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Cheltenham Tips

Cheltenham tips for today's races. Here you can see what the profitable tipsters at OLBG are predicting for each of the races at the 2025 Cheltenham Festival.

For predictions on today's racing see our horse racing tips page. For interesting stats, trends and general advice for betting at Cheltenham read our tipster content on this page.

The OLBG Army of Tipsters will be providing their best bets for this event.
In the meantime check out the content below for more information about betting on this event.

Cheltenham Racecourse Guide

The track at Cheltenham is unique in that it has an ‘old course’ and a ‘new course’. The old course is used for the Showcase and November Meeting + the first two days of The Cheltenham Festival.

Many of our Cheltenham tips today will include an understanding as to whether the horse will perform on the unique course. Some horses can have amazing form but just don't like the characteristics of the horse at Cheltenham.

Horses for Courses is a term that is more significant at Cheltenham than perhaps any other course. Many horses become course specialists and win many times at Cheltenham, some coming back to the festival each year to win or run well in top-class races. So a major Cheltenham tip is to look at horses with proven course form.

The New Course is used for The International Meeting, New Year's Day which includes the New Year's Day Premier Handicap Chase, Festival Trials Day, the 3rd and 4th days of The Cheltenham Festival and the late-season April and May meetings which feature the Silver Trophy Chase.

The ‘old’ course is said to ride faster, meaning strong-travelling, prominent running types are favoured over hold-up horses or those who take some kidding along.

Type of Racing: National Hunt Only

Highlights: The Cheltenham Festival (March) and ‘The November Meeting’.

TV Channel: Racing TV.

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* All statistics below are based on the previous five years at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Outright Favourite Statistics

  • Handicap Chases: 26-114 (23%) -18.18
  • Handicap Hurdles: 23-89 (26%) +5.29
  • Non-Handicap Chases: 52-118 (44%) +5.67
  • Non-Handicap Hurdles: 41-114 (36%) -22.33

Cheltenham Racecourse Map

Course: ('Old' and 'New') Left-handed, undulating, galloping with an uphill finish.

The make-up of each is broadly similar in that they are vast, galloping, undulating and left-handed. The last half mile is taken uphill placing emphasis on stamina and, whilst the fences are more forgiving these days, the fourth and third last taken on the side of the course before the turn for home, still catch plenty out.

Cheltenham National Hunt Racecourse Map
Cheltenham National Hunt Racecourse Map

Tips From The Racecourse for Cheltenham

Racing has taken place at Prestbury Park since 1831. Now considered the home of National Hunt racing, the Gold Cup was first run as a National Hunt race in 1924. Its iconic modern status wasn’t always as such – the County Hurdle and the National Hunt Chase were the ‘big’ races in the early days.

‘All roads lead to Cheltenham’ is the recognised trend nowadays and whereas the Grand National may still be regarded as the most significant one-off race, the Cheltenham Festival is the target and the climax of the present-day jumps calendar.  

Along the way, other significant meetings take place in October and conclude in May with a Hunter Chase evening.  After the Cheltenham Festival in March, the November meeting featuring The Paddy Gold Cup (formerly the Mackeson) is the next best in terms of importance and participation and then the December Gold Cup.

In recent seasons, the number of Irish-trained Cheltenham winners from the Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott yards has increased hugely.

There is also a large number of UK trainers based in or near Cheltenham, including Nigel Twiston-Davies, Jonjo O’Neill, Fergal O'Brien and Tom George who are always to be respected.

Nigel Twiston-Davies tends to have winners at the October and November meetings but generally finds winners harder to come by as the season draws on.

As you’d expect, the facilities at Cheltenham are extensive. Viewing the action and the paddock can be challenging at the Festival, although at other meetings it’s excellent.

Accommodation and travel arrangements should be planned as far in advance as possible as the town and surrounding routes can get extremely busy.

Any challenges aside, the racecourse itself is a must-see, positioned as it is with the beautiful and iconic backdrop of Cleeve Hill.

