Cheltenham Festival 2021
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The 2021 Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday 16th March and hosts four-days of top class jumps racing action.
It’s one of the biggest horse racing betting events of the year and punters will enjoy 28 races and 15 Grade 1 contests. In normal times, more than 65,000 racegoers pass through the Cheltenham gates each day although the 2021 Festival is likely to be hosted without spectators.
Cheltenham Festival is the showcase event of National Hunt racing and attracts the best horses, jockeys and owners from Great Britain and Ireland, all of whom dream of Cheltenham glory.
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Cheltenham Festival 2021 Racecard
We have the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races covered with a whole host of betting markets on the following races:
Champion Day 2021 – Tuesday 16th March
The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is always a great spectacle and the action kicks off with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race. The feature race of the first day of Cheltenham is the Champion Hurdle. Nicky Henderson’s star mare Epatante won the race in 2020 giving the British trainer his eighth Champion Hurdle win.
Champion Day Full Schedule:
- 13:20 - The Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
- 13:55 - The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
- 14:30 - The Ultima Handicap Chase
- 15:05 - The Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
- 15:40 - The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race
- 16:15 - The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race
- 16:50 - The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
Ladies Day 2021 – Wednesday 17th March
Ladies Day action starts with The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race, a two mile and five furlongs trip on the Old Course at Cheltenham. The feature race of day 2 is the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Paul Nicholls’ 6\1 chance Politologue beat short-priced favourite Defi Du Seuil in the 2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Ladies Day Full Schedule:
- 13:20 - The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race
- 13:55 - The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase
- 14:30 - The Coral Cup Hurdle
- 15:05 - The Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
- 15:40 - The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
- 16:15 - The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
- 16:50 - The Weatherbys Champion Bumper
St Patrick’s Thursday 2021 – Thursday 18th March
St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham Festival kicks off with The JLT Novices Chase, one of three Grade 1 novice chases at the meeting and features the best runners over a distance of two miles and four furlongs.
The feature race of day three at Cheltenham is the Stayers’ Hurdle, the leading long-distance hurdle event in the National Hunt calendar ridden over a trip of approximately 3 miles.
The 2020 Stayers’ Hurdle was won by 50/1 outsider in the betting, Lisnagar Oscar, who saw off hot favourite Paisley Park. The 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle is likely to feature this season’s long-distance rivals Thyme Hill and Paisley Park, with the latter hoping for a better run this time around.
St Patrick’s Thursday Full Schedule:
- 13:20 - The Marsh Novices’ Chase
- 13:55 - The Pertemps Network Final
- 14:30 - The Ryanair Steeple Chase
- 15:05 - The Stayers’ Hurdle
- 15:40 - The Brown Advisory & Merriebell Stable Plate
- 16:15 - The Parnell Properties Mares Novices’ Hurdle
- 16:50 - The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase
Gold Cup Day 2021 – Friday 19th March
The final day of the Festival kicks off with The Triumph Hurdle, a two mile and one furlong Grade 1 contest for four-year-old juvenile hurdlers. The feature race of the final day at Cheltenham is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the race that forged the legends of Golden Miller and Arkle.
The Gold Cup Is the most prestigious contest in jump racing and is the showcase race of the four-day Festival. With prize money of £625,000 up for grabs, it provides the ultimate challenge for the best staying chasers and it’s the race every jumps jockey, trainer and owner dreams of winning.
The 2020 Gold Cup saw Al Boum Photo see off the likes of Santini, Lost In Translation and Monalee to win his second consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Al Boum Photo will look to join an exclusive club of three time winners of the Gold Cup in 2021, and the Willie Mullins trained star is sure to be up there in the betting.
Gold Cup Day Full Schedule:
- 13:20 - The JCB Triumph Hurdle
- 13:55 - The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race
- 14:30 - The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
- 15:05 - The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase
- 15:40 - The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Steeple Chase
- 16:15 - The Mares' Steeple Chase
- 16:50 - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Cheltenham Festival 2021 Betting
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest racing events in the racing calendar and one of the only times you will see generous odds available on top class horses, it really is the Champions League of jumps racing.
Who’d have thought rank outsider Lisnagar Oscar would triumph in the 2020 Stayers’ Hurdle at the lofty odds of 50/1 for example?
As always, the Irish will have a strong hand at Cheltenham and in form trainer Willie Mullins will send over the likes of Monkfish, Chacun Pour Soi and Energumene who have been in devastating form. While the British offering includes the likes of Epatante, Champ, Bravesmansgame and Shishkin.
Be sure to do your research before the big off at Cheltenham and explore the betting odds to find the value ahead of the greatest show on turf.