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2022 Cheltenham Festival betting odds for all 28 races

Cheltenham Festival odds: the well fancied Shishkin is sure to be a staple of punters' accas.
Cheltenham Festival odds: the well fancied Shishkin is sure to be a staple of punters' accas.

With a little under three weeks until the racing event dubbed as "The Greatest Show on Turf", we've taken a look at the Cheltenham Festival odds for all 28 races which get underway on March 15th 2022.

You don't have to be a racing fan to know how important and exciting the Cheltenham Festival is.

Run every March, (barring incidents such as Foot and Mouth disease) the four day festival is like the Olympics of the National Hunt racing season where a total of 28 races are run, many as the championship race of their class.

We've broken down race by race what the odds are looking like a few weeks out. Most of the bookies featured on BettingOdds.com are non runner no bet for the meeting now which means that if you bet on a horse now and it doesn't run, you get your stake back. We've probably only got a few more horses set for a final prep before Cheltenham which may effect the betting, whilst there are many horses entered in more than one race and all these things mean backing non runner no bet just ensures you'll get your stake back if they don't run in that race.

As such, a lot of the prices are pretty skinny and we wouldn't advise to backing anything now and wait until the week. For one there won't be a huge amount of value you can get today opposed to the day of the race and secondly, there'll be a heap of bookmaker offers for both new and existing customers which you'll be able to take advantage of throughout Cheltenham to eek out that little extra bang for your buck.

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Cheltenham Festival Odds

The important numbers:

  • 3 odds on favourites
  • 9 favourites trained by Willie Mullins
  • 2 favourites trained by Nicky Henderson
  • 19 favourites trained by Irish
  •  8/1 Brace Seasca - Grand Annual - biggest priced favourite
  •  4/7 Honeysuckle - Champion Hurdle - shortest priced favourite
  •  5 - Honeysuckle, Shishkin, Bob Ollinger, Allaho, Tiger Roll - number of favourites looking for back to back Festival wins

* prices correct at the time of writing, includes joint favs.

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Odds

  • Tuesday 15th March 2022 - First race 1.30pm

As the tape goes up in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the roar goes up in the stands, the first race of the Cheltenham Festival won't make or break your week, unless that is you were a backer of Labaik in 2017 who came in at odds of 25/1, the biggest price winner of the Supreme in modern history.

There's usually a Willie Mullins hotpot in the Supreme, a race he's won five times in the last nine years, but this year the betting is headed by the Nicky Henderson trained Constitution Hill who has looked foot perfect in his prep runs this season including Grade 1 success in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown last time out.

The five year old only has the two runs to his name but is best price 9/4 for the Supreme, with the aforementioned Willie Mullins' pair of Dysart Dynamo (3/1) and Sir Gerhard (9/2) next in the betting. Both horses won on their last start in Ireland and both hold entries in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle which is run over a further half mile on day two of the festival.

Henderson trains 9/2 chance Jonbon who has won all three of his starts this season and is half a point bigger in the betting for the Wednesday's Ballymore.

It's doubtful all four will show up in the Supreme and given just two outright favourites have won the Supreme in the last 10 years, maybe there's a springer to come out from the field which is 14/1 bar the top four and dominated by Irish runners.

In fact, the top 13 in the betting are trained by either Henderson (3) Mullins (7) and Gordon Elliott (3), with I Like To Move It the next best in the betting for an English based trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies at best price odds of 40/1!

The second race on Day 2 is the Arkle Challenge Trophy, a two mile chase for novices' and likely to attract a small field.

Favourites have a much better record in this race with seven of the last 10 winners not only going off favourite, but odds on at that.

Ferny Hollow heads the betting here for Willie Mullins around the 11/10 mark best odds and it looks like stable mate Blue Lord (10/3) and Alan King's Edwardstone will be market rivals.

Runner up in the 2020 Champion Bumper the favourite here missed last year's festival through injury but in its only start last season beat Bob Olinger at Navan who went on to win the Ballymore in good fashion. The 7yo is 2/2 over fences and was last seen winning the Grade 1 Racing Post Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

The best home chance on paper comes in the shape of Edwardstone trained by Alan King at 3/1 here. More experienced than his rivals with six runs over fences, his hurdle form wasn't as strong as his rivals but he's been impressive in his prep, scoring two Grade 2s and the Grade 1 King Henry VIII Novice Chase at Sandown and he'll be battle hardened for this challenge.  