They don’t come much better than the modern-day Cheltenham, whichever way you look at it and the anticipation, buzz and roar from the spectators as the tapes go up for the first race of the Festival meeting is an experience to savour.

How to Bet at Cheltenham

Finding winners at Cheltenham is no easy task but you will be helped by the Cheltenham tips today or whenever there is a meeting scheduled at the track. The best horses, trainers and jockeys always feature. Consequently, races at all meetings are seldom uncompetitive or lacking in class and depth. To make the challenge slightly easier here are a few general considerations.

Course and distance winners are positive at any meeting, on any given day. At Cheltenham, this is more so and any horse that has proven capable of negotiating the undulations and defying the ‘Cheltenham Hill’ should be kept on the short-list. Look for the letters 'CD' next to a runner on the race card.

2018 was rare in that the Festival was run on bog-heavy ground.  This was an exception to the norm and typically 'Good' ground features in the going description. If this is the case, look for form in the book on the quicker ground, it is not uncommon for horses to have been running under par on winter ground only to come into their own in springtime. Whilst not impossible, it can be difficult for hold-up horses that do not 'travel' well on the bridle to land a blow at Cheltenham, especially at the Festival where races are usually run at a relentless pace with large field sizes. 

Certainly, any horse that travels on and off the bridle, or has a history of unwillingness is probably not going to have the heart or the luck in running required to feature at the finish. Horses that can jump and travel fluently in strongly run races with plenty of stamina reserves and the ability to see out the race distance up the Cheltenham hill have the key attributes for Prestbury Park. Be cautious of horses with a history of falls and be careful of Novice Chase events where a lack of experience can prove costly, regardless of class or form over hurdles.

You can view the latest betting odds for each horse in every race at Cheltenham along with comments from OLBG tipsters. You may soon find one particular tipster you like and want to follow! 

You’ll notice the number of tips made on each horse, also expressed in % terms and the number of tips made with comments for each one. Our star rating is extremely useful in that it combines the popularity (i.e. how many tips were made) and the latest betting odds. 

Once you have chosen your bets, be sure to check out the latest betting offers as betting websites will often have generous Cheltenham offers to encourage people to open a new account in the run-up to or during the Cheltenham festival. 

Cheltenham Jockey and Trainer Statistics (All Meetings)

Who are the best national hunt jockeys and trainers to bet on at Cheltenham?

Following Henry De Bromhead would have returned a profit here at Cheltenham with an LSP of +55.53 and their twenty-two winners have them at the head of the profitable trainers' list. N J Henderson does lead the trainers' list overall with forty-two winners but shows an overall loss. With an eachway LSP of +58.30 at Cheltenham, Syd Hosie leads the trainers in profit for backing eachway which has been helped by their five placings which include a total of two winners. The trainer with the worst record at Cheltenham based on LSP is P F Nicholls who has only a 10% strike rate with twenty-three winners from two hundred forty-one runners who have returned an LSP of -122.51.

Focusing only on jockeys who show a profit when backing all of their rides, top of the pile at Cheltenham for the number of winners is Nico Boinville who has produced a total of twenty-seven winners in return for an LSP of +41.90. If you are looking for a jockey to follow in the eachway market then it is Adam Wedge who leads the way at Cheltenham, they have had a total of fifteen placings which includes six winners over the previous five for an eachway LSP of +40.40. At the other end of the spectrum is Harry Cobden who has a terrible record at Cheltenham, of all the jockeys their LSP of -89.92 is the worse, they have a 9% strike rate with eighteen winners from one hundred ninety-nine rides.

