Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival takes place annually in March at Cheltenham racecourse, situated in the Cotswolds. The festival is the highlight of several events which take place throughout the year at Cheltenham racecourse which has hosted racing since 1815. 

The Cheltenham Festival takes place over four days and features 28 races which will be watched by over 65,000 spectators and millions of others online and on television.

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Races

Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival is known as Champions Day. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle will start the festival accompanied by the ‘Cheltenham Roar’ by the crowd before a further 6 races follow including the Unibet Champions Hurdle. Take a look at our Cheltenham day 1 betting offers for the latest promotions.

  • 1.30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
    • Grade 1 / 2m 87y / £125,000
  • 2.10pm Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase
    • Grade 1 / 1m 7f 199y / £175,000
  • 2.50pm Ultima Handicap Chase
    • Grade 3 / 3m 1f / £110,000
  • 3.30pm Unibet Champion Hurdle
    • Grade 1 / 2m 87y / £450,000
  • 4.10pm Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle
    • Grade 1 / 2m 3f 200y / £120,000
  • 4.50pm Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase
    • Listed / 2m 4f 44y / £70,000
  • 5.30pm National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase)
    • Grade 2 / 3m 7f 147y / £125,000

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Races

Day 2 at the Cheltenham Festival is Ladies Day. A popular day to attend for those looking to get dressed up in their most elegant outfits. Cheltenham day 2 betting offers will be available for all races including the Queen Mother Champion Chase which is the featured race of the day taking place at 3.30pm.

  • 1.30pm Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
    • Grade 1 / 2m 5f / £125,000
  • 2.10pm RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase
    • Grade 1 / 3m 80y / £175,000
  • 2.50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
    • Grade 3 / 2m 5f / £100,000
  • 3.30pm Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
    • Grade 1 / 1m 7f 99y / £400,000
  • 4.10pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
    • 3m 6f 37y / £65,000
  • 4.50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
    • Grade 3 / 2m 87y / £80,000
  • 5.30pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper
    • Grade 1 / 2m 87y / £75,000

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Races

St Patrick’s Thursday takes place on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival which a host of entertainment taking place including live bands and special events. The Ryanair Chase is the highlight of day 3.

  • 1.30pm MARSH Novices’ Chase
    • Grade 1 / 2m 3f 166y / £150,000
  • 2.10pm Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle)
    • Grade 3 / 2m 7f 213y / £100,000
  • 2.50pm Ryanair Chase
    • Grade 1 / 2m 4f 127y / £350,000
  • 3.30pm Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle
    • Grade 1 / 2m 7f 213y / £325,000
  • 4.10pm Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Handicap Chase)
    • Grade 3 / 2m 4f 166y / £110,000
  • 4.50pm Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
    • Grade 2 / 2m 179y / £90,000
  • 5.30pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase
    • 3m 2f / £70,000

Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Races

The final day of the Cheltenham festival is Gold Cup day due to the Cheltenham Gold Cup taking place at 3.30. Three other races will follow the Gold Cup with the Martin Pip Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle concluding the festival at 5.30pm.

  • 1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle
    • Grade 1 / 2m 179y / £125,000
  • 2.10pm Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle
    • Grade 3 / 2m 179y / £100,000
  • 2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
    • Grade 1 / 2m 7f 213y / £125,000
  • 3.30pm Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
    • Grade 1 / 3m 2f 70y / £625,000
  • 4.10pm St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase
    • 3m 2f 70y / £45,000
  • 4.50pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase
    • Grade 3 / 2m 62y / £110,000
  • 5.30pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
    • 0-145 / 2m 4f 56y / £70,000

Watch The Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival will be broadcast live on ITV with the majority of the races being shown each day. You can also stream Cheltenham Festival races live online via bookmaker websites such as Bet365.

Betting On The Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest sporting events of the year and the 28 races which take place attract millions of pounds worth of bets. You can bet on the Cheltenham Festival with pretty much any online bookmaker and there are a number of attractive and generous Cheltenham Festival betting offers available which have a lot of value.

The most common type of betting offers which are likely to be available throughout the Cheltenham Festival are Best Odds Guaranteed, Extra Places, Money-Back Specials and a number of free bet offers.

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