It’s the most eagerly anticipated horse racing meeting on the planet, with horses, jockeys and trainers from around the world looking to make their own slice of history.
And Cheltenham 2020 looks set to be one of the biggest editions of the festival ever, with a record prize fund and tens of millions of pounds expected to be wagered.
Tickets are selling like wildfire already, and punters are already marking their cards with Cheltenham 2020 ante post tips ahead of the March 10 start.
There’s no time like the present to prepare for the meeting, so let’s take a look at our Cheltenham 2020 preview for everything you need to know about the festival.
1. 2020 Cheltenham Betting Odds
If you head to your favourite sportsbook, you might notice that they have already posted their Cheltenham 2020 betting odds ahead of time.
But how can they do this even though horses haven’t been declared for each race yet? The answer is straightforward enough: these are the Cheltenham 2020 ante-post odds, and the sportsbooks allow you to get some fantastic prices on your favourite horses in the knowledge that they may not run in the race nominated.
What is the advantage to bettors of the ante-post market? Simply, how generous the odds are. For example, Altior has won the Champion Chase at the festival for the past few years and has gone off as a red-hot favourite; in 2019 he was as short as 1.25.
And yet if you back Nicky Henderson’s horse to win the 2020 edition of the race, you can get some nice value to reflect the fact that a) he might not even run in the race, and b) he may suffer injury or a catastrophic loss of form before March.
There are other examples of horses in a similar position, and so that’s why plenty of money will be wagered on Cheltenham 2020 months in advance of the festival taking place.
Many bettors will already have their trusted notebooks ready, making notes about horses throughout the season and leading up to the meeting. That’s why we can make such accurate Cheltenham 2020 predictions in advance of the festival.
2. Cheltenham 2020 Predictions
So what should you be looking for in a potential Cheltenham 2020 winner?
One of the first things that springs to mind is form at the Prestbury Park track where the festival is held. It is quite unique in that it is left-handed, i.e. the course generally veers to the left, and not all horses are well suited to running in this alignment.
Topofthegame, the winner of the 2019 RSA Chase at the festival, had enjoyed previous successes at Prestbury Park, as had Altior, Paisley Park, who won the Stayers’ Hurdle, and Frodon, who won the Ryanair Chase to claim his fifth win at the track.
For our money, course form is a crucial part of any Cheltenham 2020 tips.
And we should also make a note of the ground conditions too. As you may know, a horse track can generally be three types of surface: good, soft or heavy.
Good going generally dictates that the track is very hard, and that is usually the case in dry or windy weather. Any moisture disappears and the surface is firm, which usually lends itself to the quicker horses winning.
But in soft or heavy going, we expect there to have been some rain around which has helped to soften the ground. In these cases, stamina can win out over speed in slower-paced races, and this is why so many punters are glued to the weather forecasts ahead of the meeting.
And of course, current form is crucial too. Think about any sports you bet on, from football to tennis: you wouldn’t back an out-of-form player or team very often, would you?
The same is true in horse racing, where winning form is often a fantastic indicator of success to come. Of course, we should also note the classifications of each race too; a Class 1 race typically features better horses than a Class 4 outing, so if a horse has shown form in Class 1 outings – not necessarily even winning them – and then steps down to Class 3 at Cheltenham 2020 then we know they are going to be a sound bet if the conditions suit.
You can make your Cheltenham Festival betting as complicated or as straightforward as you like, but one thing that is for sure is that if you follow these Cheltenham 2020 betting tips you won’t go far wrong.
3. Cheltenham Festival 2020 Information
As ever, we know the line-up for Cheltenham 2020 well in advance.
Day one, which will take place on Tuesday March 10, is ‘Champion Day’. This features four standout races, including the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Arkle Chase and the Mares’ Hurdle.
But the headline act is undoubtedly the Champion Hurdle, which features a winner’s purse of a handsome £450,000! No wonder the best trainers in the business send some of their finest hurdlers to Prestbury Park for this one.
In 2019, a staggering 67,934 people attended Day One; a record attendance for the opening day of the festival.
Wednesday is Ladies Day at the festival, and two races in particular stand out on the card: the RSA Chase and the Champion Chase, which Altior may look to win for a third consecutive time.
St Patrick’s Thursday is a fantastic day of fun and frolics, with the Stayers’ Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase headlining the day’s racing.
And finally, it’s Friday at Cheltenham 2020, which can mean only one thing: it’s Gold Cup day!
4. Cheltenham Live Streaming
Many bettors will be able to enjoy the festival via their normal TV or satellite subscription package, but what happens if those channels are not available to you or you want to watch the action on the move?
This is where Cheltenham 2020 live streaming comes n handy. A handful of the finest bookmakers, including bet365 and 1XBET, will allow you to watch the action on your smartphone or tablet.
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