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Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide

The Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us and you're probably wondering which horses to bet on? You could pick the prettiest coloured silks, the funniest horse name, or you could follow the Racing Post experts' advice. Follow these nine rules of Cheltenham Festival betting to increase your chances of winning and always remember to bet responsibly.

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The Cheltenham Festival

Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham racecourse has hosted racing since 1815 and now showcases some of the best jump racing in Britain.

The highlight of which is the Cheltenham Festival, which runs for four days in March and is widely considered the pinnacle of the jump racing season. There are a total of 28 incredible Cheltenham races, featuring 14 Grade 1 events contested in front of more than 65,000 racegoers each day. Every owner, jockey and trainer dreams of a winner at the Cheltenham Festival, cementing their place in history alongside some of the legends of the sport including Denman, Kauto Star and Istabraq.


To add to the excitement, there is an ongoing rivalry between Great Britain and Ireland which has been celebrated in recent years with the introduction of the Prestbury Cup. The two nations compete against one another to accumulate the most winners at the Cheltenham Festival. The side to win the most Cheltenham races is presented with the Prestbury Cup at the end of the week. 


Last year the Prestbury Cup was shared as both sides trained 14 winners each, however, Ireland will feel hard done with Benie Des Dieux’s last-ditch fall proving decisive when all but guaranteed to chalk up a win for the Irish. This year, the bookmakers make Ireland favourites to lift the Prestbury Cup once again and they look worthy favourites with hot prospects heading the market for races such as the Mares Hurdle, Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and the Cross Country Chase.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days is the Cheltenham Festival?

The Cheltenham Festival takes place over four days. It runs from Tuesday 10th March to Friday 13th March.

How long is the Cheltenham Festival?

The Cheltenham Festival lasts for four days and has done since 2005, having previously been held over three days. Each day contains seven races, with racing beginning at 1.30pm and finishing at 5.30pm.

What is the Cheltenham Festival?

The Cheltenham Festival is the biggest four days of the jumps season. It consists of 28 races, seven per day, and hosts many of the season-defining championship races such as the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.

How much are Cheltenham Festival tickets?

Cheltenham Festival tickets cost between £37 and £86 for the first three days of the meeting. Gold Cup day is more expensive with tickets costing between £57 and £111. The variation in ticket prices depends on the enclosure you want to go in.

Where is the Cheltenham Festival?

The Cheltenham Festival is run at Cheltenham racecourse, which can be found on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

When is the Cheltenham Festival?

The Cheltenham Festival takes place every March. This year’s festival runs from Tuesday, March 10 to Friday, March 13.

When does the Cheltenham Festival start?

The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, March 10 in 2020.

Is there a dress code for the Cheltenham Festival?

As the Cheltenham Festival can take place in all sorts of conditions, the course recommends racegoers dress for the weather. However, many ladies will wear hats and gentlemen are advised to wear suits or dress up if they are in hospitality or the Club enclosure.

How many people go to the Cheltenham Festival?

Cheltenham achieved a record attendance for the festival in 2019, with 266,779 people attending in total across the four days. Attendance on a single day peaked on Gold Cup day, with 71,816 spectators, a new record.

Has the Cheltenham Festival ever been cancelled?

The Cheltenham Festival was last cancelled in its entirety in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak, while the second day was called off in 2008 due to high winds, with the races rescheduled for the remaining two days. In 2019 the opening day of the festival was in doubt due to adverse weather conditions, but was eventually given the all clear and racing proceeded on all four days.

Does the Cheltenham Festival ever sell out?

The whole festival does not sell out, although attendance has been on the increase with a record total of 266,779 attending across the four days last year. However, Gold Cup day (the Friday of the meeting) does often sell out.

How do I get to the Cheltenham Festival?

Whether it be a plane, train or automobile, you can rest assured there are ample options for travelling to the Cheltenham Festival in 2020. If you are arriving by car, there is plenty of parking available with a £15 charge when purchasing in advance. National Express is offering racegoers the chance to book coach travel from locations across the UK direct to Cheltenham racecourse. 

Cheltenham racecourse also caters for aircraft throughout Cheltenham’s racing season, so long as the visiting aircraft has pre-booked the landings with the racecourse. You can also book a taxi directly to the racecourse.

Who sponsors the Cheltenham Festival?

Magners have partnered with the Cheltenham Festival in 2020. Most of the 28 races have sponsors, while the racecourse itself has its sponsorship partners. Magners will also sponsor this year’s Gold Cup.