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David Jennings

Ante-post

12/03 14:50

Ryanair Chase

Min

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

11/03 14:50

Coral Cup Handicap Chase

Dame De Compagnie

David Jennings

Ante-post

11/03 16:50

Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle

Aramax

David Jennings

Ante-post

11/03 14:10

RSA Chase

Champ

Racing Post Tip

Ante-post

12/03 16:10

Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate

Simply The Betts

Paul Kealy

Best-Bet

13/03 14:10

County Hurdle

Stolen Silver

Tom Segal

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Latest Exhibition

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Lostintranslation

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Thyme Hill

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

13/03 16:10

Foxhunters Chase

Billaway

Tom Segal

Best-Bet

12/03 17:30

Kim Muir Handicap Chase

Ilikedwayurthinkin

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

13/03 13:30

Triumph Hurdle

Allmankind

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

12/03 13:30

Marsh Novices' Chase

Itchy Feet

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

12/03 15:30

Stayers' Hurdle

Paisley Park

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 16:50

Grand Annual Chase

Paloma Blue

James Hill

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Lostintranslation

Paul Kealy

Best-Bet

10/03 16:50

Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase

Imperial Aura

Gavin Lynch

Lucky-15

Dame De Compagnie

Coral Cup Handicap Chase

- 11/03 | 14:50

Mick Pastor

Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle

- 11/03 | 16:50

Phoenix Way

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

- 12/03 | 14:10

Aramon

County Hurdle

- 13/03 | 14:10

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 16:50

Grand Annual Chase

Eclair De Beaufeu

Paul Kealy

Lucky-15

Kildisart

Ultima Handicap Chase

- 10/03 | 14:50

Stolen Silver

Coral Cup Handicap Chase

- 11/03 | 14:50

Welsh Saint

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

- 12/03 | 14:10

Paloma Blue

Grand Annual Chase

- 13/03 | 16:50

James Hill

Ante-post

10/03 14:10

Arkle Chase

Esprit Du Large

Tom Segal

Ante-post

10/03 14:10

Arkle Chase

Brewin'upastorm

David Jennings

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Clan Des Obeaux

David Jennings

Ante-post

13/03 13:30

Triumph Hurdle

Aspire Tower

David Jennings

Ante-post

10/03 16:50

Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase

Hold The Note

Racing Post Tip

Ante-post

12/03 17:30

Kim Muir Handicap Chase

Le Breuil

David Jennings

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Fury Road

David Jennings

Single

10/03 15:30

Champion Hurdle

Epatante

Tom Segal

Ante-post

12/03 14:50

Ryanair Chase

Frodon

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

12/03 14:10

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

Relegate

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

11/03 16:50

Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle

Mick Pastor

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

12/03 14:50

Ryanair Chase

A Plus Tard

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

10/03 16:50

Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase

Galvin

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

10/03 17:30

National Hunt Chase

Carefully Selected

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Al Boum Photo

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Chris's Dream

Tom Segal

Ante-post

10/03 14:50

Ultima Handicap Chase

Discorama

David Jennings

Ante-post

12/03 14:10

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

The Storyteller

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Ramses De Teillee

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

10/03 15:30

Champion Hurdle

Call Me Lord

Tom Segal

Ante-post

11/03 14:10

RSA Chase

Copperhead

Tom Segal

Ante-post

12/03 15:30

Stayers' Hurdle

Apple's Jade

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

11/03 17:50

Champion Bumper

Appreciate It

Tom Segal

Ante-post

11/03 13:30

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

The Big Getaway

Tom Segal

Ante-post

11/03 13:30

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

The Big Breakaway

David Jennings

Ante-post

12/03 13:30

Marsh Novices' Chase

Itchy Feet

Tom Segal

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Harry Senior

James Hill

Ante-post

12/03 13:30

Marsh Novices' Chase

Mister Fisher

Tom Segal

Ante-post

12/03 15:30

Stayers' Hurdle

Summerville Boy

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

10/03 13:30

Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Shishkin

James Hill

Ante-post

11/03 14:10

RSA Chase

Allaho

Tom Segal

Ante-post

10/03 15:30

Champion Hurdle

Sharjah

Tom Segal

Best-Bet

11/03 17:50

Champion Bumper

The Glancing Queen

David Jennings

Ante-post

11/03 14:50

Coral Cup Handicap Chase

Birchdale

Tom Segal

Ante-post

10/03 13:30

Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Captain Guinness

David Jennings

Ante-post

10/03 16:10

Mares Hurdle

Stormy Ireland

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Cheltenham Festival Premium Tips

Tom Segal

The fact he could run as well as he did against the second favourite for the Supreme was a feather in his cap and he’s taken off over further since. Last time he stayed on strongly to win the Grade 1 over 2m6f at the Dublin Racing Festival and he will have no trouble staying 3m and staying it well.

