Cheltenham racing tips for next year’s edition

Cheltenham racing tips for next year’s edition  If you’re interested in the opportunity to bet on one of the UK’s most exciting horse racing events, it would be worth considering Cheltenham racing tips that you could form for the highly-regarded festival. Often referred to as ‘The Festival’, Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest and best events on the National Hunt racing calendar, with people flocking across the country in order to get a glimpse of the action.

 

Why so many people bet on Cheltenham Festival

 

Due to the array of different races that are held over the four-day event, it’s no real surprise to discover that so many punters and fans place their bets on Cheltenham racing tips that they’ve picked up along the way. Horse racing is such a popular sport when it comes to placing bets that you’re likely to find a similar selection of tips for the many football fixtures which take place throughout the week, but nothing quite beats key race meetings like the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Aintree Grand National, Epsom Derby and St Leger Stakes.

 

While the possibility of horse racing tips online is to be expected for all major races, you’ll find that a lot of these races are held at Cheltenham Racecourse, which makes it an even more enticing event to get involved in, as so many of the country’s main race meetings are part of Cheltenham Festival.

 

Getting behind Cheltenham racing tips

 

As so many people choose to get involved with betting on Cheltenham Festival, the bookies offer prices for each race several months in advance, with punters choosing which horses they fancy well before any fluctuations in terms of the odds-on horse racing. This is often known as ante post betting, and it’s something that more experienced punters will do to make sure that they’ve locked in the best available price.

 

If you want to find horse racing tips to get behind, there is an extensive selection of horse racing tipster websites online that allow you to join them with their bets, including Cheltenham racing tips. You’re also able to make your own horse racing bets, where all you need to do is look into the form of each horse to work out which nag looks likely to win their next race. Newcomers to betting on the sport are likely to stick by their gut instinct, which is something that you can’t really knock as long as you’re betting in a responsible manner.

Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott  Co. Meath trainer Gordon Elliott first took out a training licence in 2007 and saddled his first Cheltenham Festival winner, Chicago Grey, in the National Hunt Chase in 2011. Five years later, he saddled Don Cossack, owned by Gigginstown House Stud and ridden by 23-year-old Bryan Cooper – who, according to Elliott, had given the horse a ‘diabolical’ ride when a beaten favourite in the Ryanair Chase in 2015 – to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

More recently, in 2017, Elliott saddled six Festival winners and beat Willie Mullins to the Leading Trainer Award on countback, by virtue of three second-placed horses to Mullins’ two. In 2018, the victory of Blow By Blow in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle on the Friday took his total for the meeting to eight winners, equalling the record set by Mullins three years earlier and pipping his compatriot to the Leading Trainer Award, for the second year running, by one winner.

Of course, Elliott was the chief beneficiary Gigginstown House Stud removed all 60 of its horses from Mullins’ yard in September, 2016, following a dispute over training fees. In fact, in 2018, Elliott saddled two so-called ‘bankers’ in Michael O’Leary’s distinctive maroon and white colours, Apple’s Jade, only third, at 1/2, in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle on Champion Day and Samcro, winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Ladies’ Day at 8/11. Other winners for Gigginstown House Stud, trained by Elliott, were Tiger Roll in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, Shattered Love in the JLT Novices’ Chase, Delta Work in the Pertemps Network Final and Farclas in the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Although something of a new kid on the block, when compared with Cheltenham stalwarts such as Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, Gordon Elliott clearly has the ammunition to compete with the ‘old guard’ and seems likely to become a fixture at Prestbury Park when March rolls around each year.

Pat Taaffe

Pat Taaffe  The late Pat Taaffe, who died in 1992 at the age of 62, will be long remembered as the jockey of Arkle – widely acknowledged as the greatest steeplechaser in history – on whom he won RSA Chase in 1963 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1964, 1965 and 1966. In fact, immediately before the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1966, as Arkle stood on the brink of history, Observer correspondent Hugh McIlvanney paid tribute to Taaffe, writing, “Pat Taaffe is one of the few horsemen in the world who can look Arkle in the eye without feeling inferior.”

At 6 ft. 2 ins., Taaffe was uncommonly tall for a jockey, but his unconventional, nay, untidy, style in the saddle – riding a finish was never his specialty – didn’t stop him from becoming Irish National Hunt Champion Jockey nine times or riding 25 winners at the Cheltenham Festival. The brilliance of Arkle may have eclipsed some of his less able companions, but all bar four of those winners were trained by his boss, Tom Dreaper. Remarkably, all bar two – Stroller, trained by Vincent O’Brien, in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 1954 and Flyingbolt, trained by Dreaper, in the same race a decade later – came in steeplechases.

Arkle aside, Taaffe also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on his stable companion Fort Leney in 1968, for a total of four wins in the ‘Blue Riband’ event. He bettered that total in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, with five wins, on Fortria in 1960 and 1961, Ben Stack in 1964, Flyingbolt – whom, incidentally, he regarded superior to Arkle – in 1966 and Straight Fort in 1970. Taaffe also won the RSA Chase five times, on Coneyburrow in 1953, Solfen in 1960, Grallagh Cnoc in 1961, Arkle in 1963 and Proud Tarquin in 1970 and remains the leading rider in the history of the premium novices’ staying chase.