Cheltenham Festival – Biggest Race Winning Distance

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Punters love to wager on what will be the widest margin winner at the Cheltenham 2024 Festival.

Will a horse win out of sight and show its rivals a clean pair of heels? Or will there be many photo finishes and short margin victories in the Cheltenham Races?

Wagering money on the Biggest Race Winning Distance is a bet type that keeps punters interested in all 28 races of the 4 day Cheltenham Festival.

Are the bankers for Cheltenham 2024 going to win comfortably by wide margin successes or on the bridle cheekily?

In the Biggest Race Winning Distance Guide, we will show the latest betting odds, predictions and previous stats on horse racing winning distances:

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Cheltenham Festival – Biggest Race Winning Distance

What Will be the Biggest Race-winning Distance at Cheltenham Festival 2024?

Here are the odds on what will be the furthest winning margin at the Cheltenham 2024 Festival.

  • Under 5 Lengths – 20/1
  • 5 lengths to 10 lengths – 8/1
  • 11 lengths to 15 lengths – 3/1
  • 16 lengths to 20 lengths – 5/2
  • 21 lengths to 25 lengths – 11/4
  • Over 25 Lengths – 11/4

Cheltenham Festival Widest Margin Winners

Here are the previous standings of the widest margin winning distances:

  • 2023 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 24 lengths
  • 2022 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 40 lengths
  • 2021 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 24 lengths
  • 2020 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 17 lengths
  • 2019 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 16 lengths
  • 2018 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 14 lengths
  • 2017 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 9 lengths
  • 2016 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 12 lengths
  • 2015 Cheltenham Festival widest margin horse racing winning distance was 17 lengths

Which Race will have the Biggest Race-winning Distance at Cheltenham Festival 2024?

Here are the odds for which specific race will have the longest horse racing winning margin at the Cheltenham 2024 Festival:

  • Brown Advisory Novices Chase (RSA) – 12/1
  • Cross Country Chase – 12/1
  • National Hunt Chase – 11/1
  • Turners Novice Chase (Marsh) – 12/1
  • Queen Mother Champion Chase – 7/1
  • Ryanair Chase – 25/1
  • Sporting Life Arkle Chase – 14/1
  • Champion Hurdle – 10/1
  • Foxhunters Chase – 10/1
  • Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle – 25/1
  • Ballymore Novices Hurdle – 11/1
  • Champion Bumper – 40/1
  • Cheltenham Gold Cup – 10/1
  • Sky Bet Supreme Novice Hurdle – 25/1
  • Kim Muir Challenge Cup – 22/1
  • Mares Chase – 10/1
  • Mares Hurdle – 16/1
  • Stayers Hurdle – 33/1
  • Mares Novice Hurdle – 28/1
  • Triumph Hurdle – 16/1
  • Ultima Handicap – 40/1
  • Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – 66/1
  • Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle – 100/1
  • Pertemps Network Final – 100/1
  • Coral Cup – 100/1
  • County Hurdle – 100/1
  • Grand Annual – 66/1
  • Paddy Power Plate – 100/1

What Cheltenham Festival Race Had Widest Margin Winners?

Here are the previous standings of the widest margin winning distance races from previous years:

Which Race will have the Biggest Race-winning Distance Tips?

From previous years and horse racing tipsters, the predictions of what race will yield the longest distance winner is suggesting the following:

  • It will NOT be a handicap race
  • It is more like to be a chase over the larger obstacles

The pundits and betting tipsters are thinking the best two chances of the race with the longest margin winner will be either the Cross Country Chase or the Foxhunters Chase.

What Factors Influence The Winning Distances?

Here are some factors that directly can influence the winning distances of race meetings:

Ground Conditions

The ground conditions or horse racing going, can directly impact the average winning distances with the softer ground providing wider margin victories.

If the Cheltenham Festival is heavy ground the horses can get strung out and the winners put more daylight between themselves and their rivals.

Quality in-depth of Runners

Handicaps that have strength-in-depth on who can win the races generally provide smaller margin winning distances.

If the field of horses lacks quality in abundance you can find if the second fav falls then the favourite could win with a large winning margin.

Distance of Race

The distance of the race directly affects the winning margin with betting events like the Cross Country Chase providing more daylight between the winners and placed horses.

The longer races can be more eventful and cause the pack to spread out in distance with some horses easily winning with over 20 lengths in hand.

Weather conditions

The weather conditions can play a huge bearing in the outcome of the winning margin in a horse race.