Cheltenham Picks & Hints

Here are some factors at Cheltenham for certain trainers or jockeys which have been profitable:

  • 5-9 (56%) +72.85 - Backing B Gibbs runners when in a Hunters Chase race
  • 8-17 (47%) +16.23 - Backing P Townend rides when in a Chase race

Cheltenham Top Jockey and Trainer Combinations

Here are the best trainer and jockey combinations here at Cheltenham based on the number of winners:

  • 26 Wins: N J Henderson & Nico Boinville
  • 21 Wins: Daniel Skelton & Harry Skelton
  • 20 Wins: W P Mullins & P Townend
  • 15 Wins: N A Twiston-Davies & Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 15 Wins: Henry De Bromhead & Rachael Blackmore

Cheltenham Top Trainers By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

Henry De Bromhead141-22-38+55.53-8.62
Gavin Patrick Cromwell45-11-19+45.07+19.58
John C McConnell52-9-15+30.88+7.09
Evan Williams54-5-12+23.00+9.50
M J Scudamore32-5-9+24.25+17.20
M F Harris32-5-9+10.50+1.17
Miss Kerry Lee31-5-11+4.83-2.76
T Ellis16-5-6+10.63+2.93
B Gibbs9-5-5+72.85+35.54
Tim Vaughan34-4-10+27.75+8.83

Cheltenham Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

Nico Boinville159-27-52+41.90-5.93
Rachael Blackmore95-17-28+26.41-8.22
Richard Patrick45-8-16+15.75+1.88
M P Walsh68-7-20+29.75+2.02
Adam Wedge78-6-15+68.00+40.40
Liam Harrison26-5-10+11.33+1.73
Mr B Gibbs13-5-6+68.85+33.44
Alan Johns26-4-8+35.75+15.83
Derek R Fox22-4-7+6.50-1.79
Alex Edwards19-4-9+14.25+2.87

Cheltenham Festival Tuesday Schedule - Champion Day

Cheltenham Festival races for Tuesday 11th March 2025

Prepare for the ROAR of the Cheltenham Festival on the opening day when the tape goes up for the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the feature on Tuesday is the Champion Hurdle.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Slade Steel (IRE)
6yo - 7/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Gaelic Warrior (GER)
6yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Chianti Classico (IRE)
7yo - 6/1
Kim Bailey
David Bass
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
State Man (FR)
7yo - 2/5
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Lossiemouth (FR)
5yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Lark In The Mornin (GER)
4yo - 9/1
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
J J Slevin
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Corbetts Cross (IRE)
7yo - 15/8
Emmet Mullins
Mr Derek O'Connor

Cheltenham Festival Wednesday Schedule - Style Wednesday

Cheltenham Festival races for Wednesday 12th March 2025

The dust has settled on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival and now on to day two. The feature on the second day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. We also have the cross country scheduled on Wednesday, a race like Marmite, some love it and some don't!

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Baring Bingham Novices Hurdle
Ballyburn (IRE)
6yo - 1/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
Fact To File (FR)
7yo - 8/13
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup
Langer Dan (IRE)
8yo - 13/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Captain Guinness (IRE)
9yo - 17/2
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
10yo - 11/10
Gordon Elliott
Keith Donoghue
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Unexpected Party (FR)
9yo - 12/1
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Jasmin De Vaux (FR)
5yo - 9/2
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Cheltenham Festival Thursday Schedule - St Patrick's Day

Cheltenham Festival races for Thursday 13th March 2025

Halfway through the festival and onto day three where the Stayers Hurdle is the feature race. A hurdle race to test the stamina and see how can last best up the Cheltenham hill.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Grey Dawning (IRE)
7yo - 5/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Monmiral (FR)
7yo - 25/1
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Protektorat (FR)
9yo - 17/2
Dan Skelton
Harry Skelton
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Teahupoo (FR)
7yo - 5/4
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo - 8/1
Ben Pauling
Ben Jones
16:50 Cheltenham
Mares Novices Hurdle
Golden Ace (GB)
6yo - 10/1
Jeremy Scott
Lorcan Williams
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Inothewayurthinkin (IRE)
6yo - 13/8
Gavin Cromwell
Mr Derek O'Connor

