Cheltenham Festival 2022

Cheltenham Festival tips, features, results, video replays and records


The 2022 Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday March 15 to Friday March 18 and crowds are back - we have all the details.


Cheltenham Festival Tips & Features

Our industry-leading experts will be providing their tips for the 2022 Festival - bookmark this page and make sure you don't miss any of our previews from the likes of Mark Howard, Rory Delargy, David Massey Matt Brocklebank, Donn McClean, David Ord and Ben Linfoot.


Timeform Dark Horses

Timeform pick out four horses at double-figure prices who are worth having on your radar for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Our Power (white cap, red star) shaped well in defeat at Kempton
Our Power (white cap, red star) shaped well in defeat at Kempton


Fancied horses to oppose

Four experts highlight a fancied horse they are keen to take on at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

An impressive display from Facile Vega
An impressive display from Facile Vega


Handicap thoughts: British fair plays

Ben Linfoot takes a look at a handful of British-trained horses who have been given a chance by the handicapper ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

Honest Vic: Given a real chance in the Pertemps
Honest Vic: Given a real chance in the Pertemps


Numbers still add up to Irish domination

Matt Brocklebank is struggling to muster much optimism regarding the British challenge against the might of the Irish ahead of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

The Shunter was one of the easiest Irish-trained handicap winners at the 2021 Festival
The Shunter was one of the easiest Irish-trained handicap winners at the 2021 Festival


Mark Howard's Festival Portfolio

Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle preview & tips

Can Willie Mullins win another National Hunt Chase?


Coral Cup preview & tips

Gordon Elliott seeks more success at Cheltenham


Ryanair Chase preview & tips

Janidil is the latest antepost selection from Mark Howard


Grand Annual Handicap Chase preview & tips

Can Willie Mullins win another National Hunt Chase?


Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle preview & tips

Can Willie Mullins win another National Hunt Chase?
Willie Mullins has a strong contender for top spot


Ballymore Novices' Hurdle preview & tips

Can the master of Seven Barrows strike again at the big meeting?


Cheltenham Gold Cup preview & tips

Eklat De Rire in action


Turner Novices' Chase preview & tips

Can Willie Mullins win another National Hunt Chase?


Ukraine Appeal National Hunt Chase preview & tips

Check out Mark's thoughts


Matt Brocklebank's Value Bet

Handicaps preview & tips

Latest preview ahead of Cheltenham 2022


Ballymore Novices' Hurdle preview & tips

I Am Maximus has been first and second in his two Cheltenham visits so far


Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle preview & tips

Green Book in action at Sandown


Ukraine Appeal National Hunt Chase preview & tips

National Hunt Chase preview


JCB Triumph Hurdle preview & tips

Porticello in action


Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle preview & tips

Check out the latest preview


Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle preview & tips

Mighty Potter in action


Ryanair Chase preview & tips

Tornado Flyer


Queen Mother Champion Chase preview & tips

Funambule Sivola


Cheltenham Festival Greats

In a series highlighting the achievements of Cheltenham greats, John Ingles focuses on Festival winners of years gone by.

Dawn Run

Jonjo O'Neill celebrates after winning the 1986 Gold Cup aboard Dawn Run
Jonjo O'Neill celebrates after winning the 1986 Gold Cup aboard Dawn Run

Sprinter Sacre

The Arkle is one-way traffic as Sprinter Sacre clears the last
The Arkle is one-way traffic as Sprinter Sacre clears the last


Best Mate

Best Mate on his way to a third Gold Cup win
Best Mate on his way to a third Gold Cup win


Istabraq

A gloriously familiar Cheltenham sight
A gloriously familiar Cheltenham sight


Altior

Altior was a four-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival
Altior was a four-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival


Big Buck's

Andy Stewart (left) celebrates after Big Buck's wins The Ladbrokes World Hurdle in 2012
Andy Stewart (left) celebrates after Big Buck's wins The Ladbrokes World Hurdle in 2012


Donn McClean's View from Ireland

Donn is happy to take on Bravemansgame in the Brown Advisory with what he feels is an underestimated Irish-trained contender.

Don't miss the latest views from our man in Ireland


Donn McClean looks back on the Dublin Racing Festival and considers some of the most significant lessons learnt from the two-day feast of top-class jumping.

