The 2021 Cheltenham Festival gets under way on Tuesday March 16 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.
The opening afternoon 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 newly-named Sporting Life 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 hugely popular Brave Inca and three-time winners Hatton's Grace, Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq. Last year the two-mile crown went to the Nicky Henderson-trained Epatante.
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 fly 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 the occasions he was successful. Last year he had to settle for second behind the promising French challenger Easysland.
St Patrick's Thursday - as it's affectionately know (though St Patrick's Day does fall on the Wednesday this year) and every reason to celebrate with a couple of cracking Grade One contests in the Stayers' Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase.
The Marsh Novices' Chase also carries top-class status while the Pertemps Network Final and newly-backed Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase provide fantastic puzzles for punters to solve.
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 claim back-to-back wins in the race, the first horse to do so since Best Mate who went on to win a third the following year. Willie Mullins' charge is likely to be back to try and emulate that great chaser this time around.
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.
Our in-depth, daily tips centre will be packed full of expert analysis from the likes of Ben Linfoot, Rory Delargy, Matt Brocklebank, Simon Holt, Donn McClean, Alex Hammond and more.
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Mark Howard adds another bet to his portfolio and it's a Willie Mullins-trained runner who is late addition to his Cheltenham team. Click here for the latest preview.
Mark Howard adds another bet to his bulging portfolio and it's a Paul Nicholls-trained runner lined up for the Pertemps Final. Click here for the latest preview.
Mark Howard adds a Leopardstown runner-up to his Cheltenham ledger at 14/1 for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle. Click here for the full preview.
Mark Howard reckons Brandy Love should be backed at 16/1 for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper ahead of her weekend outing at Leopardstown. Click here for the full preview.
Mark Howard has his beady eye on a Paul Nicholls-trained juvenile for the Cheltenham Festival - check out the latest addition to his Portfolio. Click here for the full preview.
Mark Howard reflects on the recent action and identifies a horse available at 50/1 he's looking to get on side in the Grand Annual market. Click here for the full preview.
Mark Howard reckons now is the time to back Dickie Diver for Cheltenham Festival glory - check out the top form expert's latest column. Click here for the full preview.
Matt Brocklebank turns his attention to Cheltenham's National Hunt Chase and reckons Gordon Elliott can add to his impressive record in the race. Click here for the full preview.
Matt Brocklebank is backing a little bit of history to repeat itself with a Nicky Henderson-trained mare at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Click here for the full preview.
Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to the JCB Triumph Hurdle on Cheltenham Festival Friday and is backing what he reckons can be the best of the British challengers. Click here for the full preview.
Matt Brocklebank heads into the specials market for his latest long-range Cheltenham Festival preview, with a weekend Leopardstown runner fancied to enhance his claims. Click here for the full preview.
Matt Brocklebank is taking on the market leaders with a 33/1 chance for the 2021 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. Click here for the full preview.
Matt Brocklebank is taking on last year's Champion Hurdle one-two with one of the leading novices from last season - find out who our man fancies for the big one.
Matt Brocklebank has unearthed a fascinating 100/1 chance he's keen to back for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival - check out his latest preview and tip. Click here for the full preview.
Matt Brocklebank takes an early look at the 2021 Ryanair Chase and settles on a 10/1 fancy who has previous in the Cheltenham Festival contest. Click here for the full preview.
The Cheltenham Festival is on the horizon in mid-March and Mark Howard kicks off his Portfolio by keeping faith in Gordon Eliott's Stayers' Hurdle hope. Click here for the full preview.
Ronald Pump features among two long-range selections as our Matt Brocklebank previews the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Click here for the full preview.
Paul Nicholls is backed to win the 2021 Queen Mother Champion Chase, but not with the big Sandown winner Politologue - check out our latest long-range preview.
The November Meeting came and went in a flash, but who were the standout performances? Matt Brocklebank wants one of the winners on side at 25/1 for the Festival. Click here for full preview.
The Cheltenham Festival betting odds are available through all major online bookmakers including Sky Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair, who price up the majority of the races almost as soon as the previous Festival draws to a close.
You can often place bets well in advance safe in the knowledge that losers will be fully refunded, thanks to the Non Runner No Bet concession, while bookmakers also offer Best Odds Guaranteed meaning if the Starting Price (SP) is greater than the odds you take, you get paid at the bigger price.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the most gambled-on races of the entire season and the Willie Mullins-trained Al Boum Photo – who has won the great race for the past two seasons – is favourite to achieve a third triumph in a row and become the first horse to do so since the great Best Mate.
Head to Sky Bet’s ‘Future Races’ section for all the latest Cheltenham Festival odds and offers.
Racing Podcast: Festival Fever
Our team share their favourite memories of novice hurdlers at the Cheltenham Festival over the years before looking at this year's races.
Rory Delargy takes us back to 1966 and the remarkable story of Beau Caprice, while Cornelius Lysaght recalls the rich promise of Golden Cygnet. It's Brave Inca for Ben Linfoot, Danoli for Ed Chamberlin and Browne's Gazette for David Ord - plus many, many more.
The team also discuss the potential winners of this year's novice races at the Festival, including Appreciate It, Metier and Bravemansgame.
We'll be visiting 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 more.
Cheltenham Festival Fun Facts
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:
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:
Most successful trainers in the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Most successful trainers in the Champion Hurdle
Most successful trainers in the Queen Mother Champion Chase
Most successful trainers in the Ryanair Chase
Most successful trainers in the Stayers' Hurdle
Every race of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be live in HD on Racing TV - Sky 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 Chamberlin, with Richard Hoiles commentating and expert analysis from Ruby Walsh and Sir Anthony McCoy among others.
Order your copy of the Cheltenham Bible, the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival 2021 Betting Guide, featuring contributions from our Ben Linfoot and Matt Brocklebank.
2021’s edition of the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide is the 22nd and the third to be written by Paul Ferguson, also author of the Jumpers To Follow.
Produced in association with Sporting Life, it is the complete guide to the upcoming Festival, and now also includes a comprehensive preview of the Grand National meeting at Aintree, for good measure.
For the big week in March, there is a race-by-race guide highlighting the key trends for every event, as well as plenty of editorial content to ensure that you are in the best position possible to place the most informed bets.
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