Cheltenham Favourites: Bet on the Winner 2021

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Al Boum Photo, the Cheltenham favourite for the Gold Cup is lining up for a hat trick in 2021. Chances are he’ll win for the third time in a row. Chacun Pour Soi looks to be the easy bet for the Queen Mother Champion Chase with odds shortening in the days leading up to The Festival. If you are looking to place winning bets in 2021, make sure to read on as our article will cover which horses you should keep an eye on during the 2021 Festival.

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Cheltenham Races Favourites & Odds 2021

Among the Cheltenham favourites for the 2021 Gold Cup are last year’s winner Al Boum Photo. Al Boun Photo is aiming to become the first horse since Best Mate in 2003 and 2004 to win back-to-back Gold Cups. See in the table below the predictions for the main races of the Festival:

Race Favourite Trainer Best Odd*
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Appreciate It Willie Mullins 6/4
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Arkle Chase Shishkin Nicky Henderson 4/5
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Champion Hurdle Honeysuckle Henry de Bromhead 2/1
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Festival Novices’ Chase Monkfish Willie Mullins 4/6
Queen Mother Champion Chase Chacun Pour Soi Willie Mullins 4/6
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Marsh Novices’ Chase Envoi Allen Gordon Elliott 8/11
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Stayers’ Hurdle Paisley Park Emma Lavelle 3/1
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Al Boum Photo Willie Mullins 5/2
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*Odds are subject to change

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 free bets offers between many bookmakers.You can view a full list of this year’s festival favourites on this page.

Our Top 10 Cheltenham Gold Cup Favourites Runners

Al Boum Photo is the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite according to the odds, and could become a three-time winner. The horse trainer is Willie Mullins, who trained other winners for this race. However, the horse A Plus Tard, trained by Henry De Bromhead, is the other horse to watch on the 19th March. Read our Tips and place your free bets on the gold cup winner.

Here we focus on the favourites, the history of the race and what happened last year.

Al Boum Photo

Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 9 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Willie Mullins

Now on the verge of greatness, Al Boum Photo has taken this race for the past two years. They are looking to become the first three-time winner since Best Mate back in 2004. Reaching a career peak now at 9, his form remains solid. Willie Mullins is following the same pattern as before, taking him for a warm-up race at Tramore which he won easily. He remains a worthy favourite to land the Blue Riband once more.

A Plus Tard

Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 7 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Henry De Bromhead

Henry De Bromhead has a strong hand here, his number one contender being the up-and-coming A Plus Tard. The seven-year-old already has a strong Cheltenham history. This is the brilliant winner of the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase in 2019. He was sent off favourite to win again last year in the Ryanair Chase and didn’t come up far short. He has improved again now and beat top contender Kemboy in the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown last time.

Royal Pagaille

Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 7 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Venetia Williams

Not even in the reckoning for this race as recently as January, Royal Pagaille jumped himself into contention with a superb display in the Peter Marsh at Haydock. His 16-length success there meant he recorded his third win on the bounce and it’s clear he is improving in lumps. Another big step forward is needed if he is to be placed in this race. But, his profile shows him to be a young chaser very much on the up. It would be no surprise were he to land this race for Venetia Williams.


Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 9 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Nicky Henderson

It’s been a very strange prep for Champ who, at the time of writing at least, has not run since winning the RSA Novices’ at last year’s Festival. However, he has been for a racecourse gallop a couple of times. His prep is said to be going very well. Given the fact that we already know he stays three miles around Cheltenham, the race conditions should hold no fears for him, JP McManus and the Nicky Henderson team.


Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 9 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Nicky Henderson

Another for Henderson, Santini has been called some nasty names during his career and it’s clear he lacks some tactical pace. That being said, he stays all day long and came within a whisker of turning over Al Boum Photo in last year’s Gold Cup. On that form and as a nine-year-old he looks to be a top contender. Strictly speaking, he is not in the same form right now as he was last year so improvement is needed.

Native River

Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 11 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Colin Tizzard

We are witnessing the resurrection of Native River, the 2018 Gold Cup winner who at eleven years old has managed to climb right back to his very best form of late. Colin Tizzard’s brilliant gelding defied the odds in the rearranged Cotswold Chase at Sandown last time, simply outstaying his rivals. If conditions aren’t too quick on the day, he is fully in with a chance of being only the second horse to regain the Gold Cup after the great Kauto Star.


Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 9 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Willie Mullins

Once favourite for a Gold Cup, Kemboy’s long-time career target has been this race and he is certainly not out of the reckoning despite being second-choice within the Willie Mullins camp. Having made amends for his defeat by A Plus Tard at Leopardstown by winning the Irish Gold Cup at the Dublin Racing Festival he is in great nick, though he doesn’t have the best Cheltenham record in all honesty.


Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 9 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Paul Nicholls

A real crowd favourite under regular jockey Bryony Frost, the two are a classic combination and Frodon is the epitome of a horse who has improved while showing great versatility. A winner here over 2½ miles in the 2019 Ryanair Chase, he appeared to have reached his peak. However, his dazzling display when winning the King George over Christmas has put him in line to have a crack at this race and his overall form stands up to scrutiny.

Minella Indo

Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 8 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Henry De Bromhead

Another young pretender, Minella Indo has only run seven times over fences and won just three races but his very best form makes him an each-way contender here. We’d prefer to have witnessed better runs at Leopardstown over the winter, but his close second to Champ in last year’s RSA Chase means we can rely on the fact he can handle Cheltenham.


