The 2021 Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday 16th and Friday 19th March. There are seven races taking place each day, each 35 minutes apart. The first race is scheduled to start at 13:20pm each day with the last scheduled for 16:50pm.
This page contains information about the Cheltenham Festival along with a Cheltenham Festival betting guide should you wish to have a flutter.
Cheltenham Festival 2021 takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse which is also known as Prestbury Park. The address of the racecourse is Evesham Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4SH.
Races at The Cheltenham Festival take place over two courses. Races over the first two days take place on the old course with races on day three and four taking place on the new course. Both courses are situated at Cheltenham Racecourse and simply have a slightly different layout.
What are the biggest races at the Cheltenham Festival?
Each of the four days feature high profile races of which have prize money of up to £625,000 each.
Day One – Champions Day
The opening day of the festival where excitement and ambitions are high. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the race to open the event with the featured race being The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at 15:05pm.
Both women and men flock to Cheltenham Racecourse dressed to impress and ready for a day of glamour. The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the featured race on day 2. A race which Altior won in 2018 and 2019 and is expected to feature strongly again this year.
An atmosphere not to be missed with live bands playing and Irish owners battling for victory in the seven races. Guinness sales skyrocket during the festival and even more so on day 3 with an estimated 250,000 pints to be sold over the four days.
Day three’s stand out races are The Ryanair Chase (14:30) and The Stayers’ Hurdle (15:05).
Day four is the host of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. With a prize of £625,000 and millions of pounds wagered on the runners, it is the big money race of The Festival. The Gold Cup is scheduled to start at 15:05 with three races following it including the race to close the festival, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
The easiest way to get to the Cheltenham Festival on the day is via train which stops at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station. Journey by car is possible but be aware that hundreds of thousands of people attend the festival each year and so traffic and parking may be an issue.
Cheltenham Festival Tickets
Racegoers will not be able to attend the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in person but ITV will be showing six races live each day .Normally tickets can be bought in advance or on the day subject to availability. It is an extremely popular event and so be sure to get your tickets as early as possible to avoid missing out. Day 4 of the festival (Friday 19th) is the most popular day to attend as it features the prestigious Gold Cup.
In previous years Enclosure tickets have started at just £37 and go all the way up to £7200 for an Orchard Pod and even more for private boxes.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide
Cheltenham Festival Course:
For the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival, the slightly sharper and less galloping Old course is utilised. Whereas the final two days, the New course is where the action takes place, and this is notoriously more stamina-sapping and can suit a different type of horse.
It is definitely worth paying attention to which track is in use when considering potential selections, as certain horses (just as they may be course specialists at different courses) can also be more suited to either the Old course or the New course.
For a more in-depth look into this and how it can affect races at the Festival, have a look at this brilliantly informative course walk by Racing TV’s Lydia Hislop and Ruby Walsh.
The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle and the main focal point of the whole jumps season of virtually every owner, trainer, jockey and punter. So too, by association, you will find that many horses are targeted at the Festival for virtually their whole season, and will produce quite markedly better performances there.
This pattern has stood the test of time, and year on year, you will find that horses suddenly improve a huge amount on the form that they have been showing throughout the season. Put simply, the main starting point for any form study for the Cheltenham Festival should begin with the previous year’s Festival, and then everything else will slot into place around that.
Quite often, big priced winners can be found by applying this simple methodology.
These four days in the middle of March can be the defining point of the whole year for many a bookmaker and punter, and so it is a time to be alert to offers, better odds and many more opportunities that will become available to you, that wouldn’t normally arise at any other meeting.
Don’t be afraid to look for the bigger priced runners, as given the extra media attention nowadays, many of the favourites can become over-hyped and thus their price will be falsely short.
Don’t be afraid to back more than one horse in many races, as giving yourself a few possible results makes a lot of sense at a meeting where luck can play a large part in the running of some of the races.
Take advantage of the offers in the handful of days before the meeting, as most bookmakers will be competing for your business. This can include very tempting each-way place terms, as quite often in some of the big field handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival, bookmakers will offer 4, 5, 6 and sometimes even 7 places for each-way bets.
Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have dominated the Cheltenham Festival in recent years, and have been crowned Top Trainer at the meeting on nine occasions out of the last 10 years. They have taken over from Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, who won the title 8 times between them between the years of 1999 and 2012.
These four training battalions are very much still the ones to concentrate on, as given the talent and quantity of horses at their disposal, it is very much a feature of their operation to target the Festival each year.
Much can depend on form, fitness and which trainer or owner certain jockeys are associated to as the Cheltenham Festival comes around.
Given it is the biggest stage, bringing with it the highest of pressures, the experienced proven jockeys will continually be seen to best effect. Go back through the last 10 or so years, and the names AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell will appear frequently. This is no coincidence.
Times are changing, and fitness allowing, expect the likes of Jack Kennedy and Rachael Blackmore to be additions to the list of Cheltenham Festival legends in the saddle.
While in the big handicaps, the young and improving jockeys who can still claim weight off their mounts as apprentice or conditional jockeys, will be highly sought after. Many a career has been launched by big wins at the Cheltenham Festival, and it very much pays to stay alert to who may be the chosen ones each season.
What To Wear
There is no official dress code for The Festival but the vast majority of attendees dress smart. This is especially the case on day 2 of the festival (Wednesday) which is Ladies Day. Many ladies opt to wear hats with men being in suits. Fancy dress costumes are permitted within reason but not in the Club Enclosure.
How To Watch the Cheltenham Festival Racing
If you are not attending the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, you will be able to watch the first five Cheltenham races live each day on ITV. Some betting sites such as Bet365 provide live streams of the races to members (subject to meeting the requirements).
Cheltenham Festival Betting
Whether you’re attending The Cheltenham Festival or watching from home, you may wish to have a flutter on some of the big races. You’ll be able to bet on Cheltenham with all bookmakers which accept horse racing bets with some of the bigger bookies being Bet365, William Hill, Betfair and Coral. You’ll be able to compare Cheltenham Festival betting odds for each horse and take advantage of some Cheltenham betting offers such as Best Odds Guaranteed, Moneyback Specials, Non-Runner No Bet and many more. These Cheltenham Festival betting promotions are available at a number of bookies which we list on WhichBookie.
There will be a number of Cheltenham Festival betting offers available in the run-up and during the festival which are worth keeping an eye out for. Here at WhichBookie, we have compiled a list of the best bets for Cheltenham Festival so that you don’t have to spend the time searching for them. We also have professional Cheltenham Festival betting tips for each day of the festival which may help you land a winner.
So, whether you’re looking for the best Cheltenham Festival 2021 betting offers or hot tips for each race, WhichBookie has you covered.
Other Activities at the Cheltenham Festival?
For those looking for more of a day out at the Cheltenham Festival, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a lot more to do than watch the races and drink.
Live Bands: Live bands will be playing at various locations around the venue.
Shopping: The shopping village has approximately 70 bespoke shopping stands where you can browse bags, belts & hats, luxury home accessories, bespoke tailoring, artwork, clothes and much more.
The Orchard: The Orchard was introduced in 2019 and is a premium experience for those with a Club Enclosure ticket. It is a uniquely themed area hosting a range of luxury brands and you can even book your own private Pod in The Orchard which accommodates up to 20 guests and features dining and a private balcony.
Food & Drink: Guests have a huge selection of food and drink options at The Cheltenham Festival ranging from a quick burger and pint to fine dining with a bottle of champagne.
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