Official Cheltenham Festival Preview - Replay
When is the 2018 Cheltenham Festival?
The Cheltenham Festival 2018 will take place between Tuesday 13/3/18 and Friday 16/3/2018 at Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. The official Cheltenham site can be found here.
This site is run by OLBG who are official sponsors and partners of the Cheltenham Festival, sponsoring the OLBG Mares Hurdle on the first day of the festival and the official Cheltenham Festival preview evening.
Cheltenham Tips 2018 - The Top 5 Must Do Tips!
There are many Cheltenham tips on this page to help you with your betting at and enjoyment of Cheltenham festival. These are our top five to do right now!.
|1||Watch the offical preview evening sponsored by OLBG||HERE|
|2||Install the OLBG app which is full of the best tips for Cheltenham||HERE|
|3||Enter the OLBG Tipster Competition to try to win £500||HERE|
|4||Discuss the Cheltenham tips on the OLBG Cheltenham Forum||HERE|
|5||Chat with us about the races on twitter||HERE|
How to use the OLBG Cheltenham Tips and Tipsters
OLBG is a community of sports bettors who make predictions across all sports. Due to our horse racing sponsorship and support of the OLBG Mares Road to Cheltenham we have a particularly strong community of expert horse racing tipsters.
Some of our best tipsters have been betting for years, know their racing inside out and add high quality reasoning with their tips. Check out the race previews to read some of their thoughts.
If you want to go into more detail then you can read many comments for each runner on our main horse racing tips page or install the popular and highly rated free OLBG Tips App The best free horse racing tips site on the web now has a dedicated Cheltenham Festival area, packed full of tips and advice to help you back winners at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
Each of the 28 race pages contain detailed analysis including a comment on each runner in the race, along with best odds, stats, trends, video previews, bookmaker special offers and highlights from the OLBG forum discussions and blogs.
If you would like to get tips for a specific day of the Cheltenham Festival then jump to one of these pages
Cheltenham Day 1 Tips
Cheltenham Day 2 Tips
Cheltenham Day 3 Tips
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips
Top Tips for Betting on The Cheltenham Festival
Here we will look at different advice, strategy and tips for enjoying and hopefully making a profit from the Cheltenham Festival. The advice is taken from the wealth of horse racing knowledge within the OLBG community across the forum, blogs and tipster competitions.
Cheltenham Tips 1-5 Obtaining Value
We have so many Cheltenham tips for you, we have split them up into sections. First up some advice on finding big priced winners and taking advantage of bookmaker offers.
Never Be Put Off By Large Prices
OLBG member Wichuda won the 2014 OLBG Cheltenham Tipster Competition with last day winners at 33/1, 20/1 and 10/1!
"Never be put off by prices and always remember horses can run below their ability but cannot run above their ability so even if they have one decent piece of form they may have been saved for Cheltenham."
Respect Willie Mullins Big Odds Runners Too
Whilst many punters will be looking to put the Willie Mullins short price favourites into doubles, trebles and accumulators, 2015 OLBG Cheltenham Tipster Competition runner up, The Shark, suggests we should respect all of his runners.
"Willie Mullins nearly always lands a big price winner at the festival, leaving many people kicking themselves. Rule Supreme (25/1), Ebaziyan (40/1), Thousand Stars (20/1), Champagne Fever (16/1), Briar Hill (25/1) are a few examples and Wicklow Brave was a great result for me in 2016 at 25/1."
Take Advantage of all the Bookmaker Offers
Systemight highlights one of the most important Cheltenham Festival betting tips.
"the Important bit is next...who to bet with."
Taking advantage of all the different bookmaker offers available really can make a difference to whether you finish in profit or not. A free bet if you back a winner over 4/1, a refund if your horse falls, money back if you finish 2nd, enhanced odds, best odds guaranteed! There are so many offers!
We have a great list of current offers on our Bookmaker Promotions page but throughout the festival we will also be showing race specific offers on the relevant race preview pages. So be sure to check out each of our race preview pages before placing your bet. Or if it is easier for you, follow OLBG on twitter.
