2022 Cheltenham Festival (Horse Racing, March 15-18) Betting Tips & Predictions
The 2022 Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner, so it’s time to start exploring the betting markets, check what odds the horse race bookies offer, and start making our picks for one of the most prestigious horse racing events of the year.
As many horse racing experts will tell you, predicting which horses will emerge as the winners at any of the Cheltenham races isn’t easy, and it never was. But that hasn’t stopped anyone from giving it a go, trying to chase that big winner with the generous 2022 Cheltenham odds.
In this betting preview and guide, our horse racing wagering expert takes a look at a few horses you should keep an eye on and provides you with her 2022 Cheltenham betting tips and predictions for the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle.
2022 Cheltenham Festival Odds – The Brown Advisory Novice Chase Bookie’s Favourites
The Brown Advisory Novice Chase is arguably one of the more exciting races at Cheltenham, and this year it presents us with some of the best 2022 Cheltenham betting offers. Admittedly, some might prefer the battle for the world hurdle winner in the Champion Hurdle. Still, after looking through Cheltenham betting odds for 2022, the Brown Advisory Novice Chase presents us with some intriguing deals.
Bravemansgame – 15/8
Ridden by Paul Nicholls (former champion and a top jockey) and priced as the second favourite (15/8) to win the Brown Advisory Novice Chase, behind only Galopin Des Champs, Bravemansgame is a horse that everyone should look out for. Still, it has a few questions to answer.
Interestingly, Bravemansgame has the best record of the top 3 favourites this season, so he might be one of the most appealing online betting options. Moreover, his campaigning by Paul Nicholls was very impressive. He started by going against the highly experienced chasers at Newton Abbot and Grade 1 at Kempton to give away lumps of weight in Newbury’s handicap race.
Bravemansgame has improved considerably this season compared to what we saw from him over hurdles last season. It’s worth noting that his official rating is at 164 (from 149), which is a strong testament to his successful transformation. But can Bravemansgame deliver?
This race will be his toughest challenge yet, and while he is an exceptional jumper, we don’t know if he has enough power to go all the way. Rightly priced as one of the favourites, but you could question if Bravemansgame is a good bet on Cheltenham Festival 2022 at the offered odds.
L’homme Presse – 4/1
Owned by Venetia Williams, a highly respected and top trainer in the horse racing industry, L’homme Presse presents us with an interesting bet for the upcoming race. Many online 2022 Cheltenham betting tips will have this 7-year-old listed as the horse to watch since his original aim was the 2m5f option. Still, it seems that they’re avoiding the likes of Galopin Des Champs and Bob Olinger over shorter distances, which could help L’homme Presse find himself in this one instead.
If there was an improvement award for horses, L’homme Presse would easily be the favourite, at least in this field. He debuted in December, won a handicap chase off a 129 mark, and added 3 more. He enters the Cheltenham Festival race with a Grade 2 under his belt, a mark of 159, and a 21 length success from a Grade 1.
Moreover, his jumping is exceptional, as seen in Sandown. He is not the biggest horse which helps him be very light on his feet, and he is very agile as a result. Although everything suggests L’homme Presse should find his way on our list of Cheltenham Festival 2022 betting tips, we have one issue.
This trip is a big unknown for him, as he has trained all season to race in shorter distances but is now moving to a longer race to avoid the Irish challenge.
Ahoy Senor – 9/2
The latest odds show Ahoy Senor as the 4th-favourite to win, but many expert’s prediction lists will have him included, which makes sense. Admittedly, his recent results aren’t excellent, but there is a reason why any real money bookmaker you visit will have Ahoy Senor as one of the favourites to claim the W.
Ahoy Senor is one of the giant puzzles for the Brown Advisory Novice Chase. On one side, he is very fast and possesses a serious engine that could earn him the win. We had witnessed his power when he won the Grade 1 Novice Hurdle at Aintree last spring when Ahoy Senor overpowered Bravemansgame. And we saw the same thing again at Newbury and Wetherby.
Still, we have to touch on the Kempton race where Ahoy Senor was the favourite but couldn’t deliver. It seemed like his “engine” did not work on the day, which has happened before. Though the ride didn’t fit his galloping style, Ahoy Senor seemed a bit off in that race. Either way, the Ahoy Senor we saw at Kempton wasn’t the “real Ahoy Senor.”