Don't miss the latest views from our man in Ireland


Irish form guru Donn McClean assesses the situation in the juvenile hurdle ranks ahead of a potentially highly informative clash at Leopardstown this weekend.

Don't miss the latest views from our man in Ireland


Donn McClean reckons he's found the winner of the Mares' Hurdle, and he expects a little bit of history to repeat itself.

Don't miss the latest views from our man in Ireland


Donn McClean has the unenviable task of trying to predict which Willie Mullins-trained novice hurdler will go where at Cheltenham with just under two months to go until the Festival.

Don't miss the latest views from our man in Ireland


Donn McClean focuses on a red-hot novice hurdle division in which he reasons Sir Gerhard could be the value in Sky Bet Supreme.

Don't miss the latest views from our man in Ireland


Donn McClean wonders whether to trust Minella Indo's poor winter form as the 2021 Gold Cup hero looks to get back off the canvass to defend his crown in March.

Don't miss the latest views from our man in Ireland


Cheltenham Festival Schedule & Racecards

Click on the links nearer to the time for full runners, riders and FREE video replays

CHELTENHAM - DAY 1

1.30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y

2.10pm Sporting Life Arkle Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y

2.50pm Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f

3.30pm Unibet Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y

4.10pm Close Brothers David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 3f 200y

4.50pm Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle (Handicap Hurdle) 2m 87y)

5.30pm Ukraine Appeal National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) 3m 5f 201y


CHELTENHAM - DAY 2

1.30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 5f

2.10pm Brown Advisory Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 3m 80y

2.50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 5f

3.30pm Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 99y

4.10pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 6f 37y

4.50pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 62y

5.30pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) 2m 87y


CHELTENHAM - DAY 3

1.30pm Turners Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 166y

2.10pm Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) 2m 7f 213y

2.50pm Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f 127y

3.30pm Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y

4.10pm Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) 2m 4f 166y

4.50pm Ryanair Properties Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 179y

5.30pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase 3m 2f


CHELTENHAM DAY 4

1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 179y

2.10pm McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 179y

2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y

3.30pm Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m 2f 70y

4.10pm St James's Place Foxhunter Chase 3m 2f 70y

4.50pm Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase 2m 4f 127yds

5.30pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (0-145) 2m 4f 56y


Cheltenham Festival video previews & interviews

Best Bets | 2022 Cheltenham Festival Previews

Talking Points | 2022 Cheltenham Festival Previews

Best of the Irish | 2022 Cheltenham Festival Previews

Gordon Elliott Cheltenham Festival stable tour | Part one

Gordon Elliott Cheltenham Festival stable tour | Part two

Willie Mullins Cheltenham Festival stable tour | Part two

Willie Mullins Cheltenham Festival stable tour | Part one

Patrick Mullins on Stattler, Facile Vega and Redemption Day ahead of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival

Paul Nicholls | 2022 Cheltenham Festival stable tour

Alan King | 2022 Cheltenham Festival Stable Tour

Joe Tizzard | 2022 Cheltenham Festival stable tour

Dan Skelton | 2022 Cheltenham Festival Stable Tour

Nicky Henderson | 2022 Cheltenham Festival Stable Tour

Paul Nicholls: Bravemansgame ready to take on the Irish at Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson: Shishkin thriving ahead of Champion Chase bid


Records and key statistics

Festival Stat: Recent form in Cheltenham Gold Cup

Gold Cup winner Minella Indo
Can the 2021 Gold Cup winner Minella Indo follow up after defeats this season?

Festival Stat: Top jockeys including Rachael Blackmore and Davy Russell

Davy Russell returns in triumph aboard Samcro
Davy Russell returns in triumph aboard Samcro

Festival Stat: Gordon Elliott handicap hurdlers

Trainer Gordon Elliott
Gordon Elliott has enjoyed plenty of success in the handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival


Festival Stat: Record of front-runners

The Shunter (blue) was always handy when winning the Festival Plate last season
The Shunter (blue) was always handy when winning the Festival Plate last season


Festival Stat: Willie Mullins and the mares

Willie Mullins chats to the press
Festival Stat: Mullins' mares


Queen Mother Champion Chase: Trends guide

Put The Kettle On (orange silks) wins the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
Put The Kettle On (orange silks) wins the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase


Sporting Life Arkle: Trends guide

Who will follow in Shishkin's footsteps and win the Sporting Life Arkle?
Who will follow in Shishkin's footsteps and win the Sporting Life Arkle?