"Seriously,has there ever been a better time to be a punter?!."
Wait For the Cheltenham Special Offers
OLBG member slimey is also a fan of all the bookmaker special offers available during the Festival and advises holding fire on your bets until you know what the offers are.
"Last year I do recall certain bookies giving your money back as a free bet if the favourite wins the first ( Supreme) and other bookies laying the favourite to odds of 4/1 or something very similar."
The bookmakers are keen to get your business early on in the week and often compete with excellent offers on the very first race of the first day. They hope that if you open an account with them at that stage they may keep your business for the other 27 races!
Be sure to check out the bookmaker offers for the first race which we will have on our Supreme Novices Hurdle Tips page or join OLBG for free and receive our emails - this is a great way to get access to exclusive offers which we negotiate with the bookmakers for our members.
How to Secure Value Bets at The Cheltenham Festival
As we have indicated from these first few tips, obtaining value in every bet you make is a key message you will see repeated throughout OLBG. That really is the secret to beating the bookies! Respected OLBG Blogger Robmull has written a detailed blog covering the subject which is a great way to finish this section. So for further reading see what Robmull has to say about seeking out best value Cheltenham tips.
Cheltenham Tips 6-10 Form & Trainer Stats
The members at OLBG have been studying the form for you, so you don't have to. You can read their opinions on the chances of specific horses by looking through the tip comments on each of our Cheltenham race pages. If you want to study the form in more detail yourself then some of these tips may help you.
Pay Attention to Cheltenham Trials Day
Cheltenham trials day takes place during January and the winners and placed horses of these races have often gone on to perform well at the festival itself.
In 2015 for example the 1st and 3rd in the Timeforn Novices Handicap on trials day reversed those placings in the Novices Handicap at the Festival. 7th place in 2013 went on to win at the Festival as did 2nd place in 2009.
Check out The Market Mans blog on Cheltenham Trials Day Tips here.
Tips from the Odds of Past Festival Winners
tbuckley wrote a blog in the run up to the 2015 festival festival looking at historical starting price trends in some of the festival races. OLBG members would debate whether the starting price of past winners has any bearing on this years race. Perhaps the key point here though is that certain races are easier to predict than others, making the markets more reliable? Maybe the form for certain races is easier for the market to assess? For example tbuckley wrote the below in the run up to the 2015 Arkle
Going from 2004 to 2015, the starting price (SP) of winners of the Arkle Chase were :- 7/1, 15/2, 7/2, 6/1, 8/1, 6/1, 6/1, 8/11f, 8/15f and 33/1 - 9 of those 10 Arkle winners were priced 8/1 or under, 5 of them 6/1 or under with two odds on winners, so the Arkle has been pretty favourable for those backing the market leaders and only the 2015 winner a shock 33/1 winner spoiling the party for punters and giving the bookmakers a break.
Check out the short priced runners in this years Arkle here.
Pay attention to Trainer Stats
Long time member and forum moderator Jim Brown highlights the importance of paying attention to trainers
I would look for certain trainers who had shown they were good at getting horses to their best for the Festival.
A document produced by Cheltenham Racecourse is full of really useful trainer and jockey stats. It highlights some of the top trainers at the festival with all the below trainers having achieved more than 10 festival winners.
These figures were produced prior to last years festival
55 Nicky Henderson
48 Willie Mullins
40 Paul Nicholls
26 Jonjo ONeill
18 Philip Hobbs
18 Edward OGrady
17 Nigel Twiston-Davies
15 Alan King
14 David Pipe
For more detail read the full Cheltenham trainer stats document
Cheltenham Festival Trainer and Jockey Stats By Race
Shrews agrees and has researched this area in some detail, looking at which trainers target each race. His points system served him well during the 2015 festival with 11 winners and 13 places.
I started with jockey and trainer stats and then basically deleted all trainers out who had not had a top 5 win or place in the race over the last 5 years. This cuts down the fields dramatically and makes it much easier (and enjoyable) to work through the form. I will be adopting that same approach again.
He details his system for last years cheltenham festival on this forum thread, we recommend you read his cheltenham trainer and jockey tips.
