It’s almost that time of year again, the horse racing season is just around the corner, starting with the Cheltenham Festival.

The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious jump racing event of the year, with the festival hosting the world renowned Gold Cup on its final day.

The first Cheltenham Gold Cup was held in 1819, but as a three-mile race without jumps. However, the modern version we see with jumps first ran in 1924.

The festival is the first of 30 major events being held this year by the British Horse Racing Authority.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the2019 running of the historical festival…

The stands will be packed to the rafters for Cheltenham again this year

When is it?

This year’s festival takes place from Tuesday March 12 through to Friday March 15 2019, with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdles starting at 1:30pm and the final race of the day at 5:30pm.

Gates open at 10:30am and Cheltenham have a shopping village with over 70 stands, live music and food and drink running throughout the day of racing.

Where does it take place? 

The Cheltenham Festival takes place at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for the festival are currently on sale now, with official tickets being sold at the their best price before January 28th.

Is the Cheltenham Festival on TV?

The festival will be show live on Racing TV (formally Racing UK) and ITV will broadcast most races across their channels.

ITV are yet to announce and confirm their TV schedule for the four day event, updates will be given as soon as its released.

Cheltenham attracted over 262,000 racegoers in 2018, including over 70,000 on Gold Cup Day

Day-by-day Race Schedule 

Day One: Champions Day (12th March 2019)

  1. 1330 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  2. 1410 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
  3. 1450 Ultima Handicap Chase
  4. 1530 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Marquee Race)
  5. 1610 Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy)
  6. 1650 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase
  7. 1730 Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase

Day Two: Ladies Day (13th March 2019)

  1. 1330 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
  2. 1410 RSA Steeple Chase
  3. 1450 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle
  4. 1530 Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Marquee Race)
  5. 1610 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
  6. 1650 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  7. 1730 Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Day Three: St. Patrick’s Thursday (14th March 2019)

  1. 1330 JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase
  2. 1410 Pertemps Final
  3. 1450 Ryanair Chase
  4. 1530 Stayers’ Hurdle (Marquee Race)
  5. 1610 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Handicap Chase
  6. 1650 Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle
  7. 1730 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

Day Four: Gold Cup Day (15th March 2019)

  1. 1330 JCB Triumph Hurdle
  2. 1410 Randox Health Country Handicap Hurdle
  3. 1450 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
  4. 1530 Cheltenham Gold Cup (Marquee Race)
  5. 1610 Foxhunter Steeple Chase
  6. 1650 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
  7. 1730 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase

Who won last year’s Gold Cup?

Last year’s winner of the Gold Cup was Native River, trained by Colin Tizzard and rode by jockey Richard Johnson.

Native River held off strong competition from favourite Might Bite to secure the Blue Ribbon.

Richard Johnson celebrates with champion horse Native River after winning the Gold Cup in 2018

Who are the early favourites for the Gold Cup?

The betting odds have been released by William Hill ahead of the festival, revealing Presenting Percy as the early favourite at odds of 4/1.

Last year’s winner Native River is second favourite at 9/2 with Kemboy (8/1), Clan Des Obeaux (9/1) and last year’s favourite Might Bite and Road To Respect (both 12/1) complete the top five.

  • Presenting Percy 4/1
  • Native River 9/2
  • Kemboy 8/1
  • Clan Des Obeaux 9/1
  • Might Bite 12/1
  • Road To Respect 12/1
  • Thistlecrack 14/1
  • Al Boum Photo 16/1
  • Bar 20/1

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