Cheltenham Festival 2020: Schedule, betting tips, odds, racecards, records and live TV coverage details

All the details ahead of the 2020 Festival

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival gets under way on March 10 and we've got all the information you need ahead of the four-day spectacular.

Right here, we have a full schedule of the biggest week in horse racing, as well as exclusive free tips from our team of experts, plus all the latest Sky Bet odds and offers.

Contents

  1. Schedule, racecards and times
  2. Daily Tips
  3. Ante-Post betting previews & features
  4. Sky Bet odds and offers
  5. Stable tours, videos and podcasts
  6. Dress code, tickets and travel
  7. Facts, records and statistics
  8. TV coverage

1. Cheltenham Festival 2020: Schedule

CHELTENHAM DAY 1 - TUESDAY MARCH 10 (OLD COURSE)

Officially billed as Champion Day, the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is packed with top quality and starts with a bang as the best young hurdlers clash in the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle. The Racing Post Arkle crowns the champion two-mile novice chaser and the headline race on day one is the Unibet Champion Hurdle, won by some legends of the sport over the years including magnificent mare Dawn Run, the popular Brave Inca and three-time winners Hatton's Grace, Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq.

CHELTENHAM DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY MARCH 11 (OLD COURSE & CROSS COUNTRY)

Ladies Day consists of a fine blend of speed and stamina, with the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase one of the most exhilarating races of the entire week as the fastest two-milers wing around Prestbury Park's demanding chase course.

The RSA Insurance Novices' Chase is a severe examination for burgeoning staying talent and the Cross Country Chase gets better by the year, with dual hero Tiger Roll famously going on to claim Grand National glory at Aintree on both occasions.

CHELTENHAM DAY 3 - THURSDAY MARCH 12 (NEW COURSE)

The St Patrick's Thursday crowd has every reason to celebrate with a couple of cracking Grade One contests in the Stayers' Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase.

The newly-backed Marsh Novices' Chase (formerly the JLT) also carries top-class status while the Pertemps Network Final provides a fantastic puzzle for punters to solve as a huge field scrap for hurdling honours over three miles.

CHELTENHAM DAY 4 - FRIDAY MARCH 13 (NEW COURSE)

Gold Cup Day barely needs introduction.

One of the most sought-after titles in racing is decided on the final day of the Festival and always promises to provide the greatest spectacle.

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is a race associated with the elite of the sport and nothing can rival the Cheltenham roar as the horses charge up the famous hill - last year saw Al Boum Photo break Willie Mullins' duck in the great race and Ireland's champion trainer has another couple of live contenders this season.

The JCB Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle also crown top-class talents, while a recent tweak to the programme now means the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle is the 28th and final race of the Festival.

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2. Free Daily Cheltenham Tips

Just click on the image below and be taken to all our in-depth daily tips centre packed full of expert analysis from the likes of Ben Linfoot, Oli Bell, Simon Holt, Donn McClean, Alex Hammond, Ed Chamberlin and more.

Our team's best bets for the Festival on Thursday


3. Cheltenham Festival 2020: Ante-Post Betting Previews & Features

Our tipping and preview package will continue to build ahead of the Festival so don't forget to bookmark this page and keep track of all our tips and recommended bets along the way...

Donn McClean: Five Irish dark horses - Find out which returning 2019 Cheltenham Festival winner features among Donn McClean's five dark horses for this year's meeting.

City Island could surprise a few people

Ed Chamberllin: Closing in on the roar - ITV Racing host Ed Chamberlin has only one thing on his mind and here he outlines five things he's excited about at next week's Cheltenham Festival.

Ed Chamberlin looks forward to this year's Cheltenham

What the Festival means to me - Irish racing expert Donn McClean takes a trip down memory lane as he explains just what the Cheltenham Festival means to him.

War Of Attrition in action at Cheltenham

Photo looks a picture on paper - Pedigree expert Cassie Tully looks ahead to an intriguing edition of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and a stellar one from a breeding perspective.

Al Boum Photo looks the part on paper and on the course

Donn McClean: Elliott v Mullins - They've dominated the Irish racing scene and the Cheltenham Festival in recent years. Donn McClean on Gordon Elliott versus Willie Mullins.

Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins are Ireland's two star trainers

Ben Linfoot visits Gordon Elliott - Ben Linfoot reflects on a stable visit to Gordon Elliott's ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival with the top Irish trainer set to send over his biggest team yet.

