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When is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

  • We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2021 Cheltenham Festival
  • The "greatest show on turf" starts on Tuesday 16th March, and ends on Friday 19th March in 2021
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When is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?


The Cheltenham Festival usually takes place during the middle week of March. In 2021, the Cheltenham Festival will start on starts on Tuesday 16th March, with the final day falling on Friday 19th March.

What is the Cheltenham Festival?


The Cheltenham Festival is the most important meeting in National Hunt racing. Know as "the greatest show on turf", jump racing fans have been enjoying all the thrills and spills of the Cheltenham Festival for over a century. The meeting takes place over four days. Races are run over a variety of distances, over hurdles, fences and on the level.

Where is the Cheltenham Festival run?


As the name suggests, the Cheltenham Festival is run in Cheltenham. The racecourse is called Prestbury Park, and it's situated in Gloucestershire, England.

What races are run during the Cheltenham Festival?


Over the four days, 28 races are staged during the Cheltenham Festival. The highlight of the meeting is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which headlines the fourth and final day of racing.

There are three other Championship races staged during the Cheltenham Festival; the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle. Other popular races include the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the RSA Novices' Chase, and the oldest race in National Hunt racing, the Grand Annual Handicap Chase.

Which horses will run at the Cheltenham Festival?


Al Boum Photo has won the last two editions of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and he will return to Cheltenham in 2021 to try and win a third. Dual-Grand National hero, Tiger Roll has won four times at the Cheltenham Festival, and he will try and win a third Cross Country Chase in March.

Altior missed the last Cheltenham Festival through injury, and Nicky Henderson will be hoping his star will be fit enough to try and win a third Champion Chase in 2021. The new kid on the block is Envoi Allen, who's won at the past two Cheltenham Festivals, and Gordon Elliott's star is expected to make his third Festival appearance in either the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase or the RSA.

Where can I watch the Cheltenham Festival?


The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you'd rather watch the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

Cheltenham Festival Live Streaming


The bet365 live streaming service covers a wide range of horse racing on a daily basis. Here's how to stream the 2021 Cheltenham Festival live online:

  1. Visit bet365 > live streaming > horse racing
  2. Log-in or register for an account (use the bet365 bonus code NEWBONUS if opening a new account)
  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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Cheltenham Festival History


The Cheltenham Festival is the most famous meeting in all of National Hunt racing. For four days in the middle week of March, the best hurdlers and chasers from all corners of the globe travel to Cheltenham racecourse in Gloucestershire, England, with the dream of becoming a Cheltenham Festival winner.

In 1860, a new jumps meeting called the Grand National Hunt Meeting took place at Market Harborough. Over the next 40 years, this Festival was moved between different locations around the country. 

In 1910, improvements were made to Prestbury Park racecourse in Gloucestershire. The meeting was staged in Cheltenham for the fifth time, and organisers decided it would remain at Prestbury Park for the foreseeable future.

Thus, the Cheltenham Festival was born and it quickly became one of the most popular sporting events in Britain. 

The oldest Championship race at the Cheltenham Festival is the Stayers’ Hurdle, which was created in 1912. The Cheltenham Gold Cup was initially a lead-up race to the County Hurdle, which was the feature race on day four. In 1924, the Gold Cup was promoted to Grade One status and soon transformed into the most important race of the week.

Three years later, the Champion Hurdle was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival. It wasn’t until 1957 that the Champion Chase was added to the schedule.

For much of its existence, the Cheltenham Festival was a three-day event, kicking off on Wednesday before culminating on the Friday. In 2005, organisers added a fourth day to the schedule. Although there has been talk of adding a fifth day in recent years, the Cheltenham Festival remains a four-day meeting, each featuring a seven-strong racecard.

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