DAY 4

GOLD CUP

The main event of the day will be The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup. At three miles and two furlongs long, this is the top race of the festival.
DAY 3

STAYERS' HURDLE

Day three has two big races: the Stayers' Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase. The Stayers' Hurdle has twelve jumps over 3 miles.
DAY 2

CHAMPION CHASE

The highlight of day two is the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase. Runners in this Grade 1 event jump over 12 fences over the course of 2 miles.
YOUR GUIDE

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2025

The Cheltenham Races is the highlight of the jump season. Each year thousands of racing fans gather to watch the best horses in United Kingdom and Ireland over the four day festival.

Famous races include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Arkle, The Stayers Hurdle and The Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Once the festival is over, there is still plenty of racing to look forward to. There will be huge excitement as the Aintree Grand National and the Scottish Grand National approach. Be sure to check out the runners in the 2025 Grand National here: www.grandnational.fans

For everything Cheltenham Festival 2025, including the latest odds and news on the favourites, this is where you want to be. Tuesday 11th March is the first day of the festival and the wait is finally over, get ready for the roar!

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CHAMPION DAY

Tuesday 11th March 2025. It's the first day of the festival and the wait is finally over, get ready for the roar!
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LADIES DAY

Wednesday 12th March 2025. It's the second day of the festival and this one is for the Ladies.
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ST PATRICK'S THURSDAY

Thursday 13th March 2025. It's the third day of the festival and the Irish fans will be out in force.
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GOLD CUP DAY

Friday 14th March 2025. It's the final day of the festival and all eyes are on the Gold Cup race.
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CHELTENHAM RACE GUIDE

WHEN IS CHELTENHAM?

The Cheltenham Festival takes place every March at Prestbury Park Racecourse. The Festival lasts for four days and runs from Tuesday to Friday.

For 2025, the Cheltenham Festival will begin on Tuesday 11th March and end on Friday 14th March with 28 races taking place over that time.

WHAT TIME DOES THE RACING START?

The schedule for racing at the Cheltenham Festival is the same every day. The first race starts at 13.30pm and every 40 minutes thereafter.

The seventh and final race of each day starts at 17:30pm.

WHAT DAY IS LADIES DAY?

Day two of the Cheltenham Festival is known as Ladies Day. This is when style is as much a part of the festivities as the racing.

While there is no official dress code for Ladies Day, there are certain things to take into consideration. Jeans are not allowed and most ladies who attend will be dressed to impress. Though hats are not a requirement, most who attend on this day will be wearing one.

To make things even more exciting, there are awards for the best dressed lady, best accessories and best hat with some winners even walking away with a brand new car, enough to light up anyones day!

WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR CHELTENHAM RACES?

Without a doubt, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most popular race of the Festival. It takes place on the fourth and final day at 15.30pm and regularly attracts the biggest crowds of the four-day meeting.

It is also the number one race of the festival for betting with Betfred.

Interestingly enough, despite the huge mix in races at the Festival, in the betting markets, it is the hurdle races that garner the most bets. The second most popular, in terms of betting, is the Stayers’ Hurdle which takes place on Day 3.

Making up the rest of the top five most popular Cheltenham Festival races to bet on are the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Day 4), the JCB Triumph Hurdle (Day 4), and the Champion Hurdle (Day 1).

WHEN IS THE GOLD CUP?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup always takes place on the final day of the Festival. In 2025 it will take place on Friday 14th March.

The Gold Cup always starts at 3.30pm and is run on the New Course over 3 miles 2½ furlongs.

The race is open to five-year-olds and above and has a total prize fund worth £625,000.

It is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain and in both 2019 and 2020 was won by the Willie Mullins trained Al Boum Photo.

In 2021 and in 2022 it was won by trainer Henry De Bromhead. In 2021 jockey Jack Kennedy guided Minella Indo home, and the following year, in 2022, when Rachael Blackmore won on A Plus Tard.

Willie Mullins and Paul Townend were back in the winners enclosure again in both 2023 and 2024 with Galopin Des Champs.

