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When is the Cheltenham Festival 2022?

Chelteham Festival TipsThe Cheltenham Festival for 2022 starts on Tuesday March 15th 2022 with Champions Day lasting four days until it culminates with the world renowned, Gold Cup Day on the final day – Friday 18th March 2022.

The Cheltenham Festival is the biggest four days of the jumps season. It consists of 28 races, seven per day, and hosts many of the season-defining championship races such as the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.   First race of the Cheltenham Festival gets underway at 1.30 and is the Supreme Novices Hurdle.  The start is celebrated by the crowd as we hear the Cheltenham Roar! 

The Festival is the zenith of the National Hunt season that provides an unrivaled buzz as 250,000 people descend onto the beautiful Cotswold Hills over four days of scintillating action in March, and millions more watch on TV.  The Cheltenham Festival takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucester.


This is our THIRTEENTH Cheltenham Festival…

We’re no strangers to the “greatest show on turf”, having founded Free Racing Tips in the summer of 2008, we first rocked up to the 2009 Festival, and witnessed the legendary Kauto Star become the first horse in history to regain his Gold Cup crown, beating his stablemate (and 2008 gold cup winner) Denman by thirteen lengths. It would also turn out to be the first of many gold cup winners that we’d tip to our members.

But of course, it’s not just about the big race – there’s 28 races over the four days, starting with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on Day One, and ending with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle on Day Four.

And we’ve got tips for them all…

Who is FRT’s Cheltenham Tipster?

Our Cheltenham Tipster Neil

This year, our Cheltenham ante-post tipster is Neil.

He’s one of the best at finding consistent value and runs his own tipping service – “Cheek Pieces”.

Since becoming a professional tipster last year, Neil has delivered a 24.6% strike rate, 15.86% ROI, and returned over 100 points profit for all his followers.

Check out Neil’s full results and join his service.

Neil tells us:

“I got hooked on racing after a visit to Goodwood to see Ardross in 1980.

“As a father of three in the 90s, I couldn’t afford to lose money betting and drifted in and out of the sport. 

“The next 20 years was a learning curve, including losing my ‘betting bank’ several times over and having to save enough to start again. I spent the downtime reading numerous books and articles on betting strategies. 

“But since about 2011, I’ve made a second income from betting while working full-time as an accountant, a career I hated but it paid the bills and taught me some financial disciplines. 

“Last year, I finally resigned and became a professional horse racing tipster.

“My modus operandi is quite simple…regular winners at above market prices. Interested in winning? Join my service here.”

Our famous FREE 32-page Cheltenham Tips 2022 magazine

We’re now in the seventh year of producing our much-loved 32-page Cheltenham Festival Tips guide. Initially sent to a few hundred FRT VIP club members, we’ve sent it to more and more people every year – with 7,943 people grabbing a copy last year!

In your FREE Cheltenham Tips 2022 magazine, you’ll get:

  • Antepost thoughts and tips
  • In-depth insights on the likely runners and riders
  • At-a-glance stats, showing you the lessons learnt from previous years
  • Bonus tips and “festival special” bets.
Cheltenham Tips 2020

“I would just like to congratulate you and all who were involved in creating the most impressive report I have seen for any large racing festival in this country in the last 10 years!! Excellent, well done and thank you.” 

Hugh (Shug) Baillie


Cheltenham Tips 2020

Cheltenham in numbers

People attending Live

People watching on ITV Racing

Festival winners tipped by FRT

Bundles of Birch used on the fences – 5000

Shortest Distance Raced at the Festival – 2 miles

Number of fences in the Gold Cup – 22

Prize Money – £4,590,000

Pints of Guinness sold – 236,472

Drinks Spilt in Celebration – 111630+

View our Cheltenham Festival 2022 Tips:

You can see the latest antepost thoughts on every single race for the 2022 festival here:

However, these previews are often written well in advance of race day – and we know a LOT more information on the morning of the races – what the going is; all the runners and riders have been declared, and we know who’s in form – and who’s not!

In order to get our updated thoughts, you must be a registered Free Racing Tips member (Don’t worry – it’s FREE to join!) – you’ll then get our very latest up-to-the minute thoughts on the likely contenders, and his final tips.

VIP club & Cheltenham members will receive our tips on the morning of the races – usually by 9am.

How did we do last year?

The biggest festival winner in 30 years – And we tipped it.

There was no kidding around last year. We started our festival off in the best way possible with JEFF KIDDER landing us an unbelievable 80/1 Day One winner!

It was probably fair to say the (at the time) four-year old wasn't on many radars, having finished a nine lengths seventh from seven to Triumph Hurdle favourite Zanahiyr on his last start at Leopardstown…

He was on ours though.