Envoi Allen says hello to our cameraman at Gordon Elliott's

Paul Nolan on... - We caught up with Paul Nolan to chat about his 2020 Cheltenham Festival team including his Grade One winner and Albert Bartlett hope Latest Exhibition.

Simon Holt: Greatest Festival races - Top commentator Simon Holt reflects on some of the great Cheltenham races including Kauto Star's battles with stablemate and rival Denman.

Kauto Star was among the greatest Cheltenham stars of all time

Mark Howard: Festival clashes - Mark Howard looks ahead to some of the mouthwatering races in store at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival including a novices' hurdle not to be missed.

The Queen Mother Champion Chase promises plenty

Donn McClean: Irish handicappers - Irish racing journalist Donn McClean flags up five Irish handicappers who might be worth a second look ahead of the Festival.

Silver Sheen (green silks) pictured in winning action

Mike Cattermole: My Festival top 10 - Mike Cattermole counts down his most memorable Cheltenham Festival highlights, featuring the resurgence of great two-mile chaser Sprinter Sacre.

Top commentator Mike Cattermole on the Cheltenham Festival

Alex Hammond: My Festival top 10 - Sky Sports Racing presenter Alex Hammond looks back on her 10 favourite Cheltenham Festival memories - counting down the most unforgettable moment.

Desert Orchid winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Big-race trends: Sky Bet Supreme - The sponsors are offering money back as cash if you lose on the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (£10 max) and we've teamed up with Weatherbys to provide the key trends for the race.

Big-race trends for the Sky Bet Supreme

Big-race trends: Unibet Champion Hurdle - We've teamed up with Weatherbys to provide the key trends ahead of the Unibet Champion Hurdle - the day one feature of the Cheltenham Festival.

Check out the Unibet Champion Hurdle trends

Big-race trends: Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase - We've teamed up with Weatherbys to provide the key trends ahead of the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Check out the Champion Chase trends

Big-race trends: Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle - We've teamed up with Weatherbys to provide the key racing trends ahead of the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Check out the trends for the Stayers' Hurdle

Big-race trends: Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup - We've teamed up with Weatherbys to provide the key racing trends ahead of the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

Check out the 10-year trends for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

What the Festival means to me - Nothing gets close to the drama of the Cheltenham Festival, according to Mike Cattermole - he relives some of his finest memories from Prestbury Park.

Barry Geraghty had nothing to worry about on Sprinter Sacre in 2012

What the Festival means to me - Simon Holt on what the Cheltenham Festival meant to a 10-year-old boy, and what it still means to a veteran of the press room and the commentary box.

Best Mate wins his first Gold Cup

Antepost Angle: Handicap bets - Matt Brocklebank reacts to the unveiling of the Cheltenham Festival handicap weights with his best bets including a Kim Muir fancy.

Check out the latest antepost selections

Festival handicappers: Super six - Ben Linfoot and Matt Brocklebank join forces to highlight half a dozen fascinating handicap entries at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Deyrann De Carjac (far left) has been campaigned in warm races

Heavy is the head that wears the crown - Only the true greats retain the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Matt Brocklebank highlights just what Al Boum Photo is up against this year.

Al Boum Photo comes under the spotlight

Antepost Angle: RSA Insurance Novices' Chase - Matt Brocklebank identifies a 25/1 chance he's keen to back for this year's RSA Insurance Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

Pym in action at Cheltenham

Antepost Angle: Unibet Champion Hurdle - Matt Brocklebank feels Gordon Elliott could work his magic with a 25/1 chance set to return in the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Coeur Sublime (left) could run a huge race back at Cheltenham

Antepost Angle: Champion Chase & Marsh Novices' Chase - Matt Brocklebank is keen to get a couple of horses on side for Cheltenham before they potentially enhance their credentials at Leopardstown and Sandown.

Cilaos Emery still has bags of potential over fences

Trials Day: Horses to follow - Matt Brocklebank rates the action following Cheltenham Trials Day and nominates horses to follow from each race.

Harry Senior looked a class act on Trials Day

Cheltenham Trials Day trends - Cheltenham plays host to Trials Day, but which – if any – are the key races, when looking for winners at the Festival in March? Paul Ferguson looks at the recent trends.