Cheltenham Festival - Top Jockeys

The Cheltenham Festival's top jockeys currently riding

The top jockey for the Festival is the jockey who wins the most races over the four days. The winners since 1980, with wins in brackets, are:

  • 2021 Rachael Blackmore (6)
  • 2020 Paul Townend (5)
  • 2019 Nico de Boinville (3)
  • 2018 Davy Russell (4)
  • 2017 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2016 Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2015 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2014 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2013 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2012 Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2011 Ruby Walsh (5)
  • 2010 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2009 Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2008 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2007 Robert Thornton (4)
  • 2006 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2005 Graham Lee (3)
  • 2004 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2003 Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2002 Richard Johnson (2)
  • 2001: Festival cancelled
  • 2000 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
  • 1999 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
  • 1998 Tony McCoy (5)
  • 1997 Tony McCoy (3)
  • 1996 Richard Dunwoody (2)
  • 1995 Norman Williamson (4)
  • 1994 Charlie Swan (3)
  • 1993 Charlie Swan (4)
  • 1992 Jamie Osborne (5)
  • 1991 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1990 Richard Dunwoody (2)
  • 1989 Tom Morgan (2)
  • 1988 Simon Sherwood (2)
  • 1987 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1986 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1985 Steve Smith Eccles (3)
  • 1984 Jonjo O'Neill (2)
  • 1983 Graham Bradley (2)
  • 1982 Jonjo O'Neill (1)
  • 1981 John Francome (3)
  • 1980 Jim Wilson (3)
Leading Jockey Award

Cheltenham Festival - Top Trainers

The leading trainer for the Festival is the trainer who trains the most winners in the races over the four days. The winners since 1997, with wins in brackets, are:

  • 2021 Willie Mullins (6)
  • 2020 Willie Mullins (7)
  • 2019 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2018 Gordon Elliott (8)
  • 2017 Gordon Elliott (6)
  • 2016 Willie Mullins (7)
  • 2015 Willie Mullins (8)
  • 2014 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2013 Willie Mullins (5)
  • 2012 Nicky Henderson (7)
  • 2011 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2010 Nicky Henderson (3)
  • 2009 Paul Nicholls (5)
  • 2008 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 2007 Paul Nicholls (4)
  • 2006 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 2005 Howard Johnson (3)
  • 2004 Paul Nicholls (4)
  • 2003 Jonjo O'Neill (3)
  • 2002 Martin Pipe (3)
  • 2000 Nicky Henderson (4)
  • 1999 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 1998 Martin Pipe (4)
  • 1997 Martin Pipe (4)
Leading Trainer Award

Most successful trainers in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

  • 5 - Tom Dreaper IRE (1946 Prince Regent, 1964, 1965 & 1966 Arkle, 1968 Fort Leney)
  • 4 - Basil Briscoe (1932, 1933, 1934 & 1935 Golden Miller), Paul Nicholls (1999 See More Business, 2007 & 2009 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman), Vincent O'Brien IRE (1948, 1949 & 1950 Cottage Rake, 1953 Knock Hard), Fulke Walwyn (1952 Mont Tremblant, 1962 Mandarin, 1963 Mill House, 1973 The Dikler)
  • 3 - Owen Anthony (1927 Thrown In, 1936 Golden Miller, 1940 Roman Hackle), Henrietta Knight (2002, 2003 & 2004 Best Mate)
  • 2 - Ivor Anthony (1938 Morse Code, 1941 Poet Prince), Jack Anthony (1929 & 1930 Easter Hero), George Beeby (1939 Brendan's Cottage, 1951 Silver Fame), Noel Chance (1997 Mr Mulligan, 2000 Looks Like Trouble), Michael Dickinson (1982 Silver Buck, 1983 Bregawn), Peter Easterby (1979 Alverton, 1981 Little Owl), Nicky Henderson (2011 Long Run, 2013 Bobs Worth), Dan Moore IRE (1970 & 1971 L'Escargot), Willie Mullins (2019 & 2020 Al Boum Photo)