Past Winners of the Race (Last 5)
- 2021 – Monkfish (Willie Mullins)
- 2020 – Champ (Nicky Henderson)
- 2019 – Topofthegame (Paul Nicholls)
- 2018 – Presenting Percy (Patrick G Kelly)
- 2017 – Might Bite (Nicky Henderson)
Time and Date of the Race
2022 The Brown Advisory Novice Chase is slated for the second day of Cheltenham, on Wednesday, March 16, at 14:10 local time (GMT). Although hardly the most prestigious race of the event, nor as important as the Gold Cup, the Brown Advisory Novice Chase is one of the most-watched horse races at Cheltenham and one no horse racing fan should miss.
Featuring some of the best horses and top jockeys in the scene, Brown Advisory Novice Chase is a must-watch race, and anyone will be able to follow the action as long as you have TV or internet access. The broadcast of the Cheltenham Festival will be available on all prominent sports TV channels, and you won’t struggle to find live streams of it either.
Some bookies will even offer live betting options along with the live streams, but we would advise against live betting on horse races due to the delay in streams. Instead, you should focus on other bet types, namely ante-post betting, where you can find very generous odds.
Cheltenham Festival Predictions for 2022
The Brown Advisory Novice Chase will feature 17 horses but only one winner. But even though all 17 horses can come out ahead, we’re interested in only 2. So without further ado, here are our best Cheltenham bets for 2022 races.
Ahoy Senor to Win – 9/2
At 9/2, we find Ahoy Senior slightly underrated, even though you could argue that the price is correct considering he is not the most consistent horse. Still, he has proven time and time again that he has all the needed qualities to win.
Moreover, he has beaten Bravemansgame before, so there’s a case for saying that they’re closer matched than what the odds suggest. Like Bravemansgame, Ahoy Senior has some questions he needs to answer, but he has shown on other courses that he has the qualities required to shine at Cheltenham.
Beacon Edge each way – 20/1
So far, we didn’t touch on Noel Meade‘s Beacon Edge, but he comes off as a lively outsider to make a splash. One thing going for Beacon Edge is that this is his only entry at Cheltenham, so he’ll want to go all out.
Moreover, he had a solid season and put in a good performance at the Stayers Hurdle last year, when he placed fourth. Admittedly, Beacon Edge’s season so far has been a little hit or miss, but he has won Grade 1 race at Drinmore. Beacon Edge might not be one of the favourites, but he remains a class act and seems a bit underrated.
Cheltenham 2022 – Bonus Picks
We conclude our Cheltenham Festival 2022 betting tips with bonus selections for Coral Cup and Albert Bartlett Hurdle, where we pick 2 overlooked horses who have what it takes to come out ahead.
Drop The Anchor to Win (Coral Cup) – 9/1
Drop The Anchor is a horse that has all the tools needed to win the Coral Cup, and even though he is more exposed over the hurdles than most of the leading contenders, he has been improving. Most notably, he won the extremely competitive Ladbrokes Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival in 2021, where he displayed his biggest strength – an exceptionally strong finish.
He also showed improvement over the last few races, and while his results might not suggest Drop The Anchor is the top dog, we wouldn’t put too much weight on his inconsistent placements. Drop The Anchor has a solid upside and the needed talent to win.
Ginto to Win (Albert Bartlett Hurdle) – 3/1
We favour Ginto to win the Albert Bartlett Hurdle, and he is a good bet at the offered Cheltenham betting odds for 2022. The 6-year-old might not have had an immediate impact on bumpers when he changed hands for €470,000, but he has shown enough of late to justify his tag as the favourite.
Ginto has won all 3 of his starts, including a Grade 2 novice hurdle win at Navan and another in the Lawlor’s of Nass Novice Hurdle. His success in Naas was awe-inspiring, and he jumped extremely well at Navan. From what Ginto has shown, we feel we have yet to see the best of him.
Our Cheltenham Festival 2022 Betting Tips
- Ahoy Senor to win – 9/2 (The Brown Advisory Novice Chase)
- Beacon Edge e/w – 20/1 (The Brown Advisory Novice Chase)
- Drop The Anchor to win – 9/1 (Coral Cup)
- Ginto to win – 3/1 (Albert Bartlett Hurdle)
That concludes our coverage of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, providing you with 4 excellent betting picks to follow. Now all you have left to do is visit the best horse racing bookie and place your wagers! And don’t forget to check for bonuses and top free bets, readily available on most bookies.