Cheltenham Festival: What TV channel is Cheltenham races on? When are the Cheltenham races? Race card info

Cheltenham Festival is set to return this month with the famous Gold Cup taking place on the final day of the event.

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The biggest week in horse racing is almost upon us as fans prepare to flock to Prestbury Park for the first time in two years.

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival was held behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will make its highly anticipated return this month.

The festival will see the likes of Honeysuckle, Shishkin and Minella Indo feature, with the British trainers eager to impress after the Irish dominated last year with wins in 23 of the Festival’s 28 races.

Here is all you need to know about this year’s Cheltenham Festival...

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Cheltenham Festival 2022

When is it?

The 2022 Cheltenham Festival will kick off on Tuesday 15 March, lasting for four days until it comes to an end on Friday 18 March.

There are seven races each day, with the first race at 1:30pm and the last at 5:30pm.


Tuesday 15 March

  • 1:30pm - Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • 2:10pm - Arkle Challenge Trophy
  • 2:50pm - Ultima Handicap Chase
  • 3:30pm - Champion Hurdle
  • 4:10pm - Mares Hurdle 
  • 4:50pm - Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
  • 5:30pm - National Hunt Chase

Wednesday 16 March

  • 1:30pm - Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
  • 2:10pm - Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase
  • 2:40pm - Coral Cup 
  • 3:30pm - Queen Mother Champion Chase 
  • 4:10pm - Cross Country Chase
  • 4:50pm - Grand Annual 
  • 5:30pm - Champion Bumper

Thursday 17 March

  • 1:30pm - Turners Novices’ Chase
  • 2:10pm - Pertemps Network Final 
  • 2:40pm - Ryanair Chase
  • 3:30pm - Stayers’ Hurdle
  • 4:10pm - Cheltenham Plate
  • 4:50pm - Mares Novices’ Hurdle
  • 5:30pm - Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Friday 18 March

  • 1:30pm - Triumph Hurdle
  • 2:10pm - County Hurdle
  • 2:50pm - Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 
  • 3:30pm - Gold Cup 
  • 4:10pm - Foxhunters’ Chase 
  • 4:50pm - Mares’ Chase
  • 5:30pm - Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

How to get tickets

Non-hospitality tickets for Thursday and Friday are now sold out, however they are still available for the opening two days.

Ticket prices begin at £40 for the ‘Best Mate Enclosure’, with more expensive tickets available depending on the tier you opt for.

For full ticket information visit the Cheltenham Festival website here.

How to Watch Cheltenham Festival

ITV will be showing the majority of races over the course of the four days. ITV will broadcast the first five races every day on ITV1, which will include every featured race.

Coverage will start from 12.50pm GMT every day and live streaming will be available on ITV Hub.

Racing TV will be the only place to watch the Festival in its entirety and subscription for this channel start at £10 for a day pass. Coverage will begin at 10am GMT every day.

Weather forecast

At the time of writing (March 6), BBC Weather expects mostly cloudy and dry weather for those attending Cheltenham Festival 2022.

Tuesday 15th

• Light rain and a gentle breeze

• 12 degrees (1-4pm)

Wednesday 16th

•Light cloud and a gentle breeze

• 11 degrees (12-4pm)

Thursday 17th

• Sunny intervals and a moderate breeze

• 11 degrees (1-4pm)

Friday 18th

• Light cloud and a gentle breeze

• 11 degrees (1-4pm)

Cheltenham Gold Cup odds

Here are the odds for Friday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup race.

A Plus Tard 3/1

Galvin 7/2

Minella Indo 5/1

Al Boum Photo 8/1

Protektorat 8/1

Allaho 10/1

Tornado Flyer 10/1

Conflated 12/1

Chantry House 14/1

Royale Pagaille 16/1

Mount Ida 20/1

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