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2022 Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world. Second only to the Grand National in significance and prize money, it’s a 4-day long celebration of one of the most popular sports in the world. It’s well known for some of the top races on the National Hunt calendar and the huge crowd that easily tops 200,000 spectators every year.

Held at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, the popular event coincides with Saint Patrick’s Day. Held in mid-March, it begins on Tuesday and culminates on Friday with the latest edition of the Gold Cup. The race is widely considered one of the top horse racing events in the world and has seen many champions grace the track in the past.

Cheltenham Festival Dates and History

The origins of the festival can be traced back centuries ago. The first one was run in 1860, taking place across several locations and being called the Grand National Hunt Meeting. Market Harborough was the initial location, which changed to the Warwick Racecourse at the turn of the XX century. However, after major improvements were made at Cheltenham, the Racing Committee decided to return the race to the spa town in 1911.

Year by year, the festival grew more popular. It now features four exciting races, with the Stayers’ Hurdle the oldest one. It was introduced in 1912 followed by the Gold Cup in 1924. The Champion Hurdle was established in 1927, while the Queen Mother Champion Chase was added on the calendar in 1959.

The total number of events on the Cheltenham race card today is 28, with a number of other Grade I races in addition to the top four.

Cheltenham Races in 2021

A total of 28 races were run at Cheltenham in 2021. It was a closed event due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that didn’t stop fans from watching the four action-packed day of races via streams. There wasn’t a significant difference in terms of Cheltenham betting in 2021. All the races were streamed, giving even casual punters a view into the Cheltenham festival which led to increased betting output.

The Champion Hurdle was won by Honeysuckle, while Put The Kettle On won the Queen Mother Chase. On day three, Flooring Porter won the Stayers’ Hurdle, and Minella Indo won the Gold Cup on the closing day.

Despite no fans in attendance, the Cheltenham Festival was still a huge virtual hit in 2021.

What to Expect from the Cheltenham Festival Races in 2022?

For a while, bookies had Ferny Hollow atop the list of Cheltenham odds. However, the horse suffered an injury recently that will put him on the sidelines for the rest of the season. The Arkle favourite’s injury has paved the way for other runners in the Arkle event.

When it comes to the major races, superstar Honeysuckle is still the major favourite to win the Unibet Champion Hurdle. She’s a defending champion and will face stiff competition in Sharjah, Appreciate It, as well as Buveur D’Air and Epatante, two previous winners.

The Queen Mother Chase will show us a stellar battle of two superstars in Shishkin and Energumene. Both horses have a number of firsts in their career and will surely put on a show for the crowd.

On day three, the Stayers’ Hurdle will put 2019 winner Klassikal Dream against last year’s winner Flooring Porter and Champ.

The final day is reserved for the Gold Cup which will surely be a fascinating race, even if it lacks the star power of previous years.

After last year’s no-attendance event, the organizers expect a crowd of around 250,000 for this year’s Cheltenham Festival. It will surely be an event to remember and a welcome sight to see after a year off because of the pandemic.

What to Bet on at Cheltenham 2022

We’ve already shown the favourites for the 2022 races, but that doesn’t mean you should stick to them. Unibet has a wide range of betting options for the exciting races, including live betting markets where you can watch the all the races and get the best out of your bets. As one of the biggest sporting events in the UK, there’s plenty of action for punters at the Cheltenham Festival.

We can recommend checking out our events lobby for the top markets and offers. As the festival draws near, there will be plenty of special offers that you can’t refuse. Promotional bets will maximize your money returns, especially for new punters. You’ll get some of the top odds on Cheltenham races right here at Unibet, not including the great favourites odds.

The Best Odds Guaranteed special offer is a great way to get the top odds on a horse. For example, if you back a 10/1 favourite before the race and he’s 15/1 by the time the race starts, if your selection wins, you get paid by the higher odds. This great promo comes among many others such as win, place, show promos as well as specific odds boosts on particular horses and races so you get the best out of your bets.

Unibet is the home of horse racing in the UK, and it would be a shame to leave our site without exploring the markets further.

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