Imperial Aura (left) is set to appear this weekend

Willie Mullins' rising stars - Matt Brocklebank looks at a handful of Willie Mullins’ novice hurdlers who should be worth following for the remainder of the season.

Janidil in action

Gordon Elliott's rising stars - Matt Brocklebank assesses Elliott’s five star novice hurdlers and considers their Cheltenham Festival prospects.

Gordon Elliott commands a huge team of top-class prospects

Antepost Angle: Racing Post Arkle Trophy - The Arkle comes under the spotlight as Matt Brocklebank recommends backing one for the home team at 25/1.

Al Dancer is highly effective in the hood

Antepost Angle: Cheltenham Gold Cup & Ryanair Chase - Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to two of the major chases at the Festival.

Gold Cup & Ryanair Chase tips

4. Cheltenham Festival 2020: Odds & Offers

Click here to place your bets on the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

Sky Bet, who sponsor the first event of the Festival, have priced up all 28 races well in advance and to give punters the opportunity to bet in confidence prior to the meeting, they're offering Non-Runner, No Bet - which means you'll be refunded in full if your selection does not take part in the race.

On top of that, the online firm are offering their standard Best Odds Guaranteed price promise, which means if the Starting Price is greater than the price you take, you'll get paid out at the longer odds.

So whether you think Al Boum Photo is a good thing to go back-to-back in the Gold Cup, or you have a dark horse for the Ultima Handicap Chase on day one, head to the Sky Bet antepost racing pages to place your bets on the Cheltenham Festival.

There is also the amazing Money Back As Cash offer now live on the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle market.

Sky Bet Supreme offer

5. Cheltenham Festival 2020: Stable tours, videos & podcasts

We've visited some of the biggest and best yards in Britain and Ireland to get the very latest insight from key players ahead of the Festival. So keep this page saved for news from Willie Mullins, Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Colin Tizzard, Phillip Hobbs, Alan King, Gordon Elliott and many more.

Sporting Life Racing Podcast

Head to your regular Podcast provider for the latest offering as the racing team looks ahead to the biggest week of the year.

Listen to the Sporting Life Podcast for day one of Cheltenham


Colin Tizzard Stable Tour

Festival file - We highlight the pick of the quotes from the visit to Colin Tizzard's stable ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Paul Nicholls Stable Tour

Festival file - We highlight the pick of the quotes from the visit to Paul Nicholls' Ditcheat yard ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Feature - David Ord reflects on a visit to Paul Nicholls' Ditcheat yard where the champion trainer is readying a small but select Cheltenham Festival outfit.

Willie Mullins Stable Tour

Festival file - We highlight the pick of the quotes from the visit to Willie Mullins' Closutton yard ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Gordon Elliott Stable Tour

Festival file - We highlight the pick of the quotes from the visit to Gordon Elliott's Cullentra House Farm stable ahead of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Feature - Fran Berry reflects on a pre-Cheltenham Festival visit to Gordon Elliott's yard with Samcro, Delta Work, Envoi Allen, Abacadabras and Tiger Roll coming under the spotlight.

Nicky Henderson Stable Tour

Festival file - Henderson talks through the pick of his possible runners for the 2020 Festival.

Feature - David Ord reflects on a pre-Cheltenham Festival visit to Seven Barrows where a hungry Nicky Henderson seemed as bullish as ever over his 2020 squad.


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Sporting Life Racing Videos

Ed Chamberlin, Simon Holt, Donn McClean, Mark Howard, Ben Linfoot, David Ord and Michael Shinners preview next week's Cheltenham Festival.

6. Cheltenham Festival 2019: Raceday Details

What is the dress code at the Cheltenham Festival?

Luckily for some, the dress code for Cheltenham is significantly more relaxed than at Royal Ascot.

That's also a blessing given the Festival has occasionally been held in unseasonably wintry conditions, with the 2018 edition notable for heavy rain and strong winds throughout most of the week.Many ladies wear hats, but we recommend you keep the weather firmly in mind.

Gentlemen usually wear a suit or similar in the Club Enclosure and in restaurants and hospitality facilities.

Two-thirds of the Cheltenham Racecourse car parks are on grass, including most public car parks, so do bear this in mind and wear suitable footwear for the conditions.

Fancy dress is NOT permitted in the Club Enclosure during the Festival but is allowed in Tattersalls as long as the outfit is not offensive and Cheltenham reserve the right to decline entry should the need arise.

