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The International

Just two weeks before Christmas, Cheltenham Racecourse brings you festivities of their very own. The International is a two-day event in Cheltenham that promises top-tier entertainment with elite horseracing and world-class hospitality.

The Cheltenham International offers 15 excellent races to indulge in, with a mixture of Steeple Chases and Hurdles. The first day consists of 8 individual races including the featured race The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase. Then, Saturday gives you 7 more including the featured race The Unibet International, as well as the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

The 2021 edition of Cheltenham’s International Festival is scheduled to take place On Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December. 

Day One – Friday

Eager fans of horseracing and The International will be please to hear that Day One of The Cheltenham International is scheduled for Friday the 10th of December.

There will be 8 races on Day One, beginning with The British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race at 11:30, featuring The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase at 14:25, and ending with The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race at 15:35 before the early winter night settles in.

The British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race

Race number one of Day One and The 2021 International will be The British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race. Beginning at 11:30 am, this  Hurdle race is two miles and one furlong in length.

The International Decorative Surfaces Novices’ Steeple Chase

The second race of Day One will be The International Decorative Surfaces Novices’ Steeple Chase. Start time is scheduled in for 12:05 and will conclude after three miles one furlong and 56 yards.

The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race

At 12:40 on the Saturday of The International will be The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race. This Class 3 Hurdle race is two miles and 179 yards long.

The CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase

As many in attendance begin to enjoy a spot of lunch, race four kicks off in the form of The CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase. This race is two miles four furlongs and 127 yards long and begins at 13:15.

The Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase

At 13:50 and just past the midpoint of the day, we have the two miles and four furlongs in length Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase.

The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase

The featured race of Day One at The International will be The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase. Scheduled to start at 14:25, this featured race stretches three miles and two furlongs.

In 2020 it was 5/1 Storm Control with jockey Richard Patrick that took the £22,780 first-place prize in this race.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase

The penultimate race of Day One at The Cheltenham International will be The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase. This race starts at 15:00 and is the longest race of the day at three miles, six furlongs and 37 yards.

The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race

The race that will bring Day One of Cheltenham’s International Festival to a close begins at 15:35 and will be The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race. This final race is three miles long.

Day Two – Saturday

The second day of The International 2021 will be on Saturday the 11th of December.

Day Two will consist of 7 races including two of the biggest on Cheltenham Racecourse’s racing calendar – The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at 13:50 and The Unibet International, the penultimate race of the entire event at 15:00.

The JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle

The first race of Day Two is scheduled to begin at 12:05. At two miles and 179 yards long is The JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle.

The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices’ Steeple Chase

The second race of Day Two will be The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices’ Steeple Chase. Start time is scheduled in for 12:40 and will conclude after two miles four furlongs and 127 yards.

The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase

The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase will be the third race of Day Two of The Cheltenham International. It will begin at 13:15 and the participants will run two miles and 62 yards.

The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

At 13:50 will be The Cheltenham International’s very own Gold Cup. The phrase ‘Gold Cup’ alone thrusts excitement levels through the roof. It’s a race of exuberance and jubilation through the entire two miles four furlongs and 127 yards to the final post.

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race

The second half of the day kicks off with The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race. This three-mile Grade 2 Hurdle race begins at 14:25.

The Unibet International

The featured Race of Day Two and the penultimate race of the entire event is The Unibet International. Commencing at 15:00, this Grade 2 Hurdle race is two miles and 179 yards long.

The 2020 Unibet International was won by 6/1 Song For Someone, with 6/4 favourite Goshen finishing in last-place.

The Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Finally, to cap off The Cheltenham International, we have The Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle. This race will start at 15:35 and is two miles four furlongs and 56 yards in length.

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Odds

The International is the second-biggest event held annually at Cheltenham Racecourse. The size of the occasion attracts a lot of attention from not only the UK and Ireland but much further afar. This level of interest is very valuable to the bookies.

As one of the biggest fixtures on the horseracing calendar, The International presents bookies with a fantastic opportunity to obtain a large number of new customers, as well as see their current customers come rushing through the doors (or homepages) in great quantities.

This means that not only will you find yourself many fantastic welcome offers, promotions and free bets, but also incredible prices and odds on every single race on The International’s cards.

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.