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The Festival

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the most anticipated events on the horseracing calendar. It is a four-day occasion featuring The Gold Cup – one of the most prestigious awards within the sport.

Held at Cheltenham Racecourse annually towards the end of March and beginning of April, this event attracts enthusiastic racing fanatics in the thousands for each of the four days, whether they stay for the Champion Day, Ladies Day, St. Patrick’s Thursday, Gold Cup Friday or all of the above.

The Festival provides an experience like no other, with an electric atmosphere deep-rooted throughout the entire venue for the occasion’s entirety.

Day One – Champion Day

From the moment the gates open the fun begins. You’ve got a few hours until the races start, it’s time to explore the venue – seek the hospitality sections, discover the racecourse and browse the shopping stalls. Champion Day is a day for the bucket list.

The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

Kicking off this wonderful event at 13:30  is the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race. This Hurdle race covers two miles and half a furlong.

The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase is an exactly two-mile-long race that is due to begin at 14:10 on this year’s Champion Day. In 2020, this race was one by massive 16/1 outsider Put The Kettle On.

The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

The third race of the day is the 14:50 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase. This three-mile and 1 furlong in length race was won by the 8-year-old Irish The Conditional who set out with a starting price of 15/2.

The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

At 15:30, The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy commences. This is the feature race of the day and is two miles and half a furlong in length. The 2020 edition of this race was won by 6-year-old 2/1 favourite French Epatante who bagged £264,610 as a result.

The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race

It’s difficult to follow the feature race but this Hurdle race does it very well. The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race is two miles and four furlongs long, begins at 16:10, and was won last time around by the very prominent second-favourite Honeysuckle.

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race

At 16:50, The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race takes place. This Hurdle race is two miles and four-and-a-half furlongs in length and saw the famous Imperial Aura take the £39,389 first-place prize last April.

The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

Champion’s Day saves the longest race for last. Beginning at 17:30 is The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup which spans over three miles and six furlongs. Last year this race was won by 12/1 outsider 10-year-old Ravenhill.

Day Two – Ladies Day

Day two of the Cheltenham Festival is dedicated to putting the ladies of horseracing on a pedestal. This day of glitz and glamour hosts 7 excellent races, including the features race of the day The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase.

The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race

The first race of day two went exactly as expected with French 6-year-old favourite winning the 13:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race and scooping up the £70,338 prize.

The Festival Novices’ Steeple Chase

The Festival Novices’ Steeple Chase takes off at 14:10 and saw one of trainer Nicky Henderson’s many successful horses Champ take first place in this three-mile and half a furlong race.

The Coral Cup Hurdle

Nicky Henderson trained Dame De Compagnie was the convincing winner of the two-mile and five-furlong Coral Cup Hurdle last year after Canardier fell at the last hurdle, taking the £56,270 prize.

The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase

The featured race of Ladies Day is The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase. This race is two-miles in length and was won in 2020 by 6/1 second-favourite Politologue after strong 2/5 favourite Defi Du Seuil ran an awkward race and ended up in 4th.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

The longest race of day two is the 3 mile and 6 furlongs in length Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase which starts at 16:10. Last year saw second-favourite Easysland beat the famous Tiger Roll to take the victory.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

The penultimate race of the day is The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup. This Steeple Chase is two-miles and half a furlong long and was won last time out by 4-year-old German Aramax.

The Weatherbys Champion Bumper

The final race of Ladies Day is the two-mile and half a furlong Bumper race The Weatherbys Champion Bumper. Commencing at 17:30, this race was previously won by 11/1 outsider Ferny Hollow trained by Willie Mullins.

Day Three – St. Patrick’s Thursday

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival is set to present St. Patrick’s Day Thursday with an exquisite 7 racecard selection including two featured races – The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle.

The Marsh Novices’ Chase

Race one of the day is The Marsh Novices’ Chase, beginning at 13:30 and spanning two miles and four furlongs. In 2020 this race was won by 4/1 third-favourite Samcro after jockey Gavin Sheehan came off favourite Itchy Feet at the fourth.

The Pertemps Network Final

At 14:10 is The Pertemps Network Final. This is also the first Hurdle race of the day and is about three miles in length. 10/1 outsider Sire Du Berlais won the £56,270 first-place prize last time out.

The Ryanair Steeple Chase

The Ryanair Steeple Chase is the first of St. Patrick’s Thursday’s featured races. Starting at 14:50, this race is two miles and five furlongs in length and was won in 2020 by close second-favourite 9-year-old Min trained by Willie Mullins.

The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

The second featured race of the day is The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle. The huge £182,878 first-place prize was won by massive 50/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar last April after strong favourite Paisley Park struggled from the setoff. This race begins at 15:30.

The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate

Following one featured race is hard enough, but following two consecutive featured races is twice as challenging. This is Cheltenham Festival, though, and the 16:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate manages this task year after year. The Gavin Sheehan ridden Simply The Betts took the title last time out.

The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle

Beginning at 16:50 and measuring in at a distance of two miles and one furlong is The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle. Second-favourite Concertista won this race in 2020 with 11/4 favourite Minella Melody finishing all the way back in 18th.

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

7-year-old 9/1 outsider Milan Native won The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase last year, taking the lead right towards the end of this three-mile and two-furlong chase.

Day Four – Gold Cup Day

Day four of Cheltenham Festival is the biggest event day on the calendar for Cheltenham Racecourse, hosting the most extravagant fixture of all – The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

The JCB Triumph Hurdle

The first race of the day begins at 13:30, just like the previous three days. This race is called the JCB Triumph Hurdle and is two miles and one furlong in length. Willie Mullins trained 12/1 outsider Burning Victory took first prize in 2020.

The County Handicap Hurdle Race

Race two of Gold Cup Friday is the 14:10 County Handicap Hurdle Race with the same distance as the first. 11/2 favourite Saint Roi won this race last year.

The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Race

At 14:50 Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the 3 mile in length Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Race. 6-year-old Monkfish won this race in 2020 taking the lead in the final few strides – a great warmup for the following huge race.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

After an awkward start to the race, Al Boum Photo pushed on and won his second consecutive Gold Cup, bagging the £351,688 first-place prize.

This is the race of The Festival with a length of three miles and two-and-a-half furlongs it is a truly unmissable fixture.

The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

There’s no time to relax yet though, as the races continue in full force. At 16:10 on Gold Cup Day is The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase. Last year’s winner was huge outsider It Came To Pass with a starting price of 66/1.

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase 

The penultimate race of The Festival is the two-mile and half a furlong long Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase. 7-year-old 7/2 favourite Chosen Mate was last years £61,897 winner.

This race begins at 16:50.

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

It’s the final race of the event. For some punters, it’s all or nothing. In two miles and four and a half furlongs, the final winner of The Cheltenham Festival will rocket past the finish line.

In 2020 the winner of this race was 25/1 outsider Indefatigable.

News

Waiting Patiently has been pulled from the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase following defeat at Ascot on Saturday. Trainer Ruth Jefferson has decided 2 miles is not long enough a course for Waiting Patiently to be truly competitive and will instead only race over longer distances.

Waiting patiently is still scheduled in for The Ryanair Chase and The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. Can he cause an upset for Al Boum Photo who is going for his third consecutive Gold Cup title?

Odds

The Cheltenham Festival will result in some of the most generous odds prices found throughout the entire sporting calendar.

A £10 bet on It Came To Pass to win last year’s St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase would have gained you a colossal bet profit of £660.00.

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.

Tickets

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 cheltenham.co.uk.

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.

Hospitality

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.

Odds

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.