Cheltenham Festival Schedule

A full Cheltenham Festival racing schedule for all four days is listed below:

Champion Day Race Schedule

Race Time Race Name Race Length
13:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 2m 1/2f
14:05 Irish Independent Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase 2m
14:40 Festival Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 1/2f
15:20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 2m 1/2f
16:00 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 7f
16:40 David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle Race 2m 4f
17:15 Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase 2m 4 1/2f


Ladies Day Race Schedule

Race Time Race Name Race Length
13:30 National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 4m
14:05 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle 2m 5f
14:40 RSA Steeple Chase 3m 1/2f
15:20 Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase 2m
16:00 Coral Cup (Handicap Hurdle) 2m 5f
16:40 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle 2m 1/2f
17:15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) 2m 1/2f


St Patrick’s Day Race Schedule

Race Time Race Name Race Length
13:30 Jewson Novices’ Steeple Chase 2m 5f
14:05 Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) 3m
14:40 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f
15:20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m
16:00 Byrne Group Plate Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 5f
16:40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 1 1/2 f
17:15 St Patrick’s Day Derby (Charity Race) 1m 5f


Cheltenham Gold Cup Day Race Schedule

Race Time Race Name Race Length
13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f
14:05 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f
14:40 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 3m
15:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f
16:00 Christie’s Foxhunter Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f
16:40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle 4m 4 1/2f
17:15 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase 2m 1/2f

Cheltenham Festival is a horse racing event that spans four action-packed days. There are a diverse mix of hurdles and chases, which all take place at the iconic Prestbury Park. This location has 350 acres of race tracks, and the Cheltenham Festival uses all three of the available courses. Horse races take place on the Old Course over the first two days of the festival, and then switch to the New Course for the last two days. The Cross Country Course is also used at Cheltenham Festival, and has a selection of both man-made and natural banks, ditches and timber rails.

The four day event begins with Champion Day, which hosts the Stan James Champion Hurdle in the afternoon. Ladies Day is the second event in the Cheltenham Festival calendar, where attendees pay special attention to their attire as well as such horse races as the Queen Mother Champion Chase, where the top two-mile chasers race towards the finish line. The third day of racing is St Patrick’s Thursday, which contains two significant events – the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase. The final day at the Festival is Gold Cup Day which hosts the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup race, a highlight in the jump racing calendar.