Follow this link on the Jockey Club website for more on dress code, tickets and travel to and from the Festival.

Details of the Preview Evening at Doncaster Racecourse


7. Facts, records and statistics

Cheltenham Festival Fun Facts

  • There are over 3,000 catering staff alone, including 350 chefs and managers at the Festival - around 40,000 hospitality guests are served over the four days of racing.
  • Apart from World War II, the only time Cheltenham has closed was 2001 due to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
  • 250,000 people attend the Cheltenham Festival during the week. The maximum capacity at Cheltenham Racecourse on Gold Cup day is 67,500.
  • Over £600,000 is expected to be bet on the 28 Cheltenham Festival races.
  • Kauto Star is the only horse in history to re-gain the Cheltenham Gold Cup, winning the coveted prize in 2007 and 2009, after losing it when second to Denman in 2008. The Paul Nicholls-trained great also fell in 2010, was third to Long Run the following year in 2011 and was pulled-up on his final ever appearance in the 2012 edition, won by Synchronised under Sir Anthony McCoy.

Cheltenham Festival - Top Jockeys

The top jockey for the Festival is the jockey who wins the most races over the four days. The winners since 1980, with wins in brackets, are:

  • 2019 Nico de Boinville (3)
  • 2018 Davy Russell (4)
  • 2017 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2016 Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2015 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2014 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2013 Ruby Walsh (4)
  • 2012 Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2011 Ruby Walsh (5)
  • 2010 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2009 Ruby Walsh (7)
  • 2008 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2007 Robert Thornton (4)
  • 2006 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2005 Graham Lee (3)
  • 2004 Ruby Walsh (3)
  • 2003 Barry Geraghty (5)
  • 2002 Richard Johnson (2)
  • 2001: Festival cancelled
  • 2000 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
  • 1999 Mick Fitzgerald (4)
  • 1998 Tony McCoy (5)
  • 1997 Tony McCoy (3)
  • 1996 Richard Dunwoody (2)
  • 1995 Norman Williamson (4)
  • 1994 Charlie Swan (3)
  • 1993 Charlie Swan (4)
  • 1992 Jamie Osborne (5)
  • 1991 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1990 Richard Dunwoody (2)
  • 1989 Tom Morgan (2)
  • 1988 Simon Sherwood (2)
  • 1987 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1986 Peter Scudamore (2)
  • 1985 Steve Smith Eccles (3)
  • 1984 Jonjo O'Neill (2)
  • 1983 Graham Bradley (2)
  • 1982 Jonjo O'Neill (1)
  • 1981 John Francome (3)
  • 1980 Jim Wilson (3)

Cheltenham Festival - Top Trainers

The leading trainer for the Festival is the trainer who trains the most winners in the races over the four days. The winners since 1997, with wins in brackets, are:

  • 2019 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2018 Gordon Elliott (8)
  • 2017 Gordon Elliott (6)
  • 2016 Willie Mullins (7)
  • 2015 Willie Mullins (8)
  • 2014 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2013 Willie Mullins (5)
  • 2012 Nicky Henderson (7)
  • 2011 Willie Mullins (4)
  • 2010 Nicky Henderson (3)
  • 2009 Paul Nicholls (5)
  • 2008 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 2007 Paul Nicholls (4)
  • 2006 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 2005 Howard Johnson (3)
  • 2004 Paul Nicholls (4)
  • 2003 Jonjo O'Neill (3)
  • 2002 Martin Pipe (3)
  • 2000 Nicky Henderson (4)
  • 1999 Paul Nicholls (3)
  • 1998 Martin Pipe (4)
  • 1997 Martin Pipe (4)

Most successful trainers in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

  • 5 - Tom Dreaper IRE (1946 Prince Regent, 1964, 1965 & 1966 Arkle, 1968 Fort Leney)
  • 4 - Basil Briscoe (1932, 1933, 1934 & 1935 Golden Miller), Paul Nicholls (1999 See More Business, 2007 & 2009 Kauto Star, 2008 Denman), Vincent O'Brien IRE (1948, 1949 & 1950 Cottage Rake, 1953 Knock Hard), Fulke Walwyn (1952 Mont Tremblant, 1962 Mandarin, 1963 Mill House, 1973 The Dikler)
  • 3 - Owen Anthony (1927 Thrown In, 1936 Golden Miller, 1940 Roman Hackle), Henrietta Knight (2002, 2003 & 2004 Best Mate)
  • 2 - Ivor Anthony (1938 Morse Code, 1941 Poet Prince), Jack Anthony (1929 & 1930 Easter Hero), George Beeby (1939 Brendan's Cottage, 1951 Silver Fame), Noel Chance (1997 Mr Mulligan, 2000 Looks Like Trouble), Michael Dickinson (1982 Silver Buck, 1983 Bregawn), Peter Easterby (1979 Alverton, 1981 Little Owl), Nicky Henderson (2011 Long Run, 2013 Bobs Worth), Dan Moore IRE (1970 & 1971 L'Escargot)

