotlight is shared by the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle. With Allaho an absentee, the stage appears clear for Shishkin to notch a third Cheltenham Festival success in the Ryanair. The Stayers’ Hurdle has a more open look but Flooring Porter seems to save his best for Cheltenham and will be difficult to pass as he bids for a hat-trick in the race.
The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup – Friday, 3.30pm
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the meeting and the ultimate prize in steeplechasing. All eyes will be on Galopin Des Champs who has hardly put a foot wrong since his unlucky last-fence fall in the 2022 Turners Chase. Last year’s winner A Plus Tard has not raced since being pulled up at Haydock in November. Stattler and Ahoy Senor will gallop all the way to the line and have each-way claims in a fascinating renewal.
Cheltenham Betting Tips – How To Read The Odds
If the 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be the first time you place a bet, reading the odds for our Cheltenham tips could not be simpler.
For example, if want to place a bet on a horse with odds of 2/1, this means you will double your money if it wins, plus get your original stake back. The first number acts as a multiplier, so the bigger that number, the more you will make by winning at those odds. However, the bookmakers will always have various reasons to make a horse a bigger price, and so a 20/1 shot will always be much less likely to win than a 2/1 shot.
Similarly, some prices will not end in a 1. For instance, if you place a £1 bet on a horse at 5/2, you multiply by the 5, but then divide by the 2, giving you a £2.50 profit for you original stake.
Favourites’ Success Rate at the Cheltenham Festival
|Race||Favourite Win %|
|Supreme Novices’ Hurdle||28.6|
|Ultima Handicap Chase||9.5|
|Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle||17.6|
|National Hunt Chase||19|
|Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle||33.3|
|Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase||28.6|
|Queen Mother Champion Chase||42.8|
|Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase||23.5|
|Grand Annual Handicap Chase||19|
|Turners Novices’ Chase||36.3|
|Paddy Power Plate||19|
|Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle||50|
|Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Trophy||23.8|
|Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle||23.5|
|Cheltenham Gold Cup||42.8|
|Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle||7.7|
In National Hunt racing, a favourite wins roughly one out of every three races, giving a success rate of 33.3%. At the Cheltenham Festival, using the percentages from the table above, their success rate is slightly lower at 25.3%. Or in other words, just over one in every four favourites wins at the Cheltenham Festival.
This is mainly due to it being the most competitive meeting of the year, with bigger fields and more testing handicaps ensuring that there is plentiful opposition to the market leaders. The undulating nature of the track is not to every horse’s liking either, adding that further layer of unpredictability.