Latest Exhibition

Albert Bartlett

13/03 14:50

Tom Segal

It was the manner of his Naas victory that marked him down as something special and he comes from a yard that has the best record in novice hurdles at the festival. What was so impressive at Naas was his hurdling, which was quick and accurate, and he looked a horse who was destined for the very top.

The Big Getaway

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

11/03 13:30

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David Jennings

Ante-post

12/03 14:50

Ryanair Chase

Min

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

11/03 14:50

Coral Cup Handicap Chase

Dame De Compagnie

David Jennings

Ante-post

11/03 16:50

Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle

Aramax

David Jennings

Ante-post

11/03 14:10

RSA Chase

Champ

Racing Post Tip

Ante-post

12/03 16:10

Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate

Simply The Betts

Tom Segal

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Latest Exhibition

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Lostintranslation

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Thyme Hill

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

13/03 16:10

Foxhunters Chase

Billaway

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

13/03 13:30

Triumph Hurdle

Allmankind

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

12/03 13:30

Marsh Novices' Chase

Itchy Feet

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

12/03 15:30

Stayers' Hurdle

Paisley Park

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 16:50

Grand Annual Chase

Paloma Blue

James Hill

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Lostintranslation

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 16:50

Grand Annual Chase

Eclair De Beaufeu

James Hill

Ante-post

10/03 14:10

Arkle Chase

Esprit Du Large

Tom Segal

Ante-post

10/03 14:10

Arkle Chase

Brewin'upastorm

David Jennings

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Clan Des Obeaux

David Jennings

Ante-post

13/03 13:30

Triumph Hurdle

Aspire Tower

David Jennings

Ante-post

10/03 16:50

Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase

Hold The Note

Racing Post Tip

Ante-post

12/03 17:30

Kim Muir Handicap Chase

Le Breuil

David Jennings

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Fury Road

Tom Segal

Ante-post

12/03 14:50

Ryanair Chase

Frodon

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

12/03 14:10

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

Relegate

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

11/03 16:50

Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle

Mick Pastor

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

12/03 14:50

Ryanair Chase

A Plus Tard

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

10/03 16:50

Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase

Galvin

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

10/03 17:30

National Hunt Chase

Carefully Selected

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Al Boum Photo

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 15:30

Gold Cup

Chris's Dream

Tom Segal

Ante-post

10/03 14:50

Ultima Handicap Chase

Discorama

David Jennings

Ante-post

12/03 14:10

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

The Storyteller

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Ramses De Teillee

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

10/03 15:30

Champion Hurdle

Call Me Lord

Tom Segal

Ante-post

11/03 14:10

RSA Chase

Copperhead

Tom Segal

Ante-post

12/03 15:30

Stayers' Hurdle

Apple's Jade

Gavin Lynch

Ante-post

11/03 17:50

Champion Bumper

Appreciate It

Tom Segal

Ante-post

11/03 13:30

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

The Big Getaway

Tom Segal

Ante-post

11/03 13:30

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

The Big Breakaway

David Jennings

Ante-post

12/03 13:30

Marsh Novices' Chase

Itchy Feet

Tom Segal

Ante-post

13/03 14:50

Albert Bartlett

Harry Senior

James Hill

Ante-post

12/03 13:30

Marsh Novices' Chase

Mister Fisher

Tom Segal

Ante-post

12/03 15:30

Stayers' Hurdle

Summerville Boy

Paul Kealy

Ante-post

10/03 13:30

Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Shishkin

James Hill

Ante-post

11/03 14:10

RSA Chase

Allaho

Tom Segal

Ante-post

10/03 15:30

Champion Hurdle

Sharjah

David Jennings

Ante-post

11/03 14:50

Coral Cup Handicap Chase

Birchdale

Tom Segal

Ante-post

10/03 13:30

Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Captain Guinness

David Jennings

Ante-post

10/03 16:10

Mares Hurdle

Stormy Ireland

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Top Cheltenham tips from the experts