Most successful trainers in the Champion Hurdle

  • 7 - Nicky Henderson (1985, 1986 & 1987 See You Then, 2009 Punjabi, 2010 Binocular, 2017 & 2018 Buveur D'Air)
  • 5 - Peter Easterby (1967 Saucy Kit, 1976 & 1977 Night Nurse, 1980 & 1981 Sea Pigeon)
  • 4 - Willie Mullins (2011 & 2013 Hurricane Fly, 2015 Faugheen, 2016 Annie Power), Vic Smyth (1941 Seneca, 1942 Forestation, 1947 and 1948 National Spirit), Fred Winter (1971 & 1972 Bula, 1974 Lanzarote, 1988 Celtic Shot)
  • 3 - Colin Davies (1968, 1969 and 1970 Persian War), Aidan O'Brien IRE (1998, 1999 & 2000 Istabraq), Ryan Price (1955 Clair Soleil, 1959 Fare Time, 1961 Eborneezer), Willie Stephenson (1952, 1953 & 1954 Sir Ken)

Most successful trainers in the Queen Mother Champion Chase

  • 6 - Tom Dreaper IRE (1960 & 1961 Fortria, 1964 Ben Stack, 1966 Flyingbolt, 1969 Muir, 1970 Straight Fort), Nicky Henderson (1992 Remittance Man, 2012 Finian's Rainbow, 2013 & 2016 Sprinter Sacre, 2018 & 2019 Altior)
  • 5 - Paul Nicholls (1999 Call Equiname, 2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded, 2015 Dodging Bullets)
  • 3 - Michael Dickinson (1982 Rathgorman, 1983 & 1984 Badsworth Boy)

Most successful trainers in the Ryanair Chase

  • 3 - Paul Nicholls (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis, 2019 Frodon)

Most successful trainers in the Stayers' Hurdle

  • 4 - Paul Nicholls (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Big Buck's)
  • 3 - Howard Johnson (2005, 2007 & 2008 Inglis Drever), Fulke Walwyn (1982 & 1986 Crimson Embers, 1985 Rose Ravine)
  • 2 - Francois Doumen FR (2002, 2003 Baracouda), Nicky Henderson (1989 Rustle, 2000 Bacchanal), Willie Mullins (2017 & 2018 Penhill), John Mulhern IRE (1987 & 1988 Galmoy), Edward O'Grady IRE (1978 Flame Gun, 1980 Mountrivers), Jonjo O'Neill (2004 Iris's Gift, 2014 More Of That), Martin Pipe (1994 Balasani, 1996 Cyborgo)

8. TV coverage

Every race of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be live in HD on Racing TV - Sky Bet channel 426, while all the main races will be shown on ITV1 in a three-and-a-half hour live show.

The coverage starts at 1pm and is on until 4.30pm. It will be presented by Ed Chamberlain, with Richard Hoiles commentating and expert analysis from Ruby Walsh and Sir Anthony McCoy among others.


My Stable - Horse Tracking Made Simple

It’s that time of the year when jump season takes centre stage. With thousands of horses, hundreds of jockeys and plenty of trainers performing across the UK & Ireland in multiple meetings every single day, it can be tough to keep track of all that catches your eye.

But not any longer. Our My Stable service is the simple and perfect way to stay on top (and ahead) of the game. You can easily follow the progress of your favourite horses, jockeys and trainers across six months of pure racing theatre by adding them to My Stable.

It’s your own personal space on your free Sporting Life account where you can create a yard full of talent that means something to you. That way, you can develop your racing knowledge and build a better picture of the races to come. Plus, you also get notifications when anyone in My Stable is due to perform so you never miss a jump – or an opportunity to profit.


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