When is it on?
The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day race meet that runs between Tuesday 12 March and Friday 15th March 2019.
Where can I watch it?
Cheltenham will be broadcast in full on ITV, on each of the four days with shows also previewing and reacting to the day’s events.
Can I still get tickets?
Yes, tickets are still available on for all four days with tickets to Gold Cup Friday likely to sell out first. They are available at multitude of different tiers ranging from £40 to £90.
What are the big races?
Each of the four days has a feature race and they are as follows;
Tuesday- Champion Hurdle
Previous winners include: Buveur D’air, Istabraq, Hurricane Fly
Wednesday- Queen Mother Champion Chase
Previous winners include: Altior, Sprinter Sacre, Master Minded
Thursday- Stayers Hurdle
Previous winners include: Big Buck’s, Thistlecrack, Nichols Canyon
Friday- Magners Gold Cup
Previous winners include: Kauto Star, Best Mate, Desert Orchid
Horses to follow?
There’s plenty of horses to follow over the course of the week however I have whittled it down to just one each day for beginners.
Tuesday- Fakir D’oudairies (Supreme Novices Hurdle) The 4-year-old looks poised to breakout at Cheltenham having already won over course and distance at Cheltenham earlier this season. Looks a great bet in the Supreme if he decides to go here.
Wednesday- Blue Sari (Champion Bumper) Looked a very talented prospect when bloodlessly winning at Gowran in January and a very exciting prospect.
Thursday- Uradel (Coral Cup) Disappointing run at Punchestown two weeks ago but should go well here and at a larger price looks excellent value in the market.
Friday- Presenting Percy (Magners Gold Cup) Only ran once this season in a stacked hurdle at Gowran. He’s not jumped fences since his RSA victory last year but looks a class above in the Gold Cup market.
Where can I drink?
During Festival week the town of Cheltenham is awash with places to eat and drink. The Brewery Quarter lies on the racecourse side of Cheltenham and has an array of bars and restaurants to cater for every need. Alternatively, in Montpellier up-market restaurants such as Brasserie Blanc and The Ivy are also sure to be very busy.