The 2019 Cheltenham Festival race cards and form for each race is available by going to each of the race card/form pages. The main races have been updated as the season progressed and as such you are getting an overview of how the form was developing as the festival got nearer. So whether your looking for an insight into the Cheltenham Gold Cup of the Supreme Novices Hurdle we will have all the key information on who to consider for your festival bets. On the tips pages you will also find some useful trends for each race which might also help you narrow down your selections.
Some factors worth taking into consideration when looking at form is whether the horse has won previously over a certain distance or going. Also you might want to look at the weight it's carrying compared to previous races or whether it is going up or dropping down significantly in class. Once you have reviewed a horses form you can then set about establishing the horses oddsand this comes in the form of the Cheltenham Festival betting.
Focusing on the horses
Studying the Cheltenham Form can assist in picking winners but it's not the only component and it's definitely worth actually having a look at the horses before the race, either in the pre-parade ring or the Parade Ring itself, to see how they're looking.
The sort of signs you should be seeking in a potential winner are:
A good muscle tone, often referred to as 'condition'
Match this with a shiny coat, bright eyes, forward-pointing ears and an alert manner and you're in with a good chance
Pay attention to how the horse moves. A relaxed forward stride is ideal but watch out for unnecessary agitation - the horse could well be wasting energy
Profuse sweating can be an indication of nerves, but don't cut this out altogether as for some horses this is normal
Equally, don't be put off by blinkers or visors, which are worn to help channel the horse's concentration during the race