Cheltenham Festival

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The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle of the National Hunt game, providing four spectacular days of jump racing. The iconic Cheltenham Racecourse at Prestbury Park plays host to the meeting as racing fans, trainers, owners and punters make the annual pilgrimage to Gloucestershire.

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival takes place between March 16 and March 19 with a total of 28 races – including 14 Grade 1s and a host of competitive handicaps. Each day features a Championship race, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday being the Blue Riband event of the festival.

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Races by Day

📍 Location: Cheltenham Racecourse

Day 1: The Champion Hurdle

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Start Time (GMT) Race Betting Odds
13:20 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Latest Odds
13:55 Arkle Challenge Trophy Latest Odds
14:30 Festival Trophy Handicap Chase Latest Odds
15:05 Champion Hurdle Latest Odds
15:40 Mares’ Hurdle Latest Odds
16:15 Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Latest Odds
16:50 National Hunt Challenge Cup Latest Odds
  • Day one features the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle over two miles – recent star winners include Hurricane Fly, Istabraq and Buveur d’Air.
  • The most prestigious hurdle race on the calendar has eight hurdles to be jumped over 2 miles and half a furlong.
  • Nicky Henderson is the winning-most trainer of the race with seven victories while jockey Ruby Walsh has four victories including 2016 on the mare Annie Power.
  • Champion Hurdle Day boasts four Grade 1s, with the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle getting under way to the famous Cheltenham roar.
  • The Arkle Challenge Trophy – for two-mile novice chasers – and the Mares’ Hurdle over 2m4f complete the Grade 1 quartet.
  • The brilliant Quevega – trained in Ireland by the great Willie Mullins – made the Mares’ Hurdle her own by winning six times between 2009 and 2014.
  • The National Hunt Challenge Cup can often point to future Grand National winners – dual Aintree hero Tiger Roll scored in 2017.

Day 2: The Queen Mother Champion Chase

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Start Time (GMT) Race Betting Odds
13:20 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Latest Odds
13:55 Festival Novices’ Steeple Chase Latest Odds
14:30 Coral Cup Hurdle Latest Odds
15:05 Queen Mother Champion Chase Latest Odds
15:40 Cross Country Chase Latest Odds
16:15 Grand Annual Handicap Chase Latest Odds
16:50 Champion Bumper Latest Odds
  • Day two sees the two-mile chasers to take centre stage in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, won by Nicky Henderson’s brilliant Altior for the last two years.
  • Henderson boasts the most winners alongside Tom Dreaper with six apiece. Famous recent victors include Master Minded, Sizing Europe and Sprinter Sacre.
  • Two Grade 1s kick off the day with the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle often producing future Champion Hurdle winners while the Festival Steeplechase can throw up future Gold Cup horses – Might Bite won in 2017 before finishing second in the Gold Cup in 2018.
  • Trainer Enda Bolger has won the unique Cross Country Chase five times, but that race has been won for the last two years by Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll en route to Grand National glory.

Day 3: The Stayers’ Hurdle

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Start Time (GMT) Race Betting Odds
13:20 The Marsh Novices’ Chase Latest Odds
13:55 Pertemps Final Latest Odds
14:30 The Ryanair Steeple Chase Latest Odds
15:05 Stayers’ Hurdle Latest Odds
15:40 The Plate Handicap Chase Latest Odds
16:15 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Latest Odds
16:50 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Latest Odds
  • Day three features two open Grade 1s, with the Stayers’ Hurdle traditionally the headline event boasting notable winners such as Big Buck’s (2009,10,11,12) and Inglis Drever (2005,07,08).
  • The three-mile hurdle race has arguably been usurped now by the Ryanair Chase, a 2m5f Grade 1 over fences which has its own illustrious roll of honour.
  • Despite only being founded in 2005, the likes of Imperial Commander, Cue Card, Vautour and Un De Sceaux have all won the Ryanair.
  • The Marsh Novices’ Chase (formerly the JLT Novices’ Chase) kicks off the card, while it may be worth sticking with Willie Mullins in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. He has won all four runnings since 2016.

Day 4: Gold Cup

Friday, 19 March 2021

Start Time (GMT) Race Betting Odds
13:20 Triumph Hurdle Latest Odds
13:55 County Handicap Hurdle Latest Odds
14:30 Novices’ Hurdle Latest Odds
15:05 Cheltenham Gold Cup Latest Odds
15:40 St James’ Palace Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase Latest Odds
16:15 Mares’ Steeplechase Latest Odds
16:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Latest Odds
  • The final day is arguably the best day of racing on the National Hunt calendar.
  • The card boasts three Grade 1s including the 3m2f Cheltenham Gold Cup. Widely regarded as the most prestigious event in jump racing, it had a prize fund of £625,000 in 2019 and has had several multiple winners including Golden Miller, Arkle and more recently Kauto Star.
  • Willie Mullins finally won the Gold Cup for the first time in 2019 with Al Boum Photo scoring under Paul Townend.
  • The Triumph Hurdle kicks off Gold Cup day, a Grade 1 for four-year-olds.
  • The Foxhunter Chase – for hunter chasers and amateur jockeys – tends to throw up plenty of repeat winners including Salsify, On The Fringe and Pacha Du Polder recently.
  • The final race of the day used to be the Grand Annual – named after Nicky Henderson’s late father Johnny – but now the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle rounds things off.

Cheltenham Promotions

At MansionBet we have plenty of exclusive offers and promotions across the Cheltenham Festival which are well worth checking out:

Best Odds Guaranteed

We offer Best Odds Guaranteed on all UK and Irish Racing from 10am on the day of race, allowing you to take a price – if it returns at a bigger price we will pay out at the increased odds. This means you don’t need to take SP and can win extra money even if your horse drifts.

Faller Insurance

Take advantage of our Faller Insurance offer, giving you a second chance if your horse is a faller. In every race at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, you can get up to £25 as a free bet if your horse falls, unseats or is brought down. Just place at least a £5 bet (single or each-way) on any race, and we will give you another chance if you are unlucky in running.

Free Bets

If your horse finishes second or third to the SP favourite on selected races, we give you back your stake in the form of free bets of up to £25.

Get Paid as a Winner

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Check out all of our latest Cheltenham offers on our #MerryCheltmas promotions page before placing a bet. (T&Cs apply).

Additional Information

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