Cheltenham Festival is certainly the highlight of the year and it returns in 2021 bigger and better than ever. But, if you thought Cheltenham Racecourse was just about The Festival, you’re in for some good news: there are six other annual meetings on the racing schedule.
Each event is as thrilling as the last, attracting crowds in the thousands to an unparalleled experience of spectacular races and fine dining.
Throughout the racing season, each event seems to be just the right amount of time after the last, building just enough excitement to generate that electric atmosphere we know and love without making horseracing enthusiasts wait too long.
Each event consists of a number of races of which most span over two or more days. In the majority of cases, each day will have a featured race that will generate the most commotion and best promotions from the bookmakers.
Trials Day – Saturday 30th January 2021
A tantalising warmup for the biggest event of the year. Trials Day is to be held on the 30th January and provides jockeys and trainers with an opportunity to finalise their decisions before the big event.
This is the final event that is held at Cheltenham Racecourse before The Festival just a few months later. It is one of just a few single race days yet it still has plenty to offer.
The race card is as follows:
12:40 – The JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
13:15 – The Timeform Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase
13:50 – The Paddy Power 45 Sleeps to Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase
14:25 – The Paddy Power Cotswold Chase
15:00 – The Ballymore Classic Novices’ Hurdle
15:35 – The galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle Race
16:10 – The Steel Plate & Sections Handicap Hurdle
The Festival – Tuesday 16th – Friday 19th March 2021
The Festival is the biggest and most anticipated event of the year at Cheltenham Racecourse, offering a week of elite racing within a breathtaking atmosphere of excitement and exuberance.
Large crowds, suave in appearance and fueled on prosecco and Guinness, gather in the enclosures and cheer on their backed horses as they thunder past. Live music blasts between races as helicopters transfer attendees between the racecourse and their accommodation.
There’s plenty more to it than the racing, but of course, the racing is the highlight of the show, so here’s the race card:
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race
The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race
The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race
The Festival Novices Steeple Chase
The Coral Cup Hurdle
The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper
The Marsh Novices Chase
The Pertemps Network Final
The Ryanair Steeple Chase
The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle
Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase
Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase
The JCB Triumph Hurdle
McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle
The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase
The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
The April Meeting – Wednesday 14th – Thursday 15th April 2021
Following The Festival is a difficult feat, but The April Meeting sure does it well. Racing enthusiasts reconvene at Cheltenham Racecourse in the warm spring sunshine to get another dose of excitement in the exhilarating atmosphere Cheltenham creates.
The race card as spectacular as ever, with incredible features races on each of the two days.
14:05 – The CITIPOST Novices’ Hurdle Race
14:40 – The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase
15:15 – The Kingston Stud Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race
15:50 – The Arkells Brewery Nicholson Holman Novices’ Limited Handicap Steeple Chase
16:25 – The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race
17:00 – The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase
17:30 – The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race
14:05 – The Glide Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race
14:40 – The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale
15:15 – The Catesby Estates Plc Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race
15:50 – The JRL Group Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase
16:25 – The Spinal Injuries Association Remembering Mark Vestey Fillies’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
17:00 – The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase
17:30 – The Spreadex Sports Betting Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race
Race Night – Friday 30th April 2021
The Race Night is the single and only evening event is certainly one for the racing fanatic’s calendar. It’s an amateur event that provides the opportunity for non-professional riders and trainers to win on the turf of one of the best racecourses in the world.
It’s the final race night of the season at Cheltenham Racecourse, taking place on the Friday before May bank holiday, giving punters the perfect opportunity to relax and celebrate their hard-earned time off.
17:05 – The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase
17:40 – The Cheltenham Intermediate Final Hunters’ Steeple Chase
18:15 – The KTDA Racing Hunters’ Steeple Chase
18:50 – The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters’ Steeple Chase
19:20 – The Gotherington Mares’ Hunters’ Steeple Chase
19:50 – The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase
20:20 – The Junior Jumpers Hunters’ Steeple Chase
The Showcase – Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd October
The summer break is over and the grand gates of Cheltenham Racecourse have reopened. This year’s Showcase is as appropriately named as ever as the best in the business gather to show the racing community exactly what they’re capable of.
13:50 – The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race
14:25 – The Matchbook Better Way To Bet Novices’ Steeple Chase
15:00 – The squareintheair.com Handicap Hurdle Race
15:35 – The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase
16:10 – The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race
16:45 – The Two Farmers Crisps Novices’ Steeple Chase
17:15 – The Back and Lay at Matchbook Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race
14:05 – The Masterson Holdings Hurdle Race
14:40 – The Best Odds At Matchbook Novices’ Steeple Chase
15:15 – The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race
15:50 – The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Steeple
16:25 – The Lara Telfer Reined In for Racing Welfare Novices’ Hurdle Race
17:00 – The Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Amateur Riders’ Handicap Steeple Chase
17:35 – The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Standard Open NH Flat Race
The November Meeting – Friday 12th – Saturday 14th November
As winter draws in it’s time to pull on your warmest tweed jackets and lambswool scarfs and head on down to Cheltenham – it’s time for The November Meeting.
The racing at Cheltenham’s world-class sporting venue is the perfect way to spend a winter weekend, whether you attend the entire event or just visit for Countryside Day, Paddy Power Day, or the Sunday alone.
13:15 – The Markel Insurance Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race
13:50 – The Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase
14:25 – The SSS Super Alloys Supports Racing Welfare Novices’ Steeple Chase
15:00 – The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeplechase
15:35 – The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race
16:05 – The Valda Energy Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Race
Paddy Power Day:
12:30 – The JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
13:05 – The South West Syndicate Handicap Steeple Chase
13:40 – The From The Horses Mouth Podcast Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices Steeple Chase
14:15 – The Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase
14:50 – The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race
15:25 – The Paddy Power First Millionaire Qualifier Intermediate Handicap Hurdle Race
15:55 – The Karndean Design Flooring Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race
13:15 – The mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Steeple Chase
13:50 – The Plantuer at Chapel Stud Handicap Steeple Chase
14:25 – The Shloer Steeple Chase
15:00 – The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race
15:35 – The Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle Race
16:05 – The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race
The International – Friday 10th – Saturday 11th December
Fifteen races across two days make for perfect sporting festivities just two weeks before Christmas Day.
There is so much to see and do at The International that two days alone are almost not quite enough.
11:30 – The British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race
12:05 – The International Decorative Surfaces Novices’ Steeple Chase
12:40 – The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race
13:15 – The CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase
13:50 – The Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase
14:25 – The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase
15:00 – The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase
15:35 – The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race
12:05 – The JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle
12:40 – The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices’ Steeple Chase
13:15 – The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase
13:50 – The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
14:25 – The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
15:00 – The Unibet International
15:35 – The Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle