As we enter the middle of February, attention is beginning to turn to the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. This year, the race meeting will be held between Tuesday 12th and Friday 15th March. There was a fear the event would not take place due to the Equine Flu problem but it appears to have been controlled and Cheltenham will go ahead as planned.
As we know, there is a rich lineage of horses performing well in certain races one year and then going well in another renewal 12 months later, and so if we follow those trends we can actually place some early Cheltenham 2019 predictions and bets at handsome ante-post prices. Cheltenham bets are available at best bookmakers like Bet365, William Hill and Unibet.
1. The Arkle Chase 2019 Tips
Thanks to the Equine Flu outbreak, Irish horses are likely to receive plenty of backing at Cheltenham 2019 and Le Richebourg leads the betting at 3/1 to win the Arkle Chase with Bet365. He has won four of his last five races and in the one he failed to win he came a close second to Delta Work in the Grade 1 Drinmore Novices’ Chase in December.
Having won the Irish Arkle Chase at the beginning of February, Le Richebourg is rightly considered the favourite.
However, this is one of the most open races at Cheltenham this year and for those looking to back an outside bet, Hardline could be a good choice at 25/1. Three wins from his last five outings, including victory at Limerick on Boxing Day stand him good stead but he did finish third in his most recent race at Leopardstown.
More likely winners include Lalor at 9/2, Kalashnikov at 5/1 and Cilaos Emery at 11/2, all with Bet365.
2. Champion Chase Prediction
The best place to start when looking at potential winners for the 2019 Champion Chase is the horse which succeeded last year, Altior. He will become the fourth multiple winner of the race since the turn of the century if he can come out on top and Bet365 have him as the overwhelming favourite, priced at 4/11.
He is undefeated in his last 17 races, which is a tremendous record that stretches back to 2015. He won the Clarence House Chase at Ascot in January and Altior is strongly fancied to maintain his winning streak in the Champions Chase.
Perhaps the closest challenger to Altior will be Footpad, who won the Arkle in 2018 in impressive fashion. However, he has not been at his best in his last two races and will need to come good to lead the race home. Footpad is 7/1 with Bet365 to win the Champion Chase.
Other contenders include Min at 5/1, who has twice finished second to Altior, including this race last year and will be hoping to go one better in 2019. Looking at the outsiders, Politologue did well while Altior was injured but will need to up his game to compete in this one, hence the price of 25/1 at Bet356.
3. Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 Betting Tips
Now let's go to Gold Cup tips. The betting leading up to the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup is very interesting as leading the way at the time of writing is Presenting Percy at 3.75 with Bet365.
However, having won the insurance Novice’s Chase at Cheltenham in 2018, Presenting Percy did not race again during the year. He returned to action in January by winning the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle and will also race in the Red Mills Chase on Saturday 16th February. A win in that one and Presenting Percy will remain the clear favourite.
Native River won the Gold Cup last year and will aim to retain his title in 2019. However, since winning at Cheltenham in 2018, things have not been great and Native River was below his best form in the Betfair Chase and the King George. However, he remains the second favourite at 5.00 with Bet365.
Perhaps the best bet for those wanting to against Altior is Clan des Obeaux at 9.00 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He has all the qualities required to produce a good race in the Gold Cup and he won the King George at Ascot on Boxing Day, so he is also showing good form.
Other horses at longer prices worth checking in the lead up to the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup include Al Boum Photo at 15.00 and Road to Respect, also at 15.00 with bet365 Cheltenham Gold Cup odds 2019.
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You can also get a bit more insight into the Cheltenham 2019 ante-post betting odds with our second article . Go check it out! The best and most fresh available odds are to be found there.
4. Cheltenham Festival Schedule
If you would like to attend or just watch the races online, see the schedule below to know which race is at which day and hour:
Interested in watching it online. Find out in our article about Cheltenham live streaming where to watch it !