Cheltenham Festival 2024 day-by-day schedule and race times

Everything you need to know for this year's Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival 2023

The Cheltenham Festival 2024 promises to be a spectacular event in March and we’ve got you covered with our ultimate day-by-day guide to all the action.

It all kicks off on Tuesday, March 12 with the highlight being the Champion Hurdle, the first of several championship races across the four days.

The main event on day two is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, which should provide a ding-dong battle between El Fabiolo and Jonbon.

St Patrick’s Thursday will be headlined by the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle before all eyes turn to the highly-anticipated Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of the fiesta.

The famous Cheltenham Roar will greet the runners and riders in the first race of the Fez, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, as hype horse Ballyburn could look to get an early winner on the board for top trainer Willie Mullins.

That is one of six Grade 1 novice events over sticks and fences as future superstars emerge on the track.

Maybe you like picking through the handicaps for each-way shots? Well, there are plenty of those to savour during the four days of action at Prestbury Park.

Paddy Power News is your home for Cheltenham Festival betting tips, and you’ll find the day-by-day schedule and race times below.

Cheltenham Festival 2023: Day One

Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Races

SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE

Date: Tuesday, March 12 Time: 13:30 Last Year’s Winner: Marine Nationale

Kicking off the Cheltenham Festival, the first race has produced several star winners and Willie Mullins’ Ballyburn could join the list and give the trainer yet another win in this contest.

ARKLE CHASE

Date: Tuesday, March 12 Time: 14:10 Last Year’s Winner: El Fabiolo

The leading minimum-distance novices tackle the larger obstacles in the second race of the meeting, which is yet another Grade 1. Last year’s Supreme scorer Marine Nationale is one to watch, despite flopping at the Dublin Racing Festival. 

ULTIMA HANDICAP CHASE

Date: Tuesday, March 12 Time: 14:50 Last Year’s Winner: Corach Rambler

The first handicap proved to be a good platform for April’s Grand National as Corach Rambler achieved the double last year. While Chianti Classico does not hold an Aintree entry, he has been talked about as a key contender for this. 

CHAMPION HURDLE

Date: Tuesday, March 12 Time: 15:30 Last Year’s Winner: Constitution Hill

The opening day’s Championship race will see Constitution Hill bid to make it back-to-back wins, but Willie Mullins-trained State Man currently leads the list of names hoping to spoil the party.

MARES’ HURDLE

Date: Tuesday, March 12 Time: 16:10 Last Year’s Winner: Honeysuckle

Here come the girls! The mares will be looking to take centre stage on day one of the Festival and Lossiemouth, who is also entered for the Champion Hurdle, heads the betting for this. 

BOODLES JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLE

Date: Tuesday, March 12 Time: 16:50 Last Year’s Winner: Jazzy Matty

The four-year-olds that fall short of the quality required to win the Triumph will take part in this. Keep an eye on Batman Girac.

NATIONAL HUNT CHASE

Date: Tuesday, March 12 Time: 17:30 Last Year’s Winner: Gaillard Du Mensil

The second-longest race in distance of the meeting rounds off the first day of action and a Mullins horse is again the early favourite with Embassy Gardens leading Paddy Power’s odds.

Cheltenham Festival 2023: Day Two

Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Races

BARING BINGHAM NOVICES’ HURDLE

Date: Wednesday, March 13 Time: 13:30 Last Year’s Winner: Impaire Et Passe

A spin over the intermediate distance kicks off the second day of action and Ballyburn could be aimed at this is Closutton opt against a crack at the Supreme.

BROWN ADVISORY NOVICES’ CHASE

Date: Wednesday, March 13 Time: 14:10 Last Year’s Winner: The Real Whacker

A future Gold Cup winner could be on the horizon and several top horses are running in this one. Fact To File is the early marker after impressing at Leopardstown. 

CORAL CUP

Date: Wednesday, March 13 Time: 14:50 Last Year’s Winner: Langer Dan

The first handicap of the second afternoon usually attracts plenty of runners so make sure you don’t miss out!

CHAMPION CHASE

Date: Wednesday, March 13 Time: 15:30 Last Year’s Winner: Energumene

The feature race on Festival Wednesday has been won by Energumene for the last two years, but last year’s Arkle hero El Fabiolo is the frontrunner this time.

CROSS COUNTRY CHASE

Date: Wednesday, March 13 Time: 16:10 Last Year’s Winner: Delta Work

This is one of the least-celebrated races at the Festival, but this year’s renewal looks a corker and Delta Work, who defended the crown last year, will be aiming for a three in a row this time around.