Cheltenham Festival Friday Schedule - Gold Cup Day

Cheltenham Festival races for Friday 14th March 2025

The final day of the festival and feature race that we have all been waiting for, the Cheltenham Gold Cup in which the Irish have been fairly dominant in recent years.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:30 Cheltenham
Triumph Hurdle
Majborough (FR)
4yo - 6/1
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
Absurde (FR)
6yo - 12/1
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Stellar Story (IRE)
7yo - 33/1
Gordon Elliott
Sam Ewing
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Galopin Des Champs (FR)
8yo - 10/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Sine Nomine (GB)
8yo - 8/1
Fiona Needham
Mr John Dawson
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase
Limerick Lace (IRE)
7yo - 3/1
Gavin Cromwell
Keith Donoghue
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Better Days Ahead (IRE)
6yo - 5/1
Gordon Elliott
Danny Gilligan

Cheltenham NRNB Bookies for 2025

Ahead of the 2025 Cheltenham Festival, punters will be looking for the best option for using the Cheltenham tip and placing their ante-post bets with minimal risks because let's face it a lot of the current entries won't make it to their races.

This is where the Cheltenham NRNB comes into play, it stands for 'Non-Runner No Bet' and simply means if that runner does not start in the race selected then your stake is refunded, unlike the normal ante-post markets where you would lose your stake.

You may also see Cheltenham NRMB which is the same thing but put across differently, this stands for 'Non-Runner Money Back'.

BookmakerNRNB or NRMB for Cheltenham 2025?
Paddy PowerNone
William HillNone

**NRNB/NRMB information sourced from each bookmaker's website and correct as of 19/03/2024.

Cheltenham Tips 2025 - AntePost

After missing the 2024 race and the chance to defend his crown, it will be all eyes on Constitution Hill and what the plans are for him, will he remain hurdling in 2025 or will he be switched to fences? In his absence, State Man won the race in 2024 and is a serious contender to retain his crown whilst we could see the Mares Hurdle winner Lossiemouth routed to this race.

Champion Hurdle 24 Jul @ 09:00 - AntePost
Constitution Hill 3.50
Lossiemouth 4.00
State Man 5.00
Ballyburn 8.00
Sir Gino 13.00

Will we see El Fabiolo return to try and make amends for his 2024 defeat in which he was pulled up after a bad mistake? Jonbon missed the race due to the yard's poor form and Energumene through injury, they could both be seen in 2025 along with the Arkle winner Gaelic Warrior.

Champion Chase 24 Jul @ 09:00 - AntePost
Jonbon 4.50
Gaelic Warrior 5.00
El Fabiolo 6.00
Energumene 10.00
Marine Nationale 15.00

Teahupoo won stylishly in 2024 and will most likely return in 2025 to try to repeat that success, we could also see Theleme who missed the 2024 renewal through injury. One runner we won't see in 2025 is the popular Paisley Park who retired after the 2024 renewal.

Stayers Hurdle 24 Jul @ 09:00 - AntePost
Teahupoo 4.00
Theleme 9.00
Irish Point 11.00
Losange Bleu 11.00
Ballyburn 13.00

You have to go back to 2004 to find the last threepeat of this race when Best Mate won it for a third year on the trot, a feat only also achieved by Golden Miller (5x winner), Cottage Rake and Arkle, hopefully, in 2025 we will see Galopin Des Champs return to look to add his name to that illustrious list of legends.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 24 Jul @ 09:00 - AntePost
Galopin Des Champs 4.00
Fact To File 5.00
Fastorslow 9.00
Corbetts Cross 17.00
Gerri Colombe 17.00

Cheltenham Festival Trainer Statistics

Willie Mullins is well out in front when it comes to the number of winners at the Cheltenham Festival in the last ten years with seventy winners which ranks him as the best Cheltenham Festival trainer.

Willie Mullins has over thirty more winners than the next best has and that is his Irish counterpart Gordon Elliott (36). The best of the Brits is Nicky Henderson with 22 winners.

At the other end of the spectrum, Gary Moore has had 50 runners without recording a single winner and only five placed runners.

Others who have failed to record a win in the last ten years are Fergal O'Brien (47) and Charlie Longsdon (38).

Gordon Elliott has an excellent win LSP and his place statistics are good too with 33% of his runners placing for an eachway LSP of +39.41.

Best Cheltenham Festival Trainers over the past ten festivals:

W P Mullins606-70-183-158.68-154.75
Gordon Elliott349-36-116+54.65+39.41
Nicky Henderson283-22-78-125.17-77.41
Henry De Bromhead185-20-53+2.03-12.73
Paul Nicholls210-15-39+5.50-37.07
Dan Skelton127-10-28+17.50-0.03
Gavin Cromwell36-6-11+20.63+6.61
Joseph Patrick OBrien83-4-18-49.50-28.91
David Pipe81-4-14-43.50-37.41
Ben Pauling60-4-12+8.00+2.08

Cheltenham Festival Jockey Statistics

In terms of the best Cheltenham festival jockey, Paul Townend has notched up thirty-three winners over the past ten years and shows a profit of +45.19 and Townend is the only jockey who has passed the twenty mark.

Rachael Blackmore (16), Nico de Boinville (15), Jack Kennedy (11) and Mark Walsh (10) are the only other jockeys in double figures, back those top five jockeys over the last ten festivals would have returned a combined LSP of +127.36!

Those who have not fared well and have not ridden a winner in the last ten years are Paddy Brennan (53) & Sean Bowen (40).

Best Cheltenham Festival Jockey by Wins over the last ten festivals:

Paul Townend164-33-69+45.19+12.95
Rachael Blackmore102-16-30+11.66-11.82
Nico de Boinville101-15-29+19.16-3.59
Jack Kennedy90-11-37+22.98+19.80
Mark Walsh99-10-29+28.37+3.90
Harry Skelton93-9-23-9.50-14.66
Mr J J Codd34-8-18+34.50+21.05
Sam Twiston-Davies127-6-13-60.00-73.09
Mr P W Mullins73-6-23-51.58-32.72
Harry Cobden94-5-23-1.50-4.23

Cheltenham Festival Pointers

In this section, we have added some valuable trends and pointers from previous Cheltenham Festivals and of course, don't forget our fate of the favourites blog and also a look at the breeding for the Novice Hurdle races.

These Cheltenham Festival pointers below will hopefully help narrow down your selection process and shortlist for your Cheltenham best bets...

  • For runners coming to the festival having previously won at the festival, the 7yo runners are the standout with a strike rate of 28% since 2013. In 2018 Buveur D'Air, Presenting Percy and Penhill were all successful with only Road to Respect and Ibis Du Rheu unsuccessful. In 2017 Yorkhill, Tiger Roll and Altior were all winners, however, they then went for a combined 0-12 in 2019 & 2020. In 2021 they were back with a bang producing four winners in Shishkin, Honeysuckle, Monkfish & Put The Kettle On and then in 2022 Sir Gerhard, Bob Olinger and Flooring Porter all went on to success. In 2023 Galopin Des Champs won the Gold Cup and in 2024 State Man won the Champion Hurdle.
  • Last time out fallers do not have a great record with only 9 winners spanning over 189 races since 2003. In both 2018 (0-10) and 2019 (0-13), they drew a blank, however, in 2020 they did provide two winners in Ravenhill and Champ and then in 2021 Mrs Milner was successful but eight others lost, in 2022 it was another blank from 7 runners then same again in 2023 with five blanks although Corbetts Cross was successful in 2024 in the Challenge Cup.
  • Since 2003, 76% of the races (437 from 575) have been won by a runner who had won within its last three starts in the UK/IRE.
  • Don't write off female jockeys, they continue to produce some top-class wins. Between 2011 and 2014 they were 0-57 at the festival. However, the number of wins has been steadily improving, 2015 (1), 2016 (2), 2017 (3), 2018 (4), 2019 (4) & 2020 (2) and then in 2021 they had their best festival with 6 winners and with the like of Bryony Frost and Rachael Blackmore they are proving their worth and in 2022 Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Gold Cup at a festival the females picked up another 4 winners followed by another 3 wins in 2023 and then dropped to 2 wins in 2024.
  • Avoid old boys! When considering the age of the horse compared to the youngest in the race, those who are 5+ years older have an awful record. Just 13 winners since 2003 covering 253 races, in 2017 they were 0-26, 2018 they were 0-29 and although hitting a winner in 2019 that was from 28 runners and then again in 2020 they drew a blank from 30 runners and in 2021 they failed to produce a winner from 19 runners, they did have a couple in 2022 with Global Citizen & Coole Cody but there were also 12 other losers and then Sire Du Berlais is the Stayers in 2023 gave them another success, however, there were also 28 others who failed to win and in 2024 they returned a blank from a total of 20 runners.
  • If you are planning on having a bet in any of the handicaps then be sure to first read our Cheltenham festival handicap pointers blog.

