The 2024 Cheltenham Festival begins on Tuesday 12th March at Prestbury Park racecourse. Over the course for the next four days there will be a total of twenty-eight races featuring hundreds of runners. We feature previews of every Cheltenham Festival race, with tips, predictions, odds, trends and free bets. Click on any of the race names to get the latest news for that race, the best predictions, special offers and much more...Make this page your essential reference for this year's Cheltenham Festival.
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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 1 - Champion Day
Tuesday 12th March 2024, featuring the 2024 Unibet Champion Hurdle
The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival - known as Champion Day - traditionally takes place on a Tuesday and is headlined by the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle. It kicks off in what promises to be spectacular style, the “Cheltenham Roar” for the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. The Day is closed by the National Hunt Chase.
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 2 - Ladies Day
Wednesday 13th March 2024, featuring the 2024 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival - known as Ladies Day - is not to be missed. The card is stacked with top drawer contests with four Grade 1 races in total - including the Brown Advisory Chase and the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle. The feature race is the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase.
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 3 - St. Patrick's Day
Thursday 14th March 2024, featuring the 2024 Ryanair Chase and the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle
Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival is known as St Patrick's Day. The feature races is the Stayers’ Hurdle, the oldest of the four Championship race at Cheltenham. Other races on the third day of Cheltenham include the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase and the Turners Novices' Chase.
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 - Gold Cup Day
Friday 15th March 2024, featuring the 2024 Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup
Day 4 is the final day of this racing extravaganza and it's all about the Gold Cup, the most prestigious contest of the racing calendar. The final day also features the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle and the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
Cheltenham Festival Guide
The Cheltenham Festival is UK's biggest horse racing event, alongside the Grand National. It is able to consistently attract some of the top horses in the world, as a result, boasting more than £4 million in prize money. The racing action is four days long, and punters have the opportunity to bet on several high-profile races. The course can expect to welcome over 200,000 racegoers from all over the world, with it believed that more than £500 million will be gambled throughout the week.
When does Cheltenham Festival start?
The 2024 Cheltenham Festival takes place on Tuesday 12th March through to Friday 15th March.
When was the first Cheltenham Festival?
The Cheltenham Festival was created back in 1860, but it wasn’t until 1902 that it was moved to the newly opened track at Prestbury Park and it’s remained there ever since.
Where is the Cheltenham Festival racecourse?
Located at Prestbury Park in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham racecourse is the home of National Hunt racing. It consists of two tracks - the Old Course and the New Course. The New Course has an extremely tricky downhill fence and also a much longer run in than the Old Course. Alongside the Old and the New Course, there is also a Cross Country course built inside the main course.
How long is the Cheltenham Festival?
The Festival consists of four days of top-class jump racing action with several Grade 1 races including the four Championship races - Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Stayers' Hurdle.
How many races are there at Cheltenham Festival?
Each of the 4 days of racing features seven races. Hence, there will be 28 races run at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival.
What time is the first race at the Cheltenham Festival?
The first race is at 1:30pm, and the last race at 5:30pm. Each day there is a feature race at 3:30pm
What are the most important races at the Cheltenham Festival?
The four-day extravaganza is the finest show in racing and victory at the meeting is often how greatness is measured in the ‘sport of kings.’ Find below all the major races you should not miss.
- DAY 1 kicks off in thrilling fashion with the Supreme Novices Hurdle and features the Champions Hurdle, a fantastic Grade One contest.
- DAY 2 is highlighted by the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a top-class race surrounded by the three mile Brown Advisory Chase and the vastly popular and unusual Cross Country Chase.
- DAY 3 features the oldest race of the week, the Stayers’ Hurdle, and also features two other prestigious Grade One contests, the Turners Novices Chase and the two-and-a-half mile Ryanair Chase.
- DAY 4 kicks off with the JCB Triumph Hurdle and features the biggest race of the jumps racing calendar and the most famous prize in the world of National Hunt racing – the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
How can I watch the Cheltenham Festival?
This year's Cheltenham Festival action will be shown live on Racing TV and ITV.
Daily Cheltenham Festival Tips
Here at BetAndSkill we'll be providing you with all of the latest tips on the Cheltenham Festival using our horse racing betting experience and statistics (eg. in form horses, most successful jockeys/trainers), all to give you the best chance of making a huge profit from the highlight of the racing calendar in 2024.
Our resident racing tipsters will be covering all the best ante-post tips, betting trends, boomakers' promotions and exclusive betting offers in the run up to the Cheltenham Festival as well as every day during the four days of racing.
All the betting tips on our Cheltenham Festival section come from the expert BetAndSkill team of tipsters, who have been analysing horses and the betting markets to help punters like you since 2007. Our Cheltenham Festival tips are completely free and have proven highly profitable over the past years.
Cheltenham Festival Free Sports Bets & Promotions
Early in 2024, the top UK online bookmakers started to offer non-runner no bet on all the Cheltenham Festival races, so you can back our Cheltenham tips and be guaranteed for a run or get your money back.
When it comes to the biggest meetings, such as the Cheltenham Festival, the BetAndSkill team spend hours ploughing through the best bookmakers offering special promotions and you can be confident that the tipsters have spent plenty of time coming up with the best Cheltenham free bets.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best horse racing bookies?
We constantly analyse and rank all the UK bookies taking bets on horse racing. As a result, you can find the list of the best horse racing betting sites here at BetAndSkill.
Where can I find today's Cheltenham Festival Tips?
If you're looking for quick Festival tips, or expert tips on every Cheltenham meet, head to our Cheltenham racing tips tips page. You'll find ante post tips on all the Cheltenham races of the day as well as the latest odds.
Where can I find free horse racing tips?
Here at BetAndSkill you can find much more than Cheltenham Festival tips! If you’re looking for all our free horse racing tips for all of today’s races, then look out for the horse racing predictions section where you will find our best bets: NAP of the day, a single pick for every race of today's meets, multiple bets such as Double of the Day and Treble of the Day, E/W bet and our Lucky 15 tips.