Consider Navan Form
There aren't many race courses which provide similar challenges to those at Cheltenham. Many members will look for past Cheltenham form and ideally past Festival form to show that runners can perform on the track in a large high quality field. With many Irish runners not having run at Cheltenham before this throws some challenges as to how we can tell if they will perform at the Festival.
2014 OLBG Cheltenham Tipster Champion Wichuda has found success in the past by paying attention to Irish runners who have run well at Navan.
On the Irish runners look to the ones that have won at Navan, if they can get up the Navan hill in a driving finish they can usually get up Cheltenhams.
Cheltenham Tips 11-15 Enjoy The Cheltenham Festival
Whilst trying to win money is a big part of the festival for OLBG members, many of them enjoy the event win or lose. We always advise never to bet more than you can afford to lose. Here are some other tips from Members which might help you to increase your enjoyment of the Cheltenham Festival.
Place some of your Cheltenham Bets Ante Post
Many OLBG Members start placing their bets for the following festival from a year ahead and gain huge enjoyment from backing a horse at long odds which starts at much shorter odds on the day.
Take Some Time off to Enjoy The Festival
Many of our members take the week off work to enjoy the festival. Pokerslut makes a great week of it
I take a weeks holidays for the festival every year. I have all or most of my bets done or at least decided on before the racing begins. I go away for the day on the Tuesday with a gang from work, we spend the day in the pub watching the races. Once racing is over we play poker for a few hours.
Go to the course to watch the action live
If you love horse racing but have never been to Cheltenham for the festival then you should definitely try! Many OLBG members go each year with over 100 members attending on the first day to support the OLBG sponsored Mares Hurdle. Nicoista loves going to watch jump racing and has written a blog review for Cheltenham Racecourse
Win Cheltenham Tickets with OLBG
Each festival many OLBG members meet up to enjoy the racing together. We have a huge following on the first day of the meeting and give many tickets away to our top members. Members also enjoy the racing following the OLBG Road to Cheltenham series, sometimes gaining access to the OLBG box, some even lucky enough to enter the parade ring, help choose the best turned out and even help with the trophy presentations. If you fancy yourself as a horse racing tipster then join OLBG now, enter your racing tips, get involved in the community on the forum and you will be able to apply for tickets for these races next season.
You can still win tickets for this years racing though. There are a number of competitions open to all members over on our Cheltenham Festival Betting Forum
Dont Get Carried Away with Cheltenham Day One
OLBG Community Manager nors has been betting at the Cheltenham Festival for decades and passes on this advice
" With all the excitement on the opening day i do think you need to not get carried away on the Tuesday and make sure you have enough funds and enthusiasm for the rest of the week. Its very easy to get carried away looking for winners on day 1 and we all need to remember that its a marathon and not a sprint. "
Cheltenham Tips 16-20 Multiple and Acca Tips
For most of the National Hunt racing season OLBG tipsters recommend win singles. For the Cheltenham Festival though many enjoy putting their best bets of the festival together in multiples, often saying that competitive odds, great offers, enhanced places make these better value. If you are betting for fun rather than seriously trying to grind a small profit then consider the below multiple and accumulator tips.
Cheltenham Festival Lucky 15s or Lucky 31 Tips
tbuckley put together a great blog showing how he chose his multiple bets. He combined 5 horses in a Lucky 31 and found 4 winners and a third. Read Cheltenham multiple tips from tbuckley here
Combining Cheltenham Festival Bankers in an Acca
Of course there is no such thing as a banker! But many punters like to combine short price favourites in doubles, trebles and accumulators at the Cheltenham Festival. It is one way to have an interest in races with short price favourites if you don't want to back them in singles or oppose them.
In this lively video, our social media team take a look at the short price favourites, consult the OLBG members and the Twitter followers to form a 500/1 + acca!
Check out each of our preview pages for more serious videos looking at the form and chances of the key runners. Or you can go straight to YouTube to watch all the cheltenham tips preview videos.
Staking Plans for Multiple Bets at The Cheltenham Festival
Accumulators aren't much fun if one of your selections let you down. This blog from OLBG member Micko highlights Cheltenham tips for combining bets in multiples.
