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Cheltenham Festival Day Four

The Cheltenham Festival is a horseracing meeting held annually, every March, at Cheltenham Racecourse. It’s usually organised to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day and attracts many contenders and spectators from the Emerald Isle.

The four-day festival is only second to The Grand National in terms of prize money available and it attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Cheltenham Racecourse every Spring.

The Festival features a series of Grade 1 listed races, including The Champion Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase, The Stayers Hurdle, and last but not least The Cheltenham Gold Cup – one of the most prestigious awards in the sport.

Day Four is the most anticipated race day of the meeting, featuring The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. This unmissable race is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain and is often referred to as the Blue Riband of jump-racing.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Day has a 7 racecard with over £1.2million in prize money handed out over the course of the day. Gold Cup Day 2021 will be held on Friday the 19th of March.

The JCB Triumph Hurdle

The first race of Gold Cup Day at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be The JCB Triumph Hurdle, scheduled to begin at 13:30.

This race is Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that is open to horses aged 4 years and above. The race length is 2 miles and 179-yards along the ‘new course’ and contains 8 hurdles to be jumped.

The Triumph Hurdle has a prize pool just over £130,000 of which £73,506 goes to the winning horse.

The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race

Now that everybody’s warmed up, the second race of Day Four will be The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race at 14:10.

This race is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race that is open to horses aged 5 and above. On the ‘new course’, the distance of this hurdle race is 2 miles and 179 yards, featuring 8 hurdles.

The purse for The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle is £100,000, with £56,270 going to the first horse to pass the final post.

The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race

Race 3 of Gold Cup Day is The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race with a starting time of 14:50.

The Spa Novices Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race on the ‘new course’ with a total race length of 2 miles 7 furlongs and 213 yards. Again sponsored by Albert Bartlett, this hurdle race is open to horses over the age of 4 and consists of 12 hurdles for them to jump.

The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Race has a purse of just over £130,000. The winning horse will receive £73,506, the second-place finisher will receive £27,694, finishing in third-place will earn £13,860 and stealing the fourth placement spot will earn the horse’s team £6,923.

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

The featured race of Day Four and the entire Cheltenham Festival is The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase, which is scheduled to begin at 15:30.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham and spans 3 miles 2 furlongs and 70 yards in length. It is a Grade 1 National Hunt race, open to horses aged 5 years and above, featuring 22 fences to jump in front of the roaring crowds of Cheltenham.

The total prize pool for The Cheltenham Gold Cup is £625,000. The first-place prize is £351,688, the second-place prize is £132,500, the third-place prize is £66,312 and the fourth-place prize is £33,125.

The winner of the 2020 Gold Cup was 10/3 Al Boum Photo, followed by 5/1 Santini, 10/1 Lostintranslation and 20/1 Monalee.

The St James Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

Following the Gold Cup is The St James Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, commencing at 16:10.

This race is a 3 mile 2 furlong and 70-yard race down the ‘new course’ that is open to horses aged 5 years and older. There is a total of 22 fences to be jumped by the contenders.

This race has a purse of £45,000, which sees £26,685 go to the race winner which, last year, was 66/1 outsider It Came To Pass.

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will see the official inauguration of this race as it takes place for the first time in history. The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase will replace the Listed Novices’ Handicap Chase, which was traditionally run on the opening day of The Festival.

The race will begin at 16:50 and will be 2 miles and 4 furlongs in length.

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle

The final race of The Cheltenham festival 2021 will be The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle, starting at 17:30.

The Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle is 2 miles 4 furlongs and 56 yards in length and features 9 hurdles to be jumped along the ‘new course’. The purse for this race is £45,000.

News

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The Jockey Club newsletter will be the first place to find out if and when tickets for The Cheltenham Festival 2021 go on sale.

Odds

With hundreds of millions of pounds being bet on The Cheltenham Festival over the course of the event, it is one of the most valuable days of the entire National Hunt calendar for bookmakers and online betting sites.

Gold Cup Day 2020 saw a few big-price outsiders make a name for themselves, including 66/1 It Came To Pass in The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase and 25/1 Indefatigable in The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

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.