Cheltenham 2022 - Championship Races Preview


Cheltenham Ante Post Preview


Not long now racing fans, as the 2022 Cheltenham Festival looms large on the horizon. As ever we are set for a bumper 28 races spread over the course of the meeting, including four of the real jewels in the National Hunt crown. The Irish registered a remarkable clean sweep in the showpiece contests 12 months ago, but how are things shaping up in 2022?

Champion Hurdle: Sweet Success for Honey?

Where else to start in the opening day feature than with defending champion, Honeysuckle. A 4/7 shot with William Hill, the Henry de Bromhead trained mare tuned up for this with a 6½ length slamming of Zanahiyr in the Irish Champion Hurdle - taking her career record to a remarkable 14 wins from as many outings. On that evidence the mount of Rachael Blackmore looks as well as ever, and the one to beat.

there is rarely such a thing as a one-horse race, but if not Honeysuckle, then who?

Of course, there is rarely such a thing as a one-horse race, but if not Honeysuckle, then who? Appreciate It is in at 7/2 with Coral and may rate the most likely danger having made a mockery of the opposition in last year’s Supreme Novice Hurdle, and with Willie Mullins in his corner may prove up to the task. Of the rest, 2020 champ Epatante is a 10/1 shot with bet365, whilst Gordon Elliott’s rapid improver, Teahupoo, is the unknown quantity in the field at 7/1 with the sponsors Unibet.

Queen Mother Champion Chase: Shiskin, Britain’s Biggest Hope?

Following in the hoofprints of Sprinter Sacre and Altior, Shiskin (4/5 with William Hill) is the latest star to roll off the Nicky Henderson production line. A perfect seven from seven as a chaser, the eight-year-old already has two Cheltenham Festival successes in the book, courtesy of wins in the 2020 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Arkle Chase 12 months ago. Having mastered his main market rival Energumene (3/1 with Ladbrokes) last time out in the Ascot Chase, many consider the mount of Nico de Boinville to be the British trained banker of the meeting.

Energumene can’t be dismissed entirely at a track which may suit, but many believe the biggest threat may come from another Willie Mullins runner - Chacun Pour Soi. Third in the race twelve months ago, he warmed up for this with a scintillating display in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase and may not be far away if arriving here in the same form. This Rich Ricci owned runner is a 6/1 shot with Coral.

Stayers Hurdle: Paisley The Prestbury Park King?

Philipp Hobbs, Thyme Hill, is the shortest of the British runners at 9/2 with Coral, but needs to turn the tables with Nicky Henderson’s Champ (5/1 with Ladbrokes) on their running in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot. Champ will likely prove popular but was in turn put in his place by a resurgent Paisley Park (7/1 with Betfred) in the Cleve Hurdle here in January. Following a spell in the doldrums, that last to first effort was much more like it from Paisley Park, and the Andrew Gemmell owned runner will be carrying the hopes of many as he bids to reclaim a prize he won back in 2019.

Gold Cup: Can Anyone Repel the Irish Battalions?

2021 runner up A Plus Tard heads the Gold Cup betting at 10/3 with Betfred, with his 22L Betfair Chase destruction being one of the staying chase performances of the season to date. At 4/1 with William Hill, Galvin has slowly worked his way towards the head of the market and rubber stamped his credentials when getting up late to mug A Plus Tard in the shadow of the post in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown. If coming up the hill to such effect, he looks a major threat to all.

Minella Indo (5/1 with bet365) merits respect as the defending champion, but hasn’t shown his very best form this season, whilst Al Boum Photo (10/1 with Coral) has been here and bought the t-shirt not once, but twice, having landed back-to-back editions in 2019 and 2020. A stablemate to Al Boum Photo, Toronado Flyer (10/1 with SkyBet) threw his hat into the ring with a strong staying success in the King George at Kempton and may well take to this. And moving a little further down the list, what about Gordon Elliott’s Conflated (12/1 with William Hill) who powered right away to grab Irish Gold Cup glory last time out. Dan Skelton’s impressive Many Clouds Chase winner Protektorat (8/1 with Coral) is the only British trained runner available at a single figure price in a race dominated by the raiders.

Top 20 Betting Offers

Copybet
Copybet
Bet £10, Get £50 in Free Bets Claim Offer

New UK customers only. Qualifying bet should be a Single or Accumulator bet, min stake £10, and min odds 1.9. 5 Free bets which must be placed with a min odds of 2.0 include: 1 x £10 Free bet on horse racing, 1 x £10 Free bet on football, 2 x 10 Free bet In-play, 1 x £10 Free bet Acca (min 3 selections). To unlock the offer, complete the first deposit via the banking app. Max payout – £500. 7 day expiry. 18+. Begambleaware.org

Betfred
Betfred
Bet £10 and get £50 in Bonuses Claim Offer

New customers only. Register (excl. 13/04/24) with WELCOME50. First bet £10+ at Evens (2.0)+ on Sports within 7 days to get Free Bets: £20 In-Play, £20 Acca & 50 x £0.20 (£10) Free Spins on Fishin’ Frenzy within 10 hours of settlement. 7-day expiry. Eligibility & payment exclusions apply. Full T&Cs apply.

