Cheltenham Festival 2020 Betting

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival will take place between Tuesday 10 March and Friday 13 March at Cheltenham Racecourse. The Prestbury Park extravaganza is seen as the biggest and best event on the horse racing flat calendar and brings in a bumper audience every year.

2020 will be no different with more spectators, money spent on betting and cash given out in prizes than ever before. All major betting sites will be offering both ante-post and race betting odds on each contest. A select few also give members the chance to ramp up their enjoyment with a punt on a special market. These will include jockey specials, winning favourites and distances.

You should also keep your eyes peeled for free bets and deals as there will be no shortage of these either. Some of the offers made to sports bettors will include welcome bonuses, cash back and price boosts. Be sure to get your share and land the most for your money. Whether you watch it on TV or live stream, there’s a lot of action coming up.

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Cheltenham 2020 Schedule


  • 1.30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y £125,000
  • 2.10pm Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y £175,000
  • 2.50pm Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f £110,000
  • 3.30pm Unibet Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y £450,000
  • 4.10pm David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 3f 200y £120,000
  • 4.50pm Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed) 2m 4f 44y £70,000
  • 5.30pm National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase) (Grade 2) 3m 7f 147y £125,000


  • 1.30pm Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 5f £125,000
  • 2.10pm RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m 80y £175,000
  • 2.50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 5f £100,000
  • 3.30pm Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 99y £400,000
  • 4.10pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 6f 37y £65,000
  • 4.50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 87y £80,000
  • 5.30pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) 2m 87y £75,000


  • 1.30pm MARSH Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 166y £150,000
  • 2.10pm Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) 2m 7f 213y £100,000
  • 2.50pm Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f 127y £350,000
  • 3.30pm Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y £325,000
  • 4.10pm Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) 2m 4f 166y £110,000
  • 4.50pm Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 179y £90,000
  • 5.30pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase 3m 2f £70,000


  • 1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 179y £125,000
  • 2.10pm Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 179y £100,000
  • 2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y £125,000
  • 3.30pm Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m 2f 70y £625,000
  • 4.10pm St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase 3m 2f 70y £45,000
  • 4.50pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 62y £110,000
  • 5.30pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (0-145) 2m 4f 56y £70,000

Cheltenham 2020 Tips and NRNB

Most bookmakers have gone up with their antepost betting markets for Cheltenham 2020. These allow you the chance to get in early and secure a better price on your runner of choice in the race that has grabbed your attention. What you should be aware of at this stage, however, is that the final fields haven’t been decided. That means there’s a chance you could back a horse to win the Gold Cup, for example, and it doesn’t run in that contest. In that case, you would lose your money without getting a run.

It may be better to wait for bookies to make their non-runner no bet promotion available. With this, if you back a horse and it doesn’t win you’ll get your money back in cash, returned to your betting balance. You can then place another bet or withdraw your funds. If you are keen on a horse it could be worth taking a chance on it running in a race and winning that contest. There’s an increased risk posed to your stake money here but that has been factored into the odds.

Cheltenham 2020 Betting Odds

As mentioned, just about every race at the Cheltenham 2020 festival has been priced up with an ante-post book and that allows punters to sneak in early and secure better odds on their predictions. If taking the betting into consideration, we can pick out a selection of horses who are expected to land victory this spring. Below is a list of hot betting favourites and the races they are picked to win…

  • Notebook – Arkle Chase
  • Epatante – Champion Hurdle
  • Benie Des Dieux – Mares Hurdle
  • Envoi Allen – Ballymore Novices Hurdle
  • Champ – RSA Chase
  • Defi Du Seuil – Champion Chase
  • Tiger Roll – Cross Country Chase
  • Paisley Park – Stayers Hurdle
  • Al Boum Photo – Gold Cup

Each of the above is favourite to win these races before it has been confirmed they will even take part in the contest. One thing is certain, however, when the final declarations are out and the news breaks if the horses are included in the line-up, their odds will be slashed across the board. That’s why it pays to get in early and take a chance with some runners, especially those aimed at the bigger races. You will pick up hints and tips from the races they run in on the approach to the festival.

