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When is the 2022 Cheltenham Festival?

  • We bring you the dates and vital information about Cheltenham Festival in 2022
  • The 2022 Cheltenham Festival will start on Tuesday 15th March and end on Friday 18th March
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Minella Indo winning the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup. (Getty)
Freetips staff 01 Apr 2021
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When is the 2022 Cheltenham Festival?


The Cheltenham Festival is usually staged during the middle week of March. In 2022, the Cheltenham Festival will start on Tuesday 15th March, and end on Friday 18th March.

What is the Cheltenham Festival?


The Cheltenham Festival is the most popular meeting in all of horse racing. During the four-day Festival, many of National Hunt racing's most prestigious prizes will be handed out, including the Champion Hurdle, the Champion Chase and the Gold Cup.

Where is the Cheltenham Festival run?


The Cheltenham Festival is held at Cheltenham racecourse, which is situated in Gloucestershire, England. Cheltenham racecourse is also called Prestbury Park.

What races are run during the Cheltenham Festival?


14 Grade One races are held at the Cheltenham Festival over the four days. The four Championship races during the week are the Champion Hurdle, the Champion Chase, the Stayers' Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

Which horses will run at the Cheltenham Festival in 2022?


Shishkin has won at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, and he's already the firm favourite to win the 2021 Champion Chase.

Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit fought out the finish in this year's Champion Bumper, and they head the early betting for the 2022 Supreme Novices Hurdle and the 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdles.

Minella Indo will likely return to defend his Gold Cup crown, but could face competition from A Plus Tard, Al Boum Photo, Monkfish and Envoi Allen.

Where can I watch the Cheltenham Festival?


Cheltenham Festival 2022 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 Cheltenham Festival 2022 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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2022 Cheltenham Festival Schedule


Cheltenham Festival Day One


The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is known as Champion's Day, and will take place on Tuesday 15th March in 2022.

The Champion Hurdle is the main event on day one's card. There are also three further Grade Ones in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the Arkle Challenge Trophy and the Mares' Hurdle.

The historic National Hunt Chase also takes place on day one, along with the Ultima Handicap Chase and the Boodles Handicap Hurdle for juveniles.

Cheltenham Festival Day Two


Day Two at the Cheltenham Festival is known as Ladies' Day. The Wednesday at Cheltenham features four Grade One races, and the feature Championship race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle and RSA Novices' Chase get day two's card off to a thrilling start. The Grade One Champion Bumper, the only flat race at the Cheltenham Festival, is the final race on the day.

Wednesday's card features two handicaps, the Coral Cup and the Grand Annual, as well as the unique Cross Country Chase.

Cheltenham Festival Day Three


The third day at the Cheltenham Festival is known as St Patrick's day, and is headlined by the oldest of the four Championship race at the meeting, the Stayers' Hurdle.

There are two further Grade One races to enjoy on day two, the Marsh Novices' Chase and the Ryanair Chase.

Thursday's card also features the Mares' Novices' Hurdle and three thrilling handicaps, the Pertemps Final, the Brown Advisory Plate and the Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Cheltenham Festival Day Four


The fourth and final day at the Cheltenham Festival revolves around the Gold Cup, the most prestigious and valuable Grade One race in all of National Hunt racing.

Before we reach the Gold Cup, there are two other Grade One races to enjoy on day four, the Triumph Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

The County Hurdle Handicap and the Foxhunter Chase, two of the most historic races at the meeting, are both run on Gold Cup day. In 2021, the new Mares' Chase was added to the day four schedule, with the Grand Annual moving to day two.

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