It is around time for the horse racing enthusiasts’ biggest highlight of the year. Yes, you guessed it right, the Cheltenham Festival is about to let go of the reins! The biggest weeks of the horse racing calendar will be featured in the Cheltenham Festival with the Gold Cup on the line for winners.
Today we talk about the Cheltenham Festival and the events featured in it. We also talk about how to watch the live stream and what are the odds.
What is the Cheltenham Festival?
Cheltenham Festival is an event taking place in the United Kingdom every year and features a meeting based on horse racing in the National Hunt racing calendar. The prize money given to winners in the Cheltenham Festival amounts only second to the Grand National.
The festival spans four days and takes place in March every year at Cheltenham Racecourse situated in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and is highly popular among the Irish as it mostly coincides with Saint Patrick’s Day.
Multiple Grade I races are featured in the Cheltenham Festival where following are some of the prominent races:
- Cheltenham Gold Cup
- Queen Mother Champion Chase
- Champion Hurdle
- Stayer’s Hurdle
This year, the meeting will take place from 15th March to 18th March and will feature a total of 14 Grade One races across 4 7-racecards where the best horses, jockeys, and trainers will be head-butting, but not literally. There will be seven races each day so 28 races in total over four days.
For this year, all the racecourses will operate mostly on a cashless basis however, every on-course betting facility will still accept cash, and cashback will be available at Tote. All four days of the festival will have separate themes with Tuesday being Champion Day, Wednesday as Ladies Day, Thursday as Saint Patrick’s Day, and Friday will be Gold Cup.
How to Watch?
Almost all the races at the festival will be aired on ITV for free and live coverage from Gloucestershire will be shown by Racing TV. Also, a daily live blog by Mirror Sports will start from Tuesday that will follow the live coverage of events.
Following are the featured racing odds for the festival:
Tuesday: Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
Appreciate It 4-1
Tommys Oscar 33-1
Saint Roi 40-1
Glory And Fortune 80-1
Not So Sleepy 80-1
Wednesday: Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
Chacun Pour Soi 9-2
Nube Negra 10-1
Envoi Allen 20-1
Funambule Sivola 20-1
Put The Kettle On 20-1
Editeur Du Gite 33-1
Thursday: Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)
Flooring Porter 3-1
Klassical Dream 9-2
Thyme Hill 9-2
Paisley Park 7-1
Royal Kahala 9-1
Friday: WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
A Plus Tard – 7-2
Minella Indo 5-1
Al Boum Photo 10-1
The fan-favorite Rachel Blackmore will be defending the Cheltenham crown this year. This year’s festival is about to be a great one!