William Hill
William Hill
Bet £10, Get £40 in Free Bets Claim Offer

#Ad • 18+ • Play Safe • From 00:01 on 18.10.2022. £40 bonus. New customers only. Minimum £10 stake on odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater on sportsbook (excluding Virtual markets). Full T&Cs applywww.begambleaware.org

Virgin Bet
Virgin Bet
Bet £10, Get £20 in Free bets Claim Offer
£10 min deposit. First bet mins odds 1.5 placed within 14 days of sign-up. 2 x £10 in Free Bets: valid for 7 days, free bet stakes not returned. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org. 18+ T&Cs apply.
Bzeebet
Bzeebet
Bet £10, Get a £10 Free Bet Claim Offer

18+. New Customers Only. Max one £10 Free Bet. Qualifying bets at Odds of 1/1 or greater. Paid as Bonus Token Min 4/5 Odds Req. Skrill, Neteller, Paypal not eligible. T&Cs Apply

talkSPORT BET
talkSPORT BET
Get up to £40 in football free bets Claim Offer

18+ New customers only. Opt in & bet via mobile up to £40 (min. £20) on any football market at odds of 2.00+, in 7 days. Get up to £40 in free bets on selected markets. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card payments & Apple Pay only. T&Cs apply. GambleAware.org | Please gamble responsibly.

All British Sports
All British Sports
Bet £10, Get a £10 Free Bet Claim Offer

#ad. 18+. Gamble Responsibly. Begambleaware.org. New customers only. £10 in real money. Bets placed on sports at odds of 2.00 ore more to qualify. Bets must be placed 24 hours within of registration. £10 free bets must be wagered on sports. Cashback is cash without restrictions. 18+. - Full Terms Apply

Betway
Betway
£30 Matched Free Bet Claim Offer

Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00+ (2/1). If first bet loses free bets will be credited after bet settled. 100 Free Spins on Gold Blitz credited on settlement of qualifying Acca bet. 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way. Full terms apply

Bet365
Bet365
Bet £10, Get £30 in Free Bets Claim Offer

Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. Registration required

Ladbrokes
Ladbrokes
Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets Claim Offer

18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £5 free bets. Stake not returned. Restrictions + Free bet T&Cs apply.

SportingIndex
SportingIndex
Bet £10 Get £20 Claim Offer

New customers place a £10 fixed odds bet at minimum odds of 1/2. Get 2 x £10 free fixed odds bets. 18+ begambleaware

10bet
10bet
100% Welcome Bonus up to £50 Claim Offer

New bettors; Code SPORT; Wager deposit & bonus 8x; Max qualifying bet stake=initial bonus; Valid 60 days; Min odds, payment method exclusions apply;T&C apply; 18+

LiveScore Bet
LiveScore Bet
Bet £10, Get £20 in Free Bets Claim Offer

*New members. £10 min bet on sportsbook (ex. virtual) 1.5 min odds, settled in 14 days of sign-up. Free Bets: accept in 7 days, valid 7 days on sportsbook (ex. virtual). Stake not returned. Full Terms apply. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org. 18+

BetVictor
BetVictor
Bet £10 Get £30 Claim Offer

18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £10 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days, no cashout. Get 6x £5 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. 7 day bonus expiry. Debit Card / Apple Pay payments only. Click for T&Cs. Please Gamble Responsibly.

BetZone
BetZone
Bet £30 Get £10 in Bonuses Claim Offer

18+ New Customers only. UK & ROI debit cards only. Promo Code bonus10 required (case sensitive). Certain bet types excluded. Qualifying bet must be placed within 3 calendar days including the day of account opening. Bonuses valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.

Quinnbet
Quinnbet
£35 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins Claim Offer
Deposit and bet on any Sports Markets at Evens (2.00) or greater. Get 50% Money Back of your first days losses as a Free Bet up to £35 + another £5 free bet either way + 10 Free Spins. New customers. Free bet T&Cs apply.18+
SBK
SBK
Bet £10, Get £30 in Free Bets Claim Offer

Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5 and get £10 upon settlement. Further £10 Multiple token will be credited after 24 hours and a further £5 Horse Racing Multiple token and a £5 Football Bet Builder token will be credited after 48 hours. Full T&Cs apply.18+. BeGambleAware.org.

Coral
Coral
Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets Claim Offer

18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Min first 5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 1 x 20 free bet. Stake not returned. Free bets expire in 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.

Bresbet
Bresbet
50% Bonus up to £25 Claim Offer

T&Cs apply. 18+ New customers only. You must place 3 x £10 sportsbook bets to qualify. Money back as free bets up to £25. Must use code welcome25afs when creating an account.

PariMatch
PariMatch
Bet £10 Get £30 in Bonuses Claim Offer

18+ New Customers Only. Opt in and bet £10 on football (odds 2.00+) within 7 days. Get 4x£5 Free Bets for set markets and a £10 Slot Bonus for Big Bass Splash, 30x wagering, to withdraw max £250. Rewards expire in 20 days. Full T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly