Cheltenham Tips and Racecourse Guide
Cheltenham is the home of National Hunt racing, the four-day Cheltenham Festival being the highlight of the jumps season in Europe. The course hosts several feature meetings throughout the season, notably the Showcase meeting (October), the November meeting (November) and the Cheltenham Festival (March).
The feature race of the Cheltenham Festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, run over 3 miles 2 1/2 furlongs and with 22 fences to be jumped. With the exception of Aintree’s Grand National, it is the most valuable contest in the British jumps season and first took place back in 1924.
Golden Miller won the race five times, while the world-famous Arkle won three consecutive runnings in 1964, 1965 and 1966. More recently, Best Mate matched that feat, winning the three runnings between 2002-2004.
Race Sharp provides free tips for all meetings at Cheltenham throughout the year, including a detailed betting guide to the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
The Irish have won the last three renewals of the Albert Bartlett but we fancy the trophy will be staying in Britain this evening.
Henry Daly’s Hillcrest has a fantastic chance in this staying novice hurdle and is every inch the future chasing type that this contest is made for. Winner of all four of his completed starts over hurdles, he was unfortunate when unseating at this track in January and he is taken to make amends for that at 9/4 with Fitzdares.
Mahler Mission is the other in here to have won a graded hurdle over at least three miles and although Ginto is expected to run well for the raiders, the form of his Grade One victory at Naas has taken a few knocks. We’d much rather stick with the form horse over the potential of Ginto.
2.50pm Cheltenham – 1pt win Hillcrest @ 5/2 (Unibet or 9/4 generally available and with Fitzdares)
Cheltenham Top Trainers (2020/21)
1. Nicky Henderson 8 wins (16%)
2. Henry De Bromhead 7 wins (28%)
3. Willie Mullins 6 wins (11%)
4. Dan Skelton 5 wins (10%)
5. John McConnell 3 wins (33%)
Cheltenham Top Jockeys (2020/21)
1. Rachael Blackmore 6 wins (30%)
2. Robbie Power 5 wins (17%)
3. Tom Scudamore 5 wins (17%)
4. Nico De Boinville 5 wins (16%)
5. Harry Skelton 5 wins (11%)
How to get there
There is a dedicated bus service for all days of the Cheltenham Festival, leaving from the Town Centre and Cheltenham Spa Station.
A taxi costs around £10 and takes about 10 minutes from the town centre.
Birmingham Airport is the closest airport to Cheltenham. It is a 56-mile journey and takes just over an hour.
Cheltenham Top Races
G1 Cheltenham Gold Cup
G1 Champion Hurdle
G1 Queen Mother Champion Chase
G1 Stayers’ Hurdle
G1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
G1 Arkle Challenge Trophy
G1 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
G1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
G1 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
G1 Marsh Novices’ Chase
G1 Ryanair Chase
G1 Triumph Hurdle
G1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Cheltenham Tips Archives
Sire Du Berlais goes for a third win in the Pertemps today and very much deserves to be favourite, but at a bigger price I'm backing Born Patriot to give Peter Fahey another big handicap winner. Fahey has his team in top form at present and Surprise Package bolted up...
We head to the Coral Cup for today's first bet, with Ashdale Bob a nice price to give Jessie Harrington a second win in the race in the past six years, following Supasundae's success in 2017. He was a really smart novice last term, winning a Grade 2 novice at Navan...
This year's renewal of the Arkle looks as open as any in the past decade and with four places on offer with most firms, I'm taking a chance on Gabynako. A decent sort over fences, he has certainly improved for the switch to the larger obstacles and would've won what...
I've seen stronger renewals of the Hunters' Chase at the Festival than the line-up this year and 2020 winner It Came To Pass looks a great bet to win the race for the second time. Salsify, On The Fringe and Pacha Du Polder have all won this race twice in succession...
The Grand Annual (4.15pm) looks fiercely competitive as ever, but it is a race that has thrown up some big outsiders in recent years and I am backing one at a price today. Cappuccimix hasn't yet come close to winning a big handicap, but he has got plenty of strong...