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The Cheltenham Festival Race Schedule 2024

The Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday 12 - Friday 15 March 2024, and it promises to be an event to remember.

 

Gates open at 10:30 on each of the four days of the Festival.

Preview Show, live in the Parade Ring everyday before racing, find the timings below.

First race at 13:30 and the last race at 17:30

 

*Please note the timings are subject to change.

DAY 1: CHAMPION DAY - TUESDAY 12 MARCH

 

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.

 

Preview Show, live in the Parade Ring at 12:10, followed by the ROR Parade at 12:30 and ESCALA performing live at 12:55.

 

TIMES  

RACE

DISTANCE  

TYPE  

13:30

The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

2m abt ½f

Hurdle

14:10

The My Pension Expert Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

abt 2m

Chase

14:50

The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase (Premier Handicap)

3m abt 1f

Chase

15:30

The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

2m abt ½f

Hurdle

16:10

The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

2m abt 4f

Hurdle

16:50

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Premier Handicap)

2m abt ½f

Hurdle

17:30

The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)

3m abt 6f

Chase

DAY 2: STYLE WEDNESDAY - WEDNESDAY 13 MARCH

 

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.

 

Preview Show, live in the Parade Ring at 12:25, followed by Laura Wright opening the day at 12:55.

 

TIMES  

RACE

DISTANCE  

TYPE  

13:30

The Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

2m abt 5f

Hurdle

14:10

The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

3m abt ½ f

Chase

14:50

The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Premier Handicap)

2m abt 5f

Hurdle

15:30

The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

Abt 2m

Chase

16:10

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

3m abt 5½f

Chase

16:50

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Premier Handicap)

abt 2m

Chase

17.30

The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)                                               

2m abt ½f

Bumper

DAY 3: ST PATRICK'S THURSDAY - THURSDAY 14 MARCH

 

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

 

Preview Show, live in the Parade Ring at 12:25, followed by Celtic Feet Irish Dancing at 12:55.

 

TIMES  

RACE

DISTANCE

TYPE

13:30

The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

2m abt 4f

Chase

14:10

The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed) (Premier Handicap)

Abt 3m

Hurdle

14:50

The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

2m abt 4½f

Chase

15:30

The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

abt 3m

Hurdle

16:10

The TrustATrader Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Premier Handicap)

2m abt 4½f

Chase

16:50

The Ryanair Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

2m abt 1f

Hurdle

17:30

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (Sponsored by The JRL Group) Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)

3m abt 2f

Chase

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.

 

Preview Show, live in the Parade Ring at 12:25, including an opening celebration to Gold Cup 100 with racing greats and Symphonic Ibiza.

 

TIMES  

RACE

DISTANCE  

TYPE    

13:30

The JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

2m abt 1f

Hurdle

14:10

The County Handicap Hurdle Race (Premier Handicap)

2m abt 1f

Hurdle

14:50

The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

abt 3m

Hurdle

15:30

The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

3m abt 2½f

Chase

16:10

The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Steeple Chase

3m abt 2½f

Chase

16:50

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase (Grade 2)

2m abt 4½f

Chase

17:30

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (0-145)

2m abt 4½f

Hurdle

The Preview Evening

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THE OFFICIAL CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENING 

It's a night not to be missed!

Join us in The Centaur on Sunday 10 March 2024 from 6pm for The Official Cheltenham Preview Evening as we look forward to what is expected to be an exhilarating 4 days of jump racing, including the 100th year of the Cheltenham Boodles Gold Cup.

With ITV Racing's Oli Bell hosting and stellar line up, the winning-most Cheltenham Festival jockey Ruby Walsh, legendary Barry Geraghty and ITV Racing pundit Megan Nicholls on the panel.

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