JEFF KIDDER guaranteed that no matter what, this would be our best festival yet.

The Lay of the Festival

Day Two made it our second profitable day at the office. Of course, it was a shade behind our 80/1 winner the day before. The tips found us two winners and another two places at tasty odds: NUBE NEGRA 11/1 and ELLE EST BELLE 22/1, second and third respectively.

CHACUN POUR SOI was a 6/1 ante-post tip we gave months in advance. However, ante-post tips seek value. By the time the festival comes around, on-the-day tips will often change.

This was a great example, because come March 15th, our tipster picked CHACUN POUR SOI as the “Lay of the Festival”. And it ended up losing behind PUT THE KETTLE ON and NUBE NEGRA, securing more profit for those who layed it.

Getting knocked back down

When we thought we could do no wrong, Day Three of the festival came along to knock us back down a peg (although I have to admit, even now I’m still buzzing from that 80/1 win!).

It was an uneventful day for us, and we would have otherwise drawn a blank, but HOLD THE NOTE gave us a place result at the end of the day to secure a small return.


Day Four was another pretty quiet day compared to the rest of our week. For the start.


Each day, we had a bonus Lucky 15 for everyone who got our Cheltenham tips. They usually included some Cheltenham runners, but not exclusively. And Day Four’s landed 3 winners for a 70 point profit return!

Those 3 were QUILIXIOS 11/4, OLYMPIC CONQUEROR 10/3, and GREAT ESTEEM 6/4.

That marked the end to an incredible festival for us last year. Now 2022 has some big shoes to fill.

You can check out our full Cheltenham 2021 results below:

Jeff Kidder leading the way at Cheltenham FestivalCheltenham Day One Tips

  • REMASTERED – 13/2E/W – Lost
  • JEFF KIDDER – 80/1E/W – Won
  • CONCERTISTA – 11/8 – Lost
  • ABRACADABRAS – 8/1E/W – Fell
  • PYM – 12/1e/w – Lost
  • SHISHKIM – 1/2 – Won
  • METIER – 6/1 – Lost

Cheltenham Day Two Tips

  • ELLE EST BELLE – 22/1E/W – Placed
  • US AND THEM – 14/1E/W – Lost
  • EASYLAND – 1/1 – Lost
  • NUBE NEGRA – 11/1E/W – Placed
  • BIRCHDALE – 14/1E/W – Lost
  • MONKFISH – 4/11 – Won
  • BOB OLINGER – 15/8 – Won

Cheltenham Day Three Tips

  • HOLD THE NOTE – 9/1E/W – Placed
  • HOOK UP – 7/1 – Lost
  • PAISLEY PARK – 2/1 – Lost
  • MIN – 9/2 – Lost
  • DANDY MAG – 20/1E/W – Lost
  • ENVOI ALLEN – 4/9 – Fell

Cheltenham Day Four Tips:

  •  ELGANTINE DU DEUIL – 33/1E/W – Lost
  • ELIMAY – 11/10 – Lost
  • STAKER WALACE – 9/1E/W – placed
  • A PLUS TARD – 7/2 – Lost
  • ALPHPHILLIPE – 14/1E/W – Lost
  • CHAMPAGNE GOLD – 7/1 – Lost
  • QUILIXIOS – 11/4 – Won

Total festival profit: 41.88pts

Cheltenham Festival Race Cards

Cheltenham Festival Tuesday

Race Schedule

13:30The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race2m abt ½fHurdle
14:10The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chaseabt 2mChase
14:50The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase3m abt 1fChase
15:30The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
(feature race)
2m abt ½fHurdle
16:10The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race2m abt 4fHurdle
16:50The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)2m abt 4½fChase
17:30The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)3m abt 6fChase


Cheltenham Festival Wednesday

Race Schedule

13:30The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race2m abt 5fHurdle
14:10The Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA Chase) (Grade 1)3m abt ½ fChase
14:50The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fHurdle
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
Abt 2mChase
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)2m abt ½fChase
17.30The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)2m abt ½fBumper

Cheltenham Festival Thursday

Race Schedule

13:30The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m abt 4fChase
14:10The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)Abt 3mHurdle
14:50The Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
2m abt 5fChase
15:30The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)abt 3mHurdle
16:10The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fChase
16:50The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 1fHurdle
17:30The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)3m abt 2fChase

Cheltenham Festival Friday

Race Schedule

13:30The JCB Triumph Hurdle2m abt 1fHurdle
14:10The County Handicap Hurdle Race2m abt 1fHurdle
14:50The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Raceabt 3mHurdle
15:30The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m abt 2½ fChase
16:10The St. James’s Foxhunter Chase3m abt 2½ fChase
16:50The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase2m abt ½fChase
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle2m abt 4½ fHurdle

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