It’s almost time for the Cheltenham Festival 2022. Are you ready? Or are wondering what all of the fuss is about?
What is the Cheltenham Festival?
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most famous Jump events in the horse racing calendar. Organised horse racing events have taken place in Cheltenham since 1815 but the Festival has been held in Prestbury Park since 1831.
When is the Cheltenham Festival 2022?
Cheltenham Festival 2022 will take place across four days in March: the 15th–18th.
- Day 1 (March 15th 2022): Champion Day
- Day 2 (March 16th 2022): Ladies Day
- Day 3 (March 17th 2022): St Patrick’s Thursday
- Day 4 (March 18th 2022): Gold Cup Day. The Festival’s most prestigious race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, takes place on this day. Last year’s winner was Minello Indo (Jockey: Jack Kennedy. Trainer: Henry de Bromhead).
Matched betting at Cheltenham Festival 2022
If you’re only interested in making money, then matched betting is the best option. OddsMonkey members can view race-specific betting offers and more in our matched betting forum, and use tools like OddsMatcher, Racing Matcher and EachWay Matcher to ensure they make a profit.
Tips for beginners
With the betting market opening up to 6 months in advance of the Cheltenham Festival 2022, offers can appear at any time. It’s a good idea to make a note of any offers that catch your eye. Make a spreadsheet or use a notebook to mark down the bookie and the terms and conditions of offers you think you’ll do.
Once you know the offers you’re likely to target, it’s time to prep your bookie accounts. For example, if you need to bet £10, make sure you have at least that amount in the right bookmaker account before the day of the race.
If there are any offer types you haven’t done before, now’s the time to get familiar with how they work. For example, if you’ve done any sign up offers, you should know how “bet £x to get £x free bet” offers work. However, the Cheltenham Festival 2022 is likely to have time-sensitive offers that you may not have done before. For example, you may receive a free bet to use on the next race. It’s a good idea to practice doing time-sensitive offers. You’ll get to see how quickly horse racing odds move.
When to place your bets on Cheltenham Festival 2022
Odds on horses can move rapidly; especially close to the race’s start time or if there’s inclement weather. It can be difficult to place your back and lay bets before the odds change. Therefore, it’s worth putting your bets on ahead of time.
Placing a bet before the day of the race (ante-post betting) can help you secure better odds, but there’s also the risk of your horse pulling out. Check the bookmaker’s policy on refunds in the event of a non-runner. Betting on race-day betting does mean that there’s a lower chance of your horse not running. But remember that odds do become more unstable as the start time approaches.
Matched betting at Cheltenham Festival 2022 with OddsMonkey
OddsMonkey Premium members can get help with any part of matched betting at Cheltenham Festival 2022. For example, the OddsMatcher and Racing Matcher find, sort, and compare all the odds for you. The built in calculator will work out how much you need to bet at the exchange. You can also use this to recalculate your lay bets if the odds change in the middle of you placing your bets.
On top of this, Premium members also have access to the Daily Offer Calendar and relevant offer threads in the forum. Last year, there were at least 10 day-specific offers on each day of the festival, as well as ‘every day’ and ‘other’ offers too. You can also get advice and join in race day conversations.
You don’t have to know anything about horse racing to try matched betting at Cheltenham Festival 2022. Especially with OddsMonkey. And if you’ve never done it before, now’s the time to see how matched betting works.