BETTING & ODDS

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest sporting events in the country for betting. Ante-post odds are available on a large number of the races up to a year in advance.

As with all ante-post odds, they are not without risk. The odds may be good but there are no guarantees that the actual horses backed will run.

In fact, trainers will enter the same horse in multiple races until much closer to the event. This can make it tricky for punters to know which race to back their favourite in.

Each of the race pages on this site has the latest odds for all of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival. Those odds will continue to go up and down until each race starts.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL TICKETS

More than 250,000 racing fans will head to Prestbury Park for the 2025 Cheltenham Festival and each of them will need a ticket. Those tickets start at around £50 for the Tattersalls Enclosure.

However, in 2021, the Cheltenham Festival took place behind closed doors. That meant only staff, trainers, and some owners were allowed to attend. Tickets did not go on sale to the general public.

For the Cheltenham Festival 2025, there are a number of ticket price tiers all the way up to the hospitality packages, which start at £370 per person. The most expensive hospitality package, outside of a private box is the Chez Roux Restaurant Package which will set you back a cool £1475 per person on Gold Cup Day.

The good news is that there are often promotions and offers on ticket sales so check back later for more information on that once they become available.

THE PRESTBURY CUP

Winning a Cheltenham Festival race is the pinnacle of any trainer’s career. The rivalry is fierce as the best chasers and hurdlers across the UK and Ireland go toe-to-toe to take home a trophy.

But beyond each trainer’s desire to win, National pride is also at stake. The annual challenge between Great Britain and Ireland for Festival winners is known as the Prestbury Cup.

The competition runs from the first race of the four-day meeting and is won by the first country to reach 14 winners.

In 2020 the Irish won the Prestbury Cup with 17 wins to Britain’s 10 wins. David Cottin won with Easysland to take a win for France.

2021 was an even bigger margin. Ireland took the win in stunning fashion, bagging 23 wins to the British 5 wins.

There was some redemption for the British in 2022. Although still losing the battle, they did notch up 10 wins against Ireland’s 18.

And they managed to repeat the feat in 2023 with another 10 wins, missing out as Ireland, once again won with 18 wins.

A similar story followed in 2024 as Willie Mullins dominated all but the third day’s racing. Collectively, the Irish trainers produced 18 winners to Britain’s 9, with the Glenfarclas Chase abandoned.

CHELTENHAM & THE IRISH CONNECTION

Not since 2012 has a British trainer won the title of Leading Trainer at the Cheltenham Festival. The last twelve titles have gone to either Willie Mullins or Gordon Elliott, two Irish trainers, with Mullins winning ten of them.

2020 was a record year for Irish trainers who initially had 928 race entries, of which there was a record 340 entries across the ten festival handicaps.

Of course, that includes multiple race entries for some runners, and not all entries made it to Cheltenham but their presence is huge for the meeting.

The Irish love Cheltenham. They love attending and they love winning there. Each year 20,000 Irish racing fans make their way to the four-day Festival.

So much so that the third day of the meeting is known as St Patrick’s Thursday.

CHELTENHAM TIPS & PREVIEW EVENINGS

Everybody loves to get good Cheltenham tips and we follow all of the chasers and hurdlers to find out who really has the best shot at winning.

Our tips are here if you want to check out who we think has the best chance at winning in each race.

Preview evenings are another excellent way to get the inside scoop from the industry experts. On the run up to the festival, various leading trainers and pundits get together around the country with racing fans to discuss who they think will dominate in each race.

You can check your local racecourse website to find out which previews are happening near you.

WHICH TV CHANNEL SHOWS THE CHELTENHAM RACES?

As part of their extensive racing coverage, the majority of Cheltenham Festival races are live on ITV. That also includes the ITV hub via your desktop or mobile device.

Unfortunately, they don’t show all the races and coverage generally ends at 5pm.

One good way to watch those races, not aired on tv, is to place a small bet on them with a bookmaker that offers a ‘watch live’ service.

As long as you place a bet of at least 50p, you can stream the race live via the bookmaker site.