Don't get too carried away

Timing is the key to winning at Cheltenham and it seems to me there are three phases of betting. We’ve been through the first one as that’s about securing long-range prices about horses with big chances. If Copperhead runs in the RSA, then I could have a chance of knocking one out of the park, if he doesn’t I’m struggling a bit. The next time to consider betting is when all the bookmakers go non-runner, no bet. With so many choices of races, year in year out horses switch from one to another late on and the non-runner, no-bet concession gives you that safety blanket. Finally, and clearly the most important one, is the day of the race and, with the bookmakers all fighting for business in competitive races, it is often then that the best value is found. As for strategy, I don’t do anything different. The hype machine starts for the Cheltenham Festival the day after the previous one finishes and it’s easy to get sucked into bad bets. The same principles apply to a Cheltenham race as they do any other in that you should always try to find horses who have a better chance than their price suggests. The hype machine dictates that certain horses are shorter prices than they actually should be on form and that provides punters with chances. Over the last 20 years I’ve taken on all the short-priced ones with varying degrees of success. However, you don’t need many 16-1 shots to come out in front and every year there are plenty of upsets due to the competitive nature of the contests. My punting strategy is going to be based around the novice chases because at this stage I don’t think the form is anywhere near as strong as it has been in previous years. Consequently, I think the markets are all wrong in most of them and a horse like Brewin’upastorm could easily be better than those at the head of the Arkle betting. However, the final bit of advice is always the most important and it’s simply not to get too carried away. It’s only horses running around a field and, while Cheltenham is the best four days, there are more than 300 others and there’s no need to have a bet just for the sake of it.

Class is best in Coral Cup

You can be forgiven for looking towards the bottom of the handicap in races such as the Coral Cup – a big-field handicap hurdle with a mixture of proven Graded horses, well-handicapped performers and young, unexposed types. However, William Henry’s shock victory over fellow veteran Wicklow Brave last year proved yet again that it pays to stick towards those at the top of the racecard, with six of the last seven winners donning a single-figure digit between one and eight on their number cloth. Punters often attempt to find an unknown quantity in the handicaps, but that hasn’t paid its way in the Coral Cup in recent years and trends suggest you should always nail your colours to the mast of a proven Graded-level runner in the field. The trainer is important, too, as Nicky Henderson (three), Gordon Elliott (two), Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls have won seven of the last ten Coral Cups between them.

Pay attention to certain gambles

We all know JP McManus loves a bet on one of his horses and he rarely gets it wrong when plunging on one at the festival. Sire Du Berlais (Pertemps), Any Second Now (Kim Muir) and Early Doors (Martin Pipe) were all the subject of strong support before their respective races last year and racegoers witnessed the green and gold silks flying up the run-in in front just moments later. McManus has several big chances this time around and missing out on a gamble could prove folly. We know the legendary owner loves his horses to be primed for a crack at this meeting and sharp improvement in form from his handicappers is not uncommon.  

Expect the unexpected

The best horses could look bombproof all year long but the Cheltenham Festival is prone to throwing up some shock results. This is where the best meet the best and you can’t always take a load of ‘1s’ next to a horse’s name for granted. The likes of Tiger Roll and Altior rewarded short-priced punters with comfortable successes at skinny odds 12 months ago, but there were also shocks aplenty over the four days, most notably Benie Des Dieux’s defeat when coming to grief at the last in the Mares’ Hurdle. She had looked unbeatable for some time in that division – and has proven since she is head and shoulders clear of anything else – and her jumping is normally oh so slick, so it is fair to say you have to expect the unexpected. Not every ‘good thing’ will prove to be just that.

Don't be scared to back the second or third string

When a trainer with numerous talented horses in one division enters two, three or four in a race it is common to dismiss them all other than the first string, citing that the rider would have had the choice and therefore the others aren’t as good. Eglantine Du Seuil’s 50-1 success in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle – a race in which Willie Mullins had seven runners, including 13-2 shot My Sister Sarah – was one of several examples of stablemates getting the better of supposed first strings. Add to that Al Boum Photo’s win as second string behind Kemboy in the Gold Cup and Espoir D’Allen’s Champion Hurdle triumph in the second colours of JP McManus and punters would be silly not to take each horse on face value.

Tips to betting on multiplesOur racing experts are the best in the business and spend hours studying so you don’t have to. Most frequently our tipsters will select a single horse for a single race, however, the Cheltenham Festival is a unique sporting event which some punters see an opportunity to bet on life-changing multiples. We have published a range of multiple bets or you may want to simply combine some of our Cheltenham tips yourself. Below is a breakdown of the most popular horse racing multiples you can bet on.