Strong winds can affect the positioning of the runners with horses getting cover getting the aerodynamics advantage to bring them into the reckoning.

Weight

In handicaps, the weight of the top-weighted horses can directly affect their positioning and winning distances in horse racing results.

In heavy conditions, some top weight horses can struggle to get through the mud to challenge the winners.

Handling the Course

The handling of the course is very important for racehorses.

The famous quote “horses for courses” applies here, with some racehorses not liking the uphill finish at Cheltenham.

Jockey

The horse racing jockeys who saddles the horse is a huge factor in the winning distances in horse racing results.

Some jockeys play it cool and like to win on the bridle so will never stretch clear to win by large winning margins.

Trainer form

The horse racing trainers recent form is important to how well the fancied horses will run at the Cheltenham Festival.

Punters selecting the Cheltenham Top Trainer betting event look closely at the current form of the yard.

A horse racing yard in form can get their fancied horses securing wide-margin victories.

Not Making Errors

National Hunt Racing is important to make sure you make very few errors of the jumps.

If you get the run of the race and do not make any errors of the hurdles or chase jumps you could find long-distance winning distances if the other fancied horses make some blunders or even worse fall.

Not Going Too Soon Up the Hill

The Cheltenham finish is a long uphill straight and not kicking for home too early is important to staying out the trip.

Some horses turning the final bend kick too soon and jumping the last are running on empty which can cause massive winning distances.

Spread Betting on Winning Distances

The horse racing spread betting on the horse racing winning distances UK is the aggregate total of all 28 races winning margins.

The spread betting maximum winning distance for a Flat race is set at 12 lengths for the bumpers, while for a National Hunt race it is 30 lengths.

Here are the recorded distances for under a length:

  • Nose = 0.05 of a length
  • Short head = 0.1 of a length
  • Head = 0.2 of a length
  • Neck = 0.3 of a length
  • Half a length = 0.5 of a length
  • Three-quarters of a length = 0.75 of a length

Online bookmakers like Sporting Index or Spreadex might offer a spread on total winning distances of 50-54 at the Cheltenham 2024 Festival.

That means you can lay the horse racing winning margins at 50 points or back the horse racing winning margins at 54 points.

At the end of the 28 races if the total winning margins aggregated together was 70 lengths then if you had backed the winning distances at 54 you would get 16x your stake wagered in profit.

Widest-Margin Cheltenham Festival winners

Here are horses who put the most daylight between themselves and their rivals:

  • 24 lengths winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2021 by Appreciate It
  • 24 lengths winner of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase in 2011 by Junior
  • 22 lengths winner of the Cross Country Chase in 2019 by Tiger Roll
  • 20 lengths winner of the Foxhunter Chase in 2013 by Salsify
  • 19 lengths winner of the Champion Chase in 2013 by Sprinter Sacre
  • 19 lengths winner of the Champion Chase in 2008 by Master Minded
  • 18 lengths winner of the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in 2018 by Laurina
  • 18 lengths winner of the Cross Country Chase in 2021 by Tiger Roll

Cheltenham Betting Sites Offering Winning Distance Bets

Many of the best Cheltenham betting sites offer Cheltenham Festival Specials like:

Popular Questions

How do you find out how many lengths a horse won by?

A freeze-frame can show how many lengths a horse won by for the winning distance.

If the distance is a wide margin victory the winning distance is calculated by measuring the time it takes second place to cross the winning line.

The running time of the next horse is calculated through a formula known as the lengths-per-second scale.

What is the maximum ‘official’ winning distance?

The maximum official winning distance is 30 lengths.

Any winning margins beyond 30 lengths are recorded as “a distance”.

What are the winning distances in horse racing?

The winning distance in horse racing is the margin the horse has finished in front of the next racehorse.

When checking the horse racing results the winning distance is displayed to show the length of how far the next horse finished behind.

Summary of Winning Distance Bets at Cheltenham

Over the years the Cheltenham Racecourse has been blessed to witness some of the most exceptional performances by the best National Hunt racehorses in the world.

Is the Cheltenham Racing Festival going to be won with some astonishing large distance wins or battles in photo finishes?

Have you managed to get your early bets on your well-fancied selections in the ante-post markets?

The horse racing fans and pundits have voiced their opinions, tips and predictions with their bankers for the 4-day meeting and now it is down the jockeys, trainers and racehorses to take centre stage.

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