OddsMonkey’s Guide to the Cheltenham Festival

The Festival™ takes place between 14-17th March 2017 and promises, once again, to be the “highlight of the Jump season”. Jockeys, owners, trainers and horses will be competing for some of the racing world’s highest accolades at the Cheltenham Festival 2017: the win, their reputations and a share of over £4.1 million in prize money.

This post gathers together the schedules, ten year trends and winners for each day of the event. Throughout the post you’ll see links to the dedicated forum threads that we have running. These threads (and many more) are where OddsMonkey Premium can find all of the latest offers for The Festival and beyond. At the bottom of the page, you’ll also find some information on how OddsMonkey can help you make money with this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

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Events of the Cheltenham Festival 2017

Champion Day – Tuesday 14th March 2017

As the tape rises on the first race of the first day of racing at Cheltenham, listen out for the famous roar which signals the moment that racing’s favourite fixture is back after a whole year of waiting.

Read the dedicated Tuesday thread in the OddsMonkey Community for race specific offers and more!


  • 13:30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Altior)
    2017 Winner: Labaik (J W Kennedy) 25-1
  • 14:10 Racing Post Arkle Chase
    (2016 Winner: Douvan)
    2017 Winner: Altior (Nico de Boinville) 1-4 Fav 
  • 14:50 The Ultima Handicap Chase
    (2016 Winner: Un Temps Pour Tout)
    2017 Winner: Un Temps Pour Tout (T Scudamore) 9-1 
  • 15:30 The Stan James Champion Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Annie Power)
    2017 Winner: Buveur D’air (N D Fehily) 5-1
  • 16:10 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Vroum Vroum Mag)
    2017 Winner: Apple’s Jade (B J Cooper) 7-2
  • 16:50 JT McNamara National Hunt Chase
    (2016 Winner: Minella Rocco)
    2017 Winner: Tiger Roll (Ms Lisa O’Neill) 16-1 
  • 17:30 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
    (2016 Winner: Ballyalton)
    2017 Winner: Tully East (D F O’Regan) 8-1 

Ten year trends for Tuesday at the Cheltenham Festival.

Ladies Day – Wednesday 15th March 2017

The second day of the Cheltenham Festival brings with it a different form of competition. Attendees of the female persuasion battle to take the honours in the ‘Best Dressed Ladies Competition’ (2016 winner: Yvonne McAvoy).

And as always, there’s a race or two, too…

Read the dedicated Wednesday thread in the OddsMonkey Community for race specific offers and more!


  • 13:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Yorkhill)
    2017 Winner: Willoughby Court (D Bass) 14-1 
  • 14:10 RSA Chase
    (2016 Winner: Blaklion)
    2017 Winner: Might Bite (Nico de Boinville) 7-2 Fav 
  • 14:50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Diamond King)
    2017 Winner: Supasundae (R M Power) 16-1 
  • 15:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
    (2016 Winner: Sprinter Sacre)
    2017 Winner: Special Tiara (N D Fehily) 11-1
  • 16:10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
    (2016 Winner: Any Currency)
    2017 Winner: Cause Of Causes (Mr J J Codd) 4-1 
  • 16:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Diego Du Charmil)
    2017 Winner: Flying Tiger (R Johnson) 33-1 
  • 17:30 Wetherbys Champion Bumper
    (2016 Winner: Ballyandy)
    2017 Winner: Fayonagh (Mr J J Codd) 7-1 

Ten year trends for Wednesday at Cheltenham.

St Patrick’s Thursday – Thursday 16th March 2017

So technically, St Patrick’s Day may not be until tomorrow, but why wait?! Let’s hope the luck o’the Irish shines on your picks.

Read the dedicated Thursday thread in the OddsMonkey Community for race specific offers and more!


  • 13:30 JLT Novices’ Chase
    (2016 Winner: Black Hercules)
    2017 Winner: Yorkhill (R Walsh) 6-4 Fav 
  • 14:10 Pertemps Network Final
    (2016 Winner: Mall Dini)
    2017 Winner: Presenting Percy (D N Russell) 11-1 
  • 14:50 Ryanair Chase
    (2016 Winner: Vautour)
    2017 Winner: Un De Sceaux (R Walsh) 7-4
  • 15:30 The Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Thistlecrack)
    2017 Winner: Nichols Canyon (R Walsh) 10-1 
  • 16:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
    (2016 Winner: Empire of Dirt)
    2017 Winner: Road To Respect (B J Cooper) 14-1 
  • 16:50 The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Limini)
    2017 Winner: Let’s Dance (R Walsh) 11-8 
  • 17:30 The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase
    (2016 Winner: Cause Of Causes)
    2017 Winner: Domesday Book (Miss G Andrews) 40-1

Ten year trends for Thursday at Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Day – Friday 17th March 2017

The Festival comes to a close with what is often claimed to be the best day’s racing of the entire year. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s the case, but it promises to be a golden end to an exciting event.

Read the dedicated Friday thread in the OddsMonkey Community for race specific offers and more!


  • 13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Ivanovich Gorbatov)
    2017 Winner: Defi Du Seuil (R Johnson) 5-2
  • 14:10 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Superb Story)
    2017 Winner: Arctic Fire (P Townend) 20-1 
  • 14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Unowhattimeanharry)
    2017 Winner: Penhill (P Townend) 16-1 
  • 15:30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
    (2016 Winner: Don Cossack)
    2017 Winner: Sizing John (R M Power) 7-1 
  • 16:10 St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase
    (2016 Winner: On The Fringe)
    2017 Winner: Pacha Du Polder (Miss B Frost) 16-1 
  • 16:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
    (2016 Winner: Ibis Du Rheu)
    2017 Winner: Champagne Classic (J J Slevin) 12-1 
  • 17:30 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase
    (2016 Winner: Solar Impulse)
    2017 Winner: Rock The World (R M Power) 10-1

Ten year trends for Friday at Cheltenham.

As well as dedicated threads in the OddsMonkey Community (as linked to above) which are jam-packed with offers, we also have all the latest odds. OddsMonkey Premium members will be able to use OddsMatcher, RacingMatcher and EachWayMatcher to make their profits over the course of The Festival and beyond.

To find out more about these tools and more, check out our blog for pieces like this or head on over to the Features section of the main OddsMonkey website.


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