Most successful trainers in the Champion Hurdle

  • 8 - Nicky Henderson (1985, 1986 & 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular, 2017 & 2018 Buveur D'Air, 2020 Epatante)
  • 5 - Peter Easterby (1967 Saucy Kit, 1976 & 1977 Night Nurse, 1980 & 1981 Sea Pigeon)
  • 4 - Willie Mullins (2011 & 2013 Hurricane Fly, 2015 Faugheen, 2016 Annie Power), Vic Smyth (1941 Seneca, 1942 Forestation, 1947 and 1948 National Spirit), Fred Winter (1971 & 1972 Bula, 1974 Lanzarote, 1988 Celtic Shot)
  • 3 - Colin Davies (1968, 1969 and 1970 Persian War), Aidan O'Brien IRE (1998, 1999 & 2000 Istabraq), Ryan Price (1955 Clair Soleil, 1959 Fare Time, 1961 Eborneezer), Willie Stephenson (1952, 1953 & 1954 Sir Ken)

Most successful trainers in the Queen Mother Champion Chase

  • 6 - Tom Dreaper IRE (1960 & 1961 Fortria, 1964 Ben Stack, 1966 Flyingbolt, 1969 Muir, 1970 Straight Fort), Nicky Henderson (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian's Rainbow, 2013 & 2016 Sprinter Sacre, 2018 & 2019 Altior)
  • 6 - Paul Nicholls (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded, 2015 Dodging Bullets, 2020 Politologue)
  • 3 - Michael Dickinson (1982 Rathgorman, 1983 & 1984 Badsworth Boy)

Most successful trainers in the Ryanair Chase

  • 4 - Willie Mullins (2016 Vautour, 2017 Un de Sceaux, 2022 Min, 2021 Allaho)
  • 3 - Paul Nicholls (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis, 2019 Frodon), Willie Mullins (2016 Vautour, 2017 Un De Sceaux, 2020 Min)

Most successful trainers in the Stayers' Hurdle

  • 4 - Paul Nicholls (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Big Buck's)
  • 3 - Howard Johnson (2005, 2007 & 2008 Inglis Drever), Fulke Walwyn (1982 & 1986 Crimson Embers, 1985 Rose Ravine)
  • 2 - Francois Doumen FR (2002, 2003 Baracouda), Nicky Henderson (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Willie Mullins (2017 & 2018 Penhill), John Mulhern IRE (1987 & 1988 Galmoy), Edward O'Grady IRE (1978 Flame Gun, 1980 Mountrivers), Jonjo O'Neill (2004 Iris's Gift, 2014 More Of That), Martin Pipe (1994 Balasani, 1996 Cyborgo)

Free bets for Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest betting events of the year, with top class horses competing for victory. You’ll also find that, because of this, plenty of bookmakers will be offering extra generous offers to new customers, and even to existing customers – so keep an eye out for Cheltenham Festival free bets if you follow racing.

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What is a free bet?

A free bet is a type of bookmaker offer – normally offered to attract new customers, but sometimes also offered to existing customers as a reward for loyalty. Free bets give new users an opportunity to trial a new betting platform out without having to stake a lot of their own money.

Make sure to read the terms and conditions of any free bet offer before signing up – it is important to know the terms of the deal and whether it is, in fact, a good deal.

How to get free bet offers

The best way to get free bet offers is as a new customer, and you can use the Sporting Life free bets as a way to compare and contrast the best bets from three of the industry’s biggest and best operators.

When looking at free bets it is helpful to compare so that you get the best value – for instance, picking a Bet £5 Get £30 over a Bet £10 Get £30 – as that means you have to stake less up front to get the same amount of free bets.

Once you’ve decided which bookmaker you want to go with, click the link to visit the site. You will arrive on a landing page dedicated to the offer – it is important to take a moment to read the terms and conditions, and to understand what you need to do to get the offer – as there may be a voucher code or other step required.

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Types of free bet offer

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  • Free bet credits
  • No deposit needed
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  • Risk free
  • Enhanced prices
  • Through the cards

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What are the best bets for existing users?

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You may also get free bets for other promotions such as if your horse falls, or is beaten by the SP favourite.

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