**Statistics in this section were all sourced from HorseRaceBase and were correct before the 2025 Cheltenham Festival.

If you are looking for individual race trends, past winners etc then we have pages set up for each race which you can find in the Cheltenham Festival blogs section.

Cheltenham - November Meeting Trends & Pointers

The Open at Cheltenham is a three-day festival which takes place in November, starting on Friday it runs through to Sunday.

The main race on Friday is the Hyde Novices' Hurdle which is currently sponsored and known as the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.

Saturday which is known as 'Gold Cup Day' features the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup and a couple of Grade 2 trial races in the Triumph Hurdle Trial and the Arkle Trial.

'Open Sunday' as it's known features the Grade 2 Supreme Trial, the Grade 2 Shloer Chase, the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle and a decent Premier Handicap Chase.

The leading trainers at the open since 2003 are Paul Nicholls (43), Philip Hobbs (30), David Pipe (25) and Nicky Henderson (21).

The top jockeys are Paddy Brennan (18), Tom Scudamore (15) and Sam Twiston-Davies (12).

Outright favourites have a 32% strike rate, in Novice Chases they have a 48% strike rate and in Handicap Novice Hurdles they have a 47% strike rate.

The NHF races do not have a great record for favourites with 19% while runners within the first three odds positions of the market have a 65% strike rate.

Runners who ran at the Cheltenham three-day meeting in October last time out have produced 56 winners at this meeting, those who won at that meeting and then came here have a 21% strike rate.

Finally, on the whole, last time out winners have won 44% of the races which featured one since 2003.

Cheltenham - The International Meeting

The International meeting takes place during December at Cheltenham, this is a two-day meeting that takes place on Friday and Saturday.

It's a feel-good meeting to get punters in the mood for Christmas with the course hosting Christmas carols throughout the day as well as some top-notch racing!

The feature on Friday is the Racing TV Handicap Chase which is contested over 3m2f, the Premier Handicap is a Grade 3 and normally attracts a big field. In addition, the Cross Country Chase which is part of the Crystal Cup Series is also a popular race.

Plenty more action on Saturday too with the December Gold Cup, a race that attracts some top sorts, the Bristol Novices Hurdle sees some of the younger hurdlers on show and then the highlight of the meeting, the International Hurdle.

Top 3 Trainers (Last 10 Meetings)

  1. Nigel Twiston-Davies (14 winners)
  2. Nicky Henderson (14 winners)
  3. Paul Nicholls (10 winners)

Top 3 Jockeys (Last 10 Meetings)

  1. Sam Twiston-Davies (11 winners)
  2. Tom Scudamore (8 winners)
  3. Nico de Boinville (6 winners)

Cheltenham - Festival Trials Day

Trials day at Cheltenham can play a big part in the Festival in March, not only for horses looking to head to the festival but also for punters to get some idea of just how good those heading there are.

