As 2023 cranks into gear, the sports betting countdown to the 2023 Cheltenham Festival begins to gather steam and in the blink of an eye those four fabulous days of top quality jumps action between March 14-17 are suddenly upon us.

The entries for all the Cheltenham Festival races slowly get released between January and March and here are the important dates to note:

January 3rd:

  • Cheltenham Gold Cup

  • Queen Mother Champion Chase

  • Ryanair Chase

January 10th: 

  • Champion Hurdle

  • Mares' Hurdle

  • Stayers' Hurdle

January 17th:

  • Arkle Challenge Trophy

  • National Hunt Chase

  • Brown Advisory Novices' Chase

  • Turners Novices' Chase

January 24th:

  • Supreme Novices' Hurdle

  • Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

  • Triumph Hurdle

  • Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

February 14th:

  • Mares' Chase

  • Mares' Novices' Hurdle

February 21th:

  • Ultima Handicap Chase

  • Coral Cup

  • Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

  • Pertemps Final

  • Plate

  • Kim Muir Handicap Chase

  • County Hurdle

  • Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

  • Grand Annual

February 28th:

  • Cross Country Chase

  • Champion Bumper 

  • Hunters' Chase

Cheltenham Gold Cup Entries (27)

Full list of 2023 Gold Cup entries: A Plus Tard, Ahoy Senor, Angels Breath, Bravemansgame, Capodanno, Conflated, Coole Cody, Eldorado Allen, Envoi Allen, Franco De Port, Frodon, Fury Road, Ga Law, Galopin Des Champs, Galvin, Hewick, L'Homme Presse, Minella Indo, Monkfish, Noble Yeats, Protektorat, Royale Pagaille, Shishkin, Sounds Russian, Stattler, The Big Breakaway, The Real Whacker.

When I attended Wetherby in February of last year to watch Ahoy Senor win the Towton Chase, I would never have imagined that the horse that plodded on to finish a never threatening 5½ lengths to him, would go on to win the Grand National and then become my main fancy for the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

That horse of course is the Emmet Mullins trained Noble Yeats.

The eight-year-old still wasn’t in my antepost portfolio until that unbelievable turn-of-foot performance in the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree at the beginning of December made me think – this horse could now be a serious Gold Cup contender!

The son of Yeats has come out of relative obscurity to being one of the more likely candidates for Cheltenham’s blue-riband event. It’s a monumental rise to prominence for the Kristene Hunter-bred gelding.

Hot favourite Galopin Des Champs is understandably dominating the antepost markets, and having won all his four completed chases, it’s easy to see why.

His trainer Willie Mullins has five entered with the rest of the quintet made up of Capodanno, Franco De Port, Monkfish and Stattler.

The last two winners of the race Minella Indo and A Plus Tard for Henry de Bromhead, are engaged once again.

L’Homme Presse, who remains the leading domestic Gold Cup contender with us here at 888sport and trading in our online horse racing betting at odds of 6/1, could go straight to The Festival without another run according to his connections.

Suggestion: Noble Yeats @ 6/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 9th January 2023

About the Author
Steve Mullington

Steven is a sports and horse racing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 30 renewals of the Grand National.