Cheltenham Festival – Total Number of Winning SP Favourites

Predicting the number of winning SP favourites is a bet type that keeps punters interested in all 28 races of the 4 day Cheltenham Festival.

Are the bankers for Cheltenham 2022 going to help the punters to beat the bookies? Or will the favourites be upset by longer priced runners?

In this Number of Winning Cheltenham Festival SP Favourites Guide, we will show the latest betting odds, predictions and previous stats on winning faves.

Find out more about winning SP favs at Cheltenham:

Cheltenham Festival – Total Number of Winning SP Favourites

Cheltenham Festival Winning Favourites?

How many winning favourites will there be at this year’s Cheltenham Festival?

  • 9 or more winning SP favourites (includes joint-favourites) – 1/4
  • 10 or more winning SP favourites (includes joint-favourites) – 8/13
  • 11 or more winning SP favourites (includes joint-favourites) – 11/10
  • 12 or more winning SP favourites (includes joint-favourites) – 5/2
  • 13 or more winning SP favourites (includes joint-favourites) – 9/2
  • 14 or more winning SP favourites (includes joint-favourites) – 10/1

How Often do Favourites win at Cheltenham?

Over the past decade at the Cheltenham Festival, there have been 79 favourites winning out of 273 races.

With 79 winning favourites over 10 years, thatr calculates to be a 28.9% average winning return on the favourites

So the favourite horse winning at Cheltenham is usually a one in three chance on average.

Cheltenham Festival Winning Favourites Standings

Here are the previous standings of how many SP Favourites won:

  • 2021 Cheltenham Festival had 8 starting price favourite winners
  • 2020 Cheltenham Festival had 8 starting price favourite winners
  • 2019 Cheltenham Festival had 8 starting price favourite winners
  • 2018 Cheltenham Festival had 8 starting price favourite winners
  • 2017 Cheltenham Festival had 7 starting price favourite winners
  • 2016 Cheltenham Festival had 9 starting price favourite winners
  • 2015 Cheltenham Festival had 7 starting price favourite winners

Cheltenham Festival Shortest Priced Favourites

Here are the shortest-priced SP favourites at the March 2022 Cheltenham Festival:

The short odds favourites above are seen by many punters as the bankers of the meeting.

How to Pick the Best Odds for Cheltenham 2022

Backing early in the ante-post betting markets is the smartest way to find the best odds on the Cheltenham Festival.

Now all the major online bookies are offering your stake back for non-runners there is no reason to not punt in the ante-post markets.

Favourites are certainly not guaranteed to win the races at Cheltenham Races.

Many Cheltenham favourites have fallen to the disappointment of many punters.

So if you fancy any horses with large odds you could make the most of the betting brands offering extra places on each-way bets.

Trying to find value in the betting market is important and the biggest online bookmakers are now offering some amazing bonuses like:

Cheltenham Betting Sites Offering Cheltenham Specials

Here is a list of Cheltenham betting sites offering Cheltenham specials:

  • 888 Cheltenham Offer

    888 Horse Racing
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    New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F – A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market – Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) – Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days – Free bet stakes not included in returns – Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • MansionBet Cheltenham Offer

    Mansion Bet Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £10

    New customers only. Min deposit and bet £10 (£20 if E/W bet) from UK debit card only. Min odds Evens (1/5 per leg in multi selection). £10 Free Bet valid for 7 days, stake not returned, no Cash Out, max winnings £5k.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Betfred Cheltenham Offer

    Betfred Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £60 IN BONUSES

    New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Coral Cheltenham Offer

    Coral Horse Racing
    GET £20 IN FREE BETS

    18+ New UK+IRE customers. PayPal and certain deposit and bet types excluded. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Mr Green Cheltenham Offer

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    BET £10 GET £10 ACCA BET

    New players only. Qualifying bet(s) must have minimum odds of 3/1 and must be settled before triggering free bet. Free Bet must be used on an accumulator with 3 or more selections. 18+. begambleaware.org.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • William Hill Cheltenham Offer

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    New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Ladbrokes Cheltenham Offer

    Ladbrokes Horse Racing
    BET £5 GET £20 IN FREE BETS

    18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Unibet Cheltenham Offer

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    New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus. Wagering requirements: Sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), Casino 25x. Only one bonus can be used at a time, Sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the Casino, unless the bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • BetVictor Cheltenham Offer

