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||Galopin Des Champs||Place Bet|
|14:10||Pertemps Network Final Hurdle||Sire Du Berlais||Place Bet|
|14:50||Ryanair Chase||Allaho||Place Bet|
|15:30||Stayers’ Hurdle||Thyme Hill||Place Bet|
|16:10||Plate Handicap Chase||Celebre D’Allen||Place Bet|
|16:50||Mares’ Novice Hurdle||Impervious||Place Bet|
|17:30||Kim Muir Chase||Come On Teddy||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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Favourites’ Chances By Implied Odds
|Constitution Hill (Supreme)||2/1||33%|
|Does He Know (Ultima)||10/1||9%|
|Honeysuckle (Champion Hurdle)||4/9||69%|
|Gaelic Warrior (Boodles)||6/1||14%|
|Stattler/Run Wild Fred (NH Chase)||7/2||22%|
|Sir Gerhard (Ballymore)||11/4||27%|
|Galopin Des Champs (Festival Novices)||11/10||48%|
|Good Time Jonny/Unexpected Party/Winter Fog (Coral Cup)||12/1||8%|
|Shishkin (Champion Chase)||4/6||60%|
|Tiger Roll (XC)||4/1||20%|
|Gentleman De Mee (Grand Annual)||8/1||11%|
|Facile Vega (Bumper)||Evs||50%|
|Bob Olinger (Turners)||Evs||50%|
|Duboyne/Sporting John (Pertemps)||10/1||9%|
|Flooring Porter (Stayers)||3/1||25%|
|Celebre D’Allen (Plate)||8/1||11%|
|Alegorie De Vassy (Mares Novices)||11/4||27%|
|Frontal Assault (Kim Muir)||8/1||11%|
|Pied Piper/Vauban (Triumph)||9/4||31%|
|Echoes In Rain/Goven/West Cork (County)||10/1||9%|
|Ginto/Minella Crooner (Albert Bartlett)||5/1||17%|
|A Plus Tard (Gold Cup)||3/1||25%|
|Concertista (Mares Chase)||11/4||27%|
|Langer Dan/Saint Felicien/Three Stripe Life (Martin Pipe)||10/1||9%|
|Percentage/Expected Winners||26.78% = 7.5 favourites|
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, with last year’s heroine Honeysuckle a short-priced favourite to defend her title. Over the shortest Cheltenham trip of 2m, it is a celebration of the quickest, most nimble jumps horses. Appreciate It and Teahupoo may line up as Honeysuckle’s main dangers.
The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase – Wednesday, 3.30pm
On Wednesday, we could be set for the most intense clash of the Festival. Shishkin and Energumene will resume acquaintances after their pulsating battle in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot. Chacun Pour Soi and Nube Negra are no pushovers either. Racing fans can pray that all four turn up in full fitness.
The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle – Thursday, 3.30pm
Thursday sees the Stayers’ Hurdle feature in the prime spot. Though the Ryanair Chase now vies for equal standing on the day, the stayers’ championship is the traditional highlight. Defending champion, Flooring Porter is well placed to go again, but all of Champ, Klassical Dream and Thyme Hill could yet find themselves going off as favourite.
The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup – Friday, 3.30pm
The Cheltenham Gold Cup will always trump the lot. Run on Friday over 3m2f, it remains unmatched as the championship prize all trainers, jockeys and owners crave more than any other. Minella Indo outlasted stablemate A Plus Tard for victory a year ago, while Galvin, Protektorat and two-time champion Al Boum Photo are also in the mix.
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.