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The Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th March 2023, and it promises to be an event to remember.

 

Please note the timings below are from 2022 and are subject to change.

 

Day 1 - Tuesday 15th 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. 

 

Start Times

Race

Distance

Type

TELEVISED

13:30

The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

2m abt ½f

Hurdle

ITV

14:10

The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

abt 2m

Chase

ITV

14:50

The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase

3m abt 1f

Chase

ITV

15:30

The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
(feature race)

2m abt ½f

Hurdle

ITV

16:10

The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race

2m abt 4f

Hurdle

ITV

16:50

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)

2m abt 4½f

Chase

17:30

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

3m abt 6f

Chase

 

Day 2 - Wednesday 16th 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.

 

Start Times

Race

Distance

Type

TELEVISED

13:30

The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

2m abt 5f

Hurdle

ITV

14:10

The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

3m abt ½ f

Chase

ITV

14:50

The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)

2m abt 5f

Hurdle

ITV

15:30

The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)

Abt 2m

Chase

ITV

16:10

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

3m 6f

Chase

ITV

16:50

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)

2m abt ½f

Chase

17.30

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

2m abt ½f

Bumper

 

Day 3 - Thursday 17th March

 

One of the key dates for Cheltenham Festival 2022 is St Patrick's Day, as it marks the third day of racing. The feature race today is the Ryanair Steeple Chase at 14:50.

 

Start Times

Race

Distance

Type

TELEVISED

13:30

The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

2m abt 4f

Chase

ITV

14:10

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

Abt 3m

Hurdle

ITV

14:50

The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)

2m abt 5f

Chase

ITV

15:30

The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

abt 3m

Hurdle

ITV

16:10

The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)

2m abt 5f

Chase

ITV

16:50

The Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

2m 1f

Hurdle

17:30

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) (0-145)

3m abt 2f

Chase

 

Day 4 - Friday 18th March - Gold Cup Day

 

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.

 

Start Times

Race

Distance

Type

TELEVISED

13:30

The JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

2m abt 1f

Hurdle

ITV

14:10

The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race (Grade 3)

2m abt 1f

Hurdle

ITV

14:50

The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

abt 3m

Hurdle

ITV

15:30

The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

3m abt 2½ f

Chase

ITV

16:10

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

3m abt 2½ f

Chase

ITV

16:50

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

2m abt ½f

Chase

17:30

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

2m abt 4½ f

Hurdle

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