GRAND ANNUAL HANDICAP CHASE

Date: Wednesday, March 13 Time: 16:50 Last Year’s Winner: Maskada

The second handicap of the afternoon takes place over the minimum distance and My Mate Mozzie has a real chance after winning at the Showcase meeting in October. 

CHAMPION BUMPER

Date: Wednesday, March 13 Time: 17:30 Last Year’s Winner: A Dream To Share

A Dream To Share, ridden by John Gleeson, was the winner 12 months ago. This year, though, Jasmin De Vaux could be the one to beat and comes into the Festival in good form with a recent win at Naas.

Cheltenham Festival 2023: Day Three

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Races

TURNERS NOVICES’ CHASE

Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 13:30 Last Year’s Winner: Stage Star

A novice chase over the intermediate distance opens the action on the third day and Willie Mullins’ Fact To File is again the leading contender in our non runner money back betting market. 

PERTEMPS FINAL HANDICAP HURDLE

Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 14:10 Last Year’s Winner: Good Time Jonny

A tough handicap ramps up the action in the second contest of the day and Icare Allen leads Paddy Power’s betting after qualifying earlier in the season. 

RYANAIR CHASE

Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 14:50 Last Year’s Winner: Envoi Allen

The pick of the supporting races is the Ryanair Chase and last year’s winner Envoi Allen will be hoping to retain his crown but will face stiff competition from the likes of Banbridge and Stage Star. This one looks exciting!

PADDY POWER STAYERS’ HURDLE

Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 15:30 Last Year’s Winner: Sire Du Berlais

We’re once again sponsoring the feature on St Patrick’s Thursday and keep an eye on former Grand National winner Noble Yeats, who is a live contender after landing a thrilling renewal of the Cleeve Hurdle on Trials Day.

PLATE HANDICAP CHASE

Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 16:10 Last Year’s Winner: Seddon

A meeting at Cheltenham wouldn’t be the same without this big-field handicap event and it promises to be a tight contest with the likes of Inothewayurthinkin and Heart Wood among the likely principal players. 

MARES’ NOVICES’ HURDLE

Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 16:50 Last Year’s Winner: You Wear It Well

In the penultimate race on day three, Willie Mullins is hoping to add to his five victories in this contest and is leading the betting with Jade De Grugy.

KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP

Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 17:30 Last Year’s Winner: Angels Dawn

A race for amateur jockeys over a marathon trip of 3m2f, Stumptown, trained by Gavin Cromwell, leads the list of names.

Cheltenham Festival 2023: Day Four

Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Races

TRIUMPH HURDLE

Date: Friday, March 15 Time: 13:30 Last Year’s Winner: Lossiemouth

The big race for juveniles kicks off the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. Sir Gino leads the betting and has been named as the most exciting prospect by our expert Ruby Walsh.

COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE

Date: Friday, March 15 Time: 14:10 Last Year’s Winner: Faivoir

Betfair Hurdle hero Iberico Lord leads the way in the big list of names taking potentially taking their chance in this handicap event.

ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE

Date: Friday, March 15 Time: 14:50 Last Year’s Winner: Stay Away Fay

The longest of the novice hurdle contests was won by Stay Away Fay last year. This year, High Class Hero is the current favourite but the strength of his form could leave room for an upset.

CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

Date: Friday, March 15 Time: 15:30 Last Year’s Winner: Galopin Des Champs

The biggest race of the Festival. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the one they all want to win. Galopin Des Champs is hoping to make it back-to-back victories and join the list of eight horses to win the famous race more than once. He’s the early favourite after smashing Fastorslow in the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup. 

ST JAMES’S PLACE FESTIVAL HUNTERS’ CHASE

Date: Friday, March 15 Time: 16:10 Last Year’s Winner: Premier Magic

This is a chance for the amateur jockeys to ride over the Gold Cup course and Ferns Lock currently leads the betting but dual Cheltenham Festival winner Samcro is in contention to run.

MRS PADDY POWER MARES’ CHASE

Date: Friday, March 15 Time: 16:50 Last Year’s Winner: Impervious

Once again we’re sponsoring this one and, after a hugely impressive Leopardstown, Dinoblue is the one to watch in this as Willie Mullins looks to regain the crown he won in 2021 and 2022.

MARTIN PIPE HANDICAP HURDLE

Date: Friday, March 15 Time: 17:30 Last Year’s Winner: Iroko

The end of the chaotic four days comes with a big-field handicap. Iberico Lord is the joint-favourite in this one alongside Mistergif, trained by four-time winner of the race Willie Mullins.

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