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Cheltenham Festival, the showpiece event of the National Hunt season, is approaching. It is a major highlight in the horse racing calendar and as ever there are a number of high quality races, with each day’s main event stacked with quality.

Dates of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival

This year’s festival runs from Tuesday, March 12 to Friday, March 15. Plans to add a fifth day, on the Saturday, have, for now, been put on hold. This is because of concerns about damage to the racetrack and the uncertain economic situation in Britain.

The full schedule of races for Cheltenham 2024

Check out the full schedule for the 2024 Cheltenham Festival.

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Day 1: Champion Day – Tuesday March 12

Seven races are scheduled for Day One of the Cheltenham Festival. The feature race of the day is the Unibet Champion Hurdle, a 2 mile Grade 1 race. This takes place at 15:30.

13:30The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)2m abt ½fHurdle
14:10The Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (Grade 1)abt 2mChase
14:50The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase (Premier Handicap)3m abt 1fChase
15:30The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)2m abt ½fHurdle
16:10The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)2m abt 4fHurdle
16:50The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Premier Handicap)2m abt ½fHurdle
17:30The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)3m abt 6fChase

Day 3: Style Wednesday – Wednesday March 13

On the second day, the highlight is the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase. Runners in this Grade 1 event jump over 12 fences over the course of 2 miles. It is the highlight of the traditionally known ladies day and is off at 15:30.

13:30The Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)2m abt 5fHurdle
14:10The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m abt ½ fChase
14:50The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Premier Handicap)2m abt 5fHurdle
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Grade 1)Abt 2mChase
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Premier Handicap)abt 2mChase
17.30The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)                                               2m abt ½fBumper

DAY 3: St Patrick’s Thursday – Thursday March 14

One of the key dates for Cheltenham Festival 2024 is St Patrick’s Day, as it marks the third day of racing. The feature races today are the Ryanair Steeple Chase at 14:50 and the The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at 15:30.

13:30The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m abt 4fChase
14:10The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed) (Premier Handicap)Abt 3mHurdle
14:50The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1)2m abt 5fChase
15:30The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)abt 3mHurdle
16:10The TrustATrader Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Premier Handicap)2m abt 4½fChase
16:50The Ryanair Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 1fHurdle
17:30The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (Sponsored by The JRL Group) Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)3m abt 2fChase

Day 4: Gold Cup Day – Friday 15 March

The focus of the day will be The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup, as the name suggests. Over three miles and two furlongs long, this is the premier race of the event. It will begin at 15:30, and the winner will take home the Gold Cup.

13:30The JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)2m abt 1fHurdle
14:10The County Handicap Hurdle Race (Premier Handicap)2m abt 1fHurdle
14:50The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)abt 3mHurdle
15:30The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m abt 2½fChase
16:10The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase3m abt 2½fChase
16:50The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase (Grade 2)2m abt ½fChase
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (0-145)2m abt 4½fHurdle

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Cheltenham’s biggest races

Each day has seven races, all of a high standard. The headline race of each day is at 15.30. Antepost odds provided by bet365 and are correct at the time of writing. Odds subject to change.

Day One

3.30pm Champion Hurdle. This race was won past two years in a row by Rachael Blackmore aboard Honeysuckle in 2021 and 2022. However, last year the Nicky Henderson trained Consitution Hill, with Nico de Boinville on board, beat Willie Mullin’s State Man, ridden by Paul Townend to win. These are the two favourites this year too.

Latest Odds:

Colonel Mustard 66/1

Constitution Hill 1/4

Echoes In Rain 33/1

Fils D’oudairies 80/1

First Street 66/1

Gala Marceau 40/1

Guard Your Dreams 66/1

Irish Point 16/1

Lossiemouth 6/1

Love Envoi 40/1

Luccia 40/1

Nemean Lion 66/1

Not So Sleepy 20/1

Pied Piper 50/1

State Man 11/4

Under Control 66/1

Zanahiyr 66/1

Zarak The Brave 25/1

Odds correct as of 2024-02-08 15:00 Odds subject to change

Day Two

3.30pm Queen Mother Champion Chase. Won in 2022 and 2023 by Willie Mullins’ Energumene.

Latest Odds:

Amarillo Sky 50/1

Appreciate it  50/1

Boothill 16/1

Captain Guinness 16/1

Editeur Du Gite 40/1

Edwardstone 16/1

El Fabiolo 4/11

Elixir De Nutz 20/1

Ferny Hollow 14/1

Funambule Sivola 100/1

Gentleman De Mee 40/1

Jonbon 10/3

Maskada 66/1

Visionarian 66/1

Odds correct as of 2024-02-08 15:00 Odds subject to change.

Day Three

Day three has two feature races.

2.50pm Ryanair Chase. Won in 2023 by Evoi Allen who is 4/1 this time round.

Latest odds:

Ahoy Senor 20/1

Appreciate It 12/1

Ash Tree Meadow 28/1

Banbridge 5/2

Capodanno 9/1

Classic Getaway 20/1

Conflated 10/1

Editeur Du Gite 50/1

Edwardstone 16/1

El Fabiolo 6/4

Envoi Allen 4/1

Fastorslow 7/2

Fil Dor 11/1

French Dynamite 66/1

Fugitif 28/1

Hitman 80/1

Janidil 33/1

Jungle Boogie 20/1

Millers Bank 50/1

Minella Drama 66/1

Pic D’Orhy 14/1

Protektora 14/1

Seddon 80/1

Shan Blue 80/1

Stage Star 4/1

Odds correct as of 2024-02-02 15:00 Odds subject to change.

3.30pm Stayers’ Hurdle. Won in 2023 by Sire Du Berlais.

Asterion Forlonge 25/1

Ballyadam 33/1

Beacon Edge 66/1

Blazing Khal 16/1

Bold Endeavour 80/1

Botox Has 33/1

Buddy One 66/1

Champ 50/1

Crambo 13/2

Da Capo Glory 80/1

Dashel Drasher 25/1

Flight Deck 66/1

Flooring Porter 10/1

Good Time Jonny 40/1

Home By The Lee 25/1

Irish Point 11/4

Janidil 40/1

Monkfish 12/1

Nemean Lion 66/1

Noble Yeats 8/1

Nurse Susan 50/1

Paisley Park 12/1

Proschema 66/1

Sir Gerhard 8/1

Sire Du Berlais 16/1

Teahupoo 11/4

Third Wind 50/1

West Balboa 80/1

Odds correct as of 2023-02-08 15:00 Odds subject to change.

Day Four

3.30pm Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase. Won in 2023 by 7-5 favourite Galopin Des Champs, owned by Mrs Audrey Turley, trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend. Mullins and Townend were both winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup for a third time in five years, after the victories of Al Boum Photo in 2019 and 2020.

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Latest Odds:

Ahoy Senor 50/1

Bravemansgame 14/1

Conflated 40/1

Corach Rambler 16/1

Fastorslow 9/2

Galopin Des Champs 8/13

Gentlemansgame 16/1

Gerri Colombe 9/1

Hewick 14/1

Jungle Boogie 40/1

L’Homme Presse 9/1

Monkfish 25/1

Nassalam 25/1

Protektorat 40/1

Shishkin 8/1

The Real Whacker 33/1

Odds correct as of 2024-02-08 15:00 Odds subject to change.

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