Weight: 11st10lbs / Age: 9 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Colin Tizzard

Winning 4 from 12 in a chase career doesn’t usually equal Gold Cup champion, but Lostintranslation’s Cheltenham record alone means he looks over-priced as an each-way option. A solid second in the JLT Novices’ at the 2019 Festival, Colin Tizzard’s gelding returned to run another blinder last year when beaten only 1½ lengths in third in this race behind Al Boum Photo and so doesn’t need to improve too much.

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 – 16th March

Day one of Cheltenham festival is scheduled for March 16, 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’ Hurdle Appreciate It
2:10 p.m. Arkle Steeple Chase Shishkin
2:50 p.m. Ultima Handicap Chase Master Tommytucker
3:30 p.m. Unibet Champion Hurdle Epatante
4:10 p.m. Mares’ Hurdle Concertista
4:50 p.m. Handicap Hurdle Race Riviere D’etel
5:30 p.m. National Hunt Chase The Big breakway

Day Two – 17th March

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 Appreciate It as it is one of the better-known horses. Don’t miss out on our tips!

TIME RACE Favourite
1:30 p.m. Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Bravemangsgame
2:10 p.m. Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase Monkfish
2:50 p.m. Coral Cup Hurdle Monte Cristo
3:30 p.m. Queen Mother Champion Chase Chacun pour Soi
4:10 p.m. Cross Country Chase Easyland
4:50 p.m.J Handicap Hurdle Steeple Chase Ibleo
5:30 p.m. Champion Bumper Sir Gerhard

Day Three – 18th March

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. As 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:

TIME RACE Favourites
1:30 p.m. The Marsh Novices’ Chase Envoi Allen
2:10 p.m. Pertemps Final The Bosses Oscar
2:50 p.m. Ryanair Steeple Chase Melon
3:30 p.m. Paddy Power Stayer’s Hurdle Thime Hill
4:10 p.m. Stable Plate Chase Spiritofthegames
4:50 p.m. Mares Novices’ Hurdle Royal Kahala
5:30 p.m. Kim Muir Challenge Cup Run Wild Fred

Day Four – 19th March

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:

TIME RACE Favourites
1:30PM JCB Triumph Hurdle French Aseel
2:10PM County Handicap Hurdle Wild Max
2:50PM Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Star gate
3:30PM Cheltenham Gold Cup Al Boum Photo
4:10PM Challenge Cup Huner’s Steeple Chase Billaway
4:50PM Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase Put the Kettle On
5:30PM Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Does he Know

Past Gold Cup Winner and Odds

Cheltenham Gold Cup Results 2020 Gold Cup Winner SP Odds*
1 Al Boum Photo 10/3
2 Santini 5/1
3 Lostintranslation 10/1
4 Monalee 20/1
5 Delta Work 5/1

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

Our Top 5 Horses to Watch During the Festival

Many racing fans will focus on Cheltenham favourites when placing their bets. However, others look at bigger-priced runners who will be more profitable if winning their races. Here are five selections that at the time of writing are not Cheltenham favourites. You could have identified a horse that on the day of the race is one of the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourites.

Compare the horses before to bet on the Cheltenham.

Silver Streak

  • Age: 8 years old
  • Race: Champion Hurdle
  • Trainer: Evan Williams
  • Owner: L Fell


  • Age: 11 years old
  • Race: Champion Chase
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Owner: Mrs Patricia Pugh


  • Age: 7 years old
  • Race: Ryanair Chase
  • Trainer: Willie Mullins
  • Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

Thyme Hill

  • Age: 7 years old
  • Race: Stayer’s Hurdle
  • Trainer: Philip Hobbs
  • Owner: The Englands and Heywoods


  • Age: 9 years old
  • Race: Gold Cup
  • Trainer: Philip Hobbs
  • Owner: Taylor & O’Dwyer

How to Pick the Best Odds for Cheltenham 2021

Is it a good strategy to always bet on the favourite?

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. On average favorites win about 35% of horse races. Looking over the last ten years of the Cheltenham Festival there have been 273 race winners, 79 were favourites meaning only 28.9% win.

How often Odds change?

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.

Which operator has the best odds?

Odds change from an operator to the other. In this article, we compare the bet365, Unibet, 888, Ladbrokes, Coral, Betfair, Paddy Power, William Hill and BoyleSports odds for each race. Take the time to analyse the statistics and read the tips before to place your bets.

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?

Al Boum Photo is trying to become the first horse since Best Mate (2002,2003 and 2004) to win three Gold Cups in three years. The horse is proven over the course and distance and is suited to the track. Santini was second last year, beaten by a neck, so is a leading contender again. Champ is just out of novice company and might not have the experience to win the race. So, Lostintranslation, third last year, can go two places better and win the Gold Cup.

Will Ireland Win the 2021 Prestbury Cup?

Ireland has a good chance of winning the Prestbury Cup at Cheltenham 2021. In Willie Mullins they are represented by the leading trainer at the festival and he will bring a strong team. He trains many Cheltenham favourites in the ante post betting. Gordon Elliott and Henry de Bromhead have decent prospects so overall Ireland is the favourites to win the Prestbury Cup.

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?

Willie Mullins is the clear favourite to be the top trainer at the Cheltenham festival 2021. He has won the title five times in the last seven years. He will bring a strong team this year and has the current favourite in many races. The record trainer at the festival will add to his tally and is the man to back to be the leading trainer again. Gordon Elliott should have Irish-trained for Ireland while the home team includes Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson.

Is It Profitable Just Backing the 2021 Cheltenham Favourites?

Seven favourites and one joint-favourite won at the 2020 Cheltenham festival. Backing each favourite blindly would have resulted in a small loss. Based on last year’s results it is not profitable backing the 2021 Cheltenham favourites but more could win this year.

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

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