In 2023, Stage Star who won the Novices' Handicap Chase went on to win the Turners Novices' Chase at the festival.

The trial's day usually takes place late in January, about six weeks before the festival itself and there are a total of seven races which take place on the day.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase
Il Ridoto (FR)
6yo - 9/2
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden
Classic Novices Hurdle
Rock My Way (IRE)
5yo - 13/2
Syd Hosie
Tom Scudamore
Cleeve Hurdle
Gold Tweet (FR)
6yo - 14/1
Gabriel Leenders
Johnny Charron
Cotswold Chase
Ahoy Senor (IRE)
8yo - 13/2
Lucinda Russell
Derek Fox
Finesse Juvenile Novices Hurdle
Comfort Zone (IRE)
4yo - 2/1
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
Jonjo O'Neill Jr
International Hurdle
Guard Your Dreams (GB)
5yo - 5/1
Nigel Twiston-Davies
Sam Twiston-Davies
Timeform Novices Handicap Chase
Stage Star (IRE)
7yo - 11/4
Paul Nicholls
Harry Cobden

With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for Cheltenham Racecourse which includes the favourite statistics and the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using results from HorseRaceBase.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field of horse racing. He has a thorough understanding of the sport, from analyzing complex statistical data to being part of a winning syndicate at the Cheltenham Festival. Andy is responsible for managing the horse racing trend blogs on OLBG.


Cheltenham Betting FAQ's

  • What horse should I bet on at Cheltenham?

    Use the numerous statistics supplied above to find a good Cheltenham tip to bet on, you can see exactly how many tipsters are supporting the most tipped runner in each race today. In addition, you can see what percentage is predicting that runner to win based on the number of picks on the runner and the total in the race. You can also use the 'Value Rating', these statistics are available all year round when there is a meeting scheduled at Cheltenham.

  • Who is the best tipster for Cheltenham?

    In terms of the festival, the Cheltenham tips from The Snail were the most successful in 2024 as they won our £1,500 Cheltenham tipster competition returning an LSP of +37.84. The year prior the tipster competition was won by 6golftipster85 who returned an LSP of +87.74. You can head over to the best horse racing tipsters page which only shows profitable tipsters to find not only festival tips but also Cheltenham tips for today.

  • Which are the best Cheltenham tips today?

    When there is a meeting scheduled to take place at Cheltenham, this page will detail the most-tipped runner in each of the races giving you Cheltenham tips today. The races will be ordered by time but you can see the percentage of tips which support each runner, the runner with the highest percentage could be the best Cheltenham tip for today if that is what you are looking for, alternatively, you could take the runner with simply the most picks as the best bet at Cheltenham today.

  • When is the Cheltenham 2025 festival?

    The four-day 2025 Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday the 11th of March and Friday the 14th of March. Tuesday is known as Champion Day and features the Champion Hurdle, then on Ladies' Day (or Style Wednesday) the feature is the Champion Chase, the Irish will be in town on Thursday for St Patrick's Day with the Ryanair Chase the feature and finally, as the day suggests, Gold Cup Day, the Friday features the festival highlight, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

  • Do you have Cheltenham accumulator tips?

    By using the 'Add to Betslip' options above, you can build a Cheltenham accumulator bet, pick out the best runners and add them to your betslip, once you have them all you can see which bookmaker is offering the best odds and place your Acca bet with them. Alternatively, head over to the accumulator tips section where you can view pre-selected accumulator tips on a daily basis from a range of sports or use the My Acca tool to create your own accumulator.

  • Is backing favourites at Cheltenham a good tip?

    Outright favourites at Cheltenham from the beginning of 2014 up to the end of 2023 saw 31% of those be successful, however, backing them blind during that time would have produced an LSP of -106.88. Use the Cheltenham tips on this page to find strong favourites and check Cheltenham trainer statistics too, for example, for the period mentioned, Philip Hobbs has been successful with 42% of his favourites whilst Henry De Bromhead has been successful with 46% and both show an LSP profit.

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