One of the biggest weeks of not just racing but the entire sporting calendar is fast approaching and now is the time to gather all the required tips and information in preparation of the imminently impending event.
Cheltenham Racecourse is home to the much anticipated Cheltenham Festival, which will thankfully return for visitors this March after missing the 2020 edition due to the global pandemic.
The Festival provides a thrilling racing spectacle annually every March and features a talented concoction of the world’s greatest horses, jockeys and trainers.
The occasion can be experienced in a variety of ways, from standard entry within the enclosures to being delivered to your own private box by helicopter. Whatever your budget, you’re truly in for a treat.
Cheltenham Racecourse hosts a number of alternative events throughout the year, too, which all come with a touch of magic to ensure each and every occasion is a special one.
Festival Trials Day
Festival Trials Day takes place on the 30th January and is the final race day hosted at Cheltenham Racecourse before The Cheltenham Festival.
The day’s schedule consists of seven races on the race card, including the 2.25 Paddy Power Cotswold Chase which saw its winner Santini go on to finish marginally second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup a few months later.
The Cheltenham Festival almost speaks for itself at this point. The Festival has generated so much attention and excitement that it has become a household name across the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland.
Cheltenham Festival 2021 is destined to be a stunner as the four-day event is predicted to unfold in its usual fashion of commotion and glory. 7 races a day for 4 days provide plenty to see and do with not only the races themselves but also a range of fantastic bars, restaurants, and live music options.
There are some incredible hospitality packages available for The Cheltenham Festival suiting all kinds of budget. If you’re looking to treat yourself or somebody else, check out the restaurant packages, private box packages and corporate hospitality packages.
To take your experience to the next level, there a few more options available to those with a higher budget for this event. The first is a private pod located within The Orchard, suitable for 11-20 guests featuring a private balcony. The finest package available is the Room With a View package, that includes accommodation with Bentleys and Helicopters to transfer you to and from the racecourse.
The highlights and featured races of the four-day event are the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle, and of course The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
Day 1 Racing odds:
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle Race odds
The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase odds
The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase odds
The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy odds
The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Race odds
The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race odds
The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup odds
Day 2 Racing odds:
The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race odds
The Festival Novices Steeple Chase odds
The Coral Cup Hurdle odds
The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase odds
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase odds
The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup odds
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper odds
Day 3 Racing odds:
The Marsh Novices Chase odds
The Pertemps Network Final odds
The Ryanair Steeple Chase odds
The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle odds
Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase odds
Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle odds
The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase odds
Day 4 Racing odds:
The JCB Triumph Hurdle odds
McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle odds
The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle odds
WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase odds
St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase odds
The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase odds
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle odds
The April Meeting
The 2021 April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse is scheduled to take place on Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15th of April.
Cheltenham’s April meeting provides a competitive reflection of The Festival and reminds the sport that there’s plenty to see and do throughout the entire year.
It’s an honest, joyous occasion that sees punters and horseracing fanatics reconvene as the hysteria of The Festival has barely faded and the wonderful memories are still fresh in their minds.
Featured races include The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase and The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale, with the event being capped off with The Spreadex Sports Betting Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at 17:30 on the Thursday.
Before April has even come to a close and the evenings are getting lighter and warmer, Cheltenham returns with its only evening fixture that sees amateur riders and trainers fiercely compete over seven Hunter Chases, with race distances ranging between 2 and 4 miles.
The Race Night takes place on Friday 30th April, giving the UK an opportunity to properly celebrate the May bank holiday weekend.
Starting with The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase at 5:05, there are seven races over the course of the evening, including The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters’ Steeple Chase at 6.50 and The Gotherington Mares’ Hunters’ Steeple Chase at 7:20, then capped off by The Junior Jumpers Hunters’ Steeple Chase at 8:20.
The Showcase is an astonishing event that takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse after the summer break.
The 2021 Showcase will take place on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of October, showcasing 14 excellent horse races, each as spectacular as the last.
After taking place behind closed doors in 2020, this year promises to make up for it thanks to the bottled excitement and emotion of the punters that usually regular this particular event.
The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Steeple and The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase are the two featured races of this event.
The November Meeting
Horseracing returns to the home of jump racing in November 2021 with the November Meeting taking place from Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th.
This three-day event consists of 19 individual races brought to you by Countryside Day featuring The Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase, Paddy Power Day featuring The Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase, and The November Meeting Sunday featuring The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race for the main event.
It’s true that all roads lead to The Festival, but the magic begins at The November Meeting.
Providing a thrilling, festive end of year treat, The International consists of 15 exceptional races that bring the year to an exquisite close.
The International will be taking place on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th December this year and will include the Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase, The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and The Unibet International Hurdle.