Cheltenham Festival FAQs

While the Grand National is regarded as the most famous steeplechase in the world the Cheltenham Festival which comprises four days of the best National Hunt racing of the year is seen as the ‘ Olympic Games ‘ of the sport.

The best chasers and hurdlers from Britain and Ireland (plus the occasional French/US contender) will attempt to win one of the 28 races that comprise the meeting, including four championship contests - the Stan James Champion Hurdle (Tuesday), Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Wednesday), Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (Thursday) and Timico Gold Cup (Friday).
The 2018 Cheltenham Festival will take place between Tuesday 14th and Friday 17th March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH.
For those of us unable to attend the Cheltenham Festival there are numerous ways in which we can follow everything that is happening at Prestbury Park. Terrestrial broadcaster Channel4 had a long association with coverage of the festival but that honour now goes to ITV1 who will show the first five races on each of the four days, beginning with the 1.30 race and ending with 4.10.

Subscription channel Racing UK will cover all 28 races as will the majority of Britain’s betting shops. Most online bookmakers offer a streaming service throughout the festival for customers who have placed a bet on a particular race. Each day comprises seven races, starting at 1.30 with the final contest at 5.30.
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