Cheltenham Research

If you do plan on betting on the Cheltenham Festival 2020, either ante-post or on the day, it is important to do your research. The more the better. Watch stable tours, read interviews with owners, trainers and riders, keep up to speed with recent form and races entered, listed out for sickness and injury, don’t neglect the gossip columns either.

Many punters enjoy placing their trust in the trends, looking at past winners, age, owners and trainers. Read as much as you can on a race before putting your cash down. You can also follow the thinking of a respected tipster but make sure they can be trusted. Look for profit and loss for the season, last season and previous Cheltenham Festival tips and predictions.

Cheltenham Facts and Figures

  • Cheltenham requires over 3000 catering staff, including 350 chefs.
  • Cheltenham didn’t take place in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak
  • Over 250,000 people are expected to attend the Cheltenham Festival in 2020
  • More than £500,000 will be gambled on the races that week

Bookies Betting on Cheltenham Festival 2020

Cheltenham Festival Top Jockey and Trainer

Top jockey

  • 2019 Nico de Boinville (3)
  • 2018 Davy Russell (4)
  • 2017 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2016 Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2015 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2014 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2013 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2012 Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2011 Ruby Walsh (5)
  • 2010 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2009 Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2008 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2007 Robert Thornton (4)
  • 2006 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2005 Graham Lee (3)
  • 2004 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2003 Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2002 Richard Johnson (2)
  • 2001: Festival cancelled
  • 2000 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
  • 1999 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
  • 1998 Tony McCoy (5)
  • 1997 Tony McCoy (3)
  • 1996 Richard Dunwoody (2)
  • 1995 Norman Williamson (4)
  • 1994 Charlie Swan (3)
  • 1993 Charlie Swan (4)
  • 1992 Jamie Osborne (5)
  • 1991 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1990 Richard Dunwoody (2)
  • 1989 Tom Morgan (2)
  • 1988 Simon Sherwood (2)
  • 1987 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1986 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1985 Steve Smith Eccles (3)
  • 1984 Jonjo O’Neill (2)
  • 1983 Graham Bradley (2)
  • 1982 Jonjo O’Neill (1)
  • 1981 John Francome (3)
  • 1980 Jim Wilson (3)

Top Trainer

  • 2019 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2018 Gordon Elliott (8)
  • 2017 Gordon Elliott (6)
  • 2016 Willie Mullins (7)
  • 2015 Willie Mullins (8)
  • 2014 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2013 Willie Mullins (5)
  • 2012 Nicky Henderson (7)
  • 2011 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2010 Nicky Henderson (3)
  • 2009 Paul Nicholls (5)
  • 2008 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 2007 Paul Nicholls (4)
  • 2006 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 2005 Howard Johnson (3)
  • 2004 Paul Nicholls (4)
  • 2003 Jonjo O’Neill (3)
  • 2002 Martin Pipe (3)
  • 2000 Nicky Henderson (4)
  • 1999 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 1998 Martin Pipe (4)
  • 1997 Martin Pipe (4)

Cheltenham Festival 2020 FAQs

When is Cheltenham Festival?

Cheltenham Festival 2020 will run between Tuesday 10 March and Friday 13 March. Each day will be shown live on ITV.

When does Cheltenham Festival start?

The first race on the opening day will be greeted by the famous Cheltenham roar and is expected to be sent off at 1.30pm. Each of the four days usually run between 1.30pm and 5.30pm GMT.

Who should I bet with on Cheltenham Festival 2020?

All major bookmakers offer antepost and on the day betting for the Cheltenham Festival. In this article, we have picked out a selection of our favourite online bookies who rate highly on value and markets. Click any link to get started.

Will I get a Cheltenham 2020 welcome bonus or free bet?

If opening an account with any of the bookies mentioned in this article as a new customer you will receive a welcome bonus. Some offer free bets and risk-free bets.