2018 Cheltenham Festival Dates

2018 Cheltenham Festival Dates

Are you ready the roar? The Cheltenham Festival is the greatest horse racing festival of them all. And one of the UK’s biggest and best sporting events of the year.When is Cheltenham? The 2018 Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday, March 13th and finishes up on Friday, March 16th.

The schedule takes in top-class racing over four days and 28 races in total, beginning with Champion Day on Tuesday and ending with the Gold Cup day on Friday.250,000 punters are expected to fill the 67,000 capacity course over the four days, with nearly £4.6m in total prize money to be won.

If you’re not lucky enough to be in attendance, you catch live coverage of the big races from 1:30pm on ITV every day.

Tuesday 13th March – Champion Hurdle Day

Cheltenham Festival Day One will see Buveur D’Air (4/9) and Faugheen (5/1) duke it out in the Champion Hurdle. There’s also a cracking Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Arkle to look forward to.

1.30 p.m      Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (2m 1/2f)

2.10 p.m      Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (2m)

2.50 p.m     Baylis & Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase (3m 1/2f)

3.30 p.m     Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (2m 1/2f)

4.10 p.m     Mares’ Hurdle (for the David Nicholson Trophy) (2m 4f)

4.50 p.m     National Hunt Chase (4m)

5.30 p.m       Novices’ Handicap Chase (2m 4 1/2 f)

Wednesday 14th March – Ladies Day

Cheltenham Festival Day Two is traditionally known as Ladies Day. It sees a cracking renewal of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, including a battle between Altior, Min, and Douvan.

1.30 p.m     Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f)

2.10 p.m     RSA Steeple Chase (3m 1/2f)

2.50 p.m      Coral Cup (2m 5f)

3.30 p.m     BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (2m)

4.10 p.m     Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3m 7f)

4.50 p.m     Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (2m 1/2f)

5.30 p.m Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race) (2m 1/2f)


Thursday 15th March – St Patrick’s Day

Cheltenham Festival Day Three is traditionally known as St. Patrick’s Day, falling on Ireland’s national holiday. However, this year, St. Patrick’s Day is actually on Saturday, March 17th.

1.30 p.m         JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase (2m 5f)

2.10 p.m        Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) (3m)

2.50 p.m        Ryanair Chase (2m 5f)

3.30 p.m       Stayers’ Hurdle (3m)

4.10 p.m       Byrne Group Plate Handicap Steeple Chase (2m 5f)

4.50 p.m     The Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 1f)

5.30 p.m        The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (3m 1f)


Friday 16th March – Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

Cheltenham festival day four, and the final day of the Cheltenham Festival sees the renewal of the most prestigious race of the entire festival – the Gold Cup. It looks a keen contest between Might Bite, Native River, and Sizing John.

1.30 p.m         The JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f)

2.05 p.m         The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (2m 1f)

2.40 p.m         The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Spa Novices’ Hurdle) (3m)

3.30 p.m         The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup (3m 2f) (3m 2 1/2f)

4.00 p.m         The St James’ Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup  (3m 2 1/2f)

4.40 p.m         Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (2m 4 1/2f)

5.15 p.m         Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Steeple Chase (2m 1/2f)

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