Mullins other runner at the head of the betting Blue Lord is 3/3 over fences including the Grade 1 Irish Arkle in February.

A bit like the Supreme, this is another race dominated by the Irish entries and the Gordon Elliott trained Riviere D'etel (6/1) will be looking to reverse the form beaten narrowly by both Ferny Hollow and Blue Lord this season.

Dan Skelton's Third Time Lucki is the next best of the English entries at the odds, 25/1 looks a decent each-way price at this stage although improvement needed on the form with Edwardstone.

The big race of the day is the Champion Hurdle off at 3.30pm, where last year's winner Honeysuckle is odds-on for a repeat. As a result it doesn't make much of a betting heat, with best price 4/6 chance about Henry De Bromhead's 8yo who has won all 14 of her starts over hurdles.

The fly in the ointment could be the Willie Mullins trained Appreciate it who is second favourite. Last year's Supreme winner was expected to go novice chasing this season but the Champion Hurdle is the target, albeit without a run since romping to victory here 12 months ago.

It's 12/1 bar the first two in the market and punters will be hoping eight runners make it to post for some each-way action. The Nicky Henderson trained Epatante is the best fancied of the UK entries, winner of the race in 2020 she's plenty to find on the favourite though in what looks like being an uncompetitive renewal.

There are four other races on day one including two competitive handicaps with all the prices below.

Day 1 feature race:

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Odds

  • Wednesday 16th March 2022 - First race 1.30pm

Day two's feature is the Queen Mother Champion Chase which will hopefully see Shishkin (pictured) and Energumene renew their rivalry after playing out a classic at Ascot earlier in the season.

The Nicky Henderson trained Shiskin came out on top that day and has been impressive in both his starts this season after sweeping all before him in the two mile novice chase division last year. That culminated in a 12 length demolition in the Arkle and he'll line up against familiar foes Chacun Pour Soi who won the Grade 1 Dublin Chase in February and Envoi Allen who came into last year's festival as a hotpot in the Marsh Novices' Chase before falling.

Last seasons 1-2 could return as well in Put The Kettle On and Nube Negra but this year's renewal looks a different proposition and the odds double figures bar the first two in the market.

Elsewhere on the card, the day kicks off with the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle run over two and a half miles. Ireland dominate the betting here again with Dysart Dynamo likely to take his chances here for Willie Mullins who also trains Sir Gerhard who holds an entry in the Supreme. 

Gordon Elliott who missed the Festival last season trains Ginto who is 3/3 this season and in fact there's a host of runners in the field at the moment with unbeaten records this season.

Paul Nicholls' Stage Star is just one of those winning the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury over Christmas whilst Henry De Bromhead's Journey With Me is yet to taste defeat although stepping up in company here.

Second up is the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase run over three miles. Short priced favourite here is the Willie Mullins trained Galopin Des Champs who has looked nothing short of sensational this season but also holds an entry in the Turners Novices' Chase rune over two and a half miles on the Thursday.

Paul Nicholls best novice chaser in training Bravemansgame is second favourite in the ante post betting, a winner of all four of his starts over fences this season. An easy winner of the Grade 1 Kauto Star Chase on Boxing Day at Kempton he'll take his chance here for messers Nicholls and Cobden.

Elsewhere on the card there's two competitive handicaps in the shape of the Coral Cup and Grand Annual, plus the Cross Country which could well be Tiger Roll's last run in these isles and rounded off with the Champion Bumper where once again the Irish look to have a strong hand with the Gordon Elliott trained American Mike and Willie Mullins' Facile Vega, the progeny of Walk In The Park and notably Quevega who absolutely owned Cheltenham in her time as a racehorse. 

Day 2 feature race:

Today's racing odds

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Odds

  • Thursday 17th March 2022 - First race 1.30pm

Day three is St Patrick's Day and could that spell trouble for the bookmakers? It doesn't look great with all three of the Grade 1s having Irish trained favourites, although the Stayers' Hurdle, the feature race of the day does look wide open.

The ante post betting for the Stayers' has seen a multitude of favourites this season but no one horse has been able to stamp their authority on the division.

Last year's winner Flooring Porter is the favourite at this stage for Gavin Cromwell but he's not won in three races since the festival. Champ looked like being the new Big Bucks stepping back to hurdles when winning the Grade 1 Long Walk in December but he was unable to follow that up last time out here at the course on trials day.

The 2019 Supreme winner Klassical Dream is a similar story, and after a lengthy layoff he came back to win the stayers at Punchestown last Spring before winning the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. However, a really disappointing display last time out beaten into fourth when sent off a 1/3 favourite he's slipped down the betting here as a result.

