Cheltenham Festival: Frank Hickey’s tips for betting on championship races

Our man reveals his top tips for having a punt on the big races at Cheltenham.


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We’ve got 28 races to look forward to at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, including four Championship races – the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

Here at Paddy Power, we’re building up to the four-day fiesta with a series of ‘Countdown to Cheltenham’ podcasts as Ruby Walsh and Frank Hickey preview the action and offer their antepost tips.

A listener got in touch for the latest episode wanting help from Paddy’s trader Frank with betting on the big races at the Festival.

Remember, thanks to our non-runner money back offer for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 you won’t lose out if your pick pulls out.

If it’s an antepost bet the main thing I’m looking to do is identify a race where there’s a lack of depth to it.

The Albert Bartlett, for example, is a Grade 1 but the market is struggling to identify certain runners. If you can identify one and latch onto it then you’re likely to be sitting on a decent docket.

If you’re talking more towards the final declaration stage, the most important thing to take into consideration is the price.

For example, I think Al Boum Photo is going to win the Gold Cup but I’d be far more inclined to have a proper bet at 3/1 than if he was 7/4. At 7/4 I might have a bet just for a bit of interest in the race.


March 16 – 15.05 – Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips

March 17 – 15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase latest odds and tips

March 18 – 15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle latest odds and tips

March 19 – 15.05 – Gold Cup latest odds and tips

*Paddy will be all over your telly box throughout the Cheltenham Festival sponsoring ITV’s live coverage from Prestbury Park – and you can get free and exclusive tipping columns EVERY DAY from Ruby Walsh, Matt Chapman and Mick Fitzgerald here on PP News.

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