    Betvictor Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £40

    18+ New customers only. Deposit, opt in and place a £10 qualifying bet on Horse Racing at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 3x £10 Horse Racing Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater. Plus, a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw a max of £250. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Mr Play Cheltenham Offer

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    BET £10 GET £15

    18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit: £10, max £15 bonus, valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at a min. odds of 1/1 (2.00) or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. System bets no eligible.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Betfair Cheltenham Offer

    Betfair Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £30

    New Customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Paddy Power Cheltenham Offer

    Paddy Power Sports Logo
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    Full T&C's Apply

  • bet365 Cheltenham Free Bet

    Bet365 Horse Racing
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    One Free Bet available per day with no deposit required. New and eligible UK & ROI customers only. Applies to single bets only. Returns exclude Free Bet stake.

    Full T&C's Apply

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

Check out our guides on them to find out more.

Cheltenham Ante-Post Favourite Bankers to Follow 2022

Here are the best ante-post Cheltenham 2022 favourites to follow:

  • Shishkin to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase
  • Honeysuckle to win the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle
  • Facile Vega to win the Cheltenham Champion Bumper

Popular Questions

How relevant is the SP of previous Cheltenham Festival race winners?

The SP is of significant relevance at the Cheltenham Festival with 1 in 3 favourites winning.

The starting price highlights the odds of the horses at the start of the race and determines the returns for punters who back their tips.

The Historical Starting Price of the races at the Cheltenham Festival show it is a track where favourites perform well.

Is It Profitable Just Backing the 2022 Cheltenham Favourites?

Punters should make sure to do extensive research on all the horses before making a wager.

Favourites aren’t always the answer and looking at the odds you need to try and find value.

Some faves with the best form in the bag could be good value and therefore worth punting on.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup, Stayers Hurdle and Queen Mother Champion Chase were all won by outsiders last year.

The best advice for punters is to study the form and choose your preferred racehorse on form, times, value in the odds and whether the selection enjoys the going conditions.

How do you know the SP Favourite in horse racing?

Each horse race has an SP favourite.

The SP fave could be joint favourites or even co-favourites but the horse with the lowest odds is classed as the starting price favourite.

The SP favourite is the horse most likely to win according to the betting market, which is reflected in having the shortest price displayed with betting operators.

You will see an F alongside the horse’s odds when they are the favourite, JF is they are joint-favourites or CF if they are co favourites.

Who is Favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 18th March 2022 is A Plus Tard.

The favourite came second last year and is predicted to go one better this year and win the Gold Cup.

The showpiece has last years favourite in the race Al Boum Photo and last years winner in Minella Indo competing in the Cheltenham Gold Cup event.

Who is Favourite to win Cheltenham champion hurdle?

The favourite for the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle is Honeysuckle.

Recently winning at Leopardstown’s Dublin Racing Festival and keeping her unbeaten status you can see why Honeysuckle is still the clear favourite at the top of the Champion Hurdle betting.

The odds on fave won the Champion Hurdle last year and all Irish Horse Racing Fans will be cheering her up the hill.

Who is Favourite to win Cheltenham champion chase?

The favourite for the Cheltenham Champion Chase is Shishkin.

Recently beating the talented Energumene in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot has shortened Shishkin odds at the top of the market to be odds on favourite.

Both racehorses were unbeaten over National Hunt fences heading into the race with Shishkin coming out on top at the finish line.

Summary of Cheltenham SP Favourites

The Cheltenham 2022 favourites are going to be heavily punted, but just how many of these starting price faves are going to win?

Over the years many of the favourites have run with credit at the Cheltenham Racecourse with a strike rate of around 30%.

If you are wanting to jump between all the races during the 4 Day Cheltenham Festival Event here are the fours days of racing covered in more detail.

Is the Cheltenham Racing Festival going to be won by the bankers or is it going to be the meeting for the outsiders? Are the total number of SP Favourites going to make it a meeting for the short-priced bankers or is there going to be some shocks with outsiders improving to win?

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.

Good luck with your predictions, we hope you have a great Cheltenham!

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