Cheltenham Favourites: Bet on the Winner 2021

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For every punter in the UK, the beginning of March is the time where all eyes are set on the Cheltenham racecourse. The festival spans over the course of several days and each day comes with its races and favourites. If you are looking for a Cheltenham favourite, 2021 brings many of the new names and old names alike. Make sure to read on as our article will cover who is the Cheltenham favourite 2021 and which horses you should keep an eye on during the festival.

Cheltenham Races Favourites 2021

Cheltenham festival features four days of races taking place on different courses. Keep on reading if you are curious about Cheltenham favourites, the schedule, as well as our tips for each race! You can also compare the Cheltenham sign up offers between many bookmakers.

For a more complete guide on Cheltenham, you can check out this article about racecards, odds, tips.

Cheltenham Races Winners 2020

JCB Triumph HurdleBurning Victory11/1
Randox Health Handicap HurdleSaint Roi5/1
Cheltenham Gold CupAl Boum Photo10/3
Albert Bartlett’s Novices’ HurdleMonkfish5/1
Martin PipeIndefatigueable25/1

*Last update 13/03/2020. Source: racingpost.

Cheltenham Favourites – See All the Races

Below you can find the timetables displaying all the Cheltenham races between the 16th and 19th of March 2021, as well as the current odds for the most prestigious race of the respective day.  

Day One

Day one of Cheltenham festival is scheduled for March 10, with the first race starting at 1:30 p.m. It is also known as the Champion Day, named after the race that characterises the starting day of Cheltenham festival; it is also the best day to take a closer look at the Cheltenham favourites. The schedule and the tips for day one are as follows. Since the racecourse calendar is not known yet, have a look on the last one.

1:30 p.m.Supreme Novices’ Hurdlecoming soon
2:10 p.m.Arkle Steeple Chasecoming soon
2:50 p.m.Ultima Handicap Chasecoming soon
 3:30 p.m.Champion Hurdlecoming soon
4:10 p.m.Mares’ Hurdlecoming soon
4:50 p.m.Novices’ Handicap Chasecoming soon
5:30 p.m.National Hunt Chasecoming soon

Day Two

The Ladies Day is all about the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Day two brings many exciting races, as well as the Best Dressed competition. However, if you are not looking at the ladies, pay close attention to Tiger Roll as it is one of the better-known horses. Don’t miss out on our tips!

1:30 p.m.Ballymore Novices’ Hurdlecoming soon
2:10 p.m.RSA Chasecoming soon
2:50 p.m.Coral Cupcoming soon
3:30 p.m.Champion Chasecoming soon
4:10 p.m.Cross Country Chasecoming soon
4:50 p.m.The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdlecoming soon
5:30 p.m.Champion Bumpercoming soon

Day Three

Make sure to ease up on the Guinness during the St. Patrick’s Day as you might miss some of the best races of day three. Per usual, the first races of the day should start at 1:30 p.m., while the last one starts at 5:30 p.m., if there are no major issues. Here are our favourites:

1:30 p.m.The Marsh Novices’ Chasecoming soon
2:10 p.m.Pertemps Finalcoming soon
2:50 p.m.Ryanair Steeple Chasecoming soon
3:30 p.m.Stayer’s Hurdlecoming soon
4:10 p.m.Festival Stable Plate Chasecoming soon
4:50 p.m.Mares Novices’ Hurdlecoming soon
5:30 p.m.Kim Muir Challenge Cupcoming soon

Day Four

Day four is the culmination of the Cheltenham races, and it gathers everyone, from your average punters to rich and famous punting on their Cheltenham favourites. It also features everyone’s favourite race and has the whole day named after it — the Gold Cup Day. A more detailed look of the races and our picks for each race are:

1:30PMTriumph Hurdlecoming soon
2:10PMCounty Handicap Hurdlecoming soon
2:50PMAlbert Bartlett Novices Hurdlecoming soon
3:30PMCheltenham Gold Cupcoming soon
4:10PMFoxhunter Chasecoming soon
4:50PMGrand Annual Chasecoming soon
5:30PMMartin Pipe Handicap Hurdlecoming soon

Past Gold Cup Winner & Odds

Cheltenham Gold Cup Results 2020Gold Cup WinnerSP Odds*
1Al Boum Photo10/3
5Delta Work5/1

*Last update 13/03/2020. Source: racingpost.

