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Cheltenham: The Festival - Horse Racing: Day-by-Day Schedule

Ahead of this year's Cheltenham Festival here's a handy day-by-day guide to the most anticipated race meeting of the year.

A four-day extravaganza in the Cotswolds countryside in March, this is widely identified as 'the Olympics of jumps racing'. It catapults racing to the front of the sporting pantheon like no other event.

Here's our guide to the four days, with details on all 28 races at the Cheltenham Festival.

Tuesday 15th March: Day One

Traditionally known as 'Champion Day' the opening afternoon at Cheltenham is headlined by the Champion Hurdle – the two-mile Championship contest for the fastest hurdlers in the lands.

As always, the meeting opens with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle – sure to be sent off by the accompanying 'Cheltenham Roar' to greet the start of another Festival.


Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race

Grade 1



Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

Grade 12m

The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase


Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

Grade 1



The Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle Race

Grade 12m4f

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race

Grade 3 Handicap



The National Hunt Chase

Grade 23m6f

Wednesday 16th March: Day Two

The second day of The Festival is traditionally known as Ladies Day and it features the Queen Mother Champion Chase as the centrepiece – the fastest and most daunting test of two-mile chasers' speed and accuracy.

Amongst the other day two highlights are the Cross Country Chase – the most unique test at The Festival – and the Champion Bumper – the only Festival race without any jumping.

13:30Ballymore Novices' HurdleGrade 12m5f
14:10Brown Advisory Novices' ChaseGrade 1


14:50Coral CupGrade 3 Handicap2m5f
15:30Queen Mother Champion ChaseGrade 12m
16:10Cross Country ChaseCross Country3m6f
16:50Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge CupGrade 3 Handicap


17:30Champion BumperGrade 12m½f

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Thursday 17th March: Day Three

Day three at Cheltenham has now adopted the tag of being St Patrick's Thursday and once again this year, it will fall on the feast of Ireland's patron saint.

Depending on your point of view, the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle vie for top billing on day three, as Cheltenham celebrates all things Irish with the thousands of visiting racegoers from the Emerald Isle.

13:30Turner Novices' ChaseGrade 12m5f
14:10The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle FinalListed Handicap3m½f
14:50Ryanair ChaseGrade 12m5f
15:30Stayers' HurdleGrade 12m
16:10Paddy Power PlateGrade 3 Handicap3m6f
16:50Mares Novices' HurdleGrade 22m½f
17:30Kim Muir Challenge CupHandicap2m½f

Friday 18th March: Day Four

The culmination of a fantastic four days at Prestbury Park, Friday is, of course, Gold Cup Day – the pinnacle of jumps racing.

Playing a major part in the sporting calendar in the UK and Ireland each year, winners of the Blue Riband go down in racing folklore – with the likes of Best Mate and Kauto Star becoming household names.

13:30Triumph HurdleGrade 12m1f

County Hurdle

Grade 3 Handicap2m1f
14:50Albert Bartless Novices' HurdleGrade 13m
15:30Cheltenham CupGrade 13m2½f
16:10Hunters' ChaseHandicap3m2½
16:50Mares' Steeple ChaseGrade 22m½f

The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle


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