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2021 Cheltenham Festival dates - Schedule for Cheltenham Festival 2021 confirmed

  • 2021 Cheltenham Festival dates revealed.
  • Get the full schedule for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
  • Over 250,000 racegoers set to attend four-day meeting next March.
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2021 Cheltenham Festival dates confirmed


The 2021 Cheltenham Festival takes place next March, with dates for the highlight of the Jump season now confirmed.

Over 250,000 racegoers will be at Cheltenham Racecourse next year for the biggest week of the jumps racing calendar, with 28 races set to take place across four days.

Over £4.5million in prize money will be on offer as the best horses, jockeys, owners and trainers do battle for the highest honours in racing, and the Festival will get underway on Tuesday, March 16th 2021 with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

2021 Cheltenham Festival dates:

Day One - Tuesday, March 16th 2021
Day Two - Wednesday, March 17th 2021
Day Three - Thursday, March 18th 2021
Day Four - Friday, March 19th 2021

Gates will open each day at 10.30am. The first race each day will take place at 1.30pm and the last race each day is due off at 5.30pm. Seven races will take place each day, including a feature race at 3.30pm. The highlight of the Festival will be the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup at 3.30pm on Friday, March 19th 2021.

2021 Cheltenham Festival schedule:


Cheltenham Day One (Old Course)
1.30pm Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)
2.10pm Arkle Novices' Chase (Grade 1)
2.50pm Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
3.30pm Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)
4.10pm Mares' Hurdle (Grade 1)
4.50pm Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)
5.30pm National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) (Grade 2)

Cheltenham Day Two (Old Course and Cross County)
1.30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)
2.10pm RSA Insurance Novices' Chase (Grade 1)
2.50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
3.30pm Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
4.10pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
4.50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
5.30pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1)

Cheltenham Day Three (New Course)
1.30pm MARSH Novices' Chase (Grade 1)
2.10pm Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3)
2.50pm Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
3.30pm Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1)
4.10pm Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3)
4.50pm Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2)
5.30pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase

Cheltenham Day Four (New Course)
1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)
2.10pm Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1)
3.30pm Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1)
4.10pm St James's Place Foxhunter Chase
4.50pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
5.30pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

2021 Cheltenham Festival FAQs

When is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

The Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday, March 16th 2021 and runs until Friday, March 19th 2021.

When is the 2021 Gold Cup?

The highlight of the Cheltenham Festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup at 15:30 GMT on Friday, March 19th 2021.

What are the dates for the next Cheltenham Festival?

2021 Cheltenham Festival dates are: Day 1 - Tuesday, March 16th, Day 2 - Wednesday, March 17th, Day 3 - Thursday, March 18th, Day 4 - Friday, March 19th.

When does the 2021 Cheltenham Festival start?

The Cheltenham Festival starts with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at 13:30 GMT on Tuesday, March 16th.

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