Doubles

One bet consisting of two selections in different races. Both horses must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a return. If the first selection wins, everything that would have been returned is then staked on the second selection. This is a good way of multiplying the value of two selections and each-way doubles are popular as the place part of the bet runs on to the second selection even if the first doesn’t win. A place double will often yield enough for the full stake to be returned should both selections make the places, so it’s a solid way of attempting to cover your stake on the win part of the bet.

Trebles

Similar to a double bet but containing three selections rather than two, a treble is a single bet on three horses in different races. All three selections must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a win with the returns of the first selection staked on the second, then the returns of the second staked on the third. This is a useful way to multiply the odds on several horses.

Accumulator

An accumulator is a bet that combines four or more selections in one bet. As with doubles and trebles, this is a group of horses in different races and all of them must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a return. Due to the high number of selections the odds are bigger and the risk is greater but, with so much accumulating, the reward for a win is often substantial.

Lucky 15

This is one of the most popular multiple bets among racing punters and the clue is in the name as a Lucky 15 consists of 15 bets on four horses in different races. That equals four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold accumulator. The beauty of the Lucky 15 is that only one selection of four must win to guarantee a return and the majority of bookmakers will offer incentives to play the bet. Most will pay out at double the odds if you select one winner, while several pay a bonus of up to 10 per cent for four winners. The problem is that even if one selection wins at double the odds, it’s highly unlikely the original full stake will be covered and you can still end up losing on the bet despite having had a winner.

Yankee

Basically a Lucky 15 without the four single bets, a Yankee consists of a total of 11 bets on four horses in different races. That equals six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold accumulator. Given we’ve forsaken the singles, a minimum of two selections must win to guarantee a return but that should at least cover the initial outlay and in most cases two winners will secure a profit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a horse racing tip?

A horse racing tip is a suggested bet, often by a profession, predicting the outcome of a race or event. Our tips are thoroughly thought out and meticulously selected by racing experts, before being published on the Racing Post website or newspaper. This is designed to save punters’ time when looking to have a bet, so they don’t have to research Cheltenham Tips themselves.

What is an ante-post bet?

Ante-post in the term used to describe a bet that is placed well in advance of the day of the event. The benefit of placing a bet well in advance of the day of the race, is the increased odds that are available. However, the risk of placing an ante-post bet is that if your selection does not compete in the event, you will still lose your bet.

The Cheltenham Festival is renowned for ante-post betting. It’s a tradition dating back centuries that offers punters the chance to predict a winner months in advance. There are many strategies and tactics that punters can use to predict an outcome, even without the guarantee of the horse running in the race. Trainers and jockeys may suggest a future race for a horse to target, particular races are good guide to the class of a horse and can indicate a potential target, whilst others simply use their own intuition and skill to take a punt.

What does each-way mean?

An each-way bet on horse racing is essentially two bets on the same horse. The first bet, known as a ‘back bet’ requires the horse to win the race in order to return a profit. The second bet, known as a ‘place bet’ will pay out if the horse finishes in the first 3 positions (subject to bookmaker and race terms). When placing an each-way bet your stake will be doubled, so bare this in mind when placing your bets (£10 each-way will cost £20, £10 win bet and £10 place bet).

The benefit of placing an each-way bet is that you can still win, even if your horse doesn’t finish first. It’s important to note that the ‘place bet’ will return a fraction of the original odds at which the bet was placed. For example, if you placed an each way bet at 16/1 and the horse finished 2nd or 3rd, then you would be paid out on the place bet at one-quarter of the original odds (4/1) – this is subject to bookmaker and race terms.

How to place a bet on Cheltenham?

There are plenty of ways to place a bet on Cheltenham. If you are attending the Cheltenham Festival you will have access to the betting ring which is a collection of bookmakers next to the racecourse who accept cash only bets. If you aren’t attending Cheltenham, you can visit a bookmaker shop or place a bet online. Most bookmakers have mobile apps and websites in which you can sign up for an account and place bets through. Alternatively, you can bet through the Racing Post app – where you can study the form and place your bets all in one place without having to switch between apps.

Who is the best horse racing tipster?

It can pay to follow a professional tipster and there are a handful of consistent experts out there. We think we have the best tipsters in the business at Racing Post and the majority of their tips are for premium customers only. Tom Segal and Paul Kealy are among our most popular tipsters, along with Tom Collins, James Hill and Graeme Rodway. However, on the Cheltenham Festival microsite, we have unlocked some of our best tipsters’ selections to help give you an edge at Cheltenham this year. We even have David Jennings and Gavin Lynch’s ante-post Cheltenham tips from the Upping The Ante show. Now that’s a blockbuster line-up.