Cheltenham Festival: When is Cheltenham 2021?

Cheltenham Festival: When is Cheltenham 2021?

When is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival? oddschecker cast an eye over this year's Greatest Show on Turf.

When is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival? 

The Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner, with the 2021 meeting scheduled to take place between Tuesday 16 March and Friday 19 March.

Things get underway with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at 13:30 on Tuesday. Sky Bet have once again rolled out their money back offer on the opening race, which you can read more about here


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Will fans be allowed at Cheltenham 2021?

Unfortunately, under current restrictions that will not happen and looks unlikely to change. A week of enjoying the best Festival of the year on TV is no bad thing though. 

The Cheltenham authorities released the following statement addressing the issue of fans at the festival in 2021.

"Based on current Government restrictions, professional sport is able to continue under stringent health and safety protocols, without spectators present. In horseracing’s case this is vital to support the livelihoods of the many thousands of people who rely on the industry and for the welfare of the thousands of Thoroughbred racehorses who live and train in Britain.

"This means that under current restrictions, The Festival will take place as a televised event, but sadly without spectators at the course. We continue to monitor Government guidance and should this change in advance of The Festival we will act accordingly."

Day 1: Tuesday

Time Race Favourite
13:20 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Appreciate It (7/4)
13:55 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase Shishkin (Evens)
14:30 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Escaria Ten, Lieutenant Rocco (10/1jf)
15:05 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Honeysuckle (3/1)
15:40 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle Concertista (5/4)
16:15 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Quilixios (5/1)
16:50 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase Royale Pagaille (2/1)


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Day 2: Wednesday (Ladies' Day)

Wednesday 17 March is Ladies' Day.

Wednesday's feature race is The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1). This is a chase with a distance of about 2 miles and total prize money of £400,000.

Time Race Cheltenham 2021 Tips
13:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Gaillard Du Mesnil (11/4)
13:55 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase Monkfish (8/11)
14:30 Coral Cup Hurdle Grand Roi (7/1)
15:05 Queen Mother Champion Chase Chacun Pour Soi (5/6)
15:40 Cross Country Chase Easysland (13/8)
16:15 Grand Annual Sky Pirate (6/1)
16:50 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Kilcruit (15/8)

Day 3: Thursday (St. Patrick's Day)

Thursday has two feature races. The first is The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1), which is run over a distance of 2 mile and 5 furlongs. Prize money of £350,000 will be shared among the placed horses.

The second feature race is The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1). This race is run over a distance of around 3 miles with prize money of £325,000.

Time Race Cheltenham 2021 Tips
13:20 Marsh Novices’ Chase Envoi Allen (5/6)
13:55 Pertemps Network Final Imperial Alcazar (13/2)
14:30 Ryanair Chase Allaho (5/1)
15:05 Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle Paisley Park (10/3)
15:40 Paddy Power Plate Farclas (8/1)
16:15 Mares Novices’ Hurdle Hook Up (11/2)
16:50 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase Run Wild Fred (7/1)

Day 4: Friday (Gold Cup Day)

The final day of the Cheltenham Festival meeting takes place on Friday 19 March. It is known as Gold Cup Day because is host to the most prestigious race of The Festival.

The feature race for day 4 is The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is run over the longest distance of the Cheltenham Festival, with the runners covering a distance of 3 miles, 2 furlongs and 70 yards. The prize money for the Gold Cup is also the highest of The Festival, with £625,000 being shared amongst the top horses.

Time Race Cheltenham 2021 Tips
13:20 JCB Triumph Hurdle Tritonic (5/2)
13:55 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Multiple (10/1)
14:30 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Stattler (11/2)
15:05 The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Al Boum Photo (11/4)
15:40 St. James Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Billaway (3/1)
16:15 Mares Chase Elimay (15/8)
16:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Gentleman De Mee (13/2)

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