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How To Bet On The Cheltenham Festival
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What is the Cheltenham Festival?
The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day National Hunt racing extravaganza held in March every year to celebrate the best in the sport. Known as the Olympics of jumps racing, there are 28 races run over four days, featuring the very best horses across all of the different disciplines. Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival features the Champion Hurdle which is for the best two-mile hurdlers plus some top novice races including the Arkle Challenge Trophy which is a two-mile chase contest and the meeting gets underway with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle also run over two miles. Add in the Mares Hurdle and three competitive handicaps you could argue that Tuesday's the highlight of the week.
On Wednesday, Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival features the Queen Mother Champions Chase run over two miles. The Grade 1 contest is often one of the most exciting and some real legends of the sport have walked away as the Champion chaser including Sprinter Sacre and Altior in recent seasons. Other races on Day 2 include the Ballymore Novices Hurdle run over two and a half miles and the three-mile Festival Novices' Chase. The Coral Cup is the most competitive of handicap hurdles of the week and there's also the Cross Country chase and the Champion Bumper for a really varied day of horse racing.
Thursday sees the Stayers' Hurdle as the highlight of Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. Add into the mix the two and a half mile Grade 1 Ryanair Chase and the Turners Novices' Chase there's some excellent sport. If you like big handicaps, the Pertemps Final and the Festival Plate are always hugely competitive and the day is rounded off with the Mares' Novices' Hurdle and another handicap in the shape of the Kim Muir.
Friday is Day 4 at the Cheltenham Festival which features the big race of the week, the Gold Cup. Run over three and a quarter miles, the race is packed full of history and has returned such winners as Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star. It's the number one prize in jumps racing and the supporting cast includes the Triumph Hurdle for juveniles, two competitive handicaps with the County Hurdle, Martin Pipe, plus the Hunter Chase for amateur riders and the Mares Chase which is a new addition to the Festival.
When is the 2024 Cheltenham Festival?
The 2023 Cheltenham Festival will take up its traditional spot in the middle of March, run on Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th.
- Day 1 - Tuesday 12th March 2024
- Day 2 - Wednesday 13th March 2024
- Day 3 - Thursday 14th March 2024
- Day 4 - Friday 15th March 2024
Where can I bet on Races at Cheltenham 2024?
At Horseracing.net we have odds for all 28 races for the Cheltenham Festival. We'll have odds comparison grids set up for the races as soon as our trusted bookmaker partners have priced up a race ante-post and on the day of the race you can also find Cheltenham Odds via our detailed racecards for all 28 races.
We work with tried and tested bookmakers to give our users the best possible experience when betting on the Cheltenham Festival. Many of the bookmakers will have sign up offers and Cheltenham Festival Free Bets so keep your eyes peeled on the site before and during the Festival.
How many people attend the Festival?
The Cheltenham Festival is a hugely popular event and the racecourse has gone through many changes in recent years to increase capacity.
The capacity of the racecourse has now been reduced in 2023 to 68,500 per day and would usually sell out for the four-day Cheltenham Festival.
Home of the Centaur which is an indoor auditorium which is very popular with racegoers when the weather is bad and can watch and have a bet in the warm, whilst in 2015 the racecourse increased its 6,500-capacity Princess Royal Stand which completed the course redevelopment and sits within stunning surroundings.
In 2022, over the four days, 280,627 attended the festival, with the busiest day being Friday with 73,875.
Is there a Dress Code for attending the Festival?
There is no dress code as such at the Cheltenham Festival, although you are advised to dress for conditions if the weather is cold or wet and they also advise that if you are in the Club Enclosure you wear a suit if you are a man.
Where can you watch the Cheltenham Festival races?
ITV Racing are the host broadcaster but all of the bookmakers featured on Horseracing.net offer users the facility to watch a race if they have had a bet on it if you can't get in front of a television. Details of bookmakers are below:
- William Hill
Cheltenham Course Guide
The racecourse based in the outskirts of Cheltenham in the village of Prestbury is the home of national hunt racing and has three left-hand tracks, the Old Course, the New Course and the Cross Country Steeplechase course.
There are 16 days of racing spread over eight fixtures at Cheltenham the highlight of which is the four-day Cheltenham Festival which is held annually in March and features 28 races including top-notch Grade One races such as the Champion Hurdle, Arkle Challenge Trophy and Queen Mother Champion Chase and the feature race is the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Can I park at Cheltenham Racecourse?
Yes, there is on-site parking at Cheltenham Racecourse. There is a fee to park during Cheltenham Festival and the November Meeting Saturday, but it’s free the rest of the year.
What are the different enclosures at Cheltenham?
There are three enclosures at Cheltenham — Club, Tattersall, and Best Mate. The Club Enclosure is the most premium. Best Mate is the most affordable way to see Cheltenham Festival, while still providing a head-on view of the home straight.
Do you offer Cheltenham Free Bets?
Yes. You can find plenty of Cheltenham free bets here on HorseRacing.net courtesy of our partner bookmakers. Simply browse the offers on the right-hand side of the page, make your selection, and click through to sign up and claim.
Can I see all the Cheltenham Festival results here?
Yes. Here at HorseRacing.net, we have all the latest results for Cheltenham Festival, plus all the other daily racing events across the UK and Ireland. You can find the full list on our dedicated horse racing results page.