Get Set for Four Days of Thrilling Cheltenham Festival Action

The Cheltenham Festival is back for 2021 and is set to take place between Tuesday 16 and Friday 19 March. Each of the four days features at least one championship match, including the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Based on currency Government restrictions, professional sport can continue until stringent health and safety protocols, although without spectators being present. Therefore, you will not be able to travel to the festival, as everything will be taking place behind closed doors. This will not stop it from being televised though, meaning that you can watch as everything unfolds in front of your eyes on TV.

A total of 28 races will take place during the festival, with exciting and energy-filled action expected to occur in all of them.

An official preview evening will take place on Sunday March 14, starting at 8pm. With three previous Gold Cup winning jockeys in Sir Anthony McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty hosting proceedings, top tips and runners to watch will be pointed out for you to witness. That’s quite helpful if you consider yourself a sports bettor.

Of course, the UK’s top bookmakers have already started offering odds on the various races. Furthermore, enhanced odds are being provided on the events at Cheltenham, with special promotional rewards also being on hand. These will likely boost your festival betting experience, providing you with bigger and better payouts.

Day One will start at 13:30, with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race opening proceedings. Seven races will occur on each day, with the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup closing out Tuesday, The Weatherbys Champion Bumper finishing Wednesday and the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase being the last on Thursday. Day four will come to a splendid end with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle taking place at 17:30.

Each day’s most prolific championship event will take place at 15:30, and there are multiple high-profile entries into these races. Al Boum Photo and trainer Willie Mullins looks to beat out 29 other acceptors in the Gold Cup on the final day. That sees the horse look to be the first three-time winner of the event since Best Mate in 2004. Runners like A Plus Tard will be trying to ensure that does not happen.

Frodon, trained by Paul Nicholis will try to secure itself the position as the first horse since Long Run to win Kempton Park’s mid-winter highlight following its G1 Ladbrokes King George VI Chase win. He will be joined by Royal Pagaille and Champ.

The Champion Chase on Wednesday is expected to go heavily in the favour of Chacun Pour Soi, also trained by Willie Mullins. Following two very impressive displays in Leopardstown, Chacun Pour Soi is a hot favourite, although it will have stiff competition from entries like Altior, who won in 2018 and 2019. And with mares Honeysuckle and Epatante both competing in the Unibet Champion Hurdle on Tuesday, there is plenty of excitement to be had as a spectator…and as a sports bettor!