Our Top 5 Horses to Watch During the Festival

While the majority of fans will have their eyes set on Cheltenham favourites, punters who are looking to make a profit might wanna consider some of the other horses that come with great odds and good chances of winning their race. Here are our top picks for horses that are not part of the Cheltenham races favourites 2021 club, but still have a good shot. If you follow through, you might even end up with a new Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite.

Compare the horses before to bet on the Cheltenham.

OK Corral

  • Age: 9 years old
  • Race: Nation Hunt Chase
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Owner: Jonh P McManus


  • Age: 7 years old
  • Race: Arkle Steeple Chase
  • Trainer: Kayley Woollacott
  • Owner: D G Staddon

Danny Kirwan

  • Age: 6 years old
  • Race: Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
  • Trainer: Paul Nicholls
  • Owner: Johnny de la Hey


  • Age: 12 years old
  • Race: Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • Trainer: Patrick Neville
  • Owner: Patrick Neville

Paisley Park

  • Age: 7 years old
  • Race: Stayer’s Hurdle
  • Trainer: Emma Lavelle
  • Owner: Andrew Gemmell

How to Pick the Best Odds for Cheltenham 2021

There are many things to consider before placing a bet and, surprisingly, Cheltenham favourites aren’t always the way to go. The main reason for not wanting to place a bet on a Cheltenham favourite 2021 is because it doesn’t necessarily mean the best profits. Even though a horse is favoured to win a race, they are not guaranteed to win it; many of the Cheltenham favourites fell short in the past to the disappointment of many punters looking to make a quick buck.

Cheltenham Favourites Winners 2021

In order to pick the best odds for Cheltenham 2021, you must know your races, your horses and the various types of bets that you can place on horse racing. One thing to keep in mind is that odds change depending on a bookmaker. Not only that, but the initial races might change the odds of the races to follow, so it will also depend on the time you are placing your bet. Make sure to keep a close eye on Cheltenham favourites and ensure that they continue to impress as the odds suggest. It is also wise to look out for who trains the favourite runners.

FAQ Cheltenham Favourites

It’s never been easier to back your Cheltenham favourites! However, if you’re still searching for answers, take a look below at what our expert tipsters have to say before you start betting.

Who Will Win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021?

Among the Cheltenham favourites for the 2021 Gold Cup are last year’s winner Al Boum Photo, Santini, and Delta Work. Al Boun Photo is aiming to become the first horse since Best Mate in 2003 and 2004 to win back-to-back Gold Cups.

However, many tipsters fancy Delta Work while Presenting Percy offers good value for punters looking for an outsider. You can view a full list of this year’s festival favourites on this page.

Will Ireland Win the 2021 Prestbury Cup?

Ireland do stand a very good chance of winning the Prestbury Cup at Cheltenham 2021. Once again, they are bringing a very strong army of horses over with them including Apprentice It, Benie Des Dieux, Envoi Allen, Glenloe, and the magnificent Tiger Roll.

The leading bookmakers all have Ireland as odds on Cheltenham favourites, so that’s where the smart money is going. Check this guide for more information on the latest Prestbury Cup betting odds.

Who Will Be the Top Trainer at Cheltenham Festival 2021?

It’s hard to back against Willie Mullins for the top trainer crown. He has won it five times in the last seven years, and he has some strong horses running in 2021.

However, Gordon Elliot, Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, and Colin Tizzard should not be discounted.

Is It Profitable Just Backing the 2021 Cheltenham Favourites?

Based on 2019’s results, the answer is no. From the 28 races, only 9 SP favourites when on to win their respective races. That doesn’t mean history will repeat itself, however.

You can check out all the top horses and review our expert picks on our Cheltenham favourites page.

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