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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

TimeRaceTipPlace Bet
13:30Turners Novices ChaseMighty PotterPlace Bet
14:10 Pertemps Network Final HurdleThanksforthehelpPlace Bet
14:50 Ryanair ChaseShishkinPlace Bet
15:30Stayers’ HurdleFlooring PorterPlace Bet
16:10Plate Handicap ChaseIl RidotoPlace Bet
16:50Mares’ Novice HurdleLucciaPlace Bet
17:30Kim Muir ChaseRoyal ThiefPlace 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:

– Champion Hurdle
– Champion Chase
– Stayers’ Hurdle
– Gold Cup

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.

Our team have betting tips for all 28 races including the Gold CupChampion HurdleChampion Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle. You can find tips for each individual day here:

Cheltenham Tips Day 1

Cheltenham Tips Day 2

Cheltenham Tips Day 3

Cheltenham Tips Day 4 (Gold Cup Tips)

Free Cheltenham betting tips, previews and advice

Our tipsters share their tips and betting advice completely free, no hidden fees and no subscriptions. That means you can find the best expert predictions right here and choose which bets you want to back in the 2023 festival.

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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Non runners will be refunded ahead of the race either as cash, or in the form of a free bet.

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We work with the UK’s leading bookmakers throughout the year, ensuring we have the best free bets and Cheltenham offers available for our readers.

Favourites’ Chances By Implied Odds

HorseOddsPercentage chance
Facile Vega (Supreme)2/133%
El Fabiolo/Jonbon (Arkle)13/838%
Corach Rambler (Ultima)15/212%
Constitution Hill (Champion Hurdle)1/375%
Honeysuckle (Mares)5/228%
Tekao (Boodles)4/120%
Gaillard Du Mesnil (NH Chase)5/444%
Impaire Et Passe (Ballymore)2/133%
Gerri Colombe (Festival Novices)7/436%
Camprond (Coral Cup)7/112%
Edwardstone (Champion Chase)7/436%
Delta Work (XC)11/1047%
Dinoblue (Grand Annual)7/112%
A Dream To Share (Bumper)7/222%
Mighty Potter (Turners)11/842%
Shoot First (Pertemps)7/222%
Shishkin (Ryanair)8/1158%
Blazing Khai (Stayers)3/125%
So Scottish (Plate)7/222%
Luccia (Mares Novices)13/838%
Stumptown (Kim Muir)4/120%
Blood Destiny (Triumph)15/834%
Filey Bay (County)5/116%
Corbetts Cross (Albert Bartlett)7/222%
Galopin Des Champs (Gold Cup)15/834%
Vaucelet (Foxhunter)9/430%
Allegorie De Vassy (Mares Chase)9/411/430%
Spanish Harlem (Martin Pipe)6/114%
Percentage/Expected Winners30%

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

RaceFavourite Win %
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle28.6
Arkle Chase38.1
Ultima Handicap Chase9.5
Champion Hurdle47.6
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle17.6
National Hunt Chase19
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle33.3
Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase28.6
Coral Cup9.5
Queen Mother Champion Chase42.8
Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase23.5
Grand Annual Handicap Chase19
Champion Bumper19
Turners Novices’ Chase36.3
Pertemps Final14.2
Ryanair Chase35.3
Stayers’ Hurdle42.9
Paddy Power Plate19
Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle50
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Trophy23.8
Triumph Hurdle23.8
County Hurdle23.8
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle23.5
Cheltenham Gold Cup42.8
Foxhunters’ Chase28.6
Mares’ Chase0
Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle7.7

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.