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Festival Trials Day

Festival Trials Day is the penultimate race day event held at Cheltenham Racecourse before The Festival takes place at the end of March. It features a seven racecard including the 14:25 Paddy Power ’45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase, a Steeple Chase 3 miles and one-and-a-half furlongs in length.

This race day provides a unique atmosphere, much like Christmas Eve in terms of anticipation and excitement. The next event is the big one, and Festival Trials Day gives an authentic insight at what’s to come.

Being the final racing event at Cheltenham Racecourse before The Festival, it gives everybody involved a chance to make final decisions and preparations before the big occasion arrives. It’s a dress rehearsal but with a lot on the line and some big cash prizes to be won.

The seven races of Festival Trials Day are an absolute treat, whether you’re attending in person or observing from afar via ITV Racing. 

Following the cancellation of this year’s New Year’s Day fixture at Cheltenham Racecourse due to heavy rain, the one-million-pound prize pool from that event has been moved to this year’s Festival Trials Day, which is set to take place on Saturday the 30th of January 2021.

JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle

The very first race of the day is The JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial Grade 2 juvenile hurdle race which sets off at 12:40 pm sharp. This is the joint shortest race of the day at two miles and one furlong.

The 2020 edition of this race consisted of 6 runners with 6/1 outsider Galahad Quest winning the £18,224 first-place prize. 10/11 favourite Monte Cristo finished in 4th after an early mistake but showed what he was capable of by making up ground to avoid last place.

Novices Handicap Chase

Next, at 13:15, is The Timeform Novices’ Handicap Class 2 Steeple Chase. This Steeple Chase is moderate in length at two miles and five furlongs.

In 2020 this race was won by the excellent Simply The Betts. This seven-year-old Irish Gelding ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan snapped up the £17,204 1st place prize beating race favourite Imperial Aura by one-and-a-half lengths.

Trophy Handicap Chase

Kicking off at 13:50, the third race of the day on this cracking day of racing is the Paddy Power Millionaire Trophy Grade 3 Steeple Chase. This race is the same length as the previous at two miles and five furlongs.

8-year-old Cepage, ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch, took the tasty £39,389 first-place prize in last year’s edition of this race after 4/1 favourite Warthog pulled up early on.

Trial Cotswold Chase

At 14:25, racing enthusiasts can feast their eyes on the feature race of the day The Paddy Power ’45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase, a Grade 2 race spanning three miles and one-and-a-half furlongs.

The 2020 winner of this race, Santini, ridden by Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson, went on to finish a close second in The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 at Cheltenham Racecourse just a few months later. This shows that results at the Festival Trials Day can give a true indication as to what’s to come at The Festival.

Ballymore Classic Novices Hurdle

We’re now over halfway through the day and the juices are really flowing, just like the Guinness. The Ballymore Novices’ Grade 2 Hurdle begins at 15:00, a Hurdle race two miles and four-and-a-half furlongs in length.

The £18,224 first-place prize was taken by 6-year-old Irish Harry Senior in 2020, who beat the strong favourite King Roland by two and a quarter lengths overtaking after the final bend in front of ecstatic trainer Colin Tizzard.

Cleeve Hurdle

15:35 welcomes The Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle Race. This Grade 2 Hurdle race is around three miles long and builds plenty of tension throughout.

This race has been won by Paisley Park the previous two years consecutively – can The Prince of Cheltenham make it three years in a row?

8-year-old Paisley Park began the race as the favourite with a starting price of 4/6 and proved to those that backed him why this was the case, snapping up the £33,762 first-place prize.

Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle

The final race of the day is The SSS Super Alloys Class 2 Handicap Hurdle, commencing at 16:10. This Hurdle race is the same length as the first of the day at two miles and one furlong.

After losing a bit of ground jumping the second hurdle, 6-year-old Back On The Lash was the final winner of the day, winning the £17,204 first-place prize by three and a quarter lengths in a race time of spot on 4 minutes 21 seconds.


With England to be in National lockdown during this event, Cheltenham Racecourse can not allow spectators to visit for this race day.

This fixture will have no live spectators on the day, however, fans will be able to follow the action of The Paddy Power Millionaire Trophy Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power ’45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase, The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and The Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle Race live on ITV Racing.

In better news, as a result of The New Year’s Day racing cancellation, the Paddy Power million pound prize pool will be carried over to this year’s Festival Trials Day, raising excitement levels through the roof.


With sky-high levels of competition between bookies for any and all racing fixtures scheduled at Cheltenham, odds will be very generous across a wide range of relevant markets.

If you had placed £10 on Cepage to win The Paddy Power Millionaire Trophy Grade 3 Steeple Chase at his starting price odds of 8/1 in 2020, you would have returned a profit of £80.

These great odds prices offer a fantastic opportunity to turn Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day into a profitable occasion.

Be sure to check out all the fantastic promotions that will be on offer, including free bets so you could win some tidy profits completely risk-free.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.