How To Find OLBG Members Best Bets of The Meeting
Each year we ask our members for their very best bets of the entire Cheltenham Festival. As OLBG are an official race sponsor at Cheltenham we are able to secure poster spots around the course and in the toilets! Our Toilet Tips have become famous after we gained 8 winners from 10 tips back in 2012! Many people won lots of money combining the tips in doubles, trebles and accumulators.
Unfortunately we didn't hear from anyone who had all 8. That would have paid 48,030/1!
This year we will be sharing many member tips at the official Cheltenham Preview evening on the Sunday before the festival. You will be able to watch a live stream of the evening here and engage with us via your preferred social media channel. follow OLBG on twitter.
Install the OLBG App for Great Accumulator Tips
By far the best way to pick your bets for the Cheltenham Festival is through the OLBG app. This will give you access to 1000s of Cheltenham Tips added by the OLBG members. We show the very best tipsters higher in the app, with their detailed tip comments and their recent level stakes profit and other profitability measures such as last 6 months profitable months. You can then add the bets you like to your bet slip and place your bets through the app. Easy betting!
The OLBG Free Tips App is highly rated with over 89% of app store reviews rating the app 4 or 5 stars out of 5 (from 600+ reviews).
For iOS users install from the app store here
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Cheltenham Tips 21-25 Using The Bookies
Let's Beat The Bookies! Thats what many of our members are trying to do and here are some tips to help make that quest a little easier.
Back Non Runner No Bet at the Cheltenham Festival
With many horses entered in several races you could lose your stake if your horse doesn't run in the race you think they will. Bookmakers go non runner no bet - in other words they will refund your stake if your horse doesn't run, whether that be due to injury or running in another race. The bookmakers each start this rule at different times and some start it with some races only.
To keep on top of the latest about non runner no bet at Cheltenham check out our cheltenham non runner no bet forum thread here.
Use Best Odds Guaranteed Not Starting Price
mogga82 highlighted this important tip. There is no need to bet at starting price, you can often gain better odds on your selection by betting earlier in the day and as long as you bet with a bookmaker offering best odds guaranteed, you wont be worse off.
" The value is almost always with the major bookmakers in the morning online or in-shop as they all compete for your business....There will be numerous offers everyday, money back specials and best price guaranteed
Best price guaranteed is the key concession and almost all bookies now offer it - if it drifts on track you get paid at the bigger price "
Consider Betting in the Without Markets
Propjoe89 recently had a detailed look at the without betting markets for the Cheltenham Festival. These are where the bookmakers form a market without one horse, normally the favourite. So wherever the without horse finishes, it is ignored. If you like the look of a horse in a field with a very short favourite you think will place, this can be a good bet as effectively you can get an extra place for your bet.
For example Propjoe89 likes the look of Special Tiara in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Available at 14/1 outright, Special Tiara is 6/1 without the favourite Un De Sceaux (8/11). So assuming Un De Sceaux finishes in the places, Special Tiara only needs to be in the first four to collect on an each way bet.
Read the forum thread here for more info on this and to discuss the w/o markets with OLBG forum members.
Take Advantage of Early Prices on Race Day
Prices will often be a lot shorter later in the day. We have already mentioned the importance of using a bookie who offers best odds guaranteed. It is also important to get out of bed early to shop around for the best odds before they vanish. This is what long standing OLBG member Jim Brown always did
"Up and ready with final list of selections as soon as the phone lines/internet betting opened, get the best prices before they are cut. "
Of course you can't get the best odds if you don't have accounts with the all the bookies which leads us onto one of the most important tips
Open Betting Accounts with All the Major Bookmakers
Don't miss out on the best odds and the best offers through not having accounts with all the major bookmakers. Cheltenham Festival week is also the best week of the year to open new accounts as many of the bookies offer even bigger free bets and account opening offers than normal.
Join OLBG and we'll send you the best bookie offers by email the day before the festival and each day of the festival. Register for free here.
We also have a comprehensive list of bookmaker free bet offers here.