Cheltenham Festival 2021: Schedule, odds, betting tips, records and live TV coverage details
By Sporting Life
12:32 · MON January 11, 2021
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.
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1. Cheltenham Festival 2021: Schedule
CHELTENHAM DAY 1 - TUESDAY MARCH 16 (OLD COURSE)
Officially billed as Champion Day, 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.
1.30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y
CHELTENHAM DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY MARCH 17 (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 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.
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.
1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 179y
2.10pm Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 179y
2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y
3.30pm Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m 2f 70y
5. Cheltenham Festival 2021: Stable tours, videos & podcasts
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6. Cheltenham Festival 2021: Raceday Details
What is the dress code at the Cheltenham Festival?
Providing spectators are allowed into the course in March 2021, the dress code for Cheltenham is significantly more relaxed than some racecourse, especially the likes of 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.
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:
2020 Paul Townend (5)
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:
2020 Willie Mullins (7)
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), Willie Mullins (2019 & 2020 Al Boum Photo)
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