This has all the hallmarks of being the race of the week in terms of how open the betting is and with the ever dependable Thyme Hill and the loveable Paisley Park also set to take their chances its one I'm really looking forward to.

Day three gets underway earlier in the afternoon with the Turners Novices' Chase run over two and a half miles. As alluded to before, this is another race with an Irish favourite and with Galopin Des Champs more likely to run on Wednesday, it's last year's runaway Ballymore winner Bob Olinger set to go off a short priced favourite. 2/2 over jumps, the Henry De Bromhead trained 7yo has yet to be really tested but he's stepping up in class here.

For the home team, the aforementioned Bravemansgame also holds an entry here and L'Homme Presse for Venetia Williams is an interesting runner. Rocketing up the ratings, the 7yo won the Grade 2 Dippers Chase here by 10 lengths on New Year's Day and he's a perfect 4-4 over fences, most recently with a facile victory in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown.

The Ryanair Chase is headed by last year's winner Allaho who smashed up the field that day by 12 lengths as a 3/1 favourite. Backers won't get anywhere near that price in March, 8/11 at the time of writing but sure to shorten with quite a few to come out at the next entry stage. 

It's hard to get a good steer in this race at present given the likes of Conflated, A Plus Tard will run in the Gold Cup and there was talk of recent Denman Chase winner at Newbury, Eldorado Allen being supplemented for the big race on Friday. Also take out Energumene, it's likely to look like a pretty bad each-way race for the bookies come the day of the race.

Elsewhere on the Thursday it's tough for punters with the likes of the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle, Paddy Power Plate and Kim Muir tricky races to work out, although the Mares Novices' Hurdle is dominated by Willie Mullins entries at this stage.

Day 3 feature race:

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Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Odds

  • Friday 18th March 2022 - First race 1.30pm

First up on the final day of the festival is the Triumph Hurdle for 4yo Juveniles. Another race that has been dominated by the Irish in recent years and it's 14/1 bar the front three in the market, all Irish trained.

Pied Piper is the favourite for Gordon Elliott, winning both its races this season and notably here at Cheltenham on trials day. It also holds form over second favourite Vauban, the son of Vautor and trained by Willie Mullins who was hugely impressive when. landing the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival in February.

Elliott also enters Fil Dor who was beaten into second in the Spring Hurdle, but does has graded success in Ireland this season.

The second race on the Friday is the County Hurdle which is a big betting race before the stayer novices' race over three miles in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle. Much like the Stayers' Hurdle the day before, this looks like being pretty competitive with Henry Daly's Hillcrest heading the betting following his win at Haydock last week and the Gordon Elliott trained Minella Crooner who was second at the Dublin Racing Festival. There's plenty of runners in here with multiple entries and of all the novice championship races at Cheltenham, its this one you feel like could spring the biggest surprise.

Also on day four we have the Foxhunters Steeple Chase which is run over the Gold Cup course, the Mares Chase which is headed by Willie Mullins 8yo Concertista and the Martin Pipe Conditionals Handicap Hurdle which rounds off the week.

The feature race is the one and only Gold Cup which is off at 3.30pm. Last year's runner up A Plus Tard heads the betting although he was beaten rather surprisingly in the Savills Chase at the start of February.

The winner that day was Galvin who is second favourite for Gordon Elliott, the 8yo winning the National Hunt Chase at the festival last year.

Last year's winner Minella Indo is third favourite, disappointing on his first two starts of the season, there were glimpses when finishing second in the Irish Gold Cup at the Dublin Racing Festival that he may be returning to his best.

Beyond the first three in the market, the Dan Skelton trained Protekorat is the best priced of home entries, second in the Paddy Power Gold Cup here earlier in the season he wound up an easy winner of the Many Clouds Chase on his last start in December.

2020 Gold Cup winner and last year's 3rd Al Boum Photo was a winner last time out and trainer Willie Mullins could also run Tornado Flyer who was the surprise winner of the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

Day 4 feature race:

That's it, odds to all 28 Cheltenham Festival races. All the odds shown in this article are subject to change so best to check back at our dedicated page.

We're looking forward to what we expect to be a fine Cheltenham Festival with crowds back at the course after last year's behind closed doors and we'll not only be back with the best of offers to take advantage of during the week, but also enlisting the help of regular BettingOdds.com contributor @TwoPoundPunt for his daily Lucky 15.

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