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What time does Cheltenham Festival start tomorrow?

Cheltenham Festival is back and looking to build on what was a superb meet 12 months ago when Rachael Blackmore pulled off an astounding win in the Gold Cup.

There much more action besides, with 28 races across the four days, providing plenty for fans to enjoy.

The British trainers will hope for a better showing this year, having gone down in the Prestbury Cup against their Irish counterparts, who managed 18 victories compared to just 10 for the hosts.

It will also be an intriguing battle between the punters and the bookmakers once more, with Energumene, Shishkin and Galopin Des Champs entering the week with a lot of support and short prices.

Here is a full rundown of the Cheltenham Festival across each of the four days and start times for the first races, plus when each day’s racing concludes:

When is the 2023 Cheltenham Festival?

The 2023 Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday 14 March and runs until Friday 17 March. There are seven races each day, beginning from 1.30pm GMT and concluding at 5.30pm.

Cheltenham Festival race schedule

Four days, 28 races and action aplenty - here’s the full schedule for Cheltenham in 2023 (All times GMT)

Champion Day – Tuesday, March 14

  • Supreme Novices’ Hurdle - 1.30pm

  • Arkle Challenge Trophy - 2.10pm

  • Handicap Steeple Chase - 2.50pm

  • Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy - 3.30pm

  • Mares’ Hurdle - 4.10pm

  • Juvenile Handicap Hurdle - 4.50pm

  • National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup - 5.30pm

Ladies Day – Wednesday, March 15

  • Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle - 1.30pm

  • Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase - 2.10pm

  • Coral Cup Hurdle - 2.50pm

  • Queen Mother Champion Chase - 3.30pm

  • Cross-Country Steeple Chase - 4.10pm

  • Grand Annual Handicap Chase - 4.50pm

  • Champion Bumper - 5.30pm

St Patrick’s Thursday – Thursday, March 16

  • Turners Novices’ Chase - 1.30pm

  • Pertemps Network Final Hurdle - 2.10pm

  • Ryanair Chase - 2.50pm

  • Stayers’ Hurdle - 3.30pm

  • County Plate Chase - 4.10pm

  • Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle - 4.50pm

  • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup - 5.30pm

Gold Cup Day – Friday, March 17

  • Triumph Hurdle Jump - 1.30pm

  • Country Handicap Hurdle - 2.10pm

  • Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle - 2.50pm

  • Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase - 3.30pm

  • Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase - 4.10pm

  • Mares’ Chase - 4.50pm

  • Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle - 5.30pm

How to watch the 2023 Cheltenham Festival?

Viewers in the United Kingdom will be able to watch the best action on ITV, with live coverage on the channel on each of the four days. Registered users can watch online via ITVX.

What are the odds for the Gold Cup (3.30pm, Friday 17 March)?

  • Galopin Des Champs 13/8

  • Noble Yeats 15/2

  • A Plus Tard 8/1

  • Bravemansgame 8/1

  • Stattler 8/1

  • Ahoy Senor 12/1

  • Conflated 12/1

  • Protektorat 16/1

  • Hewick 20/1

  • Minella Indo 20/1

  • Shishkin 20/1

  • Sounds Russian 25/1

All others 33/1 or higher

What are the odds for the Queen Mother Champion Chase (Wednesday 15 March, 3.30pm)?

  • Energumene 13/8

  • Edwardstone 15/8

  • Editeur Du Gite 6/1

  • Gentleman de Mee 10/1

  • Blue Lord 14/1

  • Nube Negra 25/1

  • Greaneteen 33/1

  • Funambule Sivola 40/1

  • Captain Guiness 50/1

  • Chacun Pour Soi 50/1

  • Coeur Sublime 66/1

What are the odds for the Ryanair Chase (Thursday 15 March, 2.50pm)?

  • Shishkin 11/8

  • Blue Lord 5/1

  • Fury Road 6/1

  • Janidil 7/1

  • Envoi Allen 12/1

  • French Dynamite 14/1

  • Conflated 16/1

  • Fakir Doudairies 16/1

  • Pic Dorhy 16/1

  • Ga Law 20/1

  • Haut En Couleurs 20/1

  • Hitman 22/1

  • Funambule Sivola 25/1

All others 40/1 or higher

What are the odds for the Stayers Hurdle (Thursday 15 March, 3.30pm)?

  • Blazing Khal 11/4

  • Teahupoo 7/2

  • Home By The Lee 6/1

  • Flooring Porter 7/1

  • Maries Rock 7/1

  • Gold Tweet 9/1

  • Ashdale Bob 14/1

  • Klassical Dream 14/1

  • Paisley Park 16/1

  • Asterion Forlonge 20/1

  • Buzz 20/1

  • Haut En Couleurs 20/1

  • Dashel Drasher 25/1

  • Sir Gerhard 25/1

All others 33/1 or higher