Cheltenham Festival 2016 Betting Odds - Predictions and Tips

Cheltenham Festival 2016 Betting Odds - Predictions and Tips

The Cheltenham Festival 2016 is, without doubt, the greatest horse racing event in the world. Four days of top-class National Hunt racing, covering the whole gamut of races from short hurdles to marathon chases, with a bumper thrown in for good measure. This site aims to bring you the best predictions and betting tips for all the main races at the Cheltenham Festival 2016, as well as live betting odds comparison for all the races to make sure you get the best possible prices for all your Cheltenham bets & the best bookmakers promotions, among them the fantastic Non-Runner No Bet (NRNB).

The 2016 Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th March and each of the four days features a mix of handicaps, Grade races and a feature Champion race. Day One of the Festival is one of the most exciting as the anticipation that has been building up over the previous 12 months finally gets released in the famous “Cheltenham Roar” that greets the start of the first race, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Always a fine spectacle, featuring some of the best novice hurdlers around, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is a Grade One race run over a distance of just over two miles, so it’s certainly a fast-paced affair. The Willie Mullins-Ruby Walsh combination – which has been so effective at Cheltenham over the years – has done the business in each of the last two renewals, Champagne Fever winning in 2013 and Vautour last year. Mullins has another fine-looking entry for this year in the form of Douvan, who is the 2/1 favourite with William Hill at the time of writing.

Mullins has an even stronger-looking prospect in the next race, the Arkle, with Un De Sceaux looking like one of the few dead certs going into Cheltenham. He has won 11 of his 12 runs to date – many by sizeable margins – and only failed in the other after falling when 15 lengths clear of the field. He’s available at best betting odds of 4/7 with Coral and we recommend you pile in.

The big race of the opening day at the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle and we predict another classic renewal. Once again, the favourite comes from the Mullins stable and seven-year-old Faugheen looks the real deal after winning all eight of his races to date, including the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton by an eight-length margin!

Day Two at the Cheltenham Festival also has its fair share of big races, none more so than the Queen Mother Champion Chase which looks like being one of the highlights of the whole week. The winners of the last two renewals, Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy, look set to battle it out for glory, but with both having endured long injury lay-offs, there is a fair chance neither will be at his best on the day and others including Dodging Bullets (4/1 with Paddy Power), Champagne Fever (6/1 with William Hill) and Me Mole (8/1 with Sky Bet) will be there to mop things up if the big two falter. Having said that, Sire De Grugy could represent excellent value at best betting odds of 7/1 with William Hill as he’s been training well by all accounts and could be bang in shape for this one. Of course, the great Sprinter Sacre should never be discounted, even at odds of 11/4 with William Hill – though we fear his best days are already sadly behind him.

Other highlights of the second day at Cheltenham include the RSA Chase which sees Willie Mullins’ Don Poli and Mark Bradstock’s Coneygree battling it out for favouritism. Our betting tip is that King’s Palace will nip between them for victory at best betting odds of 5/1 with Bet365. The opening race of the day – the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle – also looks like it could be very competitive and it’s going to be a tough one to predict as there are five or six runners in with a real chance of glory. If pushed we would have to side with John Ferguson’s Parlour Games at nice odds of 8/1 with Paddy Power.

Day Three at the Cheltenham Festival 2016 could be the make or break day for many a punter as there are plenty of races which will certainly contain a fair bit of each way value and we wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few long-odds winners. One race in which we think that might well be the case is the Ryanair Chase, with Hidden Cyclone (16/1 with Coral) and Taquin De Seuil (16/1 with Ladbrokes) both looking overpriced to us.

The main event of the third day – the World Hurdle – looks wide open too, with the top four in the betting all hovering around the 5/1 mark. We particularly like the look of Jonjo O’Neill’s More Of That, who we predict will take some beating, while Nicky Henderson’s Whisper looks a top each way shout at best betting odds of 14/1 with Ladbrokes.

The final day, of course, is all about the Gold Cup, with the King George VI victor Silviniaco Conti topping the betting at the time of writing at best betting odds of 10/3 with Paddy Power. It’s hard to look beyond the favourite for our betting tip for this one, but there could be value found in the form of last year’s winner, Lord Windermere, who has done little since that massive victory but who raises his game for the big occasions. Betting odds of 14/1 with William Hill are well worth grabbing in our opinion, in an each way capacity at least.

There are two other Grade One races on the final day at Cheltenham 2016, the JCB Triumph Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, both of which throw up plenty of options, but neither of which is particularly easy to predict. Having said that our betting tip for the Albert Bartlett is the Gordon Elliott-trained No More Heroes at best betting odds of 9/1 with Paddy Power, while for the Triumph Hurdle we’ll be opting for Nicky Henderson’s unbeaten Top Notch at 12/1 with Coral.

All in all the 2016 Cheltenham Festival promises to be one of the best ever, so as long as you use our live betting odds comparison service and do your homework, you